(I'm still backfilling missing days (now Sunday-Tuesday). I had topics galore — how could one run out of things to talk about as regards Newark and its almost-equally-magnificent region? I even had raw pix, but not fixed. What I did not, however, have was time in which to create text, fix pix, and pair the two in a presentation. And then I had computer problems. It really is just one thing after another. You have no idea how much crap I have to persevere past.)
Today's fotos are more from the January 17th closing reception of "The Westinghouse Project" art show at NJIT. This first is from the outside looking in. There are four possible entrances into the building. Three were locked, and there were no signs on the fourth as to how to get in. Very irritating.
My driveway was finally sufficiently free of snow today for me to get the car out for the first time in many days, so I hit three supermarkets in an only partially successful quest for necessities before the next snows fall (Tuesday!). Ordinarily, the South Orange Pathmark has not just food for my birdfeeder — the only one of the three supermarkets that does — but also big bags of Purina's Kit 'n Kaboodle dry food, which my cats like best of the inexpensive brands and flavors I've tried. Not today. I got birdseed and some fresh produce, including carrots for the squirrels, that I will put out in the yard to try to make up for this year's nonexistent acorn crop. But only the more expensive dry cat foods were still on the shelf. And why do supermarkets assign big bags of dry food so little vertical space that only 2 of each type can be on offer at any given time, which are NOT replenished even remotely frequently enuf? If you put only TWO of an item out on a shelf, shouldn't you check often to see if they need to be replaced? Better: Raise the friggin' shelf so at least four can be displayed at a time — at very least. These 18-pound bags are so large that they can be offered only one-deep (none behind the first). Raise the shelf above, so four or more can be offered one atop another, goldurn it! Anyways, I had to head for the East Orange ShopRite.
View from outside, of the band (whose name I did not see) and the front of the exhibition.
By the way, last Saturday at NJIT I confirmed with a woman artist who lives in Orange that street signs in Orange, as in East Orange and South Orange, have black lettering on white background. Does West Orange too? That really confuses the issue of what town you're in when driving, because the system of different-color street signs for each town you come to, breaks down. (Joe from Belleville told me you can find what town you're in by looking for a metal tag on each telephone pole around eye level, but I've never checked that, and it's not exactly convenient, at nite, especially in winter (and even more especially when your driver's side door won't unlatch), to stop the car, get a flashlite, and look for a metal tag on a telephone pole just to find out where the heck you are.)
View from near the back of the second floor. The picture is fuzzy, and I'm not sure why.
The E.O. SR at least had its superlative store-brand cola in 3L bottles (99¢), which it often runs out of — or should I say, "out of which it often runs"? (due to poor inventory control, it would seem). But it too had run out of big bags of several varieties of dry cat food. So I had to proceed to a third supermarket, the Bergen Street Pathmark. Would you believe that there was no durned Kit 'n Kaboodle there either?! What is going on? I guess I wasn't the only one who had been snowed-in who was now replenishing staples. I did find one 15-pound bag of the less-expensive dry food for the outdoor cats (and possums), which my cats will eat only if nothing else is at hand. I bought that, for the poor, freezing outdoor kitties, but had to buy a "sale"-priced bag of Friskies Ocean Fish flavor at $12.49 for 18 pounds — as against $9.99 of Kit 'n Kaboodle at ShopRite and $10.49 (I believe) at Pathmark. I was not happy. Fortunately, when I checked out I found that I had passed the limit to get a Pathmark Pet Club savings coupon of $9 off my next purchase of pet items, which eased the pain of paying a couple of bucks more this time. Pathmark has these great "clubs", for pets and kids (same thing?), whereby if you buy $100 or some such, you get a discount coupon toward your next purchase.
This group, seen past part of Matt Gosser's Tesla Tower, looks up, but at what, I do not know.
In any case, what with these trips to 3 supermarkets, I got my exercise for the day, walking between car and store in three big parking lots, and pushing a heavily laden cart within these 3 great big stores, then unloading the car and distributing things among floors of my 3-story house. (I could put some things in my basement too if I came across a great sale.)
One of 3 chalk and pastel works on paper by Tamas Szalczer, video beyond.
When I lived in Manhattan (for a scant 35 years), the largest "super"market around, an A&P Food Emporium in the Manhattan Plaza apartment complex (43rd and Tenth), was relatively minuscule as against our capacious NJ markets. A&P bought Pathmark since I escaped Manhattan, so we now have the best of both worlds, A&P brands (mainly "America's Choice" — what ever happened to Jane Parker, which had great little chocolate-chip cookies years ago?) in an unpretentious Pathmark setting. But Newark STILL has no ShopRite. Wassup wit at?
Video by Matt Gosser showing various stages of the demolition, in its context in large back room of the New Jersey School of Architecture Gallery at NJIT.
ShopRite is a coop of stores with different owners rather than a single corporation all of whose stores are under a unitary management. Presumably, then, if a group of investors wanted to open a ShopRite in Newark, they wouldn't have to wait for ShopRite to act of its own instance but could apply for membership in the coop and open a Newark store at their own initiative. To date, however, it would seem that either no one has come forward to do that, or the coordinating body of the coop has not accepted any applicant from Newark. That should change. Perhaps Newark entrepreneurs need to demolish some stated or unstated opposition within the ShopRite organization.