Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sony Cybershot Cameras

I went to Best Buy to buy a new digital camera. I had a Sony Cybershot at 7.2 Mega Pixels and a month ago around November 1st I misplaced it. I fully expected it to show up after getting our home back in order. Well, the camera was still MIA. I found a Sony Cybershot 10 Mega Pixels. It was black and very trim. The photos were very good and I was happy with the good deal I had for a nice little camera. Here is a movie I shot to test the movie mode.

the sound quality on movie mode was terrible!! Did you listen to that movie above?? It sounds muffled. How could I have gone to meetings, events at Bogarts etc with sound that horrible?? When I went back to Best Buy to return for an exchange, the customer service rep took it back for the "Geek Squad" to check it out. I think they understood what I meant about the crappy sound. I bet they are all like that in that model. Now check out the camera I got instead, the Cybershot W-220 that is pink.

Well, the sound is ALOT better on the 2nd video. Its a MPEG file instead of an AVI file. It also fits the ENTIRE screen in Windows Media player. Was it because it produced AVI files which is an older format. I did check on the web and the articles were a bit to technical to get a straight answer. Compare the quality yourself.
Now off to record the goings on in and around Millville

Millville Thanksgiving Parade

Friday night November 27th was the annual Millville Thanksgiving Parade. Since I did not have my digital camera, a friend allowed me to take some photos and a movie. Her camera has no sound and that is why you do not hear the LOUD Fire Engines going down High Street. It was quite frosty last night. I think its been cold for EACH of the Millville Thanksgiving parades.

I hung out at Sitar Bob's place for turkey and to stay warm. I found out a friend is going to buy the house next to where Leslie Smith used to live a block away on Pine Street. Went to the Oar House for a spell to exchange thoughts on this upcoming City Commission meeting. Not much to say on
Anyhow it was a nice time and the floats were much improved this year. Bravo

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Director to be named to the CCIA Today

I read in today's News of Cumberland County that Steve Wymbs might be removed as the head of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority.
Well, my sources say its a DONE DEAL the CCIA board WILL dump Steve Wymbs and put Doug Rainear's brother Don Rainear as Executive Director. Some prominent politicians went to CCIA Trustee Sumner Lippincott and told him to be party loyal and let Steve go. Al Kelly has assured Lou that Sumner will fall in line this evening. the CCIA will change, and not for the better. What does Don Rainear know about managing a landfill or recycling?
Well, it appears that Lou will use his new and improved political muscle to control the CCIA and all that taxpayer money. Of course the local papers will just jot down the info...

Monday, November 23, 2009

If it were my dream..

Taxes would not rise after an election.

Lou Magazzu lost the election

I have no debt

I get all the overtime I want

Southern Dems don't control the health care debate

Sunday, November 22, 2009

3rd Friday November 20 2009

3rd Friday came around this month. I was looking forward to getting home by 6-6:30 since I was driving to work instead of taking the 408 bus. I was driving to pick up used windows. . Went to Carl's book signing of his new book called Bar Exam at Bogarts Books. It was a festive event. Saw folks I used to see all the time who I have not seen in quite some time. I visited Isabelle and was told of a fun event at the Rainbow Lounge. It was here I was told of the latest Millville political goings on by another friend of mine. Of course the local papers did not cover them in deference to their boy Lou Magazzu who now with a win in this past election will I suppose, cash in and consolidate his hold on Cumberland County politics with deals and rewards for those who do his bidding. I am just fustrated that this kind of politics is coming closer to being the rule of the land in Millville, Vinland and Bridgeton. This will be investigated further in the future
Meanwhile, in more mundane news, Millville will be raising its real estate tax up by 9 cents per $100 assessed. The cost of health benefits will make up over 5 cents of the 9 cents. The Levoy Theatre renovation has begun! Great news it is for sure. I do hear that the political macinations are far from over. Well, its 6:19pm and I am having an early dinner.

Windows to the Future

Friday, I drove to work since I was in search of old discarded windows that were advertised on Freecycle on the web. I went to Overbrook at the 6400 block of Sherwood Road and could not find the windows. Carolyne told me over the phone that there were windows at 41st and Baltimore Ave. There were at least 40 of the them of all different sizes. I took as many as possible brought it home. I enjoyed Third Friday and will write about that later
Carolyne thought of the idea of using them instead of plastic. The plastic was a pain to install and we could not see though it. It tended to be blown and tear in the winter wind. I then took each of the windows and fit them over the screens. Then, next I drilled screws to hold them up. Today I then painted the windows a pink Next week, will get plexiglass for the screen dow and some clear plastic to fill in gaps. Meanwhile its another week of the welfare.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Swing on Down to IDEAL

Remember that commerical for this store called Ideal. It sang "If you got a passion for fashion and you got a craving for savings...
Well, a friend reminded that the same commerical would say. "Its not a Quonset Hut. I laughed so hard but asked what the HELL is a Quonset Hut.
Read this
Here is a photo of one. I guess we were still in a post WW2 mode.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Welfare Wakka of the Week

Well, thanks for visiting my blog. I have STILL not found my camera. Guess I have to save up and get another one. Welfare has been outta control with absences, SEPTA Strike and stupid directives from Management. We are expected to scan our own stuff. We have 1 flatbed scanner and 2 Xerox copiers for the entire staff that is not at the front desk or management. Next we have to issue transpasses for the 1st week the clients go to a program. This means they have to sign AMR come back to the office again, then they attend the program.
I have done alot of work that is not mine so I have not done any sanctions. Here is West District in action. It was the talk of the lunch room at the Elmwood District where I work. I am sure we will have to go to customer service training if the bosses watch this

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Twin Peaks

I watched some of the pilot of Twin Peaks last night on DVD. It was very cool seeing it 18 years later. It took me back to my post-college days of yore when all was possible and probable. We used to get together and watch this show The theme tune at the beginning of this show is fantastic with the blades of the logging mill spitting out sparks.
Pilot (originally entitled Northwest Passage).

Written by Mark Frost and David Lynch.
Directed by David Lynch.
Original Airdate: April 8, 1990.

Pete Martell finds Laura Palmer's body. Ronnett Pulaski is found beaten and in a daze.FBI Agent Dale Cooper arrives in Twin Peaks to investigate and finds an unusual clue on Laura's body; Audrey Horne disrupts her father's negotiations with some Norwegian businessmen; Cooper and Sheriff Truman discover the grisly murder site in the woods, and warn the town that the killer may be from their community; tempers flare at the Roadhouse.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

NJ Transit to Methadone

I worked some overtime today. Its so rare to get overtime with the state of Pa. Anyway on the way to work on the NJ transit bus, I was talking with 2 folks. They were on the way to a methadone clinic in Camden. One was on heroin and the other was hooked on percocet. They explained that they have to go to the clinic EVERYDAY to get their methadone. It got me to thinking that recovery is a full-blown lifestyle. I notice that they can talk about this for hours. (bus is a 2 hr ride). It really impresses me that heroin addition is nothing to take lightly. It becomes your life even while you have been off for years. It has been an education talking and listening to folks dealing with their lives.
Here is a description of methadone that I found :

Methadone is a rigorously well-tested medication that is safe and efficacious for the treatment of narcotic withdrawal and dependence. For more than 30 years this synthetic narcotic has been used to treat opioid addiction. Heroin releases an excess of dopamine in the body and causes users to need an opiate continuously occupying the opioid receptor in the brain. Methadone occupies this receptor and is the stabilizing factor that permits addicts on methadone to change their behavior and to discontinue heroin use. Taken orally once a day, methadone suppresses narcotic withdrawal for between 24 and 36 hours. Because methadone is effective in eliminating withdrawal symptoms, it is used in detoxifying opiate addicts. It is, however, only effective in cases of addiction to heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs, and it is not an effective treatment for other drugs of abuse.
Methadone reduces the cravings associated with heroin use and blocks the high from heroin, but it does not provide the euphoric rush. Consequently, methadone patients do not experience the extreme highs and lows that result from the waxing and waning of heroin in blood levels. Ultimately, the patient remains physically dependent on the opioid, but is freed from the uncontrolled, compulsive, and disruptive behavior seen in heroin addicts.Withdrawal from methadone is much slower than that from heroin. As a result, it is possible to maintain an addict on methadone without harsh side effects. Many MMT patients require continuous treatment, sometimes over a period of years.
Methadone maintenance treatment provides the heroin addict with individualized health care and medically prescribed methadone to relieve withdrawal symptoms, reduces the opiate craving, and brings about a biochemical balance in the body. Important elements in heroin treatment include comprehensive social and rehabilitation services

See y'all later from my world

Friday, November 13, 2009

Working it

We have been overloaded at work this whole week. I have been doing other folks who have been on jury duty, takin care of babies or going to funerals...etc
Its been cool and raining and of course the local weather is the BIG STORY as reporters stand out in the blowing rain near the ocean.
I ended up talking with a woman who was going on a follow-up interview at a Philly marketing firm. All the bosses are from Houston Tx and she thinks that folks in her native West Virginia and Texas are nicer then NJ. She worked for a day care center where she ended up training a former stripper who then took her job when she was fired. Man that is one job I would NEVER want to end up doing. It REALLY makes me appreciate my good...good state job. Hope she gets the job.
Well, I was checking on email and found this clip from the Jon Stewart show. I just had to put in my blog. Note in the midpoint while he watches Hannity, great background music that is eerily the same to a posting I made several days ago.
I have a sore thought and must sleep now. Enjoy this..

Monday, November 09, 2009

SEPTA Strike is OVER!!

Digg this. I wake up to GOOD NEWS. The SEPTA strike is over. I thought it was an April Fools joke but here is a photo from the Philly Inquirer. Makes up for the Eagles losing to the Cowboys to me. It means 5 years untill we have deal with this nonsense again.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Life Unloading: November 2009

Still have not found the camera... SEPTA and the Union failed to reach accord on a Tentative Agreement. You know that is the first time that I remember a tentative agreement failed and of course it had to involve SEPTA. It looks like its gonna this whole week and go into next week. Glad I have Weds off from work. Speaking of work, the welfare dept can not force compliance with any of the work requirement cause there is no SEPTA. So we in the Dept just have excuse everyone who is stuck at their house and can not attend work or a work program. We will get blamed by the pencil pushers for not meeting compliance numbers. Lovely ain't it???
The election is over and darn it I am glad. Corzine lost and Magazzu won. Really not a BIG shock. Plan to stear clear of that. I hear that big Lou is threatening to sue the Independent Dems and anyone who contributed to Magazzu Watch. Man so much for freedom of speech in our little Cumberland County. I am target my energies toward stuff that will help me out.. and my home...
As for home. We are getting stuff cleared out and organized slowly but surly. It was nice warm day here in Millvile today. I think it was in the 60s or maybe 70. The photo was taken October 30Th. It was a day before the camera went missing. We are clearing the stuff from the gallery. The man who makes the honey we sold failed to show up when he said he was going to . That is pretty neat eh?? We cleared out the hallway and returned stuff out of the basement back to the original owner so we could store gallery material away.
Had a Krull birthday dinner. We had it at an overcrowded Italian restaurant in Media. My food was fine but the asparagus that my Mother and wife had was way undercooked. We were shoehorned in so that one of my brothers had to walk on chairs to go to the men's room. I did notice that there was LINE TO GET IN this place when we left. Guess the folks in Medial like this ambiance more then outsiders too. We then went to my brother's house in Media and chilled out. It was pleasant. We then went visit a friend in West Philly and snib snabed ourselves silly.
Oh yeah, our cat F (* up an amp that Steve owns. Merritt music came to the rescue. Hooray!! I cooked some steamed clams that a neighbor gave to us. I did offer to others but they declined so I will finish them up. Still working on getting rid of this cold in my throat.
Off to a new week of public transit B.S. Man both sides are jerks and they deserve each other. They are so into their pissing match they are blind of what dorks they REALLY are.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

I am finishing up William Sherier's book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich which details of how the Nazis planed the war. It tells the background of Adolf Hitler. I have been reading this while taking my bus rides.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Nice Job SEPTA TWU!!!!

Digg this. SEPTA union calls a strike at 3 AM this morning. I just found out by going online. I had thought the Gov. Rendell came in to save the day. OH that was yesterday!! Gee I am gonna be stuck at 8th and Market this morning and well, got to get a ride downtown to get home for our birthday dinner.
How the hell do the transit workers expect folks to support them, when they pull off a sneek job like that. This photo is one of many WORKING folks who like me are standed with little time to plan. Hey, the Phillies are still alive... Here is the Article I woke up to at 5am.

Posted on Tue, Nov. 3, 2009

SEPTA workers on strike
By Robert Moran


SEPTA's largest union went on strike early this morning - crippling a transit system that averages more than 928,000 trips every weekday in the city.

The strike came after hours of negotiation Monday that ended when, according to Willie Brown, president of Transport Workers Union Local 234, both sides agreed that they had gone as far as they could go. The talks broke down shortly before midnight.

The strike began at 3 a.m. Tuesday. At that hour, all bus, subway, and trolley service in the city - as well as the Frontier Division buses in Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties - was stilled, not long before the busy morning commute.

Gov. Rendell called the decision to strike before dawn "irresponsible," and said the union action would cause chaos with transit riders who would not know what is happening until after they wake up.

"This is an outrageous action," said Mayor Michael Nutter, who joined Rendell last night to address reporters in the lobby of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, where negotiations had been under way since 10 a.m. Monday