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Free At Last! Free At Last! 
Jul. 3, 2013 2:43 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 6:48 pm
Very soon now I and my family will be free from New Jersey. Some packing, some loading and then catching a flight for She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) and my eldest, packing and loading my RV and truck for the long trip to Minnesota with my youngest, and it will be over. Of course we must still pay New Jersey's infamous Escape Tax. They have the gall to charge you 8.9% of the profit from the sale of your home, or 2% of the total amount of the sale, which ever is greater. I'm surprised that more people don't leave this State.

Fortunately, many of the people I've had the pleasure of being in contact with, in some way, from this State, are really nice people and a pleasure to talk to and interact with. The teachers in the schools my kids were in were mostly awesome. There were a couple I would have preferred that my kids didn't have to suffer through, but that is the norm. The sagely advice from good ol' dad to the kids was, "Tell the twit what they want to hear, pass the class, and formulate your own ideas on the topic. And then sit down and argue it out with me!"

And so it is with both eagerness and regret that I leave New Jersey. And none too soon! Who knows? The Escape Tax might go up soon!

One of the annoying inconveniences of moving is that, this close to the move, I am expected to make delicious meals on food that doesn't exist. SWMBO demanded that we pare down our sizable pantry to a more manageable, "There's not a darned thing in the house!" sized pantry. We wouldn't want the movers to do any work after all. I've pretty much only got a venison roast, 2 lbs of ground beef, dry beans and basmati rice left in the house. Oh! and a bag of frozen tamales. The electrodes that SWMBO implanted in me upon our nuptials won't allow me in a grocery store without extreme pain.

All this leaves me wondering, "Is ketchup a good sauce for tamales?" I am thinking about putting together a chopped basket for people that are moving across country: ground beef, half a jar of artichoke tapenade, pickled radishes and instant banana pudding. I would really love to feed some of the "Chopped" judges something made with those items!

I have several closing thoughts.

1) In selecting the tags for this post I could only find one that actually fit, but it was misspelled, missing an "H."

2) Actual thing said to a doctor just before they did a colonoscopy: "Hey doc! Would you mind writing a note to my wife telling her that my head really isn't up there?"
Jul. 3, 2013 2:57 pm
Too funny. Please NJ don't tell CA about that escape tax.... they just tacked on another 3.5 cents per gallon of gasoline because ..... get this.....we are driving cars that are TOO fuel efficient! Have a safe journey and as for the ketchup my hubby says, A-OK ! Ketchup is fine on just about everything except for that instant banana pudding - no ketchup on that, please!
Jul. 3, 2013 3:15 pm
Baking Nana... Ok Ketchup good, but not on banana pudding. Got it. Thanks for the well wishes!
Jul. 3, 2013 3:16 pm
Have a safe trip to your new home Doc. My you eat well on your trip.
Jul. 3, 2013 3:16 pm
Happy Fourth of July, Doc.
Jul. 3, 2013 4:01 pm
manella, thanks and thanks! I know I'll eat well after I get there. I'll be trying out my ravioli press and be figuring out how to make orechiette. Vodka sauce anyone?
Jul. 3, 2013 4:32 pm
manella, this is for you!
Jul. 3, 2013 4:54 pm
Many good wishes in your new home. Enjoy! Safe travels and hope you love your new area.
Jul. 3, 2013 6:10 pm
Doc, that brought back so many memories I had tears in my eyes. I haven't heard that song in years. Thank you so much, made me realize how much I miss my family, and all that pasta making. I am quite sure you will master the art of making orechiette in no time.
Jul. 3, 2013 7:01 pm
Thank you Maggie. I know we'll love it there, and I trust that the travels will be safe.
Jul. 3, 2013 7:51 pm
Doc, this sounds like a "get out of Dodge" moment! I can't believe they actually tax you on the proceeds from the sale of your home? On top of capital gains? Insane! I had to laugh and cry at the same time. Great post. Safe travels to you and your family. I'm sure that SWMBO will be a bit more abiding once this is all over.
Jul. 3, 2013 9:51 pm
Cookin'Cyn, They only bless people that are leaving the state of New Jersey. Thanks for the well wishes!
Jul. 4, 2013 4:31 am
Be safe and enjoy your new home. "Escape tax" ??? That really bites!
Jul. 4, 2013 9:06 am
Hope your move goes well and you enjoy your new digs! Now that is a basket for the Chopped show for sure!
Jul. 4, 2013 4:23 pm
nj home sales tax
Jul. 4, 2013 6:12 pm
midwestchef, thanks and it does bite, but from what I read in the link KingSparta sent, it bites everyone in NJ!
Jul. 4, 2013 6:15 pm
Cat Hill, I'm pretty sure the move will go better than I fear. I will have an extra 1/2 acre or so for gardening! I ate the tapenade when I found a half sleeve of stale Ritz crackers or I might have tried that basket!
Jul. 4, 2013 6:15 pm
KingSparta, thanks for the link. I don't feel so all alone now.
Jul. 4, 2013 6:27 pm
Best wishes in the new home! I can't believe NJ found a tax NY doesn't know about......and please don't tell them!
Jul. 5, 2013 5:18 am
I can relate..having lived in NJ for 30 yrs, scenic part, northwest..foothills of the Poconos...anyway I especially miss baked ziti, Portugese baked goods, good cheese Danish and won't you miss the pierogies?
Jul. 5, 2013 6:58 am
BSM, Shhhh... mum's the word. NY has enough "interesting ideas" without ideas from NJ creeping across the GW bridge. Thanks for the wishes.
Jul. 5, 2013 7:02 am
Judy, we live(d) in the other scenic part which is Southern Jersey, just on hte edge of the Pine Barrens. There are more bodies buried in Wharton State Forest than in Forest Lawn! Alas, I never found a place that made pierogies and the bakeries I found weren't all that good. I did finally discover Reading Terminal Market in Philly about 3 weeks before our move date. *sigh*
Jul. 5, 2013 8:56 am
I hear you about the trials and tribulations of moving. Wishing you well in your home and hope your trip is uneventful.
Jul. 5, 2013 10:30 am
Thank you goodeats! I am sure the move will go well and the trip will be safe. The house we bought is older, but we've had the good fortune of being able to fix the known issues and it should make a lovely home. I can't wait to set up the garden, and start cooking and canning in the kitchen.
Jul. 6, 2013 1:57 am
DS: Hope your travel is going smoothly. Escape Tax sounds terrible. I guess they're gonna extract their share of your money one way or another. Hmmm...Doc, you're rather clever with the misspelled tag...
Jul. 6, 2013 4:01 am
Hi Doc! Best wishes on your move - I can't even begin to imagine! I would not know where to begin - just the garage or basement would do me in! And, hahaha - it took me a few (it's early!), but I figured out what you meant with the misspelled tag. :D
Jul. 6, 2013 10:41 am
bikerfamily, Thanks. So far the prepacking is going ok. Or a minute I thought my wife pitched a $30 dollar bottle of bourbon, but I found it hiding in a box destined for the RV. As far as "their share" goes. it isn't theirs. They just take it and they have bigger guns and more of them than I do. As far as the tag goes, I didn't see one that fit, so I had to make one! :)
Jul. 6, 2013 10:43 am
Mother Ann, you just need some of my home roasted Costa Rican coffee beans to perk up your mornings! We move frequently, though not military frequently. We move close to every five years. It keeps the clutter down, but try to convince She Who Must Be Obeyed!
Jul. 6, 2013 4:54 pm
Taxes are always higher in liberal states. then what happens is the ones who can escape the high taxes plant there liberal ways in the conservative states. By the way I am neither liberal or conservative. the last election gave us the worst choices for both parties. I don't like the way liberals spend and tax my money, or the conservatives who want to tell me how to live under there restrictive laws (abortion, gay rights, etc.) just to name a few that are hot topics right now. my mom and dad (about 82 years old) live in south jersey and pay about $8,000 in property taxes each year. that's about what I pay in 10 years.
Jul. 7, 2013 8:55 am
Good luck on your move, Doc! New homes and new places are really exciting to me. Lotsa work but so worth it. Can't wait for your next blog to find out how everything went.
Jul. 7, 2013 12:46 pm
KingSparta, it sounds like we are on a more or less similar page as far as how we would live our lives. I am a registered Republican, but when I move to Minnesota I will register either independent or as a Libertarian. I was a Democrat, but I got better, then I was a Republican and I am working on getting over that too! I guess that leaves me fiscally conservative and socially liberal (for the most part). Really, all I want is to live and let live. I do not trust the government to do anything correctly or efficiently. Giving them money through taxation has almost the same effectiveness as wiping your backside with it and flushing it down the toilet. Some people do benefit, and I don't begrudge them if they need help, but it could be done so much better if the government were accountable to us and afraid for their lives of us.
Jul. 7, 2013 12:49 pm
Thank you so much Judy! It is exciting and am looking forward to it. six more days before I leave in the truck/RV. We had the kitchen redone so there should be plenty to blog about!
Jul. 9, 2013 5:27 pm
I am a registered Libertarian and so is my wife. Government is needed but it is not needed to regulate everything I do or don't do.
Jul. 10, 2013 6:05 pm
How much fun - I hope Minnesota goes well for you and your family.
Jul. 10, 2013 6:47 pm
KS thumbs up!
Jul. 10, 2013 6:48 pm
conqueress, thanks for the well wishes! It will go well, I am sure. I am so looking forward to planning out my new garden!
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I'm old and smelly, kinda like a really good salami with that really nice white mould all over it.
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Meat, carbs, meat, carbs, meat, carbs and did I mention meat?
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Drop a plate of Pierogis and sausages in front of me and watch my eyes glaze over in pure joy.
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Schweinebraten mit Knoedel und Krautsalat. Also Edel Hirsch Gulasch was very nice. I make killer Spaetzle and Knockerl also.
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