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Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Red-Eagle-Tavern-on-8-7-13--Cherry-Hill








Barry, 54, was born in Cherry Hill, but now lives in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. For the last year, he's been trying to sell his Cherry Hill home, at $250,000, without success. At the peak of the housing bubble, it was valued at $500,000. Spacious, with a swimming pool, it was built in the 70's and originally owned by his grandma.

The woman in the back is the cook of this bar. She plans on taking a course to become a farrier. Back when there was a race track nearby, the Red Eagle was the bar for local jockeys.



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5 comments:

richard said...

Regarding the cook wanting to be a farrier. That is one of the most physically demanding jobs to be had. Period. I applaud wanting to work with animals and I've owned horses for years...but I've never seen a farrier like her. Shoeing a horse is tough work and not even remotely close to the physicality of cooking in a bar. Not saying she can't cut it, but it takes strength. A lot of it. Never, ever met a female farrier.

richard

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Richard,

Thanks for the infomation. I know next to nothing about horses...

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Richard,

She also thought she could make up to $90,000 a year after graduation. Sounds way too high to me, but maybe I'm wrong.

Linh

richard said...

Hello, Linh,

$90k is way optimistic. More like 30k - maybe - if you get a decent customer base going. My current farrier is 6' 3" and weighs a rock solid 250. Big guy. Very strong and even he has bad days with horses. Plus the injuries to the farrier that will happen, and they WILL happen. If you talk to her again, mention the travel required. My guy does 3 states: Idaho, Montana and Washington. Expenses add up. FWIW - I grew up in central NJ in Plainfield and Elizabeth and your photo essays are depressing to me, yet interesting, too. I would NEVER consider living in that blighted part of the country again. Each to his own, I guess. One man's heaven is another's hell.

richard

Linh Dinh said...

Thanks, Richard, for the additional information. She is probably duped by whoever is offering the course.

I don't know how old she is, but her boyfriend is only 21. He's the daytime bartender at the Red Eagle, and is considering learning how to be an electrician. Either that or becoming a registered nurse. It's certainly not easy growing up these days...

Barry, in the photo, is also very glad to be away from Jersey.

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