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Friday, November 27, 2015

Japanese department store's hilarious English gaffe (Warning: Adult language)

Being hip in Osaka (image from

A little post-Thanksgiving Day marketing humor you might enjoy -- but be warned the language is "adult content".

Evidently reaching for the younger, hipper (and English-speaking) crowd, the marketing gurus at the Japanese store Gallerie mounted a blitz campaign with the above signs throughout the store.

The internet went wild (see Gawker stories here, and here), and the store management evidently was mortified, quickly changing the signage to a somewhat less graphic but still understandable form.

I am reminded of the high school French class joke about French-speakers being shocked at seeing signs in American stores declaring "Lingerie Sale" -- which, in French, means "dirty underwear".

Of course. And thanks, RW;)

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Thanksgiving message from sports writer Max Ogden

From Maxwell Ogden's Facebook post.
A Thanksgiving Day message for Plainfield Today readers from sports writer Maxwell Ogden.

Ogden posted the above photo on his Facebook page (see here) on November 23 and has received over 84,000 likes and 122,000 shares -- including my  niece Sue Foust of Tucson, from whom I cribbed it.

Think about it this Thanksgiving Day.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Recreation seeks vendors for Holiday Crafts Fair

Free vendor opportunity for Holiday Craft Fair.

Plainfield's Division of Recreation is seeking vendors for its Holiday Crafts Fair slated for Saturday, December 12 at duCret School of Art.

There will be no vendor fees to Recreation for this event, however vendors will be responsible for a one-day peddler's permit ($25, from the City Clerk's office).

Handcrafted items, with or without a holiday theme, as well as items suitable for holiday gifts are being sought.

Jewelry, ceramics and pottery, quilts, knit goods of all sorts, hats, scarves and hair accessories, homemade jams and jellies and holiday baked goods are among the items shoppers will be looking for.

The Holiday Craft Fair will run from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with vendors allowed to set up at 9:00 AM. The event will be in the auditorium at the rear of the school, entrance off the rear parking lot. duCret School of Art is at 1030 Central Avenue, Plainfield.

To register as a vendor or discuss your craft specialty, contact Beverly Calland at the Division of Recreation, (908) 753-3097 or by email at

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Council gets a perfect score at special meeting

Patrick Torborg, developer of the proposed South Second Street project,
explains his proposal to the Council Monday evening.

After presentations on the proposed South Second Street and South Avenue redevelopment projects, Council got down to business with a perfect score of 39 unanimous votes on resolutions (two were withdrawn until the December meeting), and first readings on five ordinances -- including the PILOT for the South Avenue project.

Not that there weren't some painful moments -- the South Second Street property is a steal at $250,000 for 5 acres (the Park-Madison 4-acre parcel went for $1 million over fifteen years ago).

Councilor Gloria Taylor added un moment dramatique when she took a long pause on the South Avenue project before voting "yes".

And Councilors Diane Toliver and Vera Greaves got into a tiff over how clean downtown has become, with Toliver arguing it's pretty good and Greaves saying it's terrible.

I tend to side with Toliver on this one, though you can go downtown on Sunday after the stores close and find the trash barrels overflowing -- because the PMUA does not work on Sundays.

But that does not make Greaves right on the whole.

Municipal Clerk Municipal Clerk 'AJ' Jalloh's clever strategy of merging the double-header meeting into a single special meeting paid off nicely. Chairman of the Committee of the Whole Councilor Brown zipped along, asking if there was Council comment as she introduced each item. Thankfully, there was little.

Could this be a model of meetings to come?

Dream on.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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