Sunday, November 27, 2011

AEDM 2011 #22-27: Important information regarding your destination in North Jersey

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Here is my first true Jersey doodle. This is what has become of me: I'm documenting traffic. Harking back to the plight of the highway motorist in North Jersey, I decided it was a good first predicament to cast in ink. It took all week to complete, not only because I am a slow doodler, but also because I invested an extraordinary amount of time in getting lost. Call it research ;)

38 comments:

Annie Pazoo said...

Aimee you make me laugh! Good luck with your continuing research! xo xo

Daisy Yellow said...

Yes, I didn't really "get" the point of FM roads that go parallel to the highway until we moved to TX.

Pattyskypants said...

I know your pain!! Hang in there.

Cindy said...

amen, sister. this happened to a friend of mine last week and she was half an hour late for her appointment! and, all that sign language from the other drivers is so distracting, but that's probably not just in nj :).

Sharon said...

Isn't it fun navigating Route 17, Route 4 and all those crazy U-Turns to get to the other side! :-)

Chel said...

bahahaha! I so relate to this one, too!

Eden said...

Haha!! Love this!!! I think this could be true for a couple of other cities that will remain un-named as well!! I'm sure you'll be just like a native in no time :D

Fine Lines said...

Haha!! Thanks for brightening my day!!

Lisa G. (Happy Mama) said...

For reals.

tortagialla said...

LOL, funny... but so true! I was always missing turnpikes in the East coast... seriously seems like the signs disappear sometimes...

rachel awes said...

oh aimee, just yesterday i spaced for a second while driving + suddenly i was crossing this big expansive bridge across a river to a WholeOtherPlace...+ that's just in lil' minnesota! i can't even imagine NJ!! love your crazytrue map! xoxo

Marci said...

I laughed out loud when I saw this. My husband ended up buying me a gps after I continually got lost in NJ and couldn't find a place to turn around. Every freeway exit turns into a new freeway and you aren't allowed to turn left!

Jennibellie said...

Hahaha by this estimation I think I shall start calling a lot of things research ;) great doodle happy day 28 :) x

Marcia (123 blog) said...

LOL Aimee, I love it. Sounds like Johannesburg too :)

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Had the same experience in Brazil. Signs are almost on the exit you need. They should read "You have just passed the Avenue Exit". :D
Awesome doodle.

iHanna said...

Too bad I couldn't enter the contest below, I need a personal map! It's good to have a personal map of how to get lost sometimes I think many of us need to get lost from time to time...

Love the doodle!

pauline said...

Aimee, this is FABULOUS!!! (you actually made this poster, right?) i love it!! Love the lettering...
Your post made me laugh (although i can't relate, living in a small coastal town in eastern Canada where traffic is almost a foreign word!)
Keep doodling!!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

LOL Welcome to the land of jug handles!

We Three 3 said...

LOL! Excellent!

Jill Berry said...

That is so funny! Sure felt that on Hwy 80 going through Utah this summer. An offramp every 60 miles, 115°, really too bad for you if you miss.

Hollace said...

"Recalculate. Recalculate. Recalculate."

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

turns out I am continuing your research here in Australia... we used to live in south Florida but always got lost because there seemed to be no landmarks and it is a little flatter than we are used to... to make it all worse it was on the wrong side of the road and the wrong side of the car.... just never really got used to it I have to say...this has bought back many memories of those years!!!

shedreamsofthesea said...

I'm from NJ, reading this made me so homesick. But I love the doodle.

quinncreative said...

Love that you are close enough for a nibble of whatever you want, but not close enough to be eaten alive. Such a good move! NJ is the only place I know where you turn right to turn left.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oy oy oy! Is this the artsy version of writing "I will not get lost" 100 times on the blackboard? My heart goes out to ya. But I know you'll be driving like a native in no time!

S.E.Minegar said...

left turns...never heard of them!

kae pea said...

You are funny and cute. 2 qualities I like in a person.
xokp

lori vliegen said...

it's great to see that your fabulous sense of humor hasn't gotten lost along the way! your artwork is nothing short of genius, doodle girl!! xoxox

soulbrush said...

Oh No btu ROFLMAO, this happened to me so often when we came to London 9 years ago, I was forever taking the wrong trains and landing up heaven knows where----
Thanks so much for the etsy treasury mention- make me an offer for 'Innocence' and she is yours sweet friend!

Anne-Marie said...

Well, I've never been to New Jersey but this still made me laugh. Maybe your doodle could be blown up big and hung over the NJ motorways, as a warning?

ella@lifeologia said...

Lovely and fun ;)
I love it.

Marcie said...

So true about North Jersey!! Getting lost was definitely worth every minute of it...look what you created?!?!? Love this!

danielle daniel said...

My GPS once yelled at me and said: IMPOSSIBLE IMPOSSIBLE, make an IMMEDIATE U-Turn! My husband still doesn't believe me... Love to you and New Jersey! xoxo

L'Atelier said...

OH DEAR! glad you have your wonderful humour though! you make every situation look aboslutely fabulous and colourful--- i would have just used terribly bad language and been in a bad mood... :)
hope you dont end up doing to much 'research' -lots of love
xxx

(ps could you email me you addi pls?)

Karen D said...

so sad but so true..
been living it all my life..


xo

storybeader said...

simple instructions are the best. Too funny! {:-D

Jennifer said...

oh my goodness...this just made me crack up. I love it. Welcome to NJ :0)

AG Ambroult said...

Bah hahahahahaha!
I've had that exact experience. And those damned "jug handles!"