Open Thread

BY  |  Friday, May 30, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (53)

It's Your Open ThreadLet’s talk.

I’ll give you some topics:

  • Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, has signed an agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, topping the bids of groups led by David Geffen and LA investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh, and setting a record price for an NBA team.
  • This week, an independent report found that 1,700 veterans trying to get appointments were “at risk of being forgotten” at a corrupt Veterans Affairs hospital.


It’s your open thread….




  1. POSTED BY ammk  |  May 30, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    Why did the power go out last night for several hours in Bloomfield?

  2. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  May 30, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    Yea. A number of years ago, it was “fun” to have intermittent electrical outages. Kinda reminded me of how those outside of the 1st world lived.

    Then they “fixed” something and, save for a Snowtober event, we were good.

    But now, in the last few weeks, we’ve lost power a number of times.

    What’s next? I have to have someone boil my water?

    UPPER Montclair should NOT have to live like this!!!

  3. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    I would like to opine on the sorry state of discourse on Baristanet of late. We need some kind of elixir to get us going.

  4. POSTED BY oliveoyle  |  May 30, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    How about those Christie staff pay raises?

  5. POSTED BY cathar  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    The “of late,” walleroo, seems to have gone on for years now. At least since Ms. Galant departed.

    So how about your very lament as a topic?

  6. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    I seem to recall, cathar, that you and Ms. Galant didn’t always see eye to eye. And now here you are, pining for her. Life is strange, no?

    I attribute the recent decline to the absence of ROC. To at least one young mammal just trying to find his way in the big world, ROC was like a god. He was a shining city on a hill. A beacon of hope in the darkness. Etc. Though he could also be a nasty sum’bitch. But what’s the point of bringing him up. He’s gone, forever probably.

  7. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    Let’s talk about Montclair.

  8. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    and more about Montclair
    and also Obama.

  9. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Let’s talk about the big crane that hovers over Ave.B

  10. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Obama is not coming to Montclair.


  11. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    Obama is, contrary to common belief, not ROC, who may or may not live in Montclair.

    There again.

  12. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 30, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

    I once photoed & wrote a visual thesis called “The threshold theory of art deco doors.”
    But now I’m over the threshold into another dimension waiting for Walleroo’s elixir to give my third eye a boost and return my brain waves into youth mode once more.

  13. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 30, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    I believe RoC went back to another dimension. Maybe he’ll come back in about a century.

  14. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    Where did you get your map of the local wormholes, PAZ? You seem to have a much easier time negotiating space-time than I.

  15. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 30, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    They’re very hard to find. There was an old map at the Montclair Historical Society that had them marked off, many in downtown in buildings built on the old Lenni Lenape village. If you stroll Church St. in the quiet of an evening, you’ll feel the pulsation as you near one. There was one in the Helen Bick’s store changing room but you had to dress up as a woman to enter it…..Not all were easy access.

  16. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    Church St. wormholes… hmm, that might explain why all that retail space is empty. I won’t ask how you wound up in the women’s changing room–whatever tickles your willies is fine with me, PAZ, as long is it doesn’t involve minors.

  17. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 30, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    Nope, it’s just a door to another dimension.
    There’s one in Eagan’s. I’ll let you find it. They do move around but usually stay in the neighborhood.

  18. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  May 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Bike and Walk Scavenger Hunt was a lot of fun!!!

    But with all the yoga spots in town, I thought the wormhole was a new pose.

  19. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  May 30, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    Yes, what IS up with that giant crane? What are they doing over there?

    Let’s talk about the fact that measles is at a 20-year high because certain folks won’t immunize their kids. Meanwhile, chicken pox is down 90% because of the vaccine. Why would anyone be against eradicating childhood diseases.

    If you think these diseases are mere annoyances, think again. They can have serious side effects in certain cases.

  20. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    Why is everyone knocking diseases? Pathogens are people, too.

  21. POSTED BY msmr  |  May 30, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    In reference to the power outage, BNN said that someone was possibly electrocuted on Broad St. last night, presumably a PSE&G worker. The street was closed down for awhile. Anyone know what happened?

  22. POSTED BY kay  |  May 30, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    oh, msmr, I hope that’s not the case!! 🙁

    I have a question, and no I am not asking it on the appropriate post because, well, we’re all friends here, and I am quite frankly afraid of everyone else. But here goes: the new overnight parking thing is great if one’s pals have had a few too many eggnogs. However, what’s to prevent all the driveway-less neighbors in a three block radius from clicking-and-parking in front of my house every night??? Granted that would amount to roughly $150/month to park, but that’s still a lot cheaper than a succession of parking tickets, and less than I pay to park in downtown Newark for work…

    It’s not so much the act of parking itself that bothers me but the fact that my street is *so* narrow and tiny that if cars are parked on both sides of the driveway, or opposite the driveway, it becomes darn-near impossible to get out.

    So. Comments, please?

  23. POSTED BY johnqp  |  May 30, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

    Can’t tell if that’s a picture of an open thread or a stick of dynamite…….

  24. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  May 30, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    johnqp, it’s a Betty Crocker fruit roll-up ( artificial cherry flavor ) melted on to a depleted cardboard paper towel roll, overlapped by a digitally executed profile of a guinea pig.

  25. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    Kay, you are such a wuss.

  26. POSTED BY kay  |  May 30, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    I know, ‘Roo, but I’m YOUR wuss, now and always…
    Hugs & kisses, etc.

  27. POSTED BY frankgg  |  May 30, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    OK…. I am not going to fall for this opportunity to express myself about the “powers that be’s” apparent lack of understanding of building heights in Montclair Center… but someone did mention the first elephant in the room…that HUGH menacing Crane…. soon, Montclair can revert back to being called Cranetown…

  28. POSTED BY frankgg  |  May 30, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    …oh well I said it!

    But the weather is finally so beautiful…and its so nice to sit outside right now… wishing everyone an enjoyable and beautiful weekend!

  29. POSTED BY walleroo  |  May 30, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    Oh Kay, you’re so predictable.

  30. POSTED BY johnqp  |  May 30, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    Spiro , are you sure you haven’t overlooked anything else ?

  31. POSTED BY Frank Rubacky  |  May 30, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    Getting past the sound bytes – much like the weather forecasts, the majority of the measles outbreak this year involves international travelers.
    Remember, the sound byte is only the intent.

  32. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  May 30, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

    That crane is as nice and airy as that corner is ever going to look from now on. The space under and to side of it is going to be filled in with a ginormous fake brick. So, enjoy the giant crane while you can.

  33. POSTED BY Frank Rubacky  |  May 30, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

    On the very Bright Side…the 3rd Ward’s embrace of a vibrant Nightlife will stand as a Bright & Shining example of grass roots repudiation of NIMBYism

  34. POSTED BY mominmtc  |  May 31, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Can we talk about the orange safety fences lining the parking deck on Orange Road? I believe they are meant to be temporary and I’ve been looking at them for months now. Does anyone know why the deck that was built and completed years ago then lost it’s walls and why the orange safety tape gates remain for so long? And who can I contact to inquire officially? I reached out to parking department with no response.

    PS-the curb your dog sign the town installed seems to work! I haven’t seen a pile on my lawn in WEEKS!

  35. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  May 31, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    ammk – electrical fire- injury to a PSEG worker

    If you want to know whats going on in Bloomfield- join the Bloomfield Pulse facebook group

  36. POSTED BY Iceman  |  May 31, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    It’s time to rock…Ice returns

  37. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 31, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

    Welcome back Ice….Where you been?

  38. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  May 31, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

    Ombre hair. Please stop.

  39. POSTED BY Iceman  |  May 31, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    I’m back and ready to rant: when I was growing up in the 60s my parents always told me that ” sticks and stone can break my bones but names will never hurt me”. Fast forward to the 21st century. Professional athletes can get DUIs, strike their girlfriends/wives, and the owner of the Indianapolis Colts can be found under the influence in his his car with 29k in cash and a car full of drugs. The punishment is a fine and a suspension. The owner of the La Clippers Basketball Team Says heinous, despicable abhorrent racist remarks in a private conversation and his livelihood is stripped away. And on top of that he’s voted the most hated man in America. So we are told now that we can drive drunk and kill someone, physically abuse a woman, distribute drugs, and even commit intentional murder…but it’s not as dangerous as uttering words. What did I miss?

  40. POSTED BY Iceman  |  May 31, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    And damn, that new Jack Daniels with honey goes down – smoooooth

  41. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  May 31, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

    Iceman, haters gonna hate.

    What you missed: Everyone now gets a trophy, #YouShouldUseMoreHashTags, an ever increasing wealth gap and finaly a populace that now cares more about what Sterling said in private than real problems (like institutional racism, increasing households on food stamps, increasing poverty, etc).

    Nevermind, nothing to see here, S&P at record highs, move along now.

  42. POSTED BY sillyphus  |  June 01, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    Not sure how long you’ve been frozen Iceman, but they’re just pulling your leg. We have flying cars, cures for cancer, intelligent robots, teleportation and Wi-Fi on the moon. Not to mention replicators (3D printers) that can do everything from build a house in a day to make body parts, cloning and the discovery of several earth like planets out there. Other then that, people are still just people.

  43. POSTED BY frankgg  |  June 01, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Stayhyphy… did you ever know of Wayne R…. the NYC legend? I curated some exhibitions for him. Wayne was a nice guy…and probably history’s oldest NY graffiti artist… I miss him!

  44. POSTED BY Frank Rubacky  |  June 02, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

    I have a problem with UPTOWN. This is the designation the Upper Montclair Business Association uses for it light post banners – and maybe the grand sum of it POS marketing. I’m am not sure why. I have been passive about this subject, but it really is just a small group of provincial thinkers that are creating an unnecessary problem.

    It fine for the locals to use informal Uptown, but it connotes nothing to visitors. This is the neighborhood commercial district that the Planning Board rightly calls Upper Montclair Village because it recognizes the regional draw of this district. NJ Transit calls the train station stop Upper Montclair.

    Montclair is a strong brand with strong regional recognition. Using brand extensions like this helps leverage – and return value – to the core brand of Montclair. High-value brands the world over utilize brand extensions to drive market share and added value. The Uptown label does none of this.

    The continued use of this label, versus the Upper Montclair Village label, undercuts us from pursuing a destination status strategy. Just because the Montclair BID pays additional taxes (for their own benefit), do they have exclusive rights to the Montclair brand? Or should we equalize all and rename Montclair Center to Central or Midtown?

    And before the 042 jump on this, I am more than fine getting rid of 043. But, go fight the USPS to change it. Don’t take it out on Upper Montclair Village.

  45. POSTED BY frankgg  |  June 02, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    “UPTOWN”… belongs in NYC ….not in MTC!… send that designation back to where it belongs!

  46. POSTED BY crazycat  |  June 02, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

    When my family moved here in 1967 all the kids I went to school with referred to the area around Bellevue & Valley as “uptown” , Bloomfield Ave was “downtown”. I recently got a letter from the IRS and it was addressed to “UPR” Montclair ? The SSA also. However the US Army has me down as just plain Montclair !

  47. POSTED BY Frank Rubacky  |  June 02, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

    Same here…but, it made more sense to me when living East of Valley Rd.
    I prefer the old Postal Service.

  48. POSTED BY deadeye  |  June 02, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

    Upper Montclair has, like it or not, it’s own character.

  49. POSTED BY Howard Beale  |  June 03, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    We have quite a few characters downtown, but who is the uptown character, deadeye?

  50. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  June 03, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    I’ve heard whispers that CulinAriane is moving to Verona in space formerly occupied by O’Neills Bloomfield Ave. Not sure if this is an additional restaurant they are opening or vacating current Walnut and Pine location.

    Would be a shame if we lost this little gem.

    Can someone confirm?

  51. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  June 03, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    Thanks Annette . . . or was it purely a coincidence?

  52. POSTED BY deadeye  |  June 04, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

    @Howard, the guy that dresses up in colonial threads and strolls around town. Thought that might be Cunningham?

  53. POSTED BY deadeye  |  June 04, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

    Downtown MTC is literally miles away from 07043. Basically all of our crime comes north from Orange. Sure, 07042 has The Estate Section, and beautiful homes, but it might as well be Verona, or Bloomfield as far as our life works, other than I park there. Flat out, we have fewer social issues.

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