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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
The diversity in Mother Nature is so magnificent and her vast array of colors she provides are a hidden treasure to most who pass by. Though unseen, these colors are always there that are so rich and opulent for no one should ever be deprived of her glorious splendor.
Look closely and you will see it. If you cannot see it, seek it and you shall find what Mother Nature provides even after man has destroyed it!
The handshake on tombstones is something I see continuously when strolling through a cemetery. It has been something haven't payed close attention to until I noticed something.
Is the handshake an earthly farewell to someone whom passed on or a welcoming gesture into the after life in Heaven. I'd like to see this as a symbol of matrimony on a married couples tombstone. Closely look at the cuffs of each hand next time. One being masculine and the other feminine as seen in this photograph.
Though nice thoughts of a married couple being back together, there are other speculations that the Devil himself has a say in this handshake. Clasping tight in a handshake dragging however it might have passed on into Hell. An unpleasant thought for sure and the true meaning us up for debate.
I do prefer the thought of two loved ones being together unto death do us part and reunited once again within Heaven's Gate forever until the end of all eternity!
Today when you look out your window at the snow that is falling, you might see a gorgeous vista with rolling hills and snow covered Firs or perhaps a scene right out of a Currier & Ives lithograph print. So pretty and scenic that you just want to sit there and take it all in. Regardless what you might see, I see the beauty of snow whipped by the chilling winds as it slaps against the screened window.