Overall, it hasn't been a great week here for me. I'm still a bit banged up from being in that cab accident last week and now I've had a problem with sciatica the last week or so, too. Ow! Ow! It's like have a constant leg cramp running from my butt down through my calf! Ow. Yet, work is in such a state that I haven't taken any time off other than my regular days off (like today). It's not that I haven't been asked to work extra; I just can't. I'm barely making it through my scheduled days. Gah. It needs to go away!
We had more snow early this week, but today promises to break records as far as warmth. It could very well go about 70 degrees. That should melt most of the snow we have on the ground, definitely de-ice the sidewalks. Good. While I like snow for Christmas for the children, I can do without it myself. Sure, it's pretty. But after dealing with icy sidewalks for a few weeks already, I don't mind a reprieve at all.
Nothing much else is happening here. I didn't and probably won't go into the city (NYC) to take photos of the holiday happenings. I'm really not feeling up to it. I've pretty much been coming home from work and collapsing.
I'm a bit worried about the Target store security breach. I was only there once during the period that the card information was stolen, but once is all it takes. I've been monitoring my account used and haven't seen anything suspicious. However, I think I might just contact my bank anyway. I went into Target yesterday on my way to work and took advantage of their 10% off this weekend for my normal Saturday (mostly grocery) purchases. It was kind of sad. The rest of the shopping center parking lot was crammed (Old Navy, Costco, Marshalls, PetSmart, Michaels, Home Depot, Bed, Bath and Beyond and others) ... Target's lot was only about a third full. I've never seen that on the Saturday before Christmas. It has had a huge negative impact on their business.
I do plan on making some actual television posts this week. I really do. But, for now ... onto the photos --
On Tuesday, we had our fourth pre-winter snowstorm within nine days. True, they weren't huge storms. But many sidewalks were icy messes until Friday when the temperatures got warm enough to melt them. I took this one as I headed home from work on Tuesday. Plainfield Train Station.
|Sunset in da 'hood|
Thursday's skies were pretty as I headed home.
Usually this motorized sign sits near scenes of homicides in town, providing contact information for possible tips. Let's hope it can stay through the holidays outside the Plainfield Police Station thanking us for our support and wishing us happy holidays. Happy holidays back at them! Plainfield Police Department, Watchung and East Fourth, Plainfield.
|By Friday morning ...|
... I could finally walk down the sidewalk on East Third Street to the Plainfield Train Station. Sure, it looks clear in this shot. But, believe me, it was icy for the early part of the week!
|A tree divided by the light(s)|
This shot was taken in the darkest hour before the dawn as I headed to the train station. With the mercury streetlamp on one side and the white U-Haul lot flood light on the other, it tells two tales of a tree. Roosevelt Avenue, Plainfield.
|Red skies in the morning|
Sailors take warning. The sun is about to rise over the Somerset Patriots (TD Bank) Ball Park in Bridgewater, NJ.
|The sad snowman|
I didn't see this until yesterday as I usually walk this route in the pitch dark of pre-dawn. I swear my attention was drawn to its Wicked Witch-esque screams, "I'm melting! I'm MELTING!" East Front Street, Plainfield, on Saturday morning.
NO ONE is shoveling the North Avenue sidewalk in front of the Plainfield Train Station! Why is the city of Plainfield NOT SHOVELING THIS CITY SIDEWALK year after year? Trust me, if I try to get through there and fall on ice, I won't hesitate to contact a lawyer. This is dangerous, year after year. While I'm not always thrilled with NJ Transit's clearing of their walks at the station itself, this is a CITY sidewalk.
|Snow as I head home Tuesday|
The snow started before I headed to work, took some time off during my work hours, then started up again as I headed home. This train is approaching the Bridgewater Train Station.
|Snow as I arrive to work Tuesday|
See, I told you. Note that Bridgewater has a low platform, thus making passengers climb into and out of the train. The Plainfield Train Station has a high (accessible) platform -- all you need do is "mind the gap." That platform is as high as the bottom of the bottom level windows on the train.
Outside the ball park in Bridgewater.
|All of this will be gone ...|
... and this area isn't expected to have a white Christmas despite the early snows. Not to fear, I'm sure we haven't seen the last of the white stuff.
|Not the best manner of transportation|
At least, not in the winter! Bikes parked at the Plainfield Train Station. I used the flash on this which tends to make white gobs in falling snow.
|Let it snow, let it snow|
The snow was coming down heavy at the Plainfield Train Station.
|More berries in the snow|
If I can't have sunflowers to shoot, I'll go seasonal with these! Bridgewater, NJ
|STS tower, Bridgewater Train Station|
With the sunrise due in about ten minutes, it's the STS water tower as the shining star. STS is a tire manufacturer located just behind the Bridgewater Train Station.
|Train arriving in the snow|
I'm not sure why this shot came out so dark, but I like it. Normally these shots of trains arriving in the dark at the Plainfield Train Station taken without a flash come out with a bright yellow from the lamps.