I continued my pledge to not shop on either Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. On Thanksgiving, I think it's horrible for the stores to open and the employees don't get to spend the holiday at home when they're already in a busy busy season. Sure, I realize that police, fire, health care workers, etc. have to work the holidays. However, they're not under the major business crush of retail workers.
I don't shop on Black Friday because I don't like large crowds of crazy people. I don't care how good the bargains are. I know folks who buy so many things they don't need just because "they're on sale!" -- my budget really doesn't allow for that kind of craziness.
That said, I do have intentions of going into the city for some of the holiday sights photo stomping this year. My knees are feeling well enough and I haven't done it in a long time due to knee pain. I'll probably go in on a Wednesday as it isn't AS crazy there mid-week. But not this coming Wednesday as Justin Bieber and President Obama are both in town and the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting is going on. That's crazy.
After a rainy start this week, the weather turned glorious for the holiday and through today. It's even been in the 60s! I'm loving it! My windows have been open and a light jacket or sweater is all that's needed to make my work commute.
Vincent and I had a nice quiet holiday at home. He got his Fancy Feast Turkey with Gravy, licked the gravy off and begged for more. I made a mini-feast for myself and have lived on leftovers ever since. I hope you all had a fine Thanksgiving holiday!
Enough rambling ... time for some photos! Clicking on an image will open it larger in a gallery doohickey thingee.
|Patch of dawn|
I realize I posted this one on my Facebook wall this week, but I was pleased with how it turned out. I edited it to leave only the patch of dawn in color. Plainfield train Station.
|Like early autumn deja vu|
With the warmer temperatures and sunshine the latter part of this week, the mums have returned. Alas, I fear they won't last too long now. I guess we can't stave off winter forever. East Front Street, Plainfield.
|Boots on a porch|
No, they're not MY boots! I don't have a porch either. Edited to leave only the boots in color. Berckman Street, Plainfield.
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|Lamp in waning light|
Plainfield Train Station as I headed home on Friday.
|Roses last glory|
Berckman Street, Plainfield.
Samsh? Whazzat? Apparently folks who live on Berckman Street have a new food truck business. Every evening when I walk home by them, they're inside it cleaning the interior. They may not be able to spell, but they do keep a clean food truck!
|Oh. SANWSHES (de bacon)|
Now I get it! I'd like some
|'Tis the season|
The house at Richmond and East Front Street in Plainfield is ready for Santa! She's the person who plants such gorgeous flowers all summer long, too. Yes, she has caught me taking photos of her lawn and doesn't mind!
|Ho Ho Ho!|
Poor Santa got buried in snow as high as his sleigh last year and couldn't leave the lawn until March!
|Plainfield, Plainfield, Plainfield|
Yes, the Plainfield Train Station. Well, the main train station, that is. There is another one in town -- Netherwood -- in the Netherwood Historical District. But the main one is better for me. I have a lot of train station photos this week. I hope that's okay! Obviously, this shot was edited to leave the Plainfield signs in color.
|Cycling train rider|
Yes, you can take bikes on the train as long as you're not taking a peak hours train to Newark or New York City. I'm tempted to get my bike going (it has two flat tires), but I don't like the low platform at the Bridgewater Train Station. I don't want to lug it up and down the steep train stairs. The Plainfield station is accessible and the train entrances are level with the platform.
|Goose in flight|
A gaggle of geese flew directly overhead, so I snagged a shot. I would LOVE to see the black vultures local Plainfield blogger Bernice caught in her neighborhood -- check them out! Now that I know they're around, you know I'll be on the hunt (camera-wise) for them!
Friday after work at the Plainfield Train Station.
Also Friday near the train station.
|Plainfield Train Station|
And, oh my, there's the Plainfield Train Station itself! (Also Friday after work.)
|My own private 59 bus!|
As I get out of work later on Saturdays, I ALWAYS take the bus from the train. If I have purchases to carry, I'll even take a cab. With the robberies that have been going on, no way am I walking across town to get home. The 59 gets me a short block away. My monthly train pass covers the bus, so it's free for me ... kinda sorta.
However, the bus itself can have its own rough crowd. It's heading to both Newark and Elizabeth and sometimes has its share of drunks and ne'er-do-wells. There was NO ONE on it (except the driver) last night. Wow. The driver told me it was my private bus. Now I want it every Saturday night!
|Back from the dead|
More mums on East Front Street.
|This week's Plainfield gas price|
What's the price of gas where you are? By the way, New Jersey only has full serve -- self serve is against the law. Don't ask me why.
|NJ Transit, the way to go|
Heading to work on Saturday, Plainfield Train Station. At least the engine part is on the front end. On the weekday early train I've been taking, it's in the back and I have to watch what car I get into. It's always the last two open cars to get out in Bridgewater. Yet, if the diesel engine car is in the rear, it seems like I'm in the wrong car. They're like Push Me-Pull You trains! They can go either way with the engine in either the front or the back.
|Two Buck Chuck|
Since it's up to $2.99 a bottle, it's really Three Buck Chuck these days. I went to Trader Joe's in Westfield on Tuesday night with a friend. It was pouring rain and the parking lot was a nightmare. Oh. Two Buck Chuck -- Charles Shaw wine -- is the house brand. I'm not overly keen on wine, but it seems popular. On the other hand, I have picked up the house brands of beer and lager. They're excellent, especially for the price. Hiccup.
|Five Guys, no customers|
After Trader Joe's, we hit up Five Guys Burgers and Fries. For the first time since I've been occasionally stopping there, there were NO customers other than us! The staff even gave us separate bags for the free peanuts! I think we were probably earlier than their dinner rush. Plus, did I mention it was pouring?
Heading to the city in the early morning. Not me. I was heading to work. I'm talking them. Plainfield Train Station.
|Train in the rain|
The sun should be rising. But it's raining instead. Plainfield Train Station.
The tractor trailer was actually backing up in fear of becoming a convertible as the express NJ Transit train zoomed overhead in Bridgewater, NJ.
|End of the journey|
One day of work scratched off the week.
|Remnant of autumn|
One lone tree remains with its leaves on the eastbound side of the Plainfield Train Station. Edited to leave said tree in color, the rest in black and white.
|My new ducky boots|
Ain't they cool? I have no porch to set them on, though.
|Dark damp dawn|
It's pitch dark although the sunrise is due in ten minutes. Grr. Cloud cover and rain. Oh well. You didn't want sunrise photos anyway, right?
|Pick me up! PICK ME UP!|
THIS is what I get greeted with when I come home from work. He's standing on his hind feet. He wants me to pick him up and carry him around on my shoulder. Spoiled, I say!
How was your week?