There have been many changes to my hometown since I left. When one thinks of Staten Island one must realize within this county is 3/4 of the population that resides in the entire state of VT.
Staten Island has around 650,000 residents and would be the largest city in many states including Vermont.
I find myself somewhat uncomfortable with the six lane highways that are always congested.
Many of the subtle NJ goodies that I previously enjoyed are now in Staten Island. Marty's shoe store is a local chain with killer prices. I am used to 150 dollar Rockports that I wear for three years until they fall apart. At Marty's the same shoe is 89 but there never seems to be staff.
The chain has a parrot that says Marty's in their advertisements that played on local talk radio.
Long term readers are aware of my enthusiasm for Popeye's Chicken. There is now a Popeye's Chicken on Staten Island. Maybe someday we will get our own Walmart. There are also no large dairy farms and I will gladly take Fresh Kills landfill over dairy farms any day.
I can also break out my Misses Buterworth syrup in peace. Local Vermonters get upset but I like the product that is taboo in VT.
The radio station is filled with every talk show imaginable except Glenn Beck. There is the return of the great oldies station CBS FM and several classic rock stations.