As New Jersey prepares to host the Super Bowl, I share some pointers on hospitality
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The NFL is publicizing that the Super Bowl is in New York–even though it’s really in New Jersey–because the people of New Jersey are not known for their hospitality. This is largely due to The Sopranos, Jersey Shore and the people of New Jersey. There are no Springsteen songs in which the highway is jammed with motorists politely waving vehicles into their lanes.
We suck at hosting because we are so good at guesting. When I was growing up in New Jersey, the first thing I did when going to someone’s house was to open the refrigerator. I’ve since learned that in other parts of the world, you don’t even show up at someone’s house unless you’re invited.