"Moon Seat" and Demolition
Outside-the-Box Bicycle Seat. I have mentioned that I am in and out of East Orange, South Orange, and Irvington all the time, in that I live in Vailsburg, which is, as I call it, "a peninsula surrounded by land". The South Orange Public Library's hours are longer than those of the Vailsburg Branch of the Newark Public Library, which is significantly closer to me. The South Orange Pathmark is also now the ONLY supermarket in my area that recycles plastic shopping bags (or what I call "plags"). It seems to me that the State of New Jersey should REQUIRE all supermarkets that pack up groceries in plastic bags to accept the return of such bags for recycling. Why the h* has the State not done this? The waste is actually worse than just customers' being unable to recycle plags, because there are a lot of bags that stick together and end up on the floor within the supermarket, and then thrown away.
In any case, I was coming out of the South Orange Pathmark when I heard two gentlemen (one black, the other white) conversing agreeably about the unusual seat installed on the white guy's bicycle. (In that the "rider" of a bicycle supplies the actual motive power, s/he actually does "drive" the bike, tho we oddly call her/him the "rider". Conversely, the "driver" of a motor vehicle does not provide the motive power, so is actually only a rider.) I listened in long enuf to establish that there was something very different about the white gent's bicycle, so I looked more closely at that bike. It turns out that the seat was unlike anything I had seen or even heard of. It went crosswise, not front-to-back.
I was intrigued, so asked the owner of that bike, "Rich", about that seat. He said it was called a "moon seat". I wondered about the name, but thought of the bizarre practice of "mooning", so pushed my butt out a tiny bit to see if that's what it might refer to, and he indicated immediately that that was the idea.
When I looked at the seat closer, however, I saw that it may have had nothing to do with "mooning", but was, rather, shaped like a crescent moon, sideways to the movement of the bike. Brilliant! Women may not appreciate, instantly, how VERY brilliant the "moon seat" is. The standard bicycle seat, be it narrow or wide, puts pressure upon men's anatomy, which can cause sexual dysfunction more than just discomfort. The "moon seat" puts no such pressure upon men's anatomy. So why hasn't it become standard-issue equipment for men's bicycling?
Rich found it on the Internet. I don't know if it is available in local bicycle shops. There's an art-show opening at Index Art Center this Friday, and there was, recently, a bike shop in that same block of Washington Street, so if I get Downtown while that shop (if it's still going) is open, I'll see if they have moon seats.
South Orange Family Dollar No More. The supermarket chain Pathmark was, a few years ago, bought by A&P. The resulting consolidation of operations placed a small A&P only some 700' from the large South Orange Pathmark. The owner of both properties then had a decision to make, whether to keep both stores open or close one, and if to close one, which one. Plainly the much larger Pathmark should have been retained, and was. A&P evacuated its small supermarket, which was then taken by Family Dollar. It was a very nice store, run by South Asians (Indians and/or Pakistanis).
A couple of months ago, that store put up "Going Out of Business" signs. I think I have seen other Family Dollar stores fail, perhaps because the corporation opened too many, too close together. But that might not have been the reason for this particular store's going out of business, because when I returned to my car from a trip into the Pathmark to deposit a check in the Bank of America ATM within it, and had decided to walk up the one-block hill to see what has taken the place of that store, I was startled to see this.
Most older buildings in this area are repurposed rather than demolished for something new. So I guess whatever is planned for that site would not fit with the building that had been there. What might be going up instead? Housing? I'll check from time to time.