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181/365 - Before You Look - No One Was Injured - Enjoy!

2011.06.30
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NJ Turnpike - Billowing Smoke up ahead. All traffic stopped dead! My hour and a half commute home will now stretch to three hours or more!

Again - sorry for so many pictures!!!
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Restlessness sets in. People start evacuating their pods!
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Strangers get aquainted and chat a bit!
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Some find a moment to do isometric exercises and to reflect!
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Ahhhh! Here we go. I felt funny taking pictures not knowing at the time what the fire was all about, but this man made me feel better! He was possibly insensitive as well. I was not the only one!!!!
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And then everybody got in the swing of things and out came electronics of every type!!! It was a happening!
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For others - just another opportunity to catch some zzzzz's.
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What a fantastic smile and pose! Yo Yo Yo!!
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Fire trucks of every type and color raced by. So loud!!
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Wait - the black smoke has just turned white - do we have a new Pope????
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This Catholic commuter thought so - she pulled out a prayer book and started praying for the new Pontiff.

Note - I had to practically stick my camera into the car to get this shot!!!!
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Ah - now we're talking. Maybe they know Leah and the good Rabbi! I will check them out!!
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Jack and Caryl. She was doing a wood carving to make prints with. She was all too ready to talk to me and I was a willing listener! Jack was a bit quiet but a nice man!
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Her work was beautiful! She is an artist and works alot with children in a camp setting.
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Caryl convinced Jack to go into the car's trunk and retrieve her current art projects so that she could show them to me. Jack was hesitant, but eventually got them. The print she made from a metal etching to illustrate the Book of Ester.
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Another metal etching plate. She does fantastic work!!!!
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Another related to the Book of Ester.
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How beautiful! She was very proud of her work.
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A more colorful creation written in Hebrew! She took the time to read it to me.
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Sadly I had to part from my new friends. Traffic moved slowly ahead. The scene of what was left of the tractor trailer after the collision and fire.
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Exhausted firemen still working to put the fire out completely in the burned out camper that was hit by the truck!
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Lesson Learned 1: Be interested, look interested and act interested - you never know what you might learn or who you might meet.

Lesson Learned 2: Since I stopped caring about looking like a nut, I am having such an interesting time.
31 Comments
MARETKA88 wow....i like your multiple picture posts what a crazy day for you ....fabulous shots though....its tottally Dan shots ...thanks homey
MARETKA88 · 2011-06-29: 20:31
DancingDolphin Dan, ONLY YOU could pull this off!! :)) You did good... as always!
DancingDolphin · 2011-06-29: 20:47
mallusatish What A trilling day you had Dan,very nice pictures and lesson~!~
mallusatish · 2011-06-29: 21:06
lgnelson Wow! Interesting how tragedy somehow helps us make new friends.
lgnelson · 2011-06-29: 21:37
liveandletlive It really does look like you had to stick your head in their car window for that one shot. This was a great set Dan. I am SO glad that no one was injured. And yes, that is a great smile in #8. Excellent job Dan.
liveandletlive · 2011-06-29: 21:55
lukesmom Love both lessons but especially #2! This woman's artwork is amazing. The water color is beautiful! Wonderful set!
lukesmom · 2011-06-29: 22:07
djnana "Making the best of a bad situation!" This was great photojournalism, Dan! I'm like you - I can always find someone to talk with and get to know! Your photos of her lovely work were excellent. (There's not really a new pope, is there? We're Baptist, so I wouldn't know!)
djnana · 2011-06-29: 23:04
honzicek Nice set. Well done!
honzicek · 2011-06-29: 23:18
mrmeliska This is a great set...Its amazing where you can meet new friends.
mrmeliska · 2011-06-29: 23:39
joycephotography Pretty cool Dan, you kept my interest all the way to the end.
joycephotography · 2011-06-30: 00:22
Davorka very disturbing picture, especially where the bus which was burnt,
but a great lesson!!geat # 2 !!
Davorka · 2011-06-30: 01:11
Annbramwell The world is just full of fascinating folk, waiting to be captured on film (or in pixels nowadays) I love your people watching shoots, they are great fun... keep 'em coming...
Annbramwell · 2011-06-30: 02:11
lyricalthoughts Thank God no one is hurt. I really love your story complete with beautiful photos Dan. you gave us different perspectives of people in this situation. I especially love the artworks..
lyricalthoughts · 2011-06-30: 02:14
akata all shots great Dan, the first lesson was understood but second lesson contentious. :)
"Wait - the black smoke has just turned white - do we have a new Pope????"
stay my mind :D
akata · 2011-06-30: 03:00
nataliemanco Great report Dan. Well done to see behind everyday dramas in our life....
ps: love #7 and #8 especially : )
nataliemanco · 2011-06-30: 03:37
renatomartins Fantastic report. Pictures and text. #7 #8 and #11 are my favs
renatomartins · 2011-06-30: 05:53
Goldbrandi Wooooow!
Goldbrandi · 2011-06-30: 06:05
Jarvo Sorry you got caught up in this Dan, but it is great reportage. It reminded of this story I read about.

I did like the joke about electing a new pope.
Jarvo · 2011-06-30: 12:27
MoMac well that was a nice wait and glad none was hurt.
MoMac · 2011-06-30: 12:42
Eiram you made the best of your waiting!
Eiram · 2011-06-30: 16:38
LAZYWASP Greatr shots....wonderful story telling.
LAZYWASP · 2011-06-30: 16:53
NellyBly Scary!!! Glad no one was hurt. I'm getting more "nervy" also...:-)
NellyBly · 2011-06-30: 19:33
photodeclair beautiful photos great post Dan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
photodeclair · 2011-06-30: 21:41
jordanwmcfall Dan - what an eventful day, someone who can make waiting in a traffic jam a fun event is one of a kind, you rock Dan!! Great lesson, life is what you make of it....
jordanwmcfall · 2011-07-01: 00:24
helys Wow
Great report
Glad no hurt !
helys · 2011-07-01: 05:50
Keryl "Do we have a new Pope??" Good one Dan!
Nice to meet your new friends....
and I cannot believe your commute is an hour and a half! I don't know how you city people do it!
Keryl · 2011-07-01: 10:30
girafferacing What a wonderful post - you certainly made good use of the time!!
girafferacing · 2011-07-02: 16:14
karmankwarner Wonderful Captures, Beautiful Set, Perfect Lessons.
I have found that slowing down and speaking with complete strangers allows me to find that we are not as different as I would have first thought.
That lady has an Amazing talent, thanks for sharing it with us.
Love the expression in #8. Too Funny.
#7 with the socks I think is my favorite. That is what I would probably do. :)
karmankwarner · 2011-07-04: 10:19
????? isn't life fun when you don't care if others think you're a nut??? thanks for bringing me along
????? · 2011-07-06: 22:54
365edgar Reminds me of Bonnaroo traffic, Dan! I love the Sacred Heart image and the captures of all the wonderful artwork you found along the way. Glad no one was hurt!
365edgar · 2011-07-07: 02:44
365edgar As an interesting wayside: I'm surprised how many people missed the relevance of your pope joke o{]:¬) Long live Benedict XVI!!
365edgar · 2011-07-07: 02:56
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