The knee kept me out of work until Thursday. Then we had another 19 or so inches of snow into Thursday morning. So I ended up just working Friday and Saturday this past week. That was plenty. They're talking another big storm midweek. If it happens, I'm not going to be in again. Thankfully, I have plenty of paid time off available at work. But that doesn't mean I want to waste it all hiding from bad sidewalks in snow and ice!
My week itself has been so boring that I'm heading onto the photos. Yes, I'm going to fuss and whine some. No, there aren't any real works of art this week. Clicking on an image will open it larger in a new window.
The snow is getting the other abandoned bike at the Bridgewater Train Station. A third bike has shown up. I'll keep watching. This is just a different angle on the shot, taken from the ramp.
This is the sidewalk heading to North Avenue from the Plainfield Train Station. Look at that itsy crevice I have to pass through! The foot-trodden "path" is single foot file through snow as high as my hips. My knee is not working well. Why isn't this shoveled? Shame on NJ Transit and the city of Plainfield! Yes, I put the arrow there. Um, it's not really in the snow, only the photo!
At least this is shoveled. Mind you, the sides come up to my thighs. I haven't seen snow like this in the seven or so years I've been taking the train. Plainfield Train Station.
This No Parking sign obviously doesn't mean you can't shove snow there, eh? North Avenue with the train station in the background.
Some friends of an attempted suicide victim gather nearby where he was extricated from under the train/platform. While my heart goes out to loved ones of the person, you don't jump in front of a stopping train. That's likely to just mess you up for the rest of your life. The man, last I heard, survived. I heard it happen on my scanner when medics were saying he was unresponsive, but breathing and stuck under the train.
It's sad that so many people have been taking their lives this way. Of course, most jump in front of a speeding train, not one stopping at the station. But this doesn't just affect the family of the suicidal person. It affects the engineer driving the train, the conductors, the passengers on the train, bystanders ... and on and on. As guilty as I felt once when I hit two raccoons with my car, I can't imagine what the engineers feel.
Onto somewhat lighter subject matter -- this evil Toyota owner has Elmo suspended fron his rear bumper! Elmo! What is this world coming to? Spotted on North Avenue in Plainfield. By the way, I saw that truck almost hit the Toyota as he slid parking on the edge of a snowbank. We need snow removal!
The lone bird feeder post is all that remains. I am glad the family moved out before the homicide there but the birds and I miss them. The homicide has been solved and two suspects are in custody -- a father and son. The father, a roommate of the victim, allegedly killed him, the son hindered capture of the father.
I believe I was very right -- the murder wasn't gang related. The newspaper has a picture of the suspect and he was indeed one of the men I greeted every morning as I headed off to the train station. He was one of the worker men who would wait for rides in front of the house. In the photo, he's sporting a fading black eye and split lip. I'm just armchair detectiving, but think there had to be some kind of physical altercation between the man and the victim. Not saying it's an excuse, but the man is definitely not a cold-blooded killer. While we had a language barrier, he seemed to be a working guy probably sending money home to his family.
A trash can is caught up in a small mountain of snow on North Avenue.
I mean, those socks with sneakers? Sheesh! Oh. And the shorts in the middle of winter, too. Bridgewater, NJ.
The sun, all but obscured in cloud cover, near the Plainfield Train Station. Remember, I can't get there from here because NO ONE SHOVELS THE SIDEWALK ON THAT SIDE OF NORTH AVENUE. I still have almost a block to go to get to the crevice path.
The Post Office has effectively blocked the sidewalk on Watchung Avenue. Why aren't crews taking this stuff away? We still have piles from the Christmas blizzard!
Goodness gracious. East Front Street, Plainfield.
Perhaps hope for spring? A plant from one of the planters peeks out the top of a snow pile. I think the planter itself must be askew as the snow mountain is as tall as I am and I know that plant should top out at about four feet. East Front Street, Plainfield.
A bench cut down in its youth. Apparently there's so much snow this year that the plow drivers aren't being careful at all. East Front Street, Plainfield.
East Front Street Plainfield. Can we all say "snow removal," please?
The sign post on the right is for the bus stop Manhattan bound. A lot of folks who live in town use it to commute to jobs in the city. How do they get from the sidewalk to the bus? Because no one cleared the street of cars, East Front Street is only a sliver of what it should be. In past years, they towed the cars as it's posted NO PARKING WHEN ROAD IS SNOW COVERED and did a better job at plowing. I know this year has more snow than usual, but not once have they plowed any street in town right! Yes, Plainfield, I'm talking to YOU.
In addition, crossing at the crosswalks entails either climbing over plowed snow piles or stepping in 6 inches of slush. Grr.
Looking at my neighborhood through a V in the trees.
Even the Hulk gets hung up on the snow. East Front Street, Plainfield.
Looking out at my neighbors' snow-covered trees. I can't help but thinking of the three that have fallen towards my building and the fact that they're not shoveling their walks this year. But the trees are pretty. (Told you I'd whine and fuss a lot this week.)
I went out to run some errands Wednesday evening. It had snowed about four inches that morning. After I got home, the freezing rain started. Then it snowed more than a foot overnight into Thursday morning. Watchung Avenue.
This is another view of my neighborhood -- one of the three churches and some apartment buildings. Why a green light, I haven't a clue. East Front Street, Plainfield.
Out my window Wednesday morning during the initial snow -- huge flakes coming down.
Looking down Watchung Avenue from East Second on Wednesday evening.
Wednesday evening. Quite a contrast from when I caught it reflecting the sunset. Now it looks dark and scary. East Second Street.
Then don't sit in bad light Vincent!
Oh, I do have a comment snow-removal related which isn't a complaint. My own apartment building, without its evil Ponzi scheme landlord in charge, has been totally cleared, both the parking lot and all of the walks, down to the pavement all season so far. Kudos to the receivership!
I also want to thank Dan and the Plainfielders who stopped by with well wishes after he posted about my knee.
How was your week?