It's been eight years ... since I've been back there and I'll probably never go again. But if you saw The Sopranos last evening on HBO, you got about a five-second glimpse of the New Jersey town in which I lived until I was seventeen. The motel that the fat, gay mob guy checked into, The Maple Shade Motel, actually exists, on Route 73, about a mile away from Exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike. The exterior shot was the sign that stood there for years (I'm sure interiors are shot on a sound stage). And, yes, I understand that this means less than nothing to anyone except me.