Meet-up in Turnersville on Saturday?

thThat’s Saturday as in “tomorrow,” and yes, I should have given everyone more notice.

My apologies: When I’m in New Jersey I just lose track of time.

Late last night I suddenly realized, “Holy cow* — it’s Thursday!” I went to the McDonald’s website and found a place just two miles away from where I’m staying.

Despite the late notice, I hope that those of you who expressed an interest can make it.


The address is 5801 Route 42 in Turnersville, NJ. If you overshoot it or get lost, the restaurant’s phone number is 856-227-1740.

My plan is to be there from 1 p.m. until at least 3 p.m., possibly 4 p.m. I’ll be the middle-aged woman with a laptop and a Diet Coke. If the battery runs out and there’s nowhere to plug in, look for the middle-aged woman reading a battered paperback copy of “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

We can talk about money, frugality, writing or whatever you want unless it’s sports (just don’t care about them). If it weren’t for the papal visit I’d be doing this meet-up in Philly, so that I could get a fresh pretzel from the Reading Terminal Market. But we work with what we have and what we have this time is South Jersey.


Why McDonald’s? Because it’s nearby and because fast-food places tend to be a little more forgiving of people who sit and chat after eating, especially if the place isn’t full. In a regular restaurant the staffers rely on “turning” tables several times during a shift. No one will ever call me a camper if I can help it.

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. Also to getting some work done if nobody is able to make it.

*Full disclosure: I did not say “cow.”

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  1. Find yourself a Philly Soft Pretzel Factory. Just as good (dare I say better?) as the real thing. Especially if you consider the real thing to be the oddly damp, slightly stale ones sold out of shopping carts at red lights.

    • Donna Freedman

      Never did care for those doorstop-grade pretzels. I was referring to the ones baked constantly and served steaming-hot and brushed with butter at a stand in the Reading Terminal Market.

    • Donna Freedman

      And holy crap, just realized which Meghan you are. Hi there! Are you going into town to hear the Pope?

  2. Cathy in NJ

    Course plotted and laid in. I hope to be there:)

  3. If you find yourself near a (gasp!) shopping mall, Auntie Anne’s pretzels are pretty good. Enjoy your time on the East Coast. I’m in Philadelphia, stuck in the “traffic box” for the weekend due to the Pope’s visit (meaning I could drive my car out, but couldn’t get drive back home again for the duration).

    • Donna Freedman

      I’m trying to imagine the snarl, both in-town and on the other bridges (Walt Whitman et al.), and having trouble doing so. Sure hope everything goes smoothly.

      And I’ve had Auntie Anne’s pretzels. They’re pretty good.

  4. I will be there (assuming thatI am not thwarted by traffic). Probably close to 1, as we have plans for later in the day. Looking forward to seeing you!

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