Damn it, The Orville, you almost got it right

Last year, I gave the sci-fi television series The Orville a lot of crap for an episode that poached, lock stock and barrel, from a 1970’s sci-fi drama called The Starlost.  Heck, I almost expected Harlan Ellison – the sci-fi writer who created The Starlost – to sue my own blog out of existence for…

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The lost ghost sign on State Street and Erie Boulevard

Last night, before I went to sleep, I took one of my old photographs and tweaked it for more detail and shine and impact. It was a photo of the Nichlaus Building on State Street in Schenectady – the building that, when the neighboring Olender Mattress structure was demolished, revealed a nearly pristine ghost sign…

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Bill and Ted 3? Excellent, dude!

There was no greater time traveling comedy than Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a low-budget film that dominated the 1988 box office and became a major success story.  The movie follows the adventures of two slackers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) as they rode their phone booth /…

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Albany Patroons win 127-100 – depending on the game you watched

After that rough road trip where the Pats went 1-5 and slipped down to fourth place in the TBL standings, the Patroons have rebounded with two straight wins over the cellar-dwelling New York Court Kings, who might only get to the playoffs if someone buys them tickets. So yeah, Chuck is happy.  A lot of…

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Do you think I’m stupid, DePaula Chevrolet?

You know the drill by now.  As much as I appreciate the staff and repair shop at DePaula Chevrolet, and as much as I appreciate their diligence in taking care of my 2013 Chevrolet Cobalt “Dracourage”, there are moments when I wonder if they actually value me as a human being or if they just…

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George Winston’s “Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

Pianist par excellence George Winston is performing at the Egg tonight.  Years ago, I listed Winston’s seminal piano album December as part of my afterlife playlist – the songs and albums I would take with me on my next journey.  Today, I want to add a second album to that collection. In 1996, Winston took…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, March 16 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Eve … hope you get to a parade and drink green beer and wear that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirt… and before you head out to those parades, you may want to enjoy some of the blog posts and podcasts and images from my blogroll.  Definitely worth your time and attention,…

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Albany Patroons win again … and Edwin Ubiles breaks a scoring record!

You know the picture.  It’s when an exhausted basketball player sets a new record for most points or most rebounds or most something.   They hold up a piece of paper that’s got a big number scribbled on it. Last year, Lloyd Johnson tied the Albany Patroons’ franchise record for most points in a game, with…

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Have I run out of snowflake time?

I’ve kept tabs on the weather report oflate.  On one glance, it’s telling me I have at least one more snow day, the next glance I’m seeing rain and sunshine and warmer temperatures. For all intents and purposes, I may have one snowflake day left … or I may have NO snowflake days left. Urgh.…

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