When we were pondering moving to New Jersey, Jeff visited the east coast. Upon his return he commented that he never saw another Jeep during his whole time there. When we arrived, not only are we not the only Jeep in town but there are tons of them! We are still teasing Jeff about it….However, there is a unique aspect to being a Jeep owner in NJ, when you pass another Jeep you wave.
The first time it happened, I shrugged it off thinking that they must have thought that I was someone else. Then it happened again and again. The girls started noticing and would call out when another Jeep approached. Now it is an automatic thing, I pass a Jeep and I wave. Just one of the strange things about life here. I can’t wait till summer when the roof and doors come off!
People are loud here. They speak at a sound level that makes them sound angry all the time. It is totally confusing for the girls, they are constantly asking me why people are mad at them. There is little concept of customer service here, the other day we watched a store employee lose her shit with a customer. Food is cheap and the temptation to buy unhealthy food is incredible because it is so cheap. However apples will cost you $3 per pound. It is much more sunny here which is amazing! Gas is 10 cents cheaper if you pay cash and you cannot pump your own. Hipsters are few and far in-between; big hair and spray tan not so much. The health care system is terrifying to navigate and the red tape to get a NJ drivers license is crazy.
This whole move has just affirmed my thoughts that you do not have to move across the world to experience culture shock.
It is good to be a West Coast Canadian in an East Coast city.