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Bruno Mars wants to get married. Say it isn't so Bruno. Play the field for awhile. Ryansecrest.com

Bruno Mars wants to get married. Say it isn’t so Bruno. Have some dancing juice and play the field for awhile. Ryansecrest.com

By Paul Goldfinger     (Oct. 2015 re-post)

Once upon a time, songs were about getting married (eg the Chapel of Love), but just when you thought all that was dead and zombified, along comes Bruno Mars and takes us all back to it. Here he is—some kind of nut? Consider this lyric. Somebody ought to have a talk with Bruno:

“Don’t say no, no, no, no, no

Just say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

And we’ll go, go, go, go, go

If you’re ready, like I’m ready”

And, not to change the subject, but it is a blog, so here’s the “Band From Zombie Land.”

We want to drink your blood and then play a tune. PG photo half- live in Asbury Park
We want to drink your blood and then play a tune. PG photo half- live in Asbury Park. Last week.  (note: this band was NOT at the Harvest Festival in OG.—we have our own kazoo band.)

What did they play? I don’t know, they flew by me and were gone within 20 seconds. But let’s guess—here’s a good song for this group  (by  DANNY KAYE:)

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This published image is by photojournalist Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. Undated. ©

 

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING FOR IRVING BERLIN’S SHOW HOLIDAY INN:

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Asbury Park Saturday farmers market (Sunset Ave) 8/15/15. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park Saturday farmers market (Sunset Ave) 8/15/15. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge. 

 

THE FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE     “Today’s Teardrops.”

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A sign of the times in Asbury Park. April 4, 2017. By Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger.net.

SMALL POTATOES finding the direction to spring in Bob’s image:

 

 

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Wesley Lake seen from Ocean Grove. November, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Wesley Lake seen from Ocean Grove. November, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger © Click image to see more

WILLIE NELSON.  “The Night Life”

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At the OG north end, a Grover family returns from AP. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger ©

At the OG north end, a Grover family returns from AP. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click left.

KAREN O. and EZRA KOENIG (From Vampire Weekend.)  Academy Award nominee 2014.   “Moon Song” from the movie “Her.” But this is a studio version duet.

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Convention Hall. Asbury Park, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Convention Hall. Asbury Park, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©  click imagefor bigger wedding.  Re-post from 2013.

THE TYMES. (c. 1963)

 

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Asbury Park July 2016

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

I’ve come to the conclusion that all those “best” lists are created by payoffs. After all, how can Asbury Park be one of the world’s best beach towns, better than famous beaches in California, Australia and Florida?

As a result, we have ignored those lists lately, because the A. Park that we know is usually awarded top billing on those lists. The only list I ever saw with Ocean Grove was some years ago, when we were rated higher than AP as the best place for gay folks.

However, to those of you who are cynical, as I am, about this subject, I did find a list that excluded A. Park. Maybe the payoff was too high for the Cookman crowd and iStar’s publicity department

U.S. News & World Report 3/19/19: Best Places to live near the beach:

1. Melbourne

2. San Diego

3. Sarasota

4. Honolulu

5. Charleston, South Carolina

6. Fort Myers

7. Jacksonville

8. Pensacola

9. Santa Barbara, California

10. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

11. Tampa

12. Port St. Lucie

13. Daytona Beach

14. Virginia Beach, Virginia

15. Los Angeles

16.Corpus Christi, Texas

17. Miami

18. Salinas, California

19. Brownsville, Texas

20. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Here’s a link to a recent post on Blogfinger about this topic:

 

Asbury accolades BF post 2019

 

PINK MARTINI  “Sway”    Do people still dance on vacation?

 

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2nd Life Bikes. April 2004. Photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

2nd Life Bikes. April 2014. Photos by Paul Goldfinger ©. Left click  Re-post from 2014.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

Kerri Martin, the Director of Second Life Bikes” at 21 Main Street, right outside the OG gates and a little to the right, presides over an ocean of used bicycles within a cavernous space that looks like it could house a brewery or an armory. Kerri founded this “community organization” in 2006 when she ran it out of a garage as a sort of bike church.

 

Kerri Martin. Director. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Kerri Martin. Director. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The idea is to help the community and promote solid values through the “resurrection” of bicycles and secondarily of endangered poor kids. She says the program “changes the destiny of people and bikes.”

 

People donate old bicycles to the group, and they are fixed up by a team of 3 experts: Kerri, Pete and Terry. Then the bicycles can be purchased from $60.00 up or given to kids free through the “Youth Earn a Bike” program. Kids ages 12-18 must work 15 hours to get a bike. They learn how to use tools and restore life to damaged cycles.

By Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Kerri is quite famous around these parts for her witticisms which she writes by hand on a blackboard outside the shop. She says that she is giving vent to her “inner comedian.” The program has been covered by national media, but now Blogfinger gets a shot.

 

I brought over my son’s Huffy which had been ridden twice before the brakes failed. Pete, a bike repairman and raconteur found that the bike was fine, but it had been assembled wrong. So much for the great deal at Walmart. Pete is originally from Jersey City and he used to do darkroom photography, so we had a few things to talk about. Pete has a short graying pony tail; maybe I should get one of those.

 

Kerri isn’t sure what this building was used for in the past, but it stood empty for many years before Kerri and her biker gang took over four years ago. I felt like Bob Bowné at the silk mill when I roamed around taking photos. But unlike the silk mill, this strange building has humans and cats roaming around still.

 

Kerri said that another blogger was due in for an interview and photoshoot, but, at least for today, Blogfinger got the scoop.

 

2nd life cat has 7 more. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

2nd life cat has 7 more. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The crew at the 2nd Hand Bikeland also consists of volunteers, and visitors are welcome. You Grovers should walk over there and step inside. It is a fascinating and unique treat. You might even be inspired to make a donation—the 2nd Hand biker gang wants to buy the building and continue the good deeds at that very special location

BARBRA STREISAND from her greatest hits album:

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Paul Goldfinger photograph ©. December 2, 2018. Click to enlarge.

 

THE BLUEJAYS with “So Long Lover’s Island”  (Soundtrack Green Book)

 

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