Deal Test Site

Fireworks at Joe Palaia Park for the USA’s Independence Day! Viewed from a slightly distant supermarket parking lot with all kinds of trees and power lines in the way.* I had loads of company in that parking lot–many families threw little tailgate parties for the event. Due to the limited visibility, though, I heard sarcastic teenagers-who’d-been-dragged-along comments, like “OH MY GOD! THE FIREWORKS ARE AMAZING!” when the explosions didn’t quite clear the trees.

Joe Palaia Park, 7/3/2008 Joe Palaia Park, 7/3/08 Joe Palaia Park, July 3, 2008

*Okay, technically, I was in the middle of a field that I probably shouldn’t have been in. Okay, technically technically I wasn’t in the middle– I was about 12′ away from the edge of Route 35. But I did park in that parking lot.


lightning bugs

You may or may not be able to see, but this nightscape is full of FIREFLIES! (Or whatever you call them. I grew up calling ’em “lightning bugs” but slipped into calling them “fireflies” at some point. Either term is acceptable around here.)

Some of those fireflies might be the same ones, as this photo is actually a composite (of like 10 of the FOUR THOUSAND PHOTOS–okay, more like 40– that I took. I’ve been trying to photograph these guys for a few days now, but my camera’s longest shutter speed is 4 seconds [and highest decent ISO is 200], which… just wasn’t enough. Google confirmed that this is a supremely tricky task that’s virtually impossible with a shutter less than 60 seconds. So I gave up and cheated).


Found in Joe Palaia Park (formerly Deal Test Site). I’m not sure for what they currently use or used to use this structure.

our house

(…in the middle of our street)

For those of you who get a kick out of abandoned stuff, here is a house ’round the back of the Joe Palaia Park extension.

I have no idea what purpose it once served. Maybe someone actually lived there. Maybe he/she/they kept an eye on the nearby tower. Maybe it was just a fancy maintenance shed. I don’t know.


Anybody remember that playground hand-clapping game called “Slide?” It started with a sliiiiiide between your partner’s hands and yours, but the rest of the game was clapping.

[clap] [right] [clap] [left] [clap] [back-front] [clap]
[right-clap-right] [clap] [left-clap-left] [clap] [back-front] [clap] [back-front] [clap]
[right-clap-right-clap-right] [clap] [left-clap-left-clap-left] [clap] [back-front] [clap] [back-front] [clap] [back-front] [clap]

…and so on and so forth, from 1 clap to 2 claps to 3 claps all the way to 10 or so… or until someone miscounted or messed up.

That is IRRELEVANT. This is a slide from the Joe Palaia Park playground.


Drinking fountain at Joe Palaia Park (formerly Deal Test Site), near the playground.

…I like shiny things.


In a semi-urban area, where one part of a creek drains into another part, there is often a flat concrete support. This is one such concrete support. Apparently, a raccoon walked across it when the cement was still fresh.

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