June 17th, 2003

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Why I'm Not A Food Critic XII

Decided to go to a diner for lunch today after not having had that much to eat over the weekend. This time, I picked the Stateline Diner on Route 17 Northbound in Mahwah. Amazingly enough, I'd never been there in the eight years since I moved here even though it's only about five miles away.

The exterior of the diner is the usual shiny chrome-like finish. The inside, however, is a bit more classy with extensive wood-paneling. Only the stained ceiling offered a glimpse of what it was like before the renovation.

I had the jumbo crabcakes. I was able to get the fries with gravy. Those would've been perfect if the fries hadn't been steak fries. The crabcakes themselves were filled with stuffing and surimi, so they weren't really crabcakes. But for that price, I didn't expect authentic crabcakes. The dish was topped with onion rings, which were delightful.

I also realized today that I hadn't gotten anything together to donate to the Anthrocon charity auction. Well, I remedied that tonight and emailed the charity auction director. I certainly have more than enough toys lying around to spare a few.

Cacher's Deal

Yet another crazy sleep schedule episode in which I fell asleep at 7pm yesterday evening and woke up at 2:30am. But I got a lot done after waking up and in the morning, I went out for this geocache...

The Cacher's Deal (New Jersey)
It's in the Tourne Park in Boonton. Got there and the gates were closed. What exactly is it about Morris County Parks that open several hours after sunrise? Don't they know people need to walk their dogs and find geocaches before work. Well, just the latter for me. Anyway, I drove around the park and parked in the parking area on the West side. The gate was closed there too but at least there was a parking area and trailhead.

So then I took a walk up the trail and then up another trail to the cache. Not very steep at all even if it was going uphill. A very easy cache to find as I saw the likely hiding spot from over 100 feet away. (so why do I need new glasses?) And after that, I left, got stuck for a few minutes in Boonton's unbelievable traffic jam and took a different route to work.

Picture: The cache
fox stand

I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend...

Tappan Zee Bridge closed because of police activity

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- -- The Tappan Zee Bridge has been closed because of police activity on the bridge, authorities said.

Officials say a man climbed on the bridge super-structure by the flagpole on Tuesday morning. News reports said a police negotiator was attempting to talk the man down.

That's only about 10 miles from home. It's a good thing I'm not commuting there. Have to wonder though what his problem was. Timing was just right to tie up the morning rush traffic. Unfortunately, I couldn't get any captures from the Tappan Zee Bridge webcams. But then again, I don't think either camera was in the right position to show the jumper. Would've just seen an unusually empty bridge.