Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New York and New Jersey Point Fingers

Well, it seems that the blame game continues as to who is guilty of producing the stench which offended many people in the New York metropolitan area recently. Headlines in local papers carry stories of the detective work being performed on both banks of the Hudson River in an attempt to track down the illusive culprit.

But as I pointed out earlier it will prove to be as stated by Snake Oil Sam a natural event of noxious proportions. Old Snake might tend to make things up from time to time especially when I don’t have clear facts, but one thing which I do know with a degree of expert knowledge is the temperament of the Secaucus swamps which I played and grew up in as a small child.

And as I pointed out before, when the
right set of circumstances collide which they did in the days prior to the New York City Odor Event of ’07 you are going to get a very strong and unpleasant stench of about one billion rotten eggs. That is an undeniable and unavoidable, as far as I know, event.

What I find somewhat humorous is that the governing council of Secaucus, New Jersey is attempting to save face and blame it on Brooklyn, New York. Sorry Secaucus but the prevailing wind was out of the West at the time and Brooklyn being East of Manhattan was in fact downwind of Manhattan. On the other hand Secaucus was just three short miles upwind of Manhattan and the area affected that day.

Any hunter knows that if you don’t want the game which you hunt to pick up your scent you need to be downwind of the game. So Snake Oil Sam declares Brooklyn to be officially off the hook. The honor clearly goes to Secaucus, New Jersey and more particularly the estuary in the North East portion of Secaucus.

If anyone ever wants to see the guilty estuary, it is the area which borders the New Jersey Turnpike to the right of the southbound lanes on that roadways’ Eastern Spur as vehicles approach the Route 495 Lincoln Tunnel approach highway.

Actually it is a very nice portion of the Meadowlands when not producing that odor which it seldom does. The watershed is in fact an extremely important part of the environment. It has over that last several years been in the process of rebirth as a vibrant and healthy wetland which contributes to the health of the lower Hackensack River. That thanks to
Hackensack Riverkeeper, Captain Bill Sheehan and his staff and crew of volunteers.

I guess that Secaucus is not to happy about taking this honor as they have spent countless years in an effort to change the image of a town once known for the stench from the many pig farms which dotted the town.

That image was enhanced by the burning garbage dumps in neighboring Lyndhurst which often sent the smell of burning trash wafting across Secaucus. A slaughterhouse in nearby North Bergen was simply the icing on the cake on a hot summer day.

In defense of my hometown I would say that today Secaucus is a gem in the Meadowlands. Well, that might be an overstatement but it is still a pretty good town. I guess that you need to have lived there to understand that statement. It is a quality of life thing.

So, all I can do is say sorry New York. But you will get over it. Just think of all the money which we in New Jersey spend every weekend in your great town when we come across the river and get drunk, puke and urinate on your sidewalks before we go back home.

Snake Oil Sam
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