9 MAY 2013: My first full day home in New Jersey after eight months in Brasil was a fun one. Don't get me wrong, I love living in Rio de Janeiro but New Jersey will always be home. It's where I'm from. It's where I grew up. I have spent most of my life here. All of my experiences from here on the Jersey Shore have shaped my life and the person that I have become. Naturally, whenever I'm away for an extended amount of time I tend to miss it. Time away, also, makes me appreciate it more...especially after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy six months ago.
|Mmmmm, my first Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese sandwich in eight months!|
|Pat Hemenway (on the left) and the crew at Eastern Lines Surf Shop in Belmar, NJ.|
|Belmar, New Jersey...a lot of progress has been made rebuilding in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, but there's still much work to be done!|