Writer’s Block: Reality Check

writers-blockBy Corinne Wnek

One of the things I love most about living in New Jersey is that it’s like being in a reality show every day.  Shakespeare was right when he said, “All the world’s a stage”, and he never even visited the Garden State.  We are home to some of the best theatrics going minus the high price of a ticket.

Take the other day, for instance. I was stopped at a red light with one car ahead of me. The moment the light changed to green, the driver behind me blasted the horn, holding it down for several brain piercing seconds. This did not result in the cars ahead of him moving any faster. In fact, we hardly move at all.

So, just like a scene right out of a bad movie, the horn man jumps out of his car, runs to the first car and pounds on the window yelling, “Wat’s a matter, you blind or somthin’. It don’t get no greener than this.” I tried not to make any sudden moves as he passed my car. I know crazy when I see it.

The driver of the car ahead of me, a frightened young girl, fumbled for her cell phone yelling all the while, “It won’t start. I don’t know what to do”. She must have really been scared because no teenager I know ever fumbles for the cell phone.

For starters, she should have called the police on this guy. Mr. Nice stormed back to his car mumbling something that sounded like “itch” only it wasn’t, swerved into the opposite lane and nearly took me and my back bumper with him.

Just then, an older, kindly gentleman who watched this incident unfold from the sidewalk, made his way to the young girl’s car and helped move it to the side of the road.  This act alone calmed her down.  He stayed with her until help arrived. There were two different shows playing here and both were reality, Jersey style.

So why do people, most with temperaments like this nasty driver, get to represent to others on TV, what typical New Jerseyans are supposed to be like?  No wonder people are leaving this state in droves.

The broad implication is that Garden Staters are rude and loud. In truth, most New Jerseyans are actually well-educated, hard-working, generous, quick to lend a hand and kind-hearted, like the old gentleman who stopped to help that young driver.

Why don’t people like this get a reality series?

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