Thursday, August 17, 2017

Late night open thread

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.”
 -- Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

So many brilliant, moving descriptions of August in literature and yet so many sound similar.

Time for Jersey CIty, After Dark

Pretty much everything wrong with New Jersey in one story

FOUR public jobs. Four. You can't make this stuff up. Read on and you'll probably be just as disgusted as Johnny.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

How 'bout them Red Bulls?

The New York Red Bulls rallied tonight from down 2-0 in Cincy vs FC Cincinnati to get power up and win 3-2 and advance to the final of the U.S. Open Cup Final vs Sporting KC on September 20th.

Gonzalo Veron started the fightback from the Red Bulls on 75 minutes. Three minutes later it was Bradley Wright-Phillips heading home to draw NY level. Bradley Wright-Phillips then scored the winner and there was much rejoicing.
Just not in Cincinnati.

Late night open thread

"In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen."
 -- Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

Time for Jersey City After Dark

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Won't it be news when things like this aren't news

The Jersey City Fire Department has promoted its first female firefighter to the position of fire battalion chief, congratulations Constance Zappella. Zapella took a few moments to talk to the young girls of Jersey City and what she'd say to them about her new job:

Zappella, 38, said she's working on having the most successful career with the department. Asked what her message would be to young Jersey City girls with dreams of becoming a firefighter, Zappella said she would tell them to "become one of us."

"I'm very feminine, I'm obviously female, but don't even think about that," she said after the ceremony. "Go in, if you really want this job and you really want to make a difference in your city, go in with a positive attitude. Forget, put it on the shelf that you're a female and become one of us."

Our best to Battalion Chief Zappela!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Late night open thread

Do you know where you were on this night in 2003? You were dealing with the blackout if you were in the northeast, midwest and Ontario. Johnny remembers having a huge neighborhood BBQ in Ypsilanti and got out the telescope as with no ambient light anywhere the night sky was reclaimed if only for a night.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

The Star Ledger editorial board says what we're all thinking on Charlottesville

Required reading on a Monday night before bed.

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Sunday, August 13, 2017