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No more riding off into the sunset...
Roy Rogers rides again! HFS! This is the best fucking news all fucking week! Holy fucking shitfucking wow! Thanks to vitaman for telling me about this.

I just week reading the timeline, reviewing the history I've told a million people whether they want to hear it or not. A huge percentage of the original restaurants were sold to Wendy's, Boston Market, and McDonald's. I still cry when I drive past those stores, with their obvious RR architecture.

For years I've had to hit the city, the center of the world, or Molly Pitcher (first NJT rest area to have a Cinnabon, BTW). For years things have looked bleak. But now there is hope. Now, the future is a brighter place.

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On most systems, this works just fine. On the dozens of different models, the thousands of desktops and laptops and tablets I've set this on, nothing bad happens. But if you make this change on the laptop in my office, it goes completely haywire, rebooting itself the first time you even try to get it into safe mode. WTF? And this is the model that's supposed to replace the screwed up model. Har.

Feeling: ecstatic ecstatic
Listening to: RCPM, Loco to Stay Sane

Chorus of 28 demons || Preach it
mineral2 From: mineral2 Date: April 14th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
There used to be Roy Rogers restraunts at every rest stop along the PA turnpike. As far as I know, most, if not all, of them are still there.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 14th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
There's quite a few left. But man, there were so many more. Roast beef everywhere, as far as the eye could see!
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kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 15th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Not to mention lean tasty roast beef, cheese steaks, etc.
idunn From: idunn Date: April 14th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Holy shit. Roy Rogers was THE place to go for so many years. I mean, Russ, that was my first fast-food experience. I must've been three or four. Fried chicken and biscuits. It just got ... no ... better. Especially when the biscuits were doughy and right out of the oven. It drove my grandmother nuts that I was eating crap instead of lamajoon or imam baildi. We were traitors to our background, I tell you.

Of course I'm vegan now, which makes this kind've ironic, but I'm rejoicing for the other toddlers for whom greasy chicken and an early start to angina are part of childhood :p

Wiseassery aside, seriously, I'm getting nostalgic here.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 14th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
One day I need to recap my Roy Rogers life, as I did for Cheersoft. My stepmother told me to take a job there, it was my first job, and I loved it. I rose from cashier to the lofty drive thru window to trainer to supervisor in record time, bossing around drug dealers and senior citizens and adults on hard times. I got to go to meetings, discuss making a career out of it with regional management, and learn important life lessons.

The biscuits were great, if the right person was making them. The cornbread was a safe bet, they were always good, because the store didn't make them. The wrong person could really fuck up a batch of biscuits, but when they were good, they were oh so good. The smell of buttermilk still makes me teary-eyed. I'd love to grab one fresh out of the oven, and dip it in a little honey packet.
idunn From: idunn Date: April 14th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Whaaaaaat? Roy Rogers made cornbread? No way. I bet they did; it's just that in my four-year old glee, all I focused on were the biscuits. And the chicken.

Point of amusement for my entire family: when I was a small child, my entire diet consisted of macaroni and cheese and hotdogs. My mother would have to force vegetables down my throat. Now, broccoli and eggplant are among my favorite foods in the world, and dairy products and meat make me gag. I know we're all supposed to change over the years, but I really hopped over to the other end of the spectrum.

I assume, being the home-grown Jersey boy you are, that you've eaten at Cubby's.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 15th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Cute. I switched the opposite direction, going from rice cakes and frozen peas for tasty snacks to craving massive amounts of meat all the time.

Ok, I'll disappoint you. Cubby's?
idunn From: idunn Date: April 15th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Did your folks raise your vegetarian? I can't fathom this.

Cubby's. 249 South River Street in Hackensack. Heart attack waiting to happen, but my dad loves that place. You probably would, too.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 15th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I would.

I'm a big fan of White Diamond in Clark, and still want to try White Mana in Jersey City. Hell, I also need to try Shake Shack.

Too many clogged arteries, not enough time.
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: April 15th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Mine too... the one in Woodbridge Center that is now (I think, I haven't been back in a very long time) a McDonalds, and the one near the Pathmark on St George's Avenue.

Lahmajun and imam bayildi? Hay ek? I love lahmajun, my next-door neighbours (I live in a hugely Armenian neighbourhood) make it for snacks and bring us some.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 15th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I used to pick shit up from and drop things off at the former, and worked at the latter. *sigh*
idunn From: idunn Date: April 15th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Inch bes es? :)

People who laughed at My Big Fat Greek Wedding don't understand the similarities between the Greeks and the Armenians. We also put lamb on freakin' everything. Even our pizza. It's insane. Lucky for those who choose the meatless lifestyle, lamajoon is still available in mushroom variety :)

And how is "The Priest Fainted" not the coolest name for a dish ever?
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: April 15th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I'm not Armenian, I just live in one town that's chock full of Armenians (North Hollywood) and work in the only town in the US with an Armenian majority (Glendale).

Armenians don't spit on people for good luck though, do they? Never seen it.

"The Priest Fainted" is an awesome name for a dish. The French have a kind of fried pastry, sometimes filled with chocolate cream that are called "pets de nonne", which means "nun's farts". And in Italy, there's a kind of twisted pasta called "strozzapreti" which means "priest-stranglers".

All this sacrilegious food. I have an idea for a dinner theme now...
idunn From: idunn Date: April 15th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Religieuse au chocolat is the snotty upperclass cousin to the eclair and cannoli. While my family was visiting me in Paris, my sister discovered them in the local bakeries, and we spent their last twelve hours in France frantically finding another one despite most of the bakeries having closed for the day. It's a big ball with choclate or coffee cream inside with another, slightly smaller filled ball on top. It's like a really tasty snowman. It's name means "Religious chocolate" :) Hmmm, sacrilicious!!
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: April 15th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Actually it means "Chocolate nun"... réligieuse is the nice word for nun. I absolutely LOVE those things.

Je ne savais pas que t'avais vécu à Paris. Moi j'y ai séjourné pendant plusieurs mois, dans le 2è. Ça me manque, mais j'aime autant Los Angeles que je ne suis pas sûr de pouvoir retourner à vivre à Paris -- il y fait froid!!
idunn From: idunn Date: April 15th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Ne me demandes pas ce que je pensais ... j'oublie des mots quand j'écris ou je parle deux langues tout d'un coup :p Oui, j'étais à Paris pendant l'automne dernier pour mes études. J'ai habité le 16è à côté du Trocadéro. Trés belle ... trés cher. Mon appartement ressemblait à un placard, mais c'était sufficant; le domicile n'a pas beaucoup d'importance quand on habitait la plus belle cité au monde, quoi qu'on dise :)

Oui, il y fait froid. Je suis de New Jersey; néanmoins, je me suis trouvé prédisposer aux pulls et beaucoup de couches. Le décembre à Paris m'enquiquinais toujours.
idunn From: idunn Date: April 15th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Oh, and Armenians spitting on people for luck? I don't know if this is a rumor or not, or whether it's just eccentric old ladies in the Armenian community. Either way, never even heard of that.
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: April 15th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Could be. But Greek women totally spit on people for luck. When I got accepted to university, a Greek friend's mom grabbed me, kissed me on both cheeks, and went "ftou ftou ftou!" in my hair.
idunn From: idunn Date: April 15th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
"You've gotten into university! Congraluations! Here's some saliva in your hair for luck!"

I've heard of it among the Greeks, never among Armenians. Isn't to say it doesn't exist; I'm obviously very much removed from my genetic origins. I wonder what the heck someone was thinking when they decided spitting like that was a good thing. I assume nobody in the Mediterranean thousands of years ago was OCD and terrified of germs :)
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kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 14th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Boston Market's far from okay. As petemagyar described it, Boston Market's like shitty leftovers prepared for you while over someone's house. You feel obligated to eat it, but it kind of sucks. Maybe I'm bitter, because we were promised so much during the takeover and got so little, but I hate them.

I used to work at the Roy Rogers in Avenel, just south of the Woodbridge Township/Rahway border, where 27 meets 35. petemagyar worked under me for a while.
daylami From: daylami Date: April 14th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I've passed by the Roy Rogers at the New Baltimore service plaza ten thousand million billion times over the course of my life, as it is smack-in-the-middle of my drive from the Old World of my parents' house to the Tri-Shitties (and back, as it is accessible northbound AND south, AND accessible by a secret road via 9W). Never once have I hit that shit. Are you saying I robbed myself of at least fifteen years of fried happiness?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 15th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Yes. 15 years of pure joy.

I've always been jealous of the NYT's rest areas with bridges letting you get to them from either direction. No such luck on the NJT, only on the GSP where tolls are done in a ridiculous incremental way instead of the ticket system the other two roads use.

Also, yay for secret back roads. I knew the secret back roads leading to the southbound Turnpike Roy Rogers in Port Reading, and took advantage of them all the time.
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: April 15th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Yes. 15 years of pure joy.

That secret road is awesome. I had friends who worked at the southbound Turnpike Roy Rogers, so I would take Secret Turnpike Access Road to go there and eat the food that people returned for whatever reason. I was poor and didn't care at the time.
towelboy From: towelboy Date: April 14th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

have fun at Brian Reagan tonight.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 15th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC) (Hard link)
It was tons of fun, thanks. Kid doing devil horns, encore of his greatest hits, odd slice of life, crazy times indeed.
From: thesteamer Date: April 15th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I miss Roy's so much.

I looked at the restaurant map and see that the closest one is 45 minutes away. I will have to make a trip when I"m in the area and just stock up.

I miss the one in Ledgewood, although I can't wait to hit up the new White Castle.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: April 15th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC) (Hard link)
The one in Ledgewood's pretty good, and has stuck to the Roy's level of quality. Some of the rest areas and ones in the city have fallen apart since Hardee's sold most of them off.

hiphopatcong was telling me about the new White Castle tonight. He said it's constantly busy, even now. Awesome. There's one right off of my commute in Irvington, but I've only stopped there once. My love handles thank me for that.
metamorphos From: metamorphos Date: April 18th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC) (Hard link)

drew prospy

I'm a Drew prospective who's just looking for some final confirmation. I'll probably go here... Anyway, I don't even know what you could do to help, but whatever.

I did an overnight on Friday. My other choice is Cornell. Prove to me somehow that Drew is better than Cornell, if you care.
Chorus of 28 demons || Preach it