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May 29, 2007



That is such a great story. My mom is from New Jersey. We go to the beach and you go down the shore.
That castle is very cool!! Is it haunted? I'm sure it is.
Love the spice rack. Good find!


I love that story!


Sugar, you can tell us stories like that anytime you want!


Funny Funny!


Hey, Col, except for the fact that your 1980's escapades in AC totally alluded me and Dad, I really think you have a flare for writing. I seriously think that your viewers would like to see the other half of you. You, my child, are a riot !!! Love, Mama

Linda and Laura Lilly Cottage

HI,just came over to visit via Jenny Holiday and thought we should say HI! Your stories are great, I think they do add to the fun,more like reading a magazine article than just flicking through the pictures! Pop over to Lilly Cottage some time, i think we may have all been made from the same batch! Have a fantastic day, Linda Lilly Cottage.


Oh my gosh that is a great story...still giggeling although I am sure you didn't laugh until well after the mace and the adreniline wore off.

Great cabinet by the way...that is so cool.


Hello I'm new to your blog. But I love it and I love our AC story. It caught my eye cause I have spent many summers at my sis's BNB in Ocean City and well, it was just fun to hear it. And I also had to take a hiatus from yard saling and thrif shopping. all very funny, Thanks.

dede warren

you. are. a. crack. up! and a girl after my own wretched heart!


What a wonderful story............ You have had me laughing since you were a wee little girl !

Cousin Lauren

Ahh, yes ... the hooker macing ... good times! Oh to be 14 again and riding around AC with my cool cousins!


Too funny!!!!!


OMG, this is way to funny for words!!!

Megan H

Hi Chick! I'm basking down here in Charlotte, NC but it's never quite as oppressive as the evening our freshly sunburnt skin, along with any exposed orifices, were ablaze with the feverish seasoning of our suburban pasttime. How utterly silly and shallow we were? Those poor slobs were no doubt around our age even! And to our merry amusement we gleefully used them like every other soul out there for mere pennies! It is a sign of a happy childhood when there was no absolute way of relating to those unfortunate, peppery (heehee)girls that lived blocks away from our cloudless and innocent playgrounds. Now as a mother I can only hope my children will be a tad more empathetic but if my two little monkeys have half as much blithely fun with their cousins and friends as we did then I think they'll turn out pretty good :) (a few pennies and a couple spritz of mace is all it takes) PS. Did you get the whore-pics? Patty emailed them to you today. Every 10 years or so I recall the story to whomever it is glimpsing at my past memories I keep in those ancient things called PHOTO-ALBUMS and giggle childishly each time!

Megan H

Oh and those glass jars would be perfect for those prostitute-pennies! Your kids will undoubtedly steal them from you and unknowingly make you proud. How sweet, I'm getting teary:)

Megan H

Wow, I feel I should elaborate just in case there's a few of your readers who have never experienced that lovely, spicy key-chain weapon hookers and runners seem to keep piously at the ready. As the witty cousin whose camara-clicking taunted and enraged the street walkers I feel obligated to warn others of the physical pain mace causes. The initial stream exposed to us through the opened car window was immediately absorbed into every exposed mucus membrane and siphoned into our sun-crackled, thirsty pores. (Like squeezing a fresh lemon into your eyes and then bathing your normally coolwhip-white but now scarlett-glistening body in jalapeno juice, only worse. Like when a friend sneaks a tangy, orange habanero on your sandwich when you graciously get up to get them a refill, only your whole integumentary system is your tongue!) Being the gracious ex-friend of a TexMex, I can say that I dabbled in peppers, most of the time unknowingly and unwillingly and I have personal, 1st hand accounts of their effects on the glands of unsuspecting victims. I would have to admit though that the whole macing-in-AC experience prepared me for my gas mask training in the USAF when I didn't quite tighten my mask correctly in the allotted 1.7 seconds the funny drill Sgts give you. It was amazing how fast I recalled my prior macing knowledge. I tried to compare and contrast the 2 as the piquant sensation of peppers singing my eye balls and nasal cavity as I uncontrollably(and unattractively) melted my lungs, like good ol' AC jellyfish, out of my 2 nostrils. I believe the A.C.macing of 1990 was easier on my body as a whole because I was on an adventure with my cool cousins and I didnot have an irate military bull screaming obscenities about how I would have never of made it in 'Nam. (I tried my hardest not to laugh) But seriously readers, what you must remember is that the seething pain is much more tolerable if your laughing your ass off at some dumb, pathetic, 2cent whores along side your young, beautiful, educated and loved-on-this-earth cousins or friends! Wow, as selfish and unsisterly as it sounds, I'm so glad my life was not theirs! Anyway, just thought I'd clarify :)

marilyn currey

Colleen, I enjoyed meeting you and you're sisters at Renningers on Saturday ( I'm the girl from Scranton who took all that fabric off you're hands).I showed my mother the white tablecloth with the green trim and she loved, loved ,loved it so I gave it to her cause I'M SUCH A GOOD DAUGHTER! You guys had the best and most affordable stuff. Before I found you I was beginning to think my day was going to be a waste of time. I thought most of the dealers were overpriced. I found a woman selling Vera Neumann cloth napkins set of 4 for 35 bucks. I found a set at a yard sale in Avalon, NJ last week for a buck. I told her so. I don't think she appreciated that. Anyway, Hope to run in to one of you're sales again.

The Ranter

That story is great! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and posted it on my list of favorite blogs on my own: The Antiquer's Rant. Audrey

Karmen Jones

you are a very good, (and might i add) funny storyteller!


Ah, the jersey shore. Greenheads (esp. at Brigantine) and cruising the streets of Atlantic City. Only when I was a teen, I had even more cojones than you and your friends...we WALKED down Pacific Ave, right in the midst of those girls. How's that for guts? Don't remember ever being maced, but I did get a few job offers.

We were more the Long Beach Island crowd, year round, or "LBI" as they call it today. But I will never forget the Brigantine Castle, was and continues to be the best haunted house ever!!


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