Now they were doing itagain: Waiting, with a bouquet of alstroemeria and purpletulips, for Asbury Park’s deputycityclerk, D. Kiki Tomek, to take their application for a civil union in New Jersey .
An athletickid from New Jersey, Fischer was known as a boldrisktaker — they called him “the fallingest man in climbing” — until an old-school cragger taught him the Zen of controlledascent.
They were sittingacross fromeach other at the bar as Lioneldescribed his odysseyacross the country in a Trailways bus, gatheringmaterial, as he put it. It was all grist for the mill, lifereal and rawout therewest of New Jersey.
For those who have nevernavigated “Fairways,” as some longbeards call the originalstore — there are satellites in Harlem and Brooklyn and on Long Island, with anotherplanned for New Jersey — it is a low-ceilingedwarrenunderpitilessfluorescents.
The population of New Jersey will not stand for this!
Certainlymany of them were on display at this show, part of a 20th-anniversarycelebration for the band, and which also, thanks to one of the openingacts, Lifetime, served as a primer on the generations, and modes, of New Jersey punkdom.
LocalitiesacrossNew Jerseyimposedcurfews to preventlooting. In Monmouth, Ocean and othercounties, peoplewaited for hours for gasoline at the fewstations that had electricity. Supermarketshelves were strippedbare.
When an aunt who was an actresshelped him find a job in the WilliamMorrismailroom, where would-be agentstraditionallystart, the salary was not enough to support him, so he took a secondjobworking as a stockboy at a Macy’s in New Jersey.