Yesterday Reza and I hopped on the train that headed out to Atlantic City and went on a little adventure. Being cooped up in a hotel room is the last thing either one of us needs but the weather here has been on and off rainy, stormy and at around 12 pm the skies parted and it was pouring. It eventually let up and with rain gear in tow, off we went to the train station.
It takes about an hour to get from where we are to Atlantic City and it was a relatively smooth ride. One thing I have is that I am *SPOILED* by having been on the shinkansen in Japan, so anything train wise pales in comparison really. Either way it was adventure time.
We arrived in AC about 3, Josh got off of work at 5 so we had a couple hours to walk around and kill. AC is a trip, it’s like Vegas + Venice Beach had a love child and dropped it on the East Coast, just with a lot weirder people and not in the good weirdo kind of way.
The train station is blocks away from an area called The Walk, which is like a giant, outdoor, outlet mall but it’s spread across several city blocks.
I was pleasantly surprised in this regard cause there are tons of stores I would shop at. Reza had a field did in the Disney Store. Thing is, walk a tap north and the area goes from cool to seedy in two blocks flat. I don’t mind seediness, I got an umbrella in hand and I will whack you if you get too close.
We were headed to Josh’s office but decided that the Boardwalk was a necessity, Reza wanted to see the ocean, and hell, so did I.
Growing up on and very near the Pacific, you take your perspective of ocean for granted. I have always felt like I needed to be near a major body of water, it grounds me and in ways I am grateful to still be close to the sea. The Atlantic is totally different, it’s dark, its beaches have grass… weird for me. The East has been dealing with major storm action the past couple of days so as picturesque as the sky was, it also makes everything look so dull and dreary.
The beach in Atlantic City is nasty. There I said it. The sand was filthy and there was a lot of trash everywhere. I am sure there are other parts of the coast that are beautiful but the idea of anyone bathing there skeeved me out.
I did seriously underestimate the entertainment value of the boardwalk though. Wow. We were only there for about 20 minutes, if that, and the photographic gold was just… yeah. It’s much like Venice Beach in ways… tourist attractions, clothing and souvenir shops and one too many tattoo establishments I would never let come at me even if it was free. Anyway, without further ado, I bring you photographic evidence..
ass writing, spandex abusing offenders in their natural habitat
speaking of ass writing… how about some shorts that barely cover said ass. let me tell you, the people I have seen wearing shorts this short have *zero business* being in them. I had a hard time choosing my favorite, I think it’s between “flirt that skirt cheerleader” and “playette”.
And seriously, I wish I was making this up, but I really don’t see why some asses need wings but here, apparently think they DO! Picture this, if you can see through those pants on the mannequin, imagine on a person, yeah? Good times. The fact this kind of stuff is even made means someone out there is wearing it. Wow.
Nothing says “comfort” like going to the beach in heels and barely there skirts. The funny thing is homegirl in the coral, in her bad tan lined-VPL glory gave ME the stare-down like I was the one who was doing it wrong. OH. OK.
Time ran out for us and we had to walk over to Josh’s office so we could head home. I was kinda sad about my poor planning, had I known there was gonna be so much eye candy to take in, I would have headed out to AC earlier. Oh well, can’t blow my load all in one day, right? We need to go back sometime before the summer is over, Reza saw the amusement park area and we promised we would bring her back.
The Atlantic City Expressway is actually a nice drive. Very picturesque, clad in trees all the way back into Camden County. I can imagine how amazing it is going to look in the fall. Tons of clouds everywhere cause of the storm, on the way back this weird formation was over the Philly skyline.
the rest of the pictures from yesterday can be viewed over on my flickr set