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Hackensack Discussion / About "Stella", et al.
« on: March 15, 2017, 09:59:59 AM »
Colbert gets it (go to 4:11 on this video from last night):

Only the National Weather Service is authorized to name storms - not some self-serving TV channel named Weather.

I've been busy for the last 9 or 10 months with a self-imposed project involving every non-music-related photo I've ever taken (with many months to go) and I came across some negative film I shot in early 2001 which included this colorful image.


There were actually two of these trucks parked on State St. This looks like the other one just exploded.

Too bad Steve Vai and his guitar aren't in the picture or else we'd have a shredding trifecta.


This is an athletic variation of the big-backpacked, eyes-glued-to-the-phone Pokepeople I usually see in the E lot.


Hackensack Discussion / Click it or ticket!
« on: March 03, 2017, 02:35:05 PM »
Two seat-belt slackers got a surprise yesterday on State St.


Hackensack Discussion / I have a bone to pick with..........
« on: March 01, 2017, 12:15:40 AM »
...........a certain tuna company that I won't name.

If that thing had stuck in my throat, I might have had to swallow that penny to try to dislodge it.

Their tuna is OK, but I could do without the skeletal structure.

Sorry, Charlie.


And this is last week's news (2/18).

This might be the earliest I've seen this of any year.

I'm sure gonna miss this view when the local rehabilitation project happens.


(except for the last one, which was taken in Paramus)


Hackensack History / Hackensack's 1963 Memorial Day Parade
« on: February 13, 2017, 09:00:03 PM »
Mom comes through again!

I just found two little 3"x2" pictures in an old photo album - the type of album whose black pages seem to be made of carbon powder. My fingers were black after going through it.

The first (somewhat-out-of-focus) picture shows a marching band and the better second one shows a group of Brownies. In the background is the Fox Theater marquee (can't read the movie names), a soda shop or luncheonette that appears to begin with "STE", a Mercedes car dealership (all I can see is ".......Motors") and a place called "Teen Towners".

Usually, Mom wrote lots of info under each shot, but this album had no info at all. I dislodged the photos to scan them and found "May 30, 1963" on the back of each and "Troop #730" on the Brownie one.

It turns out that the troop was Holy Trinity Troop #730 and my then-HTS-3rd-grader sister Geri is one of the Brownies - why my mother was there. I found no other pictures of this parade.

"Well, I saw my kid................time to go home".


Hackensack Videos / 2-9-17 Snowstorm - Going nowhere fast (and loud)
« on: February 09, 2017, 04:14:12 PM »
Shot from my living room at 10:25 today.

I don't know where the audio pops came from.............sounds like an old vinyl record.

(not clickable)

State Street Smiles dental office has been in its new location for about a year-and-a-half now and apparently just now getting its logo put on the building.

On Friday, a worker was seemingly measuring to make sure there was enough room for the 19 letters and spaces in the logo.

By Saturday, the unveiling had taken place and..................well, remember the last line in Dial-A-Mattress' dopey 1991 commercial?


I had too many photos for the Hackensack Walkway post, so I omitted the animal pix and put them here.

As I was walking north from Johnson Park, I saw (and heard) LOTS of geese flying by. I figured they were going to land on the grass on the FDU Teaneck side as they always seem to do. But before I got there, I heard another sound that seemed to be coming from a tree - a sound I'm finally starting to recognize............a stationary squirrel. Sure enough, there one was - perched with its tail sitting on his back and head (looking almost presidential!) on almost a pinpoint top of a vertical tree branch. I've never seen that before.

Then along came another squirrel running up and down the tree, seemingly trying to dislodge the first one. He accomplished that and then the two appeared to be playing tag in and out of a hole in the tree.

Then I noticed a third squirrel (but it might have been one of the other two) sitting at the base of the tree and keeping an eye on me. It ran up the tree for about two feet and just stayed there while I took pix of it. I even moved around to get a slightly better angle - which usually frightens them away - but this one didn't budge and kept on posing. Then it reversed direction and did the same thing , but facing downward.

For some reason the squirrels along the Walkway are the only ones I've ever seen act like this. Everywhere else, they run away.

The Hackensack River Walkway - home of the friendly squirrels.

Back to the geese. When I got to where I could see the FDU-Teaneck lawn, there wasn't a goose in sight. As I continued walking north of the ped bridge, I could see a LOT of geese and gulls in the river on either side of the Rt 4 overpass. I took whatever shots I could get through the reeds and then decided to get them from above on the Rt 4 bridge walk. As I approach that spot from the Lukoil station, I saw that they were charging $2.89 a gallon - literal highway robbery!

So I took the overhead shots of the geese parked on the low-tide mud bars, but as I got closer to being overhead each mud bar, its geese started vacating the premises and swimming away. Not big fans of oversight, I guess.

After getting off Rt 4, I walked on the FDU roads back under the highway to photograph the group of geese and gulls north of 4 before heading back to the pedestrian bridge and Hackensack.


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