Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hackensack Oil Fields

Around the Rt. 80 overpass in Hackensack is the abandoned oil complex once belonging to the King Motor Oil Corp, which has since left. Nearest I can tell, they relocated to Philly before becoming a thing of the past.

It was here that I first got “busted” by a local, a story I told about a month ago:

“Also, a good cover story is good to have. I once had a half-deaf and nearly all blind guy catch me in the abandoned office buildings near the Route 80 overpass in Hackensack. They’re part of a pretty big oil field that’s been empty for –nearest I can tell- over thirty years. I heard footsteps and knew I was busted. Rummaging through a desk drawer I found a bunch of papers with King Motor Oil Co. on the letterhead. I memorized it, pulled out my camera, turned it on, and opened my knife, concealing it in my back pocket. He wasn’t a cop, matter of fact, he was probably homeless and living in one of the shacks under Route 80, but once he saw me, which took a while because he had cataracts looking full ashtrays in his eyes, he asked what I was doing there. I fed him a bullshit line about how a close family member – I said my uncle William Costigan -since I had watched The Departed for the hundredth time- was on their deathbed –I know I’m going to hell for this one but it saved me a trip up the road in a cop car- and how they wanted to know what became of the place they used to work at. He said “don’t take ‘nothin.” After a full minute of him staring at me with those dead eyes, I took the hint to leave. As I was walking out he said to the space I was standing in, “Tell Billy I’m sorry.”

Quint from Jaws put it best describing this guy when he said, “His eyes,... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then...”

“I think that I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and BITES YOU ON THE ASS!”

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

Any other random Jaws quotes I wanna throw in?

God I love that movie.

It’s a great place to venture to, if you’re careful not to piss-off the construction guys who own the area under the overpass, and know that when this old fella tells you to leave, leave.

I’ve been there four times, been busted once, and had a great time all around.

There he is!


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