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Doesn't ANYBODY pay attention at this newspaper?

The stupidity starts right at the top of page 1A - THE FRONT PAGE! The Yankees won yesterday and ended the game with a triple play - hence, the "Triple play seals victory for Yankees" bold-faced statement next to the picture. That, obviously, means the Yankees had to be on defense.

But what does the picture show? The Yankees' Gary Sanchez sliding into third base (on OFFENSE!) and the umpire giving a very large "SAFE" sign.

There are NO safe signs in a triple play. There are only outs. What moron decided it would be a good idea to use this picture with that headline? Does one hand know what the other is doing at this paper?

The story - on page 1S of the sports section - continues on page 4S, where the paper shows what is apparently the only picture that have of yesterday's game (second picture below).

Well, at least the caption didn't describe the picture as showing a triple play.

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6-11-21 (continued)

1,2. The cement-related activities continue.

3. End-of-the-day PANO shot


4-6. Three on-the-ground Sunday shots


7-12. So the long cardboard-looking rolls were cut into sections and used as cement molds. When the cement dried, the rolls were ripped off and cut up.


13. Pieces of our old fence and some old "Reserved Monthly Parking" signs

14. The landscapers show up and deliver trees that look just like the ones on Main St.

15. New pieces of fencing to be placed between the lot and our building are unwrapped.

16,17. Preparing to hoist the tree into its just-dug hole

18. Not sure what this is, but it's an interesting look from above.

19. New trees cast their first shadows.

20. A PANO shot from earlier in the day showing the new trees, the new fence and our old garbage

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.............has created a new company:

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It appears that lot paving probably begins tomorrow.

I have to stop making predictions about things I know nothing about.

1. Not only was there no paving the next day, but those two remaining pieces of equipment were removed early in the morning.

2. This is what the lot looked like that entire day as nothing got done.

3. Here's all the activity that occurred on the 8th.

4. And then the rains came...............

5. This is everything I saw going on on the 9th.

6-12. Finally, work resumed on the 10th.

13-20. On the 11th, all work seemed to revolve around all the lot locations where I was told lights would be placed. Cylindrical molds were cut, put in place and filled with cement.

I've reached my 20-picture post limit and will resume the 11th in the next post.

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You may be familiar with The Record's two advice columnists: Amy Dickenson and Dear Abby. This is about Amy.

Both columnists usually answer two letters per column and today is no different. Amy's two begin with the usual "Dear Amy" and the column ends with Amy's email address.

The problem today is that it says that the column is called "Dear Annie", the writer's name is supposedly "Annie Lane" and the picture is of someone other than Amy Dickenson.

None of this is particularly earth-shaking, but it's another example of the paper's continued sloppiness.

Want another example?

I was trying to find out who the paper's photo editor is. I could not find that information in the paper, anywhere online or even on The Record's site. But I DID find a "Help" chat on their site, so I tried it out.

Here's how that went. Mind the times:

Live Chat
Chat Started
10:28 AM
Hello and thank you for waiting
10:28 AM
All agents are currently assisting other customers, please wait for the next available agent. As a reminder, for a fast and easy resolution, you can log into your account to report a missed delivery, enter a vacation hold, or make a payment.
Your estimated wait time is approximately 1 minute(s)
10:28 AM
Agent Connected
10:28 AM
Thank you for contacting Customer Service. My name is Nheonne. How may I help you today?
10:29 AM
Bob Leafe
Who accepts subscriber photos?
Better question: who is the photo editor?
10:30 AM
Thank you for letting us know your concern. Let me go ahead and check my resources here.
Please give me a minute or two.
10:31 AM
Bob Leafe
10:41 AM
Bob Leafe
Tough question?
10:51 AM
Bob Leafe
Still there?
11:01 AM
Bob Leafe
A half-hour (and counting) wait? How about you call me when you get the answer. You have my number. Thank you.
11:01 AM
Chat Ended
Agent Disconnected
11:03 AM

That was two days ago. I'm still waiting for that call.

This torch run benefited Special Olympics New Jersey.

I happened to see it going by on State St while I was shooting today's E Lot work. These were taken on both sides of Passaic St and the whole procession was a lot longer than I show here.

From what I could tell from their site's map, we're on the blue line and it headed south from here before crossing the river and ending in Ridgefield Park.

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These were taken over the last 4 days and bring things up to date.

June 3

1-3. Scrape, fill, move over one vehicle's width, rinse and repeat

4. A visit from the vehicle's dentist

5. Scrape and fill by State St

6,7. A new vehicle arrives. It's kinda like a street sweeper, but with a twist.

8. The sweeper brush directs the particles into an internal bin that rises into the air and tilts to the side to dump everything into a truck.

9. I think he's trying to scrape the top edge with the shovel.

10. Just before exiting the lot, the cover is brought up and over the contents.

11. As you can see it's been raining, so this looked slightly redundant.

12. After the dental appointment, the big red monster heads for its overnight parking spot.

13,14. I took a couple of PANO shots during the day (8:40am) and after everyone left (by 1pm).

15. A couple of hours later (3pm), the surface started to dry and it looked QUITE different.

June 4

16. The big red monster ships out just after 9am. No work on the lot today.

17. End of the day PANO shot taken just after 4pm when a nasty storm front moved in. You can tell that it's raining and that the front is moving from right to left (south to north).

June 5

18. Saturday - time to take the State St PANO shot

June 6

19. Sunday - I wanted a closer PANO shot. There appears to be only one vehicle on the lot.

20. Actually, there are two (one blocked the other from view). It appears that lot paving probably begins tomorrow.

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1,2. Is this the gardener? The car wash guy?

3. No, it's the guy who drives the RX-700e, which has a huge water tank that was leaking like crazy when I got my first up-close look. Why does it need a water tank? Apparently, it's so the driver can hose down the lot - I'm guessing to keep the dust down (and to keep his friend's truck nice and clean).

4,5. Not sure what this is called, but it pounds the surface to  get the air out and compact it (the compacter?). All I know it that it sounds like a helicopter and it got me away from the computer more than once when I thought a chopper was overhead. In 5's background, it looked like someone had a yard sale table set up in the parking lot behind the 50 Passaic St business, but it turned out to be an impressive array of tools for the man in the purple shirt to work on his car with.

6. The red truck dumps a hot load.

7. You think I was kidding about it being HOT?

8. Shovel and rake it.

9. Throwing a shovelful to a needy area

10. Lunch time

11. Back to work

12. Two monsters on the sidelines

13,14. The truck dumps asphalt into the third monster, which deposits it and the crew evens it out.

15. The driver takes a break.

16. At the end of the day, look at the formation they left for me to shoot!

17,18. Can't resist a closer look at all this power.

19. The formal, end of the day PANO shot

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They got real busy the day after Memorial Day. So did I. I was shooting and editing non-stop, all day long (and into the evening):

1. I took this at 6:36am - who can sleep when metal is LOUDLY scraping metal at that hour?

2. And look what came tumbling out of the bottom............standup mannequin legs!

3. Secret stash in a hidden compartment of the RX-700e

4. Suddenly-non-horizontal pieces of the E lot

5. The shovel brigade has its own water boy.

6. The giant toilet paper cardboard tube toss

7. This doesn't seem to be very productive: they took a securely-wrapped quantity of bricks and spent a lot of time moving them one by one onto a wooden pallet which was then transported to the sidewalk on State St, where they've been sitting unsecured all this week by the Porto-Potty which also is now on that sidewalk.

8. The monster RX-700e makes a break for it onto State St. Is it a British product? The driver IS on the right side.

9. The aforementioned Porto-Potty gets moved onto the new State St sidewalk, where its brickly new friend will later move next door (or "next sidewalk slab").

10. It's amazing the shots you can get from 7 floors up..........

11. No idea what's going on here, but it's not a shot you see every day.

12. The Unusual Shapes and Sizes Break Area

13.  The milling gets off to a good start between the cold planer and the receiving truck when all of a sudden..........WHOOPS! It looks like a big mistake, but I was thrilled to get that second shot. I don't think I've ever seen something like that happen before, but to be in position - from my bedroom, no less - to get this shot just amazes me. It might be my favorite shot of this far.

14. More fooling around with the chewed-up asphalt flow................the first one's going into a truck, but what's the purpose of spewing it all over the ground?

15. The cold planer and its receiving truck take a break after the center stripe initial milling of the lot's asphalt.

16. A different angle from above..........

17. I saw the RX-700e driver throw empty gallon plastic bottles from his machine - what the hell was he doing? House-cleaning, apparently. He climbed down and proceeded to pick them all up, walk over to the western perimeter and deposit them all in what appears to be a plastic bag.

18. I took some PANO (panoramic) shots with the iPhone and am including two of them here taken at different stages of this busy day. The cold planer is on the far left getting ready to start milling the asphalt at 10:10am. The large number of trucks lining up assure a steady flow of receptacles, so the milling process is uninterrupted. The truck at the bottom is receiving dirt from the piles behind it.

19. At 3:48pm, everyone's gone for the day, but there's LOTS more to do tomorrow.

Click to enlarge...............especially the PANOs.

Hackensack History / Unique source of local 1920s ads
« on: June 03, 2021, 02:41:10 PM »
Included are the following:

The Record (Bergen Evening Record)

1925 classified ads:

- 115 and a 1/2  Main St

- 50 Passaic St

- 238 Main St

- Cedar Ave

- Sussex Rd

- Oritani Theater

- 258(?) Main St

- 681(?) Main St

- Comfort Coal & Lumber

- Buy a new Ford at 25 Banta PLace!

And they're all right here:

Hackensack Discussion / You got that?
« on: June 01, 2021, 08:35:00 AM »
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There hasn't been any full-scale work going on during the last week, but occasionally someone comes by to either pick up no-longer-needed things or drop off large vehicles needed for the next stage. Since it's Memorial Day Weekend, I'm guessing that that next stage begins this Tuesday, June 1.


1-5. A two-man crew drove a truck in to pick up all the items used to create all the curbing and other cement components.


6. A slightly better attempt to get the entire lot in an iPhone panoramic image. I'll get there.


7-19. I saw an unusual vehicle on a truck parked on State St at the far end of the lot. I had never seen this type of vehicle here before, but I knew it was coming into the lot. This thing was huge and it looked like quite a job for one guy to get it off the truck and into the lot. Once I could read the side number on the vehicle, I looked it up. It's a 51', 80,000+lb cold planer (it mills asphalt). Apparently, it's time to get rid of the old parking lot surface and put in a new one.

I shot a video of what I thought would be the critical part of the move: getting the vehicle off the truck and having it make a sharp right turn into the lot:

The stills show before, during and after what the video shows. I went out during the afternoon to shoot some closeups, including an iPhone Pano shot (next-to-last image). The last image shows the vehicle's specs.

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1. Just Another Brick In The Wall

2. Cement: hammer out, rinse, dump


3-12. Lots of cement work on the Ward St side


13-15. The 2 stitches (3 images and 2 images) wouldn't line up, so here are the components that you can stitch together in your head. Fortunately, I found a cure for stitching problems the very next day.


I recently got a new iPhone and am starting to fool around with the camera - especially the panoramic function: hit the PANO button and steadily move the phone from left to right...........done! No stitching multiple pictures together that may or may not line up, no muss, no fuss. It DOES take a few tries to get it right, but the results are.................well, see for yourself.

16. The whole lot (well, most of it) from my living room (I'm still working on my technique).

17. This is the prize of the bunch. The only way to make this better would be to have some elevation.

18. Left to right: Second Reformed Church (part), 435 Main, 22 Ward, 417 Main, 407 State, 389 Main, 40 Passaic, 50 Passaic, First Presbyterian Church (part)

19. I have to take back that "no stitching multiple pictures together" statement. Of course, the camera is doing that digitally, but if your left to right movement is off, there may be a glitch in the finished product. There's one in this image, but I still like what I was able to cram into it.

I think I found a new toy to play with. Expect to see more of these.

These panos are big images, so click to enlarge and start scrolling.

(and all images are ęBob Leafe)

I know it seems like I'm jumping back into this topic, but I'm really trying not to. It's just that the waves of stupidity have gotten so much larger lately, it's hard to ignore. They DID seem to get a little better for a while, but that was very short-lived.

Today's little "gems" (click to enlarge):

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