You’ve requested some days off of work, your bags are packed, and your alarm is set for an early departure. It’s time for the classic American road trip. No matter what your destination or mode of transportation, there’s bound to be some down time as you and your family and/or friends start racking up the miles. It doesn’t even take long before the thrill of heading to your vacation spot is replaced with the monotony of watching the world pass by your window. That’s where classic road trip games come in to save the day.
While I Spy and Slug Bug are among the most well-known, they are certainly not the most engaging on a multi-hour trip. Here are the top 5 road trip games that will make the travel part of your vacation more entertaining:
Ad-Lib Storytelling – One of the oldest games around, ad-lib storytelling is perfect for long car rides because it does not require much more than your imagination. Everyone takes turns crafting a story one sentence at a time. One person may start with “Once upon a time…” and the next can throw in oddball twists and inside jokes to make the plot more ridiculous and fun. Read the rest »
Gardeners know they can spend a fortune on pots, crates, and other holders for plants. But to ease the burden on your wallet and the environment, consider recycling any of these unique items into plant holders. You’ll get a garden unlike any other on your block.
- Wooden Crates, Kegs, or Barrels
- Old Bathroom Fixtures
A collection of old wooden containers gives a garden a great “rustic” feel. You can paint them to preserve them for longer, or simply let them sit out in nature in their unpainted state, gradually weathering to become part of the garden. Don’t forget to add drainage holes where necessary.
Planting geraniums in an old toilet might seem silly – or it might be just to your taste. Old sinks and bathtubs also make great planters. Because the holes for plumbing in old bathroom fixtures are often larger than drainage requires, line the bottom with a layer of rocks before dumping in your potting soil. Read the rest »
Most Americans probably associate the Jersey Devil with The Garden State’s NHL hockey team, but this iconic New Jerseyan was actually born out of a centuries old legend set in the mysterious and haunted Pine Barrens forest. As with most folktales, there are numerous versions of the Jersey Devil’s origins, however, each share the common thread that this nightmarish creature is not to be trifled with.
According to legend, in 1735, a woman named Deborah Leeds was pregnant with her 13th child. Some say the child was already cursed by the unlucky number 13 or that its mother invoked the devil during an incredibly painful and difficult labor. But when the child was born, he appeared to be a healthy baby boy before quickly transforming into a grotesque beast with bat wings, a forked tale, cloven hooves, glowing red eyes, and two sharp horns on top of its horse-like head.
The monster grew larger and larger in a matter of seconds and then attacked and killed its own mother. It clawed and lashed at the midwives, its father, and siblings, killing as many as it could before flying up the chimney and out into the darkness of the Pine Barrens.
New Jersey has quite a history and reputation, so it’s no wonder that the Garden State serves as a colorful setting for so many films. From quirky suburban Jersey natives to cerebral Princeton professors, New Jersey has plenty of characters worthy of the silver screen.
The personal injury team at Lependorf & Silverstein is proud to be from New Jersey and believe the following films show off some of the memorable qualities and charms of our home state.
Seen as a love letter to his home state, filmmaker/actor/star Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State shows an up-close-and-personal look at everyday life in South Orange, New Jersey. Braff’s character, Andrew Largeman, returns home for his mother’s funeral after several years and ends up meeting his charming new love interest and visiting strange, quirky locations, including a huge rock quarry in Newark and an empty mansion, creating a nostalgic representation of growing up in New Jersey. Read the rest »
Second only to Halloween in terms of candy consumption, it’s hard to imagine Easter without the traditional chocolate rabbits, decorated candy eggs, and maybe a Peep or two when no one is looking. These seasonal treats have become popular around the world, but at Lependorf & Silverstein, we couldn’t help but wonder what foods different countries eagerly anticipate during this worldwide spring holiday.
The following are some of the most unique and interesting Easter candies and foods from other countries that we wish were readily available here in New Jersey.
Edible Egg Shells – Germans enjoy eating chocolate Easter eggs like so many of us do, but through a unique process of sterilization and ingenuity, the German company Sweetique fills real egg shells with delicious hazelnut chocolate. The shells are not only beautifully decorated, but also entirely edible.
In 1987, the U.S. Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to honor and celebrate the many contributions that American women have made to the political, social, and cultural evolution of the country. It is strange to think that women’s history is still a relatively new subject in school curriculums and the public consciousness.
In recognition of the incredible strides that women have made in transforming the state of New Jersey over the years, the legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein would like to shine a well-deserved spotlight on some of the extraordinary women from NJ history.
Let’s face it, the Garden State, by and large, gets a bad rap. Many people associate New Jersey with refineries, swamp lands, and a cable television show about overly tanned twenty-somethings. But at Lependorf & Silverstein, we know that there is so much more to this historic and diverse state.
Whether you are a life-long resident or have never visited our beautiful state before, there may be many insights into NJ you’ve never learned. Without further ado, here are some interesting things you should know about New Jersey.
- New Jersey is home to both Princeton University and Rutgers University, where notable alumni and faculty have gone on to become U.S. presidents or Pulitzer Prize winners. Read the rest »
There’s no doubt that New Jersey has quite a notable reputation among the nation’s 50 states. From the famous boardwalk along the coast of Atlantic City to the Princeton University, The Garden State is well-known for more than just a once-famous MTV show.
But some of the most peculiar cultural icons of New Jersey date back to the 1700s and even earlier. Here are some of the creepy urban legends that live on today in New Jersey.
The Devil’s Tree
Countless stories surround an ominous looking oak tree located in a barren field in Bernards Township, each claiming that the tree is cursed. Some say the tree was the site of numerous suicides and murders, while others warn that anyone attempting to cut down the tree will not only fail to do so but die shortly after. Several visitors say that the tree is so unnaturally warm that it remains untouched even during the dead of winter. Read the rest »
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