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There's not much to do during breaks in a 4-hr nuclear stress test, so I tried a 4-image stitch of the view from the treadmill.

I concentrated on getting the horizon to line up - which it sorta did, but in a curved fashion - and this wreaked havoc with the bottom of the image, but it really only cut out part of Prospect Ave and left the corner of Prospect and Essex and the hospital entrance intact.

As you look north (right) up Prospect, you can see unavoidable reflections from the room I'm in, but it's not too bad.

And thank you, Coke truck, for adding a spot of solid color in the middle.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Hackensack Street Festival
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:17:44 PM »

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Hackensack Street Festival
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:46:59 PM »
This must be why I came back when I did.  ;D

Hackensack Discussion / R.I.P. Pat DiNizio (Smithereens)
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:57:01 AM »
Click on "Album Details" and read the story to view larger images.

I've taken down all of my Canon albums, so this no longer works.

Rather than post a picture that's similar to what's already here, I'm posting one of Pat that I took in 1986 when the Smithereens played the Capitol Theatre in Passaic.

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Thank you - it's good to be back.

So I was in HUMC undergoing something serious that rhymes with "whipple high class" (you remember Mr. Whipple, right?).

After a couple of days in the ICU, I had a small private hospital room with a view of the building that houses the ER, but all I could see was its green-mirror-windowed upper floors. Of course, I had my camera with me, but the photo pickins were slim. There were a couple of semi-interesting rooftop items and some of the window reflections were kind of trippy, but there was ONE cool shot that proved to be fairly difficult to get.

I'm sure you've seen helicopters landing at HUMC. It turns out that they land on the building that I was in. You could hear them when they arrived and departed, but it was nearly impossible to see one. I lucked out for a second or two when I saw a chopper reflection in the green mirror windows and just barely got a shot of it (last pic).

I have no idea why it looks like it was wrapped in netting.

To finish the story: After a couple of days in the hospital, they send you for a stay at a cardiac rehab facility for a couple of weeks and then you go home................and here I am.

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Hackensack Discussion / Still alive and well
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:15:29 PM »
(and home)

Thanks to the buildings of the 395 Main project for not falling down during my absence.

I'm ready to rock (I think).

Hackensack Discussion / I need your help
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:00:00 PM »
Beginning tomorrow, I may not be able to post for a while. The length of time is undertermined and I definitely won't be able to do any photo shoots, including the 395 Main project, whose demolition could start any day now. I really wanted to shoot that all the way through from demolition through construction - especially since it's right in front of my living room window. I know I'll get some of it, but probably not the demolition.

It's important to document changes in the city: imagine if we had continuous documentation of something like Main St changing over from houses to a bustling commercial street. We can do this now for the citizens of the Hackensack of 50 or 100 years from now (and beyond) because every image posted becomes part of the city's database.

As you may know, I've already started the thread ("Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project"), so I'm asking anyone who might be in the area - whether it's one day or many - to take pictures and post them. There are 3 sides to shoot: Main St, Ward St and State St.

Suggestion: if someone is able to do this once a week, take the exact same shot from the exact same spot each week on all 3 sides and post them, like I did with the construction of the new Anderson St RR station a few years ago. Maybe we can make an animated flip-book gif from them, similar to ONE particular station shot that I took each week. The semi-passable gif of all those shots showed 54 weeks of construction in 54 seconds.

I know the Editor will be pitching in photo-wise, but he's a very busy guy, so I'm asking anybody and everybody who's in the vicinity to kindly help out. I'm hoping the Editor will be able to let you know when the demolition begins. I already have the "before" shots posted.

When I'm able to take over again, I'll let you know, but in the interim, I'd appreciate any photo assistance available.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:15:03 PM »
Because I'll be out of commission for a while, this might be a good time to wrap this up. If "my favorite paper" doesn't get the point by now - and they clearly don't - they never will. Of course, if I see something in the future that's SO remarkably stupid, I reserve the right to share it with people who have at least a minor command of the language and its rules. Feel free to post any glaring miscues yourself.

Since I've already posted today's stumbles, I'll leave you with something that - while technically not incorrect - is something that the paper has been doing since the takeover that's SO lazy, limiting, annoying (and frequent), that I've been collecting them for for the last 3 weeks or so, just to see how many there would be and how often they resort to this cheap excuse for a story.

The answer is 22 (plus one bit of sarcomicastic relief). Unfortunately, I can only include 20 images in a post, so 3 were omitted.

If you want to write for The Record and your favorite number isn't 5, you're out, because everything can be explained, solved and used as filler through the magic of FIVE.

How else would you explain the over-dependence on this lazy tool?

Ready? (and why is there a period in the first one?, they doubled-down on 5 in the last image on a topic that grips the heart and soul of every reader)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:04:33 PM »
1. Wow! They actually remember that he was TALKING in this 18 year-old photo! And because he has a HEADSET on, he couldn't possibly be whistling, sucking on a lemon ball or grimacing as a Jets QB gets clotheslined. Remarkable!

2. Shouldn't there be a "to" after "close"?

3. "Everyday" is an adjective. It should read, "every day". An everyday activity is something you do every day.

4. This is the Jets' bye least I thought it was. But according to the writer, it's their bye year because he says that the next game is on September 26 (OK - bye 10 months).
Absolutely sloppy!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:05:15 PM »
From yesterday:

1. The QB's first name is Jameis - not James.


2. The caption on an almost-identical photo of McAdoo (see my November 8 post) said he was "reacting". Today, it's the dreaded "looks on". Both captions are uninformative, empty-headed and created without the benefit of a single brain cell.

3. They're "discussing a play"? Seriously?

4. The last letter of the last word in the last sentence of the last paragraph? SOOOOOOO close!

4a. If The Record wrote song titles...............

I saw this (bottom image) in the Shop-Rite lot in Paramus this morning and have already picked out the perfect song for its commercial (check out the bottom comment on the YouTube page).

Someone must have a picture of that.

I do! I do!

Picture and its caption:

As you may know, the world's largest hanging US flag flies from the George Washington Bridge on major holidays, like Veterans Day yesterday. It's impressive to drive under, but it's even better when you're on the bridge sidewalk near and under it. You should know that the flag is rolled up in the early afternoon (stupid policy), so if you go, go early.

If you haven't ever walked across - or just walked ON the GWB - you really should and it's easy to do.

Take Rt 4 east to the last exit before the tolls and then head east as far as you can go to Hudson Terrace. Make a left and park when you get to the meters.

Usually the south walkway - facing downtown Manhattan - is open and the north walkway is closed, but earlier this year, it was announced that because of the increase in people jumping to their deaths from that walkway, it would be closed while higher fencing is installed. That meant that the somewhat less accessible north walkway would now be open (lots of steps - two sets up and one down).

I've shot the flag many times, but never from the north walkway, so yesterday was my chance. It was also my last scheduled shoot for a while (will explain in a couple of days), so I was on the bridge before 9am to do a nice long shoot across the bridge to NY and back. It was cold out, but it was absolutely brutal on the bridge. I didn't even make it halfway across, but I got what I needed.

And here they are:

1-5. While still on Hudson Terrace: construction/destruction, lower level drivers who would miss out on seeing the flag, the closed south walkway entrance and more construction.

6. After navigating the multiple sets of stairs to the north walkway, I passed a cyclist coming into NJ and took a picture as he carried his bike up the stairs.

7. Before I got on the bridge, I shot this scene with the two new Fort Lee towers - The Modern I and II. I couldn't read what was on the lower, darker area of Mod1, but I took care of that later. I also hadn't noticed the "PIP RAMP" sign before. I know what it means, but it must look strange to any driver who doesn't.

8-10. Now on the bridge, I shot the Palisades, Ross Dock and a super-shadowed someone right below me on the road that goes from Ross Dock south and under the bridge.

11. In other words, keep to the right on your bike.

12 & 13. My face and shooting hand were already almost frozen and I really didn't see the point of getting further away from the NJ tower, so I headed back.

14. Now I'm back under the wind-blown flag and.............what's that small white thing attached to the dark cable?

15. The moon and the flag - the shot of the day! If anybody else has these two things in one shot, it was taken at night - not at 9:15am.

16. The cables on The Moderns

17. On the sidewalk around the NJ tower, this was the view of the flag through it.

18. The moon and the cables

19. Off the bridge and by the guardhouse, this mirror is installed in the cliff for the cyclists (or so said the guard). I think it's there for my selfie with the sun, the bridge and the flag.

20. Now in my car and about to get on Rt 4, I got this shot so we all could read what's on the side of Mod1.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:00:00 PM »
1&2. The error is in the second one, but because that enlargement cuts out most of the headline, I've included the full headline first.

It's another article about how Puerto Rico is still struggling because of Hurricane Maria. The problem is that the sub-headline says that the storm happened 7 months ago, while the first line of the second paragraph states - correctly - that it occurred 7 weeks ago. While I'm sure it must feel like 7 months ago to those affected, this mistake is just thoughtless.

3. If it's inspired by Gulen, then you have to use a hyphen: Gulen-inspired.

4. Speaking of hyphens, the underlined "word" is in dire need of one: male-centric.

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