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Flava in Ya Ear – May 15, 2012

I just uploaded my pictures to ADAY.ORG for their worldwide photo project.  The goal was to capture your daily life in ten photos shot on May 15, 2012.  I worked that day but I also had to to take Big Papi to Mini to have his power steering replaced.

My loaner was a 2012 Mini Countryman.  I loved the color & the SiriusXM.  I didn’t have anyone with me to take advantage of the extra roomy backseats but they looked really nice.   There was a sunroof for the front & a moon roof for the rear but I still prefer the full convertible.

Most of the day was grey & rainy & my workload was so spread out that I didn’t have much time during work to shoot anything outside of my route.  Around noon, I decided to take advantage of the loaner Mini’s SiriusXM radio & I started shooting what I was listening to as well as a photo of what was outside at that time.  Syncing the photos to the radio photos was a task I would never complete in a timely fashion & I couldn’t find just ten that worked well for the project.   This made me miss SiriusXM & it also made me want a radio that displayed all the titles of what I listen to.  I suppose an iPod would work too but I liked the idea of selecting from 100+ stations that I didn’t control.  I did take a break from the radio for a little bit to re-take the “There’s A Law” shot I missed last time I had a loaner.

Subsequently, I tested some of the other CDs I had with me to see which would register the song titles.  Besides those few, here is what I listened to May 15 between 11:57am & 6:13pm when I returned the loaner.

I wound up not getting the power steering repaired because they saw my brakes & tires as a bigger safety issue & I just couldn’t afford both.  Big Papi & I are in a very abusive relationship.  Whenever something breaks, I feel like I should sell him & get something cheaper to fix but then I see him & drop his top & our love affair continues…

I really love my expensive, little buddy. His brakes, two tires, a belt and an oil change came to $1100.  The power steering & new related hoses will be in excess of $1500 but they said I can’t damage it anymore than it already is & I can continue to drive him without power steering.  K turns are now Super Triple W turns but otherwise I almost prefer the tighter steering & my arms really could use the workout.  Already the driving muscles I used to have from driving the Dart are coming back.  I wish the Dart would come back too.


A New Jersey Hour

I dropped off my 1.8 lens at Canon Friday for repair.  Despite receiving the wrong directions when I clicked “directions to” from their website, I had a very nice drive.  I was able to see some of the farmland area where my dad grew up.  It was quite sad to see how little was still there and how much more was in the process of becoming a part of one of the next great out of business shopping meccas.  In addition to being able to put Big Papi’s top down, the E Street Radio signal was coming in clear… all the makings of a perfect day, especially when they played “Growin’ Up,” “My Hometown” and “The Last Carnival” back to back to back.  I will admit that I may have had some blurry eyes when I took these.




The first two are Route 33, the third is Periner?? Road.  They are all west of Freehold & south of Jamesburg.

An hour away (in distance, not necessarily my actual time), is the famous Pizzaland from “The Sopranos” opening sequence.  I may have stopped there once a few years ago but I think the sign is more famous than the pizza. 


Proceeding on Route 7 into Jersey City, there is this bridge that I captured in last week’s SAPCC blanketed by a sunset.  Recent discussion of how much photoshop is too much led me to wonder if I had tweaked the levels too much.  However, once I caught a glimpse of this bridge in my rear view, I think I need to adjust the colors to create an even more beautiful representation of what I saw. 


Curses on that brown eyesore sign.  Maybe I should burn it out.


I just loved the bold colors of this Rims, Tires & DVDS store.  It fit with the hard lines & big contrast of the city mouse pictures.