How Historic Albany Foundation made my day

Last Saturday, I had a ton of errands to run and appointments to meet.  I also had lunch plans with one of my blog readers, Potrzebie – nice guy, would definitely do lunch with him again – and I wanted to take care of a window switcheroo with Historic Albany Foundation’s Parts Warehouse.

Originally I had previously purchased two twelve-panel windows at HAF, and although they weren’t windows from the Queen Anne style, they were still decent enough that I thought they could work for a Dream Window project.

Nope.  Didn’t work.  Hey, sometimes that shoe just doesn’t fit the foot.

So I contacted HAF’s parts warehouse, and they agreed that I could return the windows and pick out another window of equal value.

Okay, there’s gotta be a Queen Anne window here in this warehouse someplace… down this row, down that row –

Hey, there’s a nice tall Queen Anne window, about 57″ in length, tucked against the wall and pinned down by about eighteen other windows.  A few minutes later, and after some judicious window-shifting, the Queen Anne window was mine.  Yes.

After a few more minutes of window-shopping – both figuratively AND literally – I saw a second Queen Anne window, a nice tall 59″ prize.  We worked out a deal – I paid full price for the second window, and received the first window in trade.  Chuck is happy.

Now all I have to do is get these windows home, bring them into my apartment, then go to lunch with Potrzebie, and then take care of all my other responsibilities and chores.

First window placed in Cardachrome’s back seat.  Just fits.  Barely.

Second window goes in –

I can’t close the back door.  The second window is two inches longer than the width of my car’s back seat.

Nuts.  Memo to self – Chuck, windows that are longer than 57″ might require a larger car.

At that point in time, I had three options.  I could have either:

(A) taken the window back and had HAF refund me the money, thus ensuring that they would consider me to be a royal pain in the porthole.

(B) called anybody I knew who might have an available minivan and beg them to help me out of this awkward situation.

(C) driven Cardachrome to Los Angeles, left it for two weeks in the hands of West Coast Customs, where they could widen the car by about six inches – in addition to adding a DVD player in the steering wheel, spinning rims on my tires, and a new paint job.

And in the end, I chose Option (D).

Option (D) meant pushing the front passenger seat as close to the dashboard as possible.  Then I flipped the front passenger seat forward, almost to the point where the headrest is kissing the dashboard.  And with a little wiggle here and a little wiggle there, enough wiggles to compliment an LMFAO song, I finally wedged both windows into my car.  Closed the door.  Nothing broken or snapped.  Chuck is happy.

I drove home, finagled the two windows OUT of the car, brought them into the house, then drove off to meet Potrzebie for lunch.

After lunch, I took care of a few more errands, and then went home for a short break before my night chores.  Time to check my e-mail – approve blog comment, approve blog comment, wow all these people are having Ranger Danger flashbacks from Saturday’s blog post – oh wait, here’s an e-mail from Historic Albany Foundation.

I wonder if it’s someone from the parts warehouse, maybe they found another six or seven Queen Anne windows and want me to claim dibs on them.

Dream Window 2: The North Pearl Street Limited
Dream Window #2: The North Pearl Street Limited. Photo and collage by Chuck Miller.

October 6, 2012

Dear Mr. Miller,

Congratulations!  Your pieces “The Beat of Officer Harris”, “Dream Window #2: The North Pearl Street Limited”, and “Midnight at the Palace Theater” have been selected for our 11th annual art exhibit and silent auction, BUILT: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes.

The auction will function the same as in previous years, and we have decided to throw it at the Cathedral of All Saints again!  The event will go from 7:00PM-10:00PM, Saturday November 3, 2012.  Please see invitation & RSVP that is mailed to you.  Your attendance is strongly encouraged. Thank you for creating artwork inspired by Albany’s architecture.  It is our hope that through your artwork others may begin to appreciate these buildings and work together to protect and preserve them.  Thanks, and hope to see you at BUILT!


Genny Faist

Membership & Program Coordinator

Now THAT’s some good news that I can enjoy!  Not only is my popular Midnight at the Palace Theater going to make the show, but people can also bid on The Beat of Officer Harris and on my second Dream Window project, all to help benefit Historic Albany Foundation’s efforts to save the buildings and structures in this area.

Do you know that some of these buildings, without proper care and upkeep, can fall into such disrepair that, if the City of Albany feels the building is unsafe, it can be torn down within an hour?  We can’t keep losing our cultural history like that.  No we can’t.  So galas like this are important – art collectors can bid on their favorite works, and artists get much-needed exposure and recommendations for their art pieces.

So let’s see.  Two more Queen Anne windows for Dream Window projects… and three of my artworks are going to appear in the very popular Albany autumn gala known as BUILT.  Looks like Historic Albany Foundation has made my day.

Say it with me, people… Chuck is happy!