However, I went to work each day. I had to, didn't really have much choice. We were expecting an audit from the Department of Labor and I'm the one who maintains and audits those records for my company. When it comes to state or federal audits, I tend to freak out a bit and want to make sure all goes well. Phew. We passed the audit with flying colors. The man said, "You run a tight ship here." Yes!
On the home front, the relationship with Vincent the Cat continues to grow. I've asked him what his story is, but he won't tell. I've had affectionate cats throughout my life, but they pale compared to him. When I come home from work he actually leaps from the floor to my shoulder, droops over my back or around the back of my neck and purrs.
He was neutered, definitely needs a person, yet was found as a stray on the streets of New York City. It's well known there that if you lose a pet, you need to report it to New York City Animal Care and Control. No one reported him missing. So he's now my lovebug cat. He's very well-behaved, only uses his litterbox, and only scratches his sisal mat. If he had his way, he'd be attached to me 24/7. But he is beginning to understand he doesn't have to be ON me all the time -- NEAR me can suffice.
Other than the DOL audit, I had a relatively uneventful week schlepping off to work, then home, nursing my bronchitis the best I could. One day I went from the train station to drop my photo entries off at the Plainfield Library for the contest. On the way back towards a bus stop which would get me closer to home, I walked through one of the historic districts in town and fell in love with cool houses.
Onto this week's photos --
Folks waiting for the train in Plainfield, NJ. This a town which screams "Diversity!" I'm happy to be living here where there is such an array of different cultures.
Hey, I don't make these things happen. I just chronicle the events. It's a mushroom.
One of the days I didn't go into work before dawn, I snapped this shot as I approached the train station. See the teenager in khaki and red? That's the new school uniforms. With the exception of being slightly reminiscent of Target staff, the uniforms seem to solve a lot of issues. I don't know how I would react if I were still a student. But, then again, there were strict dress codes during my school days and the world was a different place. As for the "Queen City" reference on the railroad overpass, you'll see why soon. Although the town is known to be very gay friendly, that's not what the Queen refers to.
... absolutely nothing. But in light of our Colt 45 discussion during BB11, when I saw this planter, I had to shoot it. Outside of a bar on Church Street in Plainfield.
My landlord will rent to anyone these days. He was not a good conversationalist.
I'm going to have to stop there some Tuesday after work for that $10 take-out dinner special. While Plainfield is full of ethnic and cultural restaurants of every nationality, I'm not big on the spicy foods many of the Latino places offer. But Blackberry's specializes in Southern and soul food. This New York Times article explains it nicely. No, I don't think I'd be a fan of barbecued pigs feet. But I just love many of the Southern food offerings! Oh, gee. I went and looked up that menu and now I'm hungry. Maybe this Tuesday!
I was sitting on a bench on Watchung Avenue in Plainfield messing with my camera. This street dude wanted me to take his picture, so I did. I told him I'd put it on my blog, so I did. He was pleasant enough and didn't ask me for money. However, he was slightly inebriated.
There's something about the old-style sign I really like.
Okay, I mentioned this before. The houses in the next group of pictures are in the Crescent Avenue Historic District in Plainfield, NJ. Although lots of gay folks have bought up some of the historical homes, that's not why the town is dubbed The Queen City. I've read two different reasons for the name. One says it's because when Plainfield became a town a couple of centuries ago, it was known as "the Colorado of the East" for its clean air. Denver was the "Queen City of the Plains," so Plainfield became "The Queen City."
The other reasoning behind the nickname is the architecture in town -- the Queen Anne homes and Victorian houses which are simply stunning. Some have been cut into apartments, others are still single family homes restored to their original elegance.
If any Plainfield cool homes owners are looking for a good tenant with a cat for a one bedroom under $1,000 per month ... ME! Ex-governer Jim McGreevey lives in a fancy-schmancy home in Plainfield, but I deem these much cooler.
... and I want it to turn black. No colors anymore, I want them to turn black.
Okay, I'll stop singing. My apologies to the Rolling Stones. But when I see a red door, it makes me go retro-rock.
My neighborhood is very different in Plainfield. I live in a high-residential zone with many apartment buildings (including two high-rise towers), apartment complexes, and a few older original homes. I don't live in one of the historic districts, but I like my neighborhood. It's quiet and low-crime. The folks around here are pleasant on the whole and public transportation, as well as walking, is perfect. I could use a new landlord, though.
Which gave me a good opportunity to take photos as they were setting up for the Plainfield Fire Safety Day right in front of the train station. Note the window woman was there again. No Roofus sightings this week. But the music blaring from the speakers in the foreground would have probably made him hide during this!
This collage of vintage and present day images and articles takes a trip through the history of the Plainfield Fire Department.
Oh, a bouncy castle! Due to my late train, I watched this place inflate. Sparkie is a part of the July 4th Parade in Plainfield, NJ each year.
Cool, ornate. Sort of like how I mentioned the lack of creativity and neat touches on new buildings, the same speaks for new fire trucks. I know the ones today are more powerful. But, can we bring ornate back, please?