Llanview U, New Jersey State Park Campus
I think we've all been wondering the same thing for a while now -- just what setting are they using on One Life to Livefor Llanview University, and why? For a while, it looked like it might be a commuter train station. Then, as we saw more and more of it, it started to resemble one of those state welcome centers off the highway. And I guess there's some way to look it up (I'm sure some of you resourceful people already know), but it's clear to me at this point that they're filming in a NJ State Park. The truth is, I'm pretty familiar with the New Jersey State Park system. See, an ex-boyfriend once told me that no man was ever going to stick it out with me if I didn't muster up some interest in hiking and camping (no, seriously, he actually said this was the deal-breaker with me after four years). With the foolish susceptibility of the recently broken-hearted, I got myself a number of guides to parks in New Jersey and New York that allowed dogs on their hiking trails and campsites. I never did get around to any camping (look, I have a memory foam mattress -- it even has a name -- so really, I don't see the point in ever sleeping elsewhere when you spend most nights cradled in the arms of a soft and loving angel, but whatevs), but my dog and I did enjoy quite a few hikes on quite a few of those trails in the great state of New Jersey, so I know them when I see them. And Llanview University just has to be filmed in one of them.
See? They even have the little trail guideposts.
And look! There's the info center for the park, or rather the one lone classroom building at Llanview University.
Light blue paint marks on the trees so you can follow the more "challenging" hiking trails!
So basically they all go to school in the woods. I hear LU has a world-renowned Master's in Park Rangering, so it's just as well that there's only one small lodge for indoor classes.
In case you're wondering, it's been a while since my hiking days in NJ -- I mean I walk my dog every day in Central Park -- I'm very outdoorsy! (And still single. Oh dear. Was he right?)
Speaking of LU, Gigi magically got a "life experience" grant three days after sending in her application and has switched out of Calculus (strangely enough her notion that counting tips for years -- which requires first-grade addition skills -- made her qualified to take such a course did not pan out) and into Cristian Vega's art class. She went into the classroom yesterday talking about trying to find out what she's good at and said, "Hopefully it's this!" as if finding out you're particularly skilled at visual arts when you're in your late 20s (is that what she is?) would be such a score! "Hooray! I'll quit my blue-collar day job and be a starving artist, competing with people who've been struggling to do this their whole lives; this is the answer to all my prayers about security, career, and financial stability!"
Even though Cristian's aesthetic as an artist changes drastically from month-to-month, I do have to say that at least it's gotten better. Back when they actually spent serious time focusing on his work, his paintings generally looked like something they picked up from the dumpster outside the YMCA after the free-to-the-community "Paint Your Feelings!" classes every Tuesday night. I was mortified before they actually showed this in the shot that it was going to be another one of those -- just of Layla this time. Whew!
And lastly, Marty's hair looked lovely yesterday, didn't it? I much prefer this to when she straightens it -- when it's straight it always looks kind of broken and unhealthy. And I'm a little intrigued about this storyline where she sees her former self in Hannah. At least it's a storyline! It might give Susan Haskell a little more to do than make sad eyes at John or reluctantly sympathetic eyes at Todd.
But of course, I'm probably hoping for too much. I'm not new.