Have I mentioned that I really really need a vacation? Not a go away type one, a staycation for rest and relaxation. That's what I need! And, I will be getting one. It's right over there on the horizon! Yes, this coming Saturday starts my staycation. Woot! Woot! I have a four day work week leading into it which is actually a three day actual working week as I'll be in a meeting in Parsippany (NJ) all day one day. I don't really count that as working although it is indeed work.
This week for me was just about as boring as the hamsters in the Big Brother house ... work, home, rain, sleep, heat, work, humidity, eat ... you get the picture. I swear the only thing relatively interesting that happened is that I got bit by a dog this week. Yep, I was attacked by a Chihuahua. The owner was walking two of them, one dog stopped and was wagging his tail at me. I looked down and said, "Aw, you're a cute doggie."
The owner: "He just wants to be petted. He doesn't bite."
Me: "Okay." I reach down, let the dog sniff the back of my hand, he wags his tail more. I turn my hand over to pet him on the head and WHAM! Bite! The guy who owns the dog actually reacted more than I did! To be honest, it didn't break the skin and was more of a violent nip than a bite. But the owner was in shock and all kinds of apologetic. (As he should be!) I assured him I was fine, no damage done, not even really a mark other than indents on my finger. Not even a scrape or anything. I did advise him not to encourage people to pet his dog, though!
Now, I can encourage people to pet Vincent. The worst he'll do is purr all over and get white cat fur on them.
Onto the photos for the week -- clicking on an image will open the image in my Photobucket where you can make it larger twice by clicking on the magnifying glass you see at the bottom right of the photo. To return to the blog, just X out of the Photobucket page.
|Early morning at the Plainfield Train Station|
The darkness hangs on longer these mornings as I head off to work on the early train. When it's overcast, it seems a bit like night. However, if not overcast, the sun is rising as I walk to the train station. This shot is looking to the west from the westbound platform.
|Early evening at the Plainfield Train Station|
The sun was down when I arrived to the train station last night. That's a bit of a shame because it had just shown itself after a day with torrential rain and thunderstorms. Thankfully, the second wave of thunderstorms waited for me to be nice and comfy inside. As long as my power stays on, I love a good thunderstorm! This one is looking to the west from the eastbound platform.
Last night looking east from the eastbound platform, Plainfield Train Station.
Early one overcast morning looking east from the westbound platform.
Are ya dizzy yet? ;-)
|Plainfield Train Station|
A bit of the train station detail. I rarely go into the building itself. The ticket agent in there only works from around 5am until 1pm (or so). Those hours are basically to catch folks commuting to the city (NYC). I travel the other way in the morning. So, I go by the building when it's closed upon my return home from work. It's easier for me to buy my monthly train pass from the vending machine on the eastbound platform on the last day of the month.
They don't have either a ticket agent or ticket vending machines on westbound platforms. Heck, the Bridgewater Train Station doesn't even have an overhang to protect people from the rain on the westbound platform! NJ Transit thinks that people heading west just get off the trains and jump in their cars. They don't stop and think that not everyone works to the east (Newark/NYC). Some of us, and a growing amount every year, take the train westbound for our commute to work and must wait on the westbound platforms. The bus stops often work the same -- catering to the people heading towards the city with benches and shelters, often nothing more than a sign heading westbound.
|My scenic commute|
On Saturday morning NJ Transit was doing track work and our train had to stop to let the (all important) eastbound train pass as they were down to one track. For obvious reasons, two trains can't go opposite directions on one track! Our train had to switch to the other track and I got a giggle when a friend, in remote control heading to work, waited at the door facing the wrong way to get out! At least I had realized we had switched tracks and were getting off on the other side. I took this shot of some of the graffiti I see on my commute as the train waited out the signal/train passing.
|Not to be confused with the union rat|
It looks like they managed to have last night's game in between storms. But I noticed the crowds were way down as I walked by the TD Ball Park adjacent to the Bridgewater Train Station last night. Usually I'm walking through there at a bit after 7pm and their Saturday evening ball games start at 7:05pm. I feel like a salmon trying to swim upstream to spawn as I make my way to the train station against the traffic of all the ball game attendees.
|See something, say something|
At the Plainfield Train Station, Friday morning. I didn't say anything. I peeked, though, since someone else had already opened it. Some small child is going to be upset that she lost her backpack on the first day of school. It was too early for it to be where it was from Friday. So it had to have been left on Thursday -- the first day of school here in town.
|Rabbit by flash|
Overcast and a bit night-like one morning as I headed in, I saw this HUGE rabbit on the grounds of the Richmond Towers complex on East Front Street in Plainfield. He was Vincent-sized! Most of the rabbits I've seen in the 'hood have been small (or young) this summer. I read that the population of rabbits is declining in CT due to people developing the land. Huh. The rabbits must like urban development here in NJ much better. I saw them years ago infiltrating the Newark (Liberty - EWR) Airport grounds and now they're all over Plainfield. I've even seen a few downtown near the train station. They seem to be thriving.
Another grey overcast morning as I head for the early train at the Plainfield Train Station.
|'I see dead people' saga continues|
Shouldn't sleep near me! I have a camera; I will use it! Raritan Valley Line, NJ Transit.
|All tired out|
Vincent is all tuckered out from a day of napping, snacking, playing with toys, scratching his new cat scratch thingee, imbibing catnip and just being a cat. Life is so rough for him, eh?