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Jeremy Osner Sep 18, 2000 10:55 AM

For a beautiful description of the White Castle experience, take a look at Sam Shepard's article in yesterday's NY Times Magazine. It's at the link below, about 1/2 way down the page. If you've never gone to the Times site before you need to register; there is no charge.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/library/magazi...

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    Jason "Will give blood for burgers" Perlow RE: Jeremy Osner Sep 18, 2000 11:23 AM

    Yes, for some reason getting them frozen from the supermarket doesnt have the same appeal as eating them at a real WC in a dangerous neighborhood filled with prostitutes, pimps and junkies. If they opened one in a rich neighborhood they just woudn't be the same.

    My favorite? The one in the Fordham section of the Bronx a few blocks away from Arthur Ave. Or the one on Union Turnpike in Flushing just past St Johns, if its still there.

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      Meredith Merridew RE: Jason "Will give blood for burgers" Perlow Sep 18, 2000 02:16 PM

      "Yes, for some reason getting them frozen from the supermarket doesnt have the same appeal as eating them at a real WC in a dangerous neighborhood filled with prostitutes, pimps and junkies."

      Another fine bit of socially enlightened dining from Jason "Slumming's Fine As Long As I Don't Have to Interact With The Locals" Perlow.

      I suspect that the quaint suburbs you call home are equally "filled with prostitutes, pimps, and junkies." It's just that they all have cell phones and beepers, and conduct their business behind closed doors.

      Boredom breeds as many demons as poverty.

      (And no, the White Castle on Union Turnpike isn't there any more.)

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        Jason "I live in Whitelandia" Perlow RE: Meredith Merridew Sep 18, 2000 02:43 PM

        Look, I -lived- right by that White Castle on Union Turnpike, ok? So I can talk the talk and walk the walk. And I've lived pretty close to SE Washington DC too, which is also another lovely place to live. At one part of my life I was also pretty damn close to homeless. But now I'm married, I have a sucessful career as a freelance writer, systems integrator and cellular phone business owner and I drive a big honking $599 per month leased SUV. This is not to say I still dont want my damn 4 double cheeses with extra pickles.

        I dont understand what you mean by slumming. You mean I shouldn't be the slightest bit concerned about my wellbeing by walking into one of those White Castles? And you can bet your sweet bippy that I dont want to engage in conversations with prostitutes and junkies. I just want my burgers, dammit! Besides. I enjoy the thrill of pulling up to the White Castle drive thru in Fordham, anxiously awaiting my order while I nervously look at everyone who walks within 40 feet of my beautiful new car. If they built a White Castle in Short Hills or in Great Neck it clearly wouldnt have the same thrill factor, although the yentas are actually scarier looking than most prostitutes. But I digress.

        And yes, we do get prostitutes here -- in fact on the radio today they announced that 18 people were busted for engaging in prostitution in Morristown. We live a whole 5 minutes away from there, except you'd never know it unless you were a local.

        But hey, thats Morristown for you.

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      pat hammond RE: Jeremy Osner Sep 18, 2000 11:26 AM

      Jeremy: I loved that piece too! In fact, I read the whole Magazine from cover to cover. For someone with a long-distance love affair with New York City it was especially enjoyable. pat

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