I can't believe how late I'm getting this post up. I conked out after coming home from work last night, got up early to review what I missed and get the BB live feeds post up and now I'm here. Between being sick in the beginning of the week, extremely hectic workdays, the heat, the humidity ... well, I'm not at my best for sure.
On the 4th of July itself -- I always have the 4th off as my employer says no way no how will do they want to pay me double time and a half for the day (and I don't blame them; I wouldn't want to pay me that much either although I don't mind earning that much) -- I had the day off. Plainfield, because they don't want to pay their workers extra holiday pay, has the city celebrations on the Saturday after the holiday. I worked yesterday, so missed all but the set-up pre-parade. I have no desire to go to the city fireworks in the evening. It's not only hard for me to get there, but I'm leery of problems which might arise with some of the people attending. The Plainfield Police do come out in strength for the event there and it's probably safer than I think. But it's still hard for me to get there.
I decided to cap off the 4th holiday by having a nice relaxing bubble bath. I drew the water, filled the tub, then went to shut off the water. The hot water faucet broke off in my hand. Frantically I tried everything -- screwdriver, pliers, sheer strength -- nothing would turn off the water.
Fortunately, my newish landlord has a 24 hour repairs number to call. Unfortunately, the person who responded was over in Jersey City to watch the fireworks with his family. I bailed water out of the tub quickly and vigorously for over an hour and a half awaiting his arrival. Otherwise, not only MY apartment would flood, but so would the one downstairs from me. He came, used vice-grips to turn it off and put in new hot, cold and shower faucets the next day while I was at work.
My back and shoulders still hurt from the extended frantic bailing exercise. I feel bad that I ruined his family's night at the fireworks, but it was truly an emergency.
The three days I actually worked this week were just as exhausting. Wah is me. I would have taken yesterday and this coming week off for vacation if not for the fact that I'm going up to Albany next weekend for my high school reunion. So, I'm working Monday and Tuesday, off until I return to work the following Thursday (18th). It will be a mixed week of staycation and a weekend with old friends (and some not so much) and family. I've somehow worked a trip to Ted's Fish Fry, a place I miss so much living away from real fish fry places since 1977 or so, with my brother and his wife into a big family reunion of cousins from upstate NY and Vermont. That will be fun! A few of them I haven't seen since I was a young child, but we're reunited on Facebook.
Onto this week's photos ...
|It must have been the 4th of July|
Or the 6th of July as the case may be. This woman is always in this get-up, marching along with the parade. She WALKS (in high heat!) from downtown to the start of the parade a good mile or so away, then WALKS back in the parade. More power to her!
|Move aside, bunny rabbit!|
I encountered this one as I was walking to the train one morning. He was near the corner of East Front and Richmond Streets in Plainfield. I shooed him towards the lawn at Richmond Towers because he was in the patch of grass between the street and sidewalk. I must say, though, I haven't seen any roadkill bunnies. They must be pretty smart when crossing the street.
|The bee is camera shy|
But I see him! (Or her.)
|It's Mr. Creepy from the train!|
He's no longer on the train. Yay. However, he was on the sidewalk on North Avenue by the train station. He stopped and stared at me, creeping me out all over again. Then he said, "Remember me?" Sheesh, it's been two weeks. I felt like saying how I can't forget him because he creeps me out so. Ew.
|Parade judging stand flags|
I was heading to the train station to go to work as everyone else was ready for a parade. Vincent probably wasn't thrilled with the noise from it going by the apartment.
|People stake out a spot in the shade early|
It would be more than an hour, hour and a half, until they parade passed through this part of East Front Street in Plainfield.
|Cops on Harleys|
If a cop offers me a ride home again, I want a ride on one of these!
|Dead snail stuck on a post|
It says something about all the rain we've had through the spring and first few weeks of summer that I've never seen a snail at the Bridgewater Train Station in eight years and now I've seen several. All dehydrated now and dead.
|Wait! He's ALIVE!|
I unstuck this one from the post to look at it. It was really dried to the post. But, wait ... it's ALIVE! Yay! I don't think it could have unstuck itself as it's in the sun with temps in the 90s.
|Aw, isn't he cute?|
I set him down in the grass. He will have a better chance of making it there.
|Inside a stinkhorn mushroom|
Something or somebody lopped off the top of a stinkhorn mushroom in Bridgewater. This is what's inside. Cool.
|Mushroom, not stinkhorn|
The mushrooms came out quickly with all the rain.
Then, with the heat, they turned brown, then passed quickly.
Some years ago, I called this a day lily. Someone corrected me and said it was a tiger lily. I called it a tiger lily and someone corrected me and said it was a day lily. It's a lily. Berckman Street, Plainfield.
|Early morning chicory|
Plainfield Train Station
|Late morning chicory|
The lighting was very different, thus making it look like the chicory is a different color. Same color, but nifty stuff is happening inside the blossom!
|You can tell it's the 2nd of the month|
I usually cut through the U-Haul lot early in the mornings heading to the train station. The second of the month, especially when it's not winter, finds the lot crammed with returned trucks. I go through there well before they open for business for the day. Plainfield, NJ
|Even the tree trunks are green|
Church Street, Plainfield. I think all the rain and humidity is making the moss go wild on the tree trunks.
|Oh noes! They mowed the grass!|
Uh-oh. They mowed the grass on the unkempt lawn where several bunnies reside at the corner of East Front and Berckman Streets in Plainfield. As a matter of fact, as I took this shot of the rabbit and mowed backyard, the guy was mowing the front lawn.
|But they did put out water for the bunnies|
Same lawn as the above shot. Several male Jamaican (or similar accented country) construction workers live in the house. They apparently noticed they have rabbits living there and put out water for them. I don't know if I would have expected that from a bunch of construction worker guys. Cool. The arrow I put in the photo points to the water dish.
|Feet OFF seats! Grr!|
I really wish NJ Transit would enforce their policies. Disgusting. Is there a reason people can't sit like normal human beings on a train? They must sprawl their nasty feet all over? Grr.
|Don't fence me in|
Corner of East Front and Richmond in Plainfield.
|Vincent draping himself over a chair|
If you look closely, he's very aware of the camera. This is kind of how Vincent drapes himself over my shoulder, over the bed edge and on and on. He's a draper!