We decided to go to Monmouth Park and meet a friend from North Jersey there. Monmouth is an old classic track at the Jersey Shore ,home of the Haskell. Very pretty place to spend an afternoon. One of the things we love about it is the huge picnic table area that allows you to bring your own food and drink,instead of sitting in the grandstand or clubhouse. The gates open at 11:30 and you have to be there then to get a table on a sunday. It reminds me of Wallmart on black friday when all these people charge in to claim a table. So we packed up some subs and beers and water in a couple of small coolers and drove up there. Theres a parking lot for the picnic area and a special gate. We got there at 11:25 and the line was unbelievable,no way we're getting a table. Mrs JG had a brainstorm,lets walk over to the main entrance.10 minutes later we're in the senior line there with 6 people ahead of us instead of 600. We scurried in and scored a table ,you stake your claim by putting your coolers and other crap on the table. You then have to be like a gold miner in the 1800's and defend it against claim jumpers. The tables are 4 sided and seat 8 easily. So when people see only two people there ,they ask if they can share the table.The answer is NO unless it's someone we know(this has happened) we tell them we have more people coming (1)which is true. Why dont we share our table like nice people would ,you ask? Last year a nice older couple asked us to share and we said sure,plenty of room. Little did we know that they came on a bus trip with a ton of their friends who showed up thinking it was their table and could just move in and push us out. I dont have to tell you how that ended,not well. A lesson learned. So our friend showed up(my buddys widdow) and we had a nice afternoon. Even let a gay guy sit and eat his lunch later in the afternoon.( he seemed pretty harmless). So we lost very little knowing we were heading to AC monday afternoon ,said goodby to our friend and headed home ,all in all ,a good day .