Thought I would share some clips from some of the interviews we conducted last season. Just alittle reminder of those who will be attending their last season as a Jets season ticket holder.
Good morning one and all. Glad some of you decided to come back and check things out. Thank you. The past week has been a crazy one on so many fronts. I heard back from the New York Jets, saw Dorney Park for the first time in well over 15 years, and Gina and I went to the mecca of hunting and fishing that is Cabela’s. Plus not to mention my own thoughts and outlook on things that are going on. Just glad Brett favre has given up on coming back. If Brett really needs that much attention, I am sure some TV station could use a former QB as a football analyst..
OK, let us begin with Bruce Speight and the New York Jets. I am home from work last Friday and Gina and I are cooking on the grill. I get a call about 6:30 from Bruce saying that have no issue with me filming at the Meadowlands at no cost. That is right, they have ZERO issues with me filming at Giants Stadoum and not having to pay fees to the NJSEA. I know the NJSEA is out to make a profit, they are a profit business. But I am NOT out to hurt the NY Jets like they think. I am a storyteller looking to tel the stories of NT Jets fans.
I am also going to report on the truths that have been in the press the past year about the NY Jets. I am not going to turn any information around or take peoples information and put it into a light that will make the Jets look bad though the power of editing like many do. People can find a lot of the information I have on their own, the truth has been out there a while on everything. From waiting until the NY Giants announce their PSL rates all the way up until the Jets calling season ticket holders 2-3 times to try and sell their PSL’s. All I do is sit back and the powers that be write my material for me. I am just the one filming it all and reporting it. I am not CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, MSNBC, etc. I do not have to air only 45 seconds of a 45 minute minute interview. I can report it all.
OK, I will be coming back to the NY Jets and the rest soon. On Sunday, Gina and I went to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom for 2 days. Was a nice ride out. But first we went to Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA. The largest mail-order, retail and Internet outdoor outfitter in the world. I will have some footage up this weekend. Gina and I decided to go after seeing the place on the Travel Channel. When you see this place from Rte 78, you have no clue what it can be. The place is HUGE. Huge may not be the right word for a store that is 250,000 sq ft in size. From live bait & an aquarium to beef jerky & a militia arsenal they have it all for anything outdoors. In the middle of the store they have a mountain that has a different face on every side. One side had ice and polar bears, one had deer and bears, and there were 2-3 other sides. A bunch of different animals stuffed all over the place in many different scenes. The food there was great too. Yes it is a roadside stop oof sorts and you can eat there as well. We enjoyed a lunch of homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, salad, and biscuits. Go to www.cabelas.com for more information. Leave comments if you like what you se.
On Monday we ent to Dorney Park and walked around Wildwater Kingdom. A big bonus was having a Dunkin Donuts right across the street from our HoJo. When I say across the street, I MEAN across the street. We could open our curtain and see the front door staring us in the face. How can we not enjoy their coffee and latte’s on a daily and nightly basis. Now, I remember Dorney as a place that had some great roller coasters. They were supposed to have some great wooden ones, but didn’t. They had the Talon, Hydra, Possessed, & Steel Force. I am not talking about the Thunderhawk because it was not in the same category of roller coasters as the others. Hydra and Talon are their “big ones” designed to give you that big league roller coaster rush. I did not get that feeling. I thought they were good, but not great. Possessed was like a boomerang and only thought the initial take off was the best part. Steel Force was the best one, built with steel but the feel of an old wooden coaster. The best of the lot. Talon and Hydra may have loops, twists, and you hang beneath the track but Steel Force had the dips and speed for a true coaster enthusiast .
I went on very few rides like Enterprise and a a sky shooter ride but that was it. We walked around the park most of the time. Just felt Dorney Park is more for kids and teens than it is for adults. Over the years I think it has moved from adult tastes. Cedar Point is hurting and they need to find a way to get adults interested again. The highlight was lunch at their Game Time Sports bar restaurant. Was enjoying lunch in air conditioning and enjoying SportsCenter too. How can you beat that? Could of had a beer but not for the price of a 6 pack. Did not do Waldater Kingdom as their were hundreds of day camp kids there and they made lines hard for some rides. We got on every coaster we wanted to before noon. Dorney Park opened at 10 AM and we were right down the street from the poark, big bonus. I would go back to Dorney with kids so it is a more enjoyable experience. If I want to go to a park for adult riders, I will go to Hersheypark or Great Adventure for the close parks.
I will give Dorney Park their due though as they have a very clean park. It was kept very neat and clean. It was a pleasure being in a park that toook care of itself. Some good shops to walk in too. They have Snoopy Country for the little ones which was fun to walk around. DO not get me wrong, I am not saying Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is a bad amusement park, just not for adult park enthusiasts. So now Gina and I are home and getting ready for a few days along the beach on Long Beach Island. Not going to have internet so a bunch of updates to come this weekend. Can follow my updates on Twitter as that will be my only chance to get info out to all.
Well, time to get a move on. Gina is waiting for me to get my ass in gear and finish what we need to do. Will have more on the above topics this weekend. Time to start part two of this vacation. Hope it does not rain down the shore as much as it has been the past week. That will put a true damper on the rest of the week. But I am remainging positive. Later al.
I’m back, back in the New York Groove. OK, I know, lame. It was either open with that or Air Supply, what would you choose? And these days that reference is considered “classic rock”. Can not believe it has gotten to that point, and for a while now. Starting to become “that guy”. It had to happen at some point, just not now.
Tomorrow I have a call with the NY Jets scheduled. Let’s see if the conversation even happens. Took them so long to get back to me about siting down, what is another 6 months. Hate to push off filming but what can I do. About to say screw it and comprimise my location just to get shots in. Never know what can happen before preseason though. I am hoping for the best. Always need to believe these days.
Damn 3-3 tie. May only be the All Star Game but I still support the AL. I am a Yankees fan along with the not so obvious New York Jets fan. As far as the other of the “Big 4”, I am a NJ Devils fan and sorry to say not a basketball fan. I get looked at like i have three heads for that one. Just could never get into it. Not my sport. MMA, now THERE IS A SPORT!! Give me a good fight anyday. But football will always be my all time number one. Just wish the Jets would get there someday.
Well, once again I have a roadblock in front of me for Gang Greed. I call the NJSEA to get permission to film on the Stadium property. Couple weeks back, Anthony and I were politely asked to not film and get permission before we do. Not a problem. I call over and talk to a women named Carol. I was told i would have to pay $1,200 AN HOUR just to use the parking lot for about 2 hours. Two people, one car, maybe 2 parking spaces on a Saturday afternoon with nothing going on. Guess they must really need the money in this economy. Just kidding. I know there are costs involved but that much to take up so little is crazy.
I knew before doing this I might encounter some obstacles. I called Bruce Speight at the New York Jets to see if I could get a little assistance. He could not promise anything which is fine. I had to contact a VP at the NJSEA to “plead my case” and see if I could get the fees waved. This is why I called Bruce in. The NY Jets may not want to sit down with me, but that does not mean they can not be a helpful referral source. I am not putting this documentary together to hurt the Jets, I am doing it to show how these big organizations are leaving a long time fan base out in the cold.
Here you have long time season ticket holders wanting to keep their season tickets in an economy that is making it hard for some, impossible for many. I am one of the impossible ones. I had a friend buy them off me this year. I am done. I can not afford any more season tickets unless by some miracle I either win the lottery or get a great paying job. Everyone knows the tickets are a luxury. But when some have had them in the family for over 45 years, they are hard to give up.
I never give up at what I set out to do. I started this documentary and I am going to see it finished. I do not care if it is a cinematic masterpiece or the worlds biggest flop. I know I still need to get distribution and all the other business. But it will be a big accomplishment for me to finish this project. But when one gets under way, another project begins. Can not talk about this one yet. A cliffhanger in a blog, how rare.
Levy’s Bakery Productions was formed in August of 2008 before filming the documentary Gang Greed. Levy’s Bakery Productions is named after my grandparents bakery in Belmar, NJ. It stood on Avenue F but has been gone for decades.