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South Beach. Oct. 31, 2014. Click to make the boats and the fish bigger.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

South Beach. Oct. 31, 2014. Click to make the boats and the fish bigger. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Friday, October 31, 2014. Many fishing boats showed up this morning at the OG beach.  We’re told that stripers are in town due to the bait fish, bunkers, which are currently going bonkers, swimming by in great schools, attracting the bigger fish.  But the biggest fish, man, has also joined the life chain as he circles around in his little boats.

Others joined the parade included photographers on the pier and boardwalk plus a flock of birds on the shore.  Tourists walking around stared at the spectacle. Two surf fisherman arrived as well, hoping that the guys in the boats knew something special. Maybe they do, with their sonar equipment.

I met a guy at the pier named Chris. He was taking pictures, so I took a picture of him.  We spoke. He said that he lives in Asbury Park, but he comes to Ocean Grove daily to swim.  He starts his routine around Father’s Day and continues to swim every day until it gets cold.  He said that time had about arrived.

Chris, from Asbury Park takes pictures from the OG non-fishing pier.  ©

Chris, from Asbury Park takes pictures from the OG non-fishing pier. ©

I asked him why he prefers to swim in OG instead of our naughty sister city AP, and he replied that he is not allowed to swim there now  for safety reasons.  OG doesn’t have such restrictions which are determined by the Camp Meeting Association.

America still hasn’t evolved to the point where a citizen can’t find a place to jump in the ocean any time he feels like it.

Chris promised us to send us some photos and more information about his swimming passion.    —-PG @Blogfinger

OSCAR PETERSON:

Effective communication. Internet photo

Effective communication. Internet photo

“Social media tugs the private into the public sphere with an almost irresistible force. Be followed, be friended — or be forgotten. This imperative creates a great deal of tension and unhappiness. Most people, much of the time, have a need to be quiet and still, and feel disinclined to raise their voice. Yet they sense that if they do not, they risk being seen as losers. Device anxiety, that restless tug to the little screen, is a reflection of a spreading inability to live without 140-character public affirmation. When the device is dead, so are you.”

Roger Cohen, a NY Times columnist, said this as part of an article* called “An Old Man in Prague” about a Czech who saved the lives of Jewish children before the Second World War.  That man  is now over 100 years old, but his deeds were never recognized before because he never spoke about them.

We have been writing about communication in a digital age. Social media has many features that people, especially the young, enjoy and even become hooked on. The messaging is often trivial and may be compromising the ability of people to communicate  in a more meaningful way.

Mr. Cohen takes the pulse of human beings who feel pressured to join the flood of voices on the internet. This quote is beautifully expressed.

On Blogfinger, our readers hesitate to say much in comments, but I guess they feel safer when talking to “friends” on Facebook. But, those social networks should be used with great caution for many reasons.

Any comments?  We offer more privacy on BF  than you could experience on Facebook.

—Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

BLOSSOM DEARIE   (Here’s a message that would be best communicated by a hand-written note or, even better, in person.)

*  Link to An Old Man in Prague:    NYT link

 

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Does the bus really need all that space?

These Blogfinger photos are  from Oct. 28, 2014  in front of the Ocean Grove Post Office.  Note the size of the “loading zone.”  ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A question arose here recently regarding access to the OG post office, among other postal issues.  Many of us read the sign in front of the post office   (“loading drop off zone”) and felt that we could pull in to drop off a letter or package at the post office.

Joe commented:   “Just so you know, that loading zone is the only place large trucks have to drop off for the various restaurants and stores on Main without impeding traffic.   I’ve seen the cops ticket people who park there, and their pleas of going into the post office fall on indifferent ears.”   Joe didn’t want his neighbors to get ticketed.

I went back to check the lay of the land and the wording of the sign.

Then I contacted the Traffic  Officer, NTPD, who was unsure of the answer to the inquiry.  He said that he had not heard of ticketing cars there.  He got back to us with this response:

“I checked with the Township.  That was put there for the bus stop when they are loading and unloading.  No one else is allowed to park there. “

I don’t see the word “bus” on any of the signs shown above, and it seems easy to conclude that the signs refer to the post office.  And how about those trucks that Joe describes?  Have they been ticketed also?  Given the ambiguity of the signage, those citizens should have been given a pass by the police

Why not give the citizens two or three diagonal spaces for post office drop offs?  There  is room.  Buses don’t need that much space. They rarely come into town. In neighboring towns, the bus stops are marked with yellow curbs only and they are not very big.  Today I saw some cars parked in Asbury bus stops.

In Ocean Township, there is a small post office on a narrow congested street with no parking  (sort of like our Main Avenue).  But that town has set aside 4 spaces that permit 15 minute parking for the post office.  

Fairmont Avenue post office in Ocean Twp.  4 spaces reserved for patrons---15 minute parking. Blogfinger photo

Fairmont Avenue post office in Ocean Twp. 4 spaces reserved for patrons—15 minute parking. Blogfinger photo  click to read the sign.

Why is it that whenever an idea about parking is suggested by Ocean Grove taxpayers as they seek some relief,  they are consistently thrown under the bus and ignored by the Township?  

Is this a trivial matter? No. Small victories give rise to big victories.  

It’s time for the Township to favor the wishes of the people regarding parking,  as opposed to paying special attention to others such as tourists or merchants .  Remember  the design of the Main Avenue downtown which took away many parking spaces to allow expansion of outdoor dining?  

And what do we have here now—helping out the bus company to the detriment of the public?

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA with HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Beauties among the beasts.   Blogfinger photo ©

Beauty among the beasts. Better lock those Asbury bridges on Friday. The Zombies are coming back.  Perhaps she’ll join the OG Woman’s Club.    Paul Goldfinger photo ©

THE FLAMINGOS:

The Bond STreet (#208) Bar in Asbury Park.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

The Bond Street (#208) Bar in Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

If James Bond, in a tux, walked into the Asbury Park dive called the Bond Street Bar and asked for a martini “shaken, but not stirred” I doubt that he would have been impressed.  la-sci-sn-james-bond-alcohol-shaken-not-stirre-001

I mean no disrespect by calling this bar a “dive,” because it is that quality which seems to provide its appeal for its customers. I went there because a couple of Grovers liked it and suggested I do a restaurant review.

It’s a small place down a small one-way street in Asbury Park, intersecting with Cookman, but having to be approached from the other side. At night, the street is dark and seems a bit scary, although I saw quite a few cops monitoring the downtown.

The BSB has a bar that seats perhaps 20 people, and minimal seating other than that.   It is dark inside except for the bright light from two TV’s playing professional sports. But nobody is cheering, waving banners or wearing hockey shirts.   The clientele are mostly millennials, so I did not fit in, and I felt somewhat uncomfortable. The bartender was indifferent. However, the BSB was full on a Wednesday night, and those who were chatting and drinking seemed right at home.

Blogfinger photo ©

Blogfinger photo ©

Eileen was at the OG Woman’s Club with a few women watching The Count of Monte Cristo while eating Miss Pegi’s chicken cacciatore. The 2002 version of that film starred Jim Caviezel, an actor that has evidently captured Miss Pegi’s imagination. Or maybe it was her love for Alexander Dumas, but anyhow, I needed to find dinner, so off I went to Bond Street.

I ordered a burger, medium rare (oops) and a bottle of Coors light. The bartender put down 2 junior bottles which, I figured, equaled one standard size. He said I couldn’t take a picture till the owner returned, but, after looking around, I decided that I didn’t have all day.

The burger was tasty, but nothing special. It was cooked right, and I enjoyed it. I had asked for raw onion, but only received a couple of pieces. The best part was the price: $5.00 for the burger, $3.00 for the beer and $3.00 for a big basket of hot fresh shoestring fries. The pub menu also offered a selection of grilled cheese sandwiches, a variety of different burgers , chicken wings, and a fried fish special. If you go to their web site, you can see the entire menu.  BSB website

I give the Bond Street Bar 2 1/2 Blogfingers. I’m not sure why anyone interested in a special culinary experience would go there, but I know that others think the BSB is a wonderful place to eat and hang out.

The search goes on….

FRANK SINATRA

 

 

 

 

By Duane Michaels.  ©   From Photo magazine.

Above:  “This Photograph is my Proof” by Duane Michaels. Click to make it a bit bigger.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography editor @Blogfinger

Duane Michaels, an important American photographer, is 80 years old, and there will be a retrospective of his work opening in a few days at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Michaels has been a pioneer in photography by doing two things. The first was handwriting narrative text on his images. He says that the writing “gives information that the photograph could not convey.” Well, so much for a picture being worth a thousand words. His words usually consist of poems or brief stories as seen in the photos above and below.

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The second advance was to place multiple photographs in sequence to relate a story. Duane Michaels is a storyteller.

Here is a quote from the Carnegie: “Michaels is cited as being seminally important in his willingness to bend the rules of the medium to suit his own ends. He is credited for broadening our understanding of the philosophical dimensions of photography from the 1960s to today. “

The picture on top is called “This photograph is my proof.”   I think it is enjoyable to read his brief narrative which adds an extra dimension to appreciating his images.

In general, I like my own images to be self explanatory to the point of rarely giving them titles. Just documenting the place and date is usually sufficient for me. I like to use the headline on Blogfinger to say a few cryptic words about the photo, but my goal is to stimulate interest rather than to narrow the experience for the viewer as occurs with Michael’s stories.

However, I actually am drawn to the notion of adding handwritten storytelling to a photograph. It is a fascinating and original idea. Today, most photography is shown on line, and you can’t very well write a handwritten note.

One of the beauties of creating an actual photo print, mounted on a mat board, is that you finish with a tangible work of art that you can hold in your hand. The handwritten note by the photographer adds a hand-made touch. I like to display photographs without frames—just the image on a mat board leaning against the wall or on some sort of easel.

In my blog gallery, I usually add music (“soundtrack”) to my photos to provide an added dimension. Like Michaels, I want to enhance the appreciation of the photograph, but, at least online, I do it with music, which is less specific than a written note. It’s like the soundtrack for a movie.

My idea of accompanying photographs with music is fairly original, although there are precedents. In 2011 we posted a piece about a museum show which featured the photography of Disfarmer accompanied by live music with Bill Frisell.

Disfarmer set to music.

WARREN VACHE´  and BRIAN LEMON with Harry Warren’s “A Love Affair to Remember.”

 

wassup

 

1.   Thomas Lockhart, a man who has made a specialty  of robbing houses in Ocean Grove, was released by the NJ Dept. of Corrections which had detained him on several charges. They turned him over yesterday to the custody of the Neptune Township Police Department which has placed him in the Monmouth County jail.  If he can come up with $75,000 for parole, he could be set free, but the police do not expect that to occur.  He is facing significant jail time if convicted.

2.  Halloween curfew:  A curfew declared by the Neptune mayor prohibiting any persons under the age of 18 from remaining upon the public streets, ways, and places in the Township of Neptune on Thursday, October 30, 2014 and Friday, October 31, 2014 from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. unless accompanied by a parent.
 

 

 

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