June 28, 2010


Police handcuffs
Photo by niu niu on Unsplash



On Friday afternoon Mark and I were driving in Bloomfield, New Jersey when all of a sudden several police cars came tearing along the road, lights flashing, sirens blaring. 

In this area you see at least two police cars just for a traffic violation, but when there is more than that something big is up. 


We pulled over to the side to let them pass when even more cars came. 

We were nearing the Bloomfield Green when we saw several more police cars screaming their way to Broad Street. 

There must have been at least eight, and probably many more. 

We were startled to see one police car had crashed through some bushes and landed on a tiny median. The door to the car was wide open as if someone had run out of it in a great hurry.

 "Look at that," Mark cried. "Is he hurt?"

 "I don't think so. Anyway, the door to the car's open and I don't think that anyone's inside. Besides the police are all over the place."

I noticed a policeman to the right of me was talking to a woman pushing a baby stroller. He was writing down everything she said.

We wanted to see more but it was difficult. The area was crawling with police. Crowds had gathered on all sides.

"Traffic is blocked on that side. We'll have to get out of here," said Mark as he took a turn away from the action.

 I kept craning my neck to see if I could see anything else.

"It'll be on Baristanet, that's for sure," I said confidently.  

Baristanet is a website pertaining to all things in "Baristaville" (Bloomfield, Montclair, etc).

Sure enough, after checking with Baristanet later that night, I found out that the Wachovia Bank had been robbed.
The suspect had allegedly escaped into Brookdale Park, a large, beautiful county park that is partly in Bloomfield and partly in Montclair. 
So far there have been no updates on catching the suspect. 
You can also read about Bloomfield's most famous landmark in Holsten's Brookdale Confectionary | Bloomfield, New Jersey.
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June 25, 2010

10 Things I Love About Summer

I Love Summer

I love making lists. 
Here are 10 things I love about the summer:

  1. The skies don't get dark until almost 9 P.M. (my absolutely favorite part of summer besides the warmth of the sun).
  2. Drinking unsweetened iced tea.
  3. Drinking Starbucks Mocha or Caramel Light Frappacinos  -- too much sugar and fat, I know, but it's like eating dessert with your coffee.
  4. Swimming in a pool (not lakes or oceans), especially underwater. I even love the smell of the chlorine.
  5. Barbecues and picnics. I love picnic foods: potato salad, burgers, almost anything grilled.
  6. Fresh veggies and fruits (I hate frozen or canned). Making salads with the veggies. Making smoothies with the fruits.
  7. You can open the moon-roof in the car.
  8. Eating outdoors at sidewalk cafes.
  9. Sitting (and dreaming) on front porches.
  10. The original scent of  Coppertone.
What are YOUR favorite things about summer? 
I'm talking about normal, everyday things. 
If you liked this post, please read my post on 5 Fun Summer Songs!

June 21, 2010

Mad Librarians! | Montclair, New Jersey

Mad Librarians At Montclair Library
Montclair Public Library, Main Branch


Montclair Librarians Are MAD


I think The Montclair Public Library in this wealthy New Jersey township has some angry librarians. 

Budget cuts have forced the main library to be closed on Mondays, and the tiny branch library (in the exclusive section of Upper Montclair) is ONLY open on Mondays.

Yes, the town has two library buildings.

One of the signs in the next photo (in front of the main library) has the names of the Town Council and how to contact them.

Yes, they're mad.


To read about the Upper Montclair Branch of the public library, check this out:

Bellevue Avenue Branch of the Montclair Public Library | Upper Montclair, New Jersey



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June 03, 2010

The "D" Factor

Vitamin D Factor
Photo by Andres Siimon on Unsplash


Vitamin D

I went back to my internist today to find out the results of my tests.

Even though not all of the tests have been completed (the lab forgot to do some!) 


I found out that while I have slightly elevated sugars I do NOT have diabetes (that's the one I was most concerned about -- my father had it). 


It's a situation that has to be monitored carefully. I am very careful with my sugar intake, though, and I am slim, so hopefully this will not become a problem in the future. 


I should exercise more, but my pain prevents me from doing so.


Perhaps I should go swimming. I might be able to do that without pain. Besides, I really love swimming.

I do, however, have extremely low levels of Vitamin D and am now on a pill regimen to up the intake. The Vitamin D deficiency is important because it may -- and I stress MAY -- be at least partly behind my chronic pain. 


Ironically, because I don't lie out in the sun, and I use strong sun block when I do because I burn easily, is keeping me from getting enough Vitamin D. 

So the temporary high-dose pill regimen (twice weekly) is my best bet right now. 


After surfing the internet it turns out that many Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency.

I was also quite low in Vitamin B12 levels and will be taking daily supplements. The pain is still strong most days. 


I even struggle to walk from my car to my apartment bill because it's on an small incline -- it should be easily walkable but it's a struggle right now. I feel like I'm about 80 years old. Hopefully this pill regimen will help.

I go back to the internist in six weeks.


The dental appointment went well. I still need to have some broken back teeth fixed but will have to wait for that. 


I also plan to go to an eye doctor for an exam. I might as well do it all when I have the chance. 


You may also want to read Making Healthy Choices and The Waiting Game.