“Shake the hand of a brand new fool.”

Over and over. Those eight words kept rumbling in my brain last night. Over and over. Every time I thought I could fall asleep … those eight words pulled me out of Slumberland Highway and parked me on a park bench. Background. Earlier in the day, while listening to one of my streaming audio channels…

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3 x 6 = 18. Trivia Bowl 18, that is.

I’m going back into competition this Saturday. The top trivia company in the Capital District, Trivia Nights Live, has returned with their annual “Trivia Bowl” competition. The event, to be held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians building in Albany, will feature the top teams of trivia experts in a fun game of remembering useless…

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Can you file your taxes for free in New York? Maybe.

Background. One of the only things I kept after my 2011 divorce (besides the television) was our tax preparer. He was a friend of the family, and he worked very hard to make sure we paid our fair share to the government and, when possible, received our fair share back. I continued to employ his…

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K-Chuck Radio: What’s that in the air?

Ever since I’ve gone back to my Friday night radio broadcasts on WHCL, I haven’t really had time to produce a K-Chuck Radio blog post that wouldn’t also work well as its own Nightowl Radio Show episode. But with all the drama about the Chinese spy balloon that was intercepted and shot down yesterday ……

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, February 4 2023

Nothing like waking up on a warm, sunny morning, right? Relatively speaking. “Warm and sunny” right now is -12 Fahrenheit, and that’s not even factoring in the wind chill. Chuck is staying inside where it’s nice and warm. And in front of his nice warm computer … it’s time for another recap of my blogging…

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The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for February 3, 2023

The following is a playlist for the broadcast of the Nightowl Radio Show, a one-hour college radio show on station WHCL-FM.  The show can be streamed tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at whcl.org. Tonight’s show features a tribute to the recently-passed Tom Verlaine, as well as a track whose identity was revealed to me only…

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The Return of the Television Tontine

A few months ago, I blogged about the television tontine – in which a popular TV series from long ago is represented today by only one or two stars from that program. And in recent days, with the passing of Lisa Loring and Cindy Williams, their obituaries recalled their greatest TV successes – Loring as…

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The Restoration of a Muffler Man

At one point in time, there were several gigantic “muffler men” built as advertisements around the United States. They often resembled a giant Paul Bunyan, whose enormous hands carried either a huge car muffler or a king-sized axe or some other prop. Yeah, something like that one up above. There used to be a “Muffler…

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Rejection … rejection … re –

I’m still trying to get my artwork shown in various national galleries. It’s part of the next evolution from my summer based “Competition Season.” And after a while, the rejection letters don’t sting as much as they normally would. It’s like Pavlog’s dog in the electrified cage. At first, when the cage electrifies, the dog…

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