Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bowling



You got to have balls to knock ten pins down
Today, mine were blue!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Denville Auto Center



To what point when a building is unoccupied do we consider it abandoned?  A month, a year or possibly decades as the Denville Auto Center has been for countless years.  Smack, dab in plain view by thousands every day along a US highway.  There's nothing wrong structurally nor has it been vandalized.  Yet there hasn't been anyone occupying this small garage for as long as I can remember.

Abandoned or simply unoccupied?  You be the Judge!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Volkswagen Beetle



Ranking number four of all time best selling vehicles this beauty Volkswagen Beetle is undoubtedly one of the longest running production cars in history.  Built in 1938 this Bug captured the hearts in the multi-culture movement right through into the 1970's.

The economical price and funkadelic design of the Love Bug later lost her number one spot manufacturing 23.5 million Bugs to three other vehicles.  Let's start with her sister, the Volkswagen Golf with 30 million cars.  Then tying for number one bragging rights is the Ford F150 Pickup and Toyota Corolla, producing 40 million vehicles each.

I reality there is one car that out shines all these by a landslide.  Created in 1979 this vehicle was adored by loving hearts across the world.  Created by the ex Chrysler Parts Fabricator Jim Mariol who wanted to stay in the business of cars.  This innovative car broke all the rules in styling and operations and it is a part of a permanent collection at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.  She sits proudly along side the Corvette, DeLorean and the Ford Model-T.

That's right folks, this lovable red and yellow ink injected one passenger car is the Little Tykes Cozy Coupe.  I bet you weren't expecting that one now, did you?

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Walking Dead



When I see Jesus, I usually don't think of anyone but Jesus...  I mean his appearance looks nothing other than Jesus Christ.  That's until I saw Jesus Christ looking like someone else.  Maybe I'm stretching it a bit, but does this not look like Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) from the AMC television series "The Walking Dead?"  Maybe I'll be the dead one even thinking this, especially if you disagree!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mausoleum Folly




Of all hopes and all desires the field only reveals to man his own ridicules folly and despair.   The victory is only an illusion to philosophers and fools.  And for the rich, this is their last laugh that will never be seen until the afterlife!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hazardous Materials



Come see the Show

Who loves Rockets?  If you're like me and do, you will be victimized by seeing a display beyond belief when one of our uncapped CO2 cylinders falls over and pops the valve head.  Take a front row seat and enjoy the the thrill and excitement of unchained and uncapped compress gas as it creates rocketing torpedos that will literally shoot through the roof!

Bring your friends and family and be awed by the Amazing and Spectacular Spectacle Cylinders.  Please Folks, keep yourself and your children guarded as we never know which direction these beauties will soar.  Tickets are all free and no registration required!  See you there!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Weekend Rendezvous



Why not call and make reservations now for your romantic getaway.  Honeymooners, Lovers or couples who fancy a weekend rendezvous.  Our resort is for Lovers only as you'll never be lonely when spending quality time with us.

Just ninety minutes from Manhattan and you'll be spending the night in our Love's Paradise.  What are you waiting for?  Pick up the phone to reserve your private villa now at 1-800-GET-LAID. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mother Nature



The white snow thaws as the river begins to swell overflowing the banks.  Never pausing for a second, the water continuously rushes as it roars through the leafless forest.  The time has finally come when the sun basks just a little warmth to make it all feel good.  Spring is here at last and the Summer heat will soon follow.  But, perhaps this is all a dream and the silent white will once again clash with the thundering wetness that will soon freeze over.

As majestic and beautiful Mother Nature is, she heeds to no one and will decide what will be the outcome!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Artist



Those who work with their Hands
Are Laborers

Those who work with their Hands and Head
Are Craftsmen

Those who work with their Hands, Head and Heart
Are the Artists


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hobo Holiday



Me go look e Yonder
Down e tracks I Ponder
Me walk e long straight Line
I ask God for a Sign

Walk e long I Wander
Me wine do not squander
I waitin' for Moonshine
I soak up it's all Mine

Holiday, oh Holiday
Me knee down, I begin to Pray
Holiday, oh Holiday
Wherever me roam, a Holiday

Me Hobo in freight Yard
Livin' life it ain't so Hard
Take one day at e Time
Scroungin' round for e Dime

Take e food from night Guard
Bacon full e fat Lard
Waitin' for e train Chime
Me e commit no Crime

Holiday, oh Holiday
Me knee down, I begin to Pray
Holiday, oh Holiday
Wherever me roam, a Holiday

Me go look e Yonder
Down e tracks I Ponder
Me walk e long straight Line
I ask God for a Sign

Saturday, April 7, 2018

New York Central E8A



The beautifully restored New York Central 4083

This historic E8A Electro-Motive Division of General Motors (EMD) is currently owned by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey.  A Diesel-Electric Locomotive built in 1953 in La Grange, Illinois specifically as a streamlined passenger hauling locomotive.  The E8A was purchased by many major railroad companies throughout the United States.

This New York Central Railroad was used to pull some of America's most famous trains, such as the "20th Century Limited."  This number 4083 is sadly the only one out of three who survived the three-locomotive trio with the "Century Green" color scheme in 1961.

All aboard and live the dream of yesteryear once again before the the last of these magnificent beasts are gone forever!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Paint a Picture




An eyesore to most can hold hidden beauty to many.  In all things there is beauty that will emerge and spread joy to those who seek it.  Stop and take it all in for it will not last forever.  Before you know it, it will all be gone, never to be seen again.  Make a painting and imprint it in your brain so it will last a lifetime.  This we do subconsciously and without thought.

And the question always arises:  "Do you remember when...?"

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Larger Than Life



When thinking it, write it down
Even if it's larger than lifeI

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rise Above



Sometimes we fall by the forces of something out of our control.  Wether it be deliberate or unintentionally.  It is at this point we not stay down, but only rise again and stand on our own.

Rise Above.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter



Today the Spirit is about
Hope, Love and Joy
Wishing everyone a very
Blessed and Happy Easter

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Best Things in Life are Free



There is a part of this World we seldom See
When we do, it's the best experience Ever!

And as a Spectator
I'm able to participate for Free

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday



By this we know
LOVE
That he laid down his life for us

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hotel Accommodations



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We'll make you feel right at home!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Notion for the Potion



Have a Notion
For the Potion
A Solution
For Pollution
Show Emotion
No Commotion
Contribution
Execution

Make a Motion
Show Devotion
No Confusion
Yet Conclusion
Not Demotion
Just Promotion
Contribution
Execution

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hunan Taste



Hunan Taste

Step in an embellished 3D watercolor that is so remarkable you feel that you have travel to the other side of the World.  I always thought the Hunan Taste in Denville, New Jersey was over the top with it's decor, but it's this restaurants' architectural garnishes that make it so beautiful.

And the cuisine is as tasty as beautiful as the Hunan, Szechuan and Mandarin cities themselves.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Knowledge



READ

For the knowledge you obtain
Is the greatest weapon of all

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday



As Palm Sunday is upon us initiating Holy Week, it is just a mere glimpse of Easter that arrives in seven days.  Just a little bit of joy after being somber during Lent.  We all give up something we crave in the course of these past forty days and my confession is that I have sinned coming out of the gate.

I have sinned by being unconsciously selfish to myself, I never sacrificed any one thing as I usually do in prior years.  In fact, I did the complete opposite as I glut on what I desired with no regard.  To some, this is a travesty, to others they say gorge yourself like a Carnivore and enjoy!

So now, blessed the King who comes in the name of the Lord.  Enjoy this Sunday and the week to come!

Peace be With You!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

James A. Bradley



James A. Bradley
(February 14, 1840 ~ June 6, 1921)

His commemorative statue still remains standing tall since shortly after his death.  James A. Bradley was a New Jersey Senate, Philanthropist and a Real Estate Developer which he is most known for the development of Bradley Beach, New Jersey which bears his name.

Lest we forget that Bradley had a huge role in the development of Asbury Park, New Jersey's infrastructure.  He brought in Electric and a boardwalk that inspired many businessmen to build grand hotels making this a resort destination.  Soon after the Palace Merry-Go-Round and Amusements too flight drawing in more tourists.

Bradley was known for setting aside park lands and waterfront areas as well as donating land to religious and civic groups and a public library.  He is also responsible for what was the largest in it's day and still remains, the one mile long boardwalk.

Today his statue still remains in the center of a large manicured grassy lawn in front of the Paramount Theater and Convention Hall as tribute of what he has accomplished.  Last year in 2017, there was large debate to remove the statue due to Bradley's long running history of racism.  The Asbury Park Historical Society opposed and declined to remove it for he should remain acknowledged for his major accomplishments in Asbury Park.

Friday, March 23, 2018

1949 Packard




Ride in Style

That's right Folks, this Easter Sunday you can Ride in Style in this newly restored 1949 Packard.  The sweet color of purple enhanced with a black hood and cap.  Little chrome is needed when when your colors are shining bright.

The Classiest are the Simplest!





Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jeff Allen Motors



Jeff Allen Motors located on US Highway 46 in Denville, New Jersey where Mr. Allen sold Ford and Used Cars with that small town welcome to to family atmosphere.  This photo was taken sometime in the 1950's but difficult to tell exactly what year due to the many years of vehicles in the lot covered in snow.

I'm not sure who took over the building after Jeff Allen retired, but I do remember that Firestone Tires was there for many years, then moved down the highway about a mile closer to the center of town.   Currently the building is owned by the EDT Discount Tires Center who completely renovated the structure to look more modern.  I wish I had that Ford sign hanging on the front of the building.

What a perfect photograph to share after all the posts of yesterday and last night's snow storm.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thank You



Thank You
For the beautiful ways
You have touched my life

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Equinox



Today marks the day, the 2018 Spring Equinox when Spring has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere.  The only day when you can balance an egg on end during the perfect moment which has proven to be all a myth.  You can balance an egg on it's end any time of year if you have the will and patience to do so.

Others may run for the hills and gather around Chichén Itzå in Central Mexico to watch the amazingly beautiful sunset.  At which time one may witness a very eerie but spectacular shadow of a Serpent casting upon the pyramid.  That I'd like to see!

With all those fun facts said, this year I'm sad to present the raw truth.  Though officially Spring might have arrived, it still is cold with a winter weather storm system expected to hover over the Middle Atlantic and Northeast tonight into Wednesday that allegedly will dump several inches of snow upon us.

We have had lots of snow this winter and most are fed up.  However, this is Mother Nature and as have expressed in the past, she waits on and listens to no one.  Mother Earth will do whatever the hell she wants and it's beyond your control to do anything about it.  So my advice to you is to stop your whining and whimpering and pull yourself together.  I think you'll be just fine staying indoors for twenty four hours or so with plenty of supplies and provisions that you've collected through the past that will last you longer than you've ever dreamed of.   It's going to snow, so deal and make some French Toast!

Happy Spring Everyone!

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Rockaway House



An original 8x6 sepia photograph I've keep safely stored for many years and today decided to scan it.

This is the Rockaway House located in Rockaway Borough, New Jersey.  Originally known as the Riggott's Hotel, changed to what is photographed here as the Rockaway House then later became the Rockaway Hotel.  Placed on the corner of East Main Street and Wall Street the building still stands today, long after it's first foundation stone was anchored back in 1894.

This beautiful structure still looks the same except for the porch and balcony no longer exist for a small unattractive brick building was built in front that obstructs her beauty.  Today it stands as a Tavern where the spirits pour and some spirits still roam.

This photograph was taken sometime in the 1920's.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gone for Good



I was there for you
through all the hard times
Protecting you during
Mother Nature's wrath
And the moment I started
falling apart withering away
You abandoned me without
a trace leaving me alone

Beauty lies within the walls
holding a story to tell
Of those good times
were shared together
But you are gone forever
never to return again
And I will still be here
in despair without ever healing


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Irish Blessing



May you Joys be
as deep as the Oceans

Your troubles be
as light as its Foam

And may you find
sweet Peace of Mind

Wherever you
may Roam


Happy St. Patrick's Day





Friday, March 16, 2018

Beyond the Gates



Hidden beyond the Gates of Eternity
Are Dreams you have never Dreamt Before

Thursday, March 15, 2018

She's Got It All



Please step aside and let the lady come Through
She's got it all and there's nothing you can Do
You all clear the aisles as she struts on Down
She's the only one who is ruling this Town

A freak, monster or mutant you dub her the Name
Oh, she doesn't care, she'll love you just the Same
Battered and beaten with the scars on her Face
And she's got attitude to rip up this Place

Come and enjoy the show for a little While
She is guaranteed to make you laugh and Smile 
So, please step aside, let the lady come Through
She's got it all and there's nothing you can Do

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Girls & Boys



Just a little Girl
Eyes a little Boy
Just a little Smooch
So lovely and Coy

Just a little Boy
Eyes a little Girl
Just a little Kiss
That will make her Hurl

Oh, poor little Lass
Canoodled by Lad
She runs home and Cries
It made her so Sad

Oh, poor little Lad
Refused by the Lass
Not so little Work
To strive for some Ass

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Loading & Unloading Only



Please do not block Loading Dock
For Loading and Unloading Only

Monday, March 12, 2018

Chapel of Weeping Crosses



A cross that still Weep
From sorrow so Deep
On lives that he Reap
Forever Asleep

Oh cry if they Will
Of life that they Kill
And Souls that will Spill
Of spines that will Chill

Look up to the Sky
Be strong as you Try
A breath and deep Sigh
Keep your Spirit High

A cross that still Weep
From sorrow so Deep
We stray like lost Sheep
We dream when we Sleep

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Water Falls


The snow fell and the water falls



The snow thaws and the river swells



The snow clings on tight as long as it can



So stately and strong the trees stand



An old Ford attempting to look cool!



Forsakenly Departed

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Godzilla



Whenever I see high electrical towers and lines like this, I think about Ishirô Honda's 1954 film Godzilla.  Remember the scene when the they turned the power grid on to keep Godzilla from entering the city of Tokyo?




Oh, you don't?  Never mind then...


Friday, March 9, 2018

Cold Dark Night



The dark night Merges
Into deeper Black
The ice cold snow Spits
On me with a Thwack
The low moon shines Bright
Glistening star Flakes
Kids play and Scamper
Making huge Snow Cakes

Frost clings tight on Twings
Causing them to Crack
Bumping Together
Sings, Clickity Clack
Like a forest Fire
Ice spreads on the Lakes
Children will stay Warm
With hot campfire Brakes

The moon will rise High
Over our green Shack
The Wolves will now See
In the woods out Back
The Spring will come Soon
As long as it Takes
All will be Happy
Oh, for goodness Sakes

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Snow Storm



While everyone posted photos yesterday of how deep their snow was, I decided to change it up and and post something I don't normally share.  A selfie of my Daughter and I trekking through what you all shared what was so deep.  Of course we had to go head up into the forest where the snow was up to our knees and higher!

I look like a Mad Man don't I?  I like it!