Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Chase, 2022 Edition – DAY 2: Albany in the Rain

The plan was to capture the Holiday Train as it passed the old Delaware and Hudson structure (the SUNY Administration building). It’s a popular shot for local train-chasing photographers, and I thought I had the perfect spot. Well, I did. What I didn’t have was perfect weather. Let me put it this way. It was…

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Chase, 2022 Edition – DAY 1: Welcome to Quebec

Three years. I’ve waited three freakin’ years for this moment. I survived a broken ankle. I survived the pandemic. But I’ve waited, and waited, and waited. Patiently, mind you. Very, very patiently. Because this is the weekend. The weekend when that big, illuminated freight train with its traveling concert of Christmas music chugs through North…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, November 26 2022

By the time you get around to reading this, most likely I’ll be on my way to Canada for the first day of my three-day Canadian Pacific Holiday Train chase. But before I head off to the Great White North, I made sure that the blogroll recap for this week was complete. Because I’m that…

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The Nightowl Radio Show playlist for November 25, 2022

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 “Sample Example” of how an 1860’s folk song turned into a 1970’s double-entendre sing-along, as well as some…

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So I’m not driving for Equinox this year … but it’s not for the reason you think it is.

For the past two decades, my Thanksgiving holiday tradition – between eating turkey dinner and watching non-Steelers football games – includes bringing turkey dinners to those in need. In other words, I’m a driver for the local Equinox Thanksgiving Day charity. Years ago, I would queue at the Empire State Plaza with hundreds of other…

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Revisiting Iverhill this Christmastime.

Iverhill is a small logging town in the Adirondack Mountains. The best way to reach Iverhill is to drive up the Northway until you smell sweet pine needles, then take the next exit. Iverhill is the basis for a collection of short stories and novels. I started writing the Iverhill cycle in college, as part…

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So THAT’s what ICE sounds like in the cold.

Winter is coming like a Ned Stark meme. And I have to drive somewhere. Okay, let’s get in the Chevrolet Volt and start her up. Now normally, when I start Lightning’s Girl, I get this weird Star Trek-y sound effect that sounds like a revved-up power source. This time, however, as I started the car,…

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Thanks to Elon Musk, I’ve moved to Mastodon.

It was a good eleven years with Twitter. But I’ve moved on. I could live with Elon Musk buying the company. I could hold my nose when he turned Twitter into a hate speech free-for-all. Then he unbanned Donald Trump’s Twitter account. That’s the final straw. And as much as I would LOVE to theoretically…

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Amahl and the Night Visitors – the Christmas special almost lost to time

Let’s put a few things aside. Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, the Grinch, George Bailey, Natalie Wood pulling on Kris Kringle’s beard, a bevy of movies with Lacey Chabert – the holiday season is filled with TV specials and feel-good movies. Let me introduce you to one holiday special that, in its day, was appointment television,…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, November 19 2022

Good morning, wonderful blog readers. Have a seat, sip your coffee, and let’s check out the Saturday recap of the blogroll. Got some good stuff here, you will not be disappointed. Have a great weekend, everybody! Oh, and don’t forget – there’s still my holiday $100 art print sale. Several artworks have already found new…

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