Thursday, October 23, 2014

Late night open thread

Two guys in a rowboat just flew by Johnny's office window high atop the SpacePunk Building downtown.

You don't want that.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dear developers

On days like this when walking a dire wolf it sure would be nice if Jersey City could be known as "the City of Awnings."

Just sayin'.

Late night open thread

And who doesn't love fun?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We're going to start off today with a brilliant article in

S.P. Sullivan has a fascinating article on Snake Hill in Secaucus and how it may not be done giving up it's secrets after a massive cemetery reinterment from 2002:

That was 2002. The Turnpike Authority was looking to build a new interchange in Secaucus — Exit 15X — to give motorists access to the Secaucus Junction train station. As the site was prepared for the work, human remains were discovered. What followed would end up being the largest disinterment of bodies in U.S. history. Thousands of remains were extracted from the Meadowlands during a 10-month period in 2003. All told, more than 4,000 people were reburied in Hackensack and memorialized at a ceremony in late October 2004.

A decade later, a question lingers: Are there more bodies, forgotten and without families, buried just beyond the New Jersey Turnpike’s shoulder?

Make time for this article. It's so well written and simply fascinating. The fact it's late October and some of this story is about bodies and cemeteries makes it all the more topical.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Late night open thread

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
 -- Aristotle

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Get stepping Jersey City, Eliza Neals sings all up in your faces this afternoon

Jersey City artist by way of Detroit (and thus a friend of Johnny's) Eliza Neals will be on stage today at the corner of Bay St. and Provost in the Powerhouse Arts District. So put on a sweatshirt and some long pants and get downtown, she's fantastic!

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It's the Saturday night Scoreboard Show!

Florida State 31
Notre Dame 27
Touchdown Jesus must have had his remote control on another channel while Notre Dame had to retry their final chance

Alabama 59
Texas A&M 0
This one got so bad former A&M QB Johnny Manziel Tweeted during the game "Make it stop"

Michigan State 56
Indiana 17
Scary to think how good Michigan State could be if they held the throttle down for 4 quarters. Oh look, Michigan next weekend in East Lansing

Ohio State 56
Rutgers 17
Mama said there'd be days like this...

Ohio 23
Akron 20
Akron's Andrew Pratt never thought he'd ever be associated with the Jersey City Desk. That was before he fumbled late to allow Ohio a late field goal to win. Note to Andrew, Johnny checks almost every game score and, he like Santa Claus, know if you've been naughty or nice

Western Michigan 26
Bowling Green 14
In the shadows of I-75, along a stretch of highway that looks a lot like Truman Capote's description of the high plains of western Kansas in his book In Cold Blood, the Kalamazoo 11 smacked the Falcons of BGSU

Lehigh 31
Cornell 14
Lehigh's first win of the year. Sad times on South Mountain

South Florida 38
Tulsa 30
South Florida scored 17 points in the 4th quarter to make Tulsa look like girliemen (What, it's Saturday night)

Northern Arizona 21
Portland State 17
It was bound to happen sooner or later. In a game being played in America's great northwest a Bigfoot ran on the field and delayed the game for a few minutes until he ran off into the woods

Princeton 27
Brown 16
Johnny did watch a few minutes of this game today. Princeton has a goddamned BOOK on the logo on their field. Do you see a book anywhere on the field at Alabama? How about Georgia? Ever seen a book on the field at Ohio State? Princeton needs to work on that branding thing if they want to get in that playoff one day

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Northern Michigan 33
Wayne St. 30

On the shores of Lake Superior, in fact so close to Lake Superior you can walk outside and piss and hit it, if it weren't freezing in mid-air, the Wildcats won their first game of the year. The Pride of the Upper Peninsula, the NMU Band got to send everyone off into the arctic days that are October in Marquette Michigan, where it's light 3 hours a day, home with a smile on their faces. Johnny gets a great big lump in his throat ever time he hears this one

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rutgers football game day!

Well RU football fans, here's your chance to see boorish fan behavior on a level you're just not used to. If you're going to the game in Columbus vs Ohio State today no doubt you'll be coming come to tell tales about THE worst fanbase in the B1G. They are drunken louts with delusions of grandeur in Columbus. Johnny knows, he's seen it first hand sadly on more than one occasion. To use the old Reggie Jackson line, Ohio State thinks they are the straw that stirs the B1G drink. Losing to Michigan State in the B1G title game last year was horrible for them. Johnny read their fans posts and columnists and they just don't understand not being in first....ever. They are rude to opposing fans (If you have a Michigan license plate on your car in late November on a certain game day they'll roll your car) and in general are a sandpapery lot.

There, now you're prepared for the Columbus game day experience. How about the game though Johnny. Yes, the game.

Now, RU is playing well. They have exceeded expectation of just about everyone not wearing a Rutgers jersey. If they have always wanted to know deep down where they matchup against the B1G's better teams here's their chance. Urban Meyer doesn't usually recruit the guys that don't have 4 and 5 starts next to their names in high school. The athletes OSU has will give Rutgers issues. Johnny thinks where that will be most pronounced will be in the trenches. The Buckeyes have a top flight defensive line led by Joey Bosa. Can the Scarlet Knights offensive line keep Gary Nova upright? Yeah, it'll be a big test. Ohio State has those great players that let's face facts, are a cut above RU's players.

But Michigan gets those same 4 and 5 star players and Rutgers beat Michigan. It's why they play the games isn't it? Rutgers has the reputation of being difficult to play against. If they can force OSU's backup QB into some throwing mistakes who knows? Try and keep it close and win it late, RU's best chance.

We'd love to pick Rutgers today, we would. We have no love lost for Old Columbus Town. Have we told you about their fanbase? This is a pic Johnny took in 2011 outside the Prudential Center for the NCAA basketball sub regional. Ohio State fans:

Know what, the Buckeyes lost that night too.

Fearless Forecast:
Rutgers 29
Ohio State 27