Saturday, August 27, 2005

There She Goes, Miss America!

I am sure you have all heard by now that the Miss America pageant is leaving my fair state. Its been pretty big news around here. But I don't really care. I don't think that anyone my age or younger (and probably older too) watches Miss America. Its a contest that has seen its best days and left them behind. The women aren't sexy, and men can see much more attractive and scantily-clad chicks in Maxim. And I hope that most women aren't interested because of the ridiculous idea that you have to strut around in a bathing suit and heels to compete for a college scholarship. Um, no.

I don't see how its a loss for Atlantic City either. I don't think you have swarms of people coming to AC to see the pageant. I am sure a few people (like, maybe the contestants' moms?) come for that. But most people come to AC for the gambling. There's nothing else to do down there as far as I am concerned. You can't take 10 steps down the boardwalk without being hassled by a beggar or propositioned by a hooker. The beach? I don't know, does anyone even go on the beach in AC? And God forbid you walk *off* the boardwalk onto the streets of AC...scary. Hold your purse tight. I would venture to say that 90% of the people down there never even leave the casinos. At all.

Now, I understand parts of AC are improving. They have added the upscale Borgata hotel and casino, which is supposed to be lovely. And from what I read in the paper, it sounds like lots of the casinos are adding bars and clubs to cater to a younger crowd (in most of the casinos, if you are under 70, you are probably the youngest person around).

As you know, I am a Jersey Girl through and through. But. It takes me about 3 hours to drive down to Atlantic City. And it takes me about 3.5 to fly to Vegas. Which would you choose?
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One final note, a total aside: Jon Bon Jovi once had a band called The Atlantic City Expressway. I know you were dying to know that.

20 comments:

Bumbling Bav said...

I did not know this of Jon!

I do not watch any of those, look at me I am MISS ANYTHING shows. However I will confess to watching fitness challange shows! I love the shape those women are in and wish I could be just like that.

Patsy Darling said...

The Atlantic City Expressway, oh go. Will this Bon Jovi madness ever end?

Hoagie1 said...

AC is like Rhode Island. "Waht's the point?"

Elle said...

It takes me 3 hours too. I'm just waiting to run into to you at the A&P. I too am a Jersey girl (as you know) and I too hate AC. Too many degenerates.
yuck.

HighMaintenanceHussy said...

Okay, I have to ask. Are you in Soprano Country?

I know it's a hick question. But well, I'm from IL, so yeah.

annie said...

I have not been to AC. Vegas used to be pretty seedy, but it's really been upgraded, too. It's quite a site, I think it's like another planet.

trine said...

i don't watch it. but i suppose that doesn;t surprise you...

;-)

ps. ive set up a blogger profile, so lazily i am going to sign my comment with it from now on, but you'll know who i am. don't suppose there are many other bloggers named trine... ;-)

Cori said...

Hmmm...tough decision Las Vegas vs. Atlantic City...What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Can you say the same thing about AC?

BTW, love seeing you around the Beach House Resort.

Jenn said...

They have added a section of Outlets right near the Convention Center (and I think down the street from Trump Casino) that I'm a bit addicted to! They are very safe to walk around (at least during the day, I've never been there at night). I have never felt anything but super comfortable there and I am SOOOO not a city-type person.

For my birthday a few weeks ago, we went to The Quarter at Tropicana it was really nice. Nothing better than a 3 course DESSERT!!!!! :) The Irish Pub had a little to be desired in the way of food, but the atmosphere was nice. They have a PF Changs, Carmine's, The Sound Of Philadelphia, etc and some "upscale" shopping. I know I sound a bit like an add, but for someone who greatly dislikes anything "unsuburb" I have really enjoyed my last two or three visits to A.C. at these places.

Unfort, I share your sentiment, Jersey in regards to Miss America. I'm a bit sad that it's dying out, as it's history and tradition in New Jersey, but I think the era of a widescale beauty pagent has passed. Thank goodness for smart, beautiful women everywhere! :) (I hope that doesn't sound in any way, but the way I intended. )

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i've never been to either, but i'd fly to vegas if i had my choice.

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JoiseyGirl said...

See? This is what I TELL people! AC is nothing! It's boring and icky and kinda scary. But no one ever believes me PFFFT...

Oh am I am a huge JBJ/BJ fan and I KNEW IT!!

Loz said...

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aka_monty said...

I've never been to either Vegas OR AC...*sob*...so I'd choose AC so I could come visit you. ;)

~Cathy~ said...

I haven't watched Miss America in years! It lasts too long! I've never been to Joisey but I've been to Vegas twice... and lost money both times. :(

Raehan said...

Not a big fan of AC OR the Miss America pageant, though I did enjoy it as a teenager.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Miss England & Miss World haven't been shown on terrestrial tv in this country since the mid-1980's.

Jerzey Girl said...

as a girl who grew up outside atlantic city, I can tell you I never go there, hell, I dont even want to work there, so I dont. I am not sad to see miss america go at all, god, maybe it means less traffic?? *I sure hope so, it does get crazy around here around miss A time*

Carmi said...

Nicely put. I've never seen the appeal of AC. It's a classic case of haves and have-nots, and it's sad to see how the city has been left to crumble just off the strip.

Here from Michele's tonight.

some girl said...

There's no place like Vegas. Plain and simple. It's the happiest place on Earth. For me, anyways. :)