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Hard to believe, but that fire was 10 years ago today.

This was pure luck. Last Thursday, I saw this kestrel right outside my window sitting in a tree 6 floors up. I've featured kestrels before on this site, but never this close. Kestrels - members of the falcon family - are raptors, just like hawks and eagles..............they tear their prey apart with their hooked beaks.

The difference is that the kestrel is about the size of a robin. It's the tiniest raptor - and maybe the cutest.

His (I'm pretty sure it's a male) back faced me throughout, but he managed to keep a constant eye or two on me, thanks to his ability to rotate his head 180 degrees.

I'd be surprised if I ever get better kestrel shots from my living room again.

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Hackensack Discussion / Avoid "ROAD"!
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:31:46 PM »
Another detailed notice from the Hackensack OEM - avoid this area at all costs!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Homer Jones"
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:41:09 PM »
I'm really gonna miss Ol' Homer too.

I never met the man, but we've had a long relationship on this site, both historical and comedic in nature. We've helped solve a couple of puzzles, but have also driven the Editor crazy with relentless punning games (see some of the below links). We were each other's comedic foil and probably could have taken our act out on the road.,959.msg2983.html#msg2983,1001.msg3210.html#msg3210 (nunsense),1387.msg4387.html#msg4387,1455.msg4555.html#msg4555,1505,1507

(this is an incomplete list)

He was also the only one in my age bracket (I'm two years younger) who understood my ancient rock references and came back with a few of his own, which I appreciated.

We also had an email relationship and, as recently as two months ago, he wrote to tell me about a music photographer in Ireland who has photographed Metallica, among others, and thought I should contact her.

"How the hell do you know about Irish music photographers?"

"I have dual citizenship: American and Irish and read some Irish papers on the web out of curiosity."

Ol' Homer: smart as hell, clever, kind and curious - great traits in my book.

Speaking of books, if any of you editor-types out there are thinking of writing one, you can start here -;u=1606;area=showposts;start=615 - all of his posts. Start at the bottom and work your way backward to the most-recent one.

On Wednesday, northbound Main St was blocked at Passaic St because part of the road was being dug up so sewer line connectors could be installed from the 389 Main project. I heard a comment from one of the construction company people about how many asphalt layers were on the road and that it appeared that they were never dug up prior to adding the next one.

I took a closeup shot (last picture) and to my untrained eye, it looks like about 4 or 5 layers.

Is this normal?

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This year's version was a little more solemn and a lot smaller. Gone were all the fake animals, the dancing, costumed whatever-they-weres and the jumpy accordion music. The confusing clash of sounds (the front party atmosphere mixed with the almost-funereal rear group's vocals/music) was also absent. This year was clearer and more concise.

I stuck to shooting from the roof and it only took about 11 or 12 minutes - with stops - from when they approached Union St from Passaic St, made the left turn and then exited Union onto Anderson St to continue on to Holy Trinity Church.

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Welcome to the year-end edition of Fives & Flubs. Because of all the useless "Five storylines for 2019" rehashes this week, the Flubs are outnumbered, reversing a recent trend.

Let's hope that 2019 brings some intelligence to the paper...............ESPECIALLY to the moronic captions!
     (fat frickin' chance!)

Click to enlarge and then go get drunk. You've earned it if you've managed to wade through The Record Number of Errors this year.

Happy New Year!

Hackensack Discussion / A stain on our station.........
« on: December 29, 2018, 03:35:29 PM » what the wood on the Anderson St Station needs. After 4 1/2 years, it looks horrible.

Is this something that New Jersey Transit would take care of?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Kazimir's Pets closing
« on: December 29, 2018, 01:23:06 PM »
Taken on 12-26-18:

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Hackensack Discussion / Santa brings salt to E. Kansas St.
« on: December 27, 2018, 04:47:03 PM »
(and a second shed - on the left):

1. June 2018 photo: Google

2. Christmas Day, 2018

I guess it's better than getting coal..........the DPW must have been good this year.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: December 26, 2018, 10:15:20 PM »
Welcome to the Christmas edition of Fives & Flubs (unless there is a flood of errors in the next 4 days).

I was sort of joking when I wrote that, but it turns out I almost wasn't. I'm one day late, thanks (?) to EIGHT Flubs and a token Five - all in today's sports section. It's an overwhelmingly-shameful display of incompetency.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: December 20, 2018, 11:00:04 AM »
Welcome to the Christmas edition of Fives & Flubs (unless there is a flood of errors in the next 4 days). There's only 1 Five.............and - as usual - lots of Flubs.

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Hackensack Videos / Church leaves in garbage trucks
« on: December 19, 2018, 03:10:24 PM »
This begins with a .gif file that I first converted to a .mov file and then combined with another .mov file.

The landscaper of the church next door to me had a very methodical way of collecting and dumping half a dozen large loads of leaves from the property. The first 7 stills show one dump trip and the 8th still shows how many of those trips he made.

The rest is a video of the pickup 6 days later into a garbage truck.

12-11-18 (1-9)

This was fun, sitting in my living room and taking pictures of huge steel beams flying over the 389 Main St project - sometimes 3 at a time - courtesy of the massive 110-ton crane and then seeing the workers become beam-walkers. The fifth shot looks like a DWI test.

12-12-18 (10-20)

But what I really wanted to shoot was the flying beams from on-site and on the sun side, so I did that on this day right after shooting brick walls being knocked down just up the street at the Holman's/435 Main Site. It was like when I used to shoot heavy metal shows 30 years ago - lots of  noise, lots of "danger".

Every once in a while, I like to try to see if I still have my concert timing. I noticed (next-to-last shot) that the worker was catching something small thrown from below multiple times. In the last shot, I zoomed in and you can see exactly what it was.

Timing intact!

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These were all taken on one interesting morning a couple of weeks ago:

1,2. Two from home

3. I've posted part of this here before, but not the whole scene.

4. I don't think I've gotten this angle before, but I'm glad I got it here.

5. On the pedestrian bridge between the Teaneck and Hackensack FDU campuses

6. The Current on River project from the river at almost looks on the river.

7. From the river walkway near the northern end of Johnson Park

8. I've posted part of the same sign that's by the tracks - this is the whole sign on Main St facing Sears.

9. This is a stitch of the Hackensack River taken from FDU.

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