I'm posting this a bit earlier than usual -- at midnight, for some odd reason! My best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012 (or, I believe, 5722) to all. Over the years, the community on this blog has become a part of my life ... and definitely a welcome part! I can only hope each and every one of you have a wondrous and amazing year ahead.
Thinking back on this past year, 2011 actually was a good year for me. Finally I have two knees which are, for the most part, painless. I've had chronic knee pain for more than twelve years and I can finally walk once again without pain. Sure, it was a bit rough getting there with the knee replacements. However, except for the dislocation kerfuffle with the new right knee, the recovery was so much easier than the first knee!
Also in 2011, I had a fantastic vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with fabulous friends I originally "met" through this very blog! Laurie, Margo, Ruth, Marge, Elaine, Delee, Ann and a tremendously cool waterfront house made me forget my knee was still healing! Wild horses, the ocean, great food and fun. You can't beat that with a stick!
Also in 2011, I had my first invitational photography exhibit. True, it was the local city library and not some fancy-schmancy gallery in SoHo. But it was an honor to have my photographic works on exhibit all summer at the Plainfield Public Library. Perhaps 2012 will brng about a fancy-schmancy artsy exhibit in NYC and worldwide photography recognition! Well, I can dream, can't I?
There have been some down moments during 2011. However, I've definitely had worse years throughout my life. Thanks to my new knee, I feel better than I have in years. Vincent (the cat) is still a treasure and remains in excellent health. I can't complain. Well, I could but that would be whiny and ungrateful of me. So I won't.
I do have one brief whine. I sort of kind of broke my best camera. It technically works, I guess. But I dropped it on Christmas Eve. Since then, each time I take a photo, it wants me to input the date and time. I can skip the step, but then the photo file has no date or time and each photo becomes its own folder. Ack! It's a nightmare when I take lots of photos and put them on my computer.
For a few days I couldn't figure out what was wrong. Then I realized there's an opening on one side there never was before. Huh? I researched online and found out there had been a door there with an internal battery (not to be confused with the regular batteries). That battery controls at least the date and time. GRR! I found the battery size -- a watch type battery -- and will order it from Amazon. I also found the missing battery holder/door doohickey on Ebay. So it looks like I can fix it myself.
With the camera the way it is, it's put a damper on my photo taking this past week. I ended up taking my next best camera out just so I'm not as annoyed. The zoom on that one isn't as good. But least it doesn't want me to program in the date and time with each photo! Soon I'll have my first DSLR camera as I'm buying a used one from a friend ... that I met on the blog! I can't justify a new one, but it will be a treat for me nonetheless. I've never had anything other than a point and shoot. Maybe that fancy-schmancy gallery exhibit might just happen!
Onto the photos ... these are from the past couple of weeks ...
NO ... not tonight (or last night)! I'm not crazy! I stayed home! Do you know that you have to go through a metal detector to get in Times Square on New Year's Eve these days? I fail that at airports and courthouses. No way would I even think of going into that mass of people going through that! I took this shot a couple of weeks ago when I went into town. With the latest lighting, Times Square has an almost pinkish brighter than daylight color about it.
|Just an illusion|
Playing with the "Illusion" filter on the GIMP photo editor, this is a street lamp in Bridgewater, NJ.
Huh. The Plainfield Police Station has two less trees than last year and only white lights. Last year they had blue and white lights. The city tree in front of City Hall is done up in red lights. Alas, it's never lighted when I'm near it!
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|Penn Station departures board|
For those of you who don't visit the city, huge crowds gather around this train departures board. You do not want to be standing in the way when the letters flip to reveal what track a train is arriving for boarding. Penn Station is where I end up when I take the train to the city. Grand Central Station is where I arrived at back when I lived in Connecticut. Grand Central is SO much more classy! The original Penn was cool, but this one is "eh."
|Last work bound train of 2011|
Saturday morning, December 31, 2011. Plainfield Train Station.
|Under the Texas Weiner ... sign|
A different angle on the sign. It was raining as I stood under it. Watchung Avenue, Plainfield.
|Moss does grow on stationary stones|
A testament to all of the wet weather here this year. This stone fence surrounds a cemetery in Bound Brook. I've never seen it grow moss before. Mountain Avenue.
|The longest night|
It was the Longest Night on the day I went for the six month follow-up appointment for my knee. Knee got an A. I didn't use the sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church on Union Avenue in Bound Brook. I prefer my home as a sanctuary.
I walk alone early in the morning. East Third Street approaching the Plainfield Train Station.
Perhaps decades ago, these row houses were nice. But no. Not now, thank you. East Second Street in Plainfield.
The moon hides behind barren branches.
|Donuts before dawn|
The Plainfield Donut Shop -- a friendly oasis in the pre-dawn hours! Watchung Avenue.
The spots light up the "Bull Durham" building which is still standing. North Avenue, Plainfield.
|Still awaiting demolition|
You can barely see the ghost sign on the building due to the spotlights and soot. Thankfully I have taken many photos of it over the years well before the building burnt.
|Plainfield Police mobile unit|
Stationed at the Bull Durham building.
This is perhaps 35th Street, not far from Penn Station, NYC.
|Cymbal Monkey, Lennon and Boop|
An odd collection of goods in the window of a store outside of Times Square, Manhattan.
|Largest collection of shrunken heads!|
"Hey! After we watch the ball drop, let's go see some shrunken heads!" Times Square.
|Vincent imbibed too much!|
Like a chicken in every pot, Vincent wishes catnip for all and to all a good year!
My best wishes to all for 2012!