My entries that would have been into the 2020 New York State Fair Photography Competition

First, I heard that because of COVID-19, the 4-H groups would not have their meeting at the New York State Fair this year. Then, I heard that because of a deadly rabbit virus, there would be no rabbits or cavies at the Fair this year, either. Then this happened. pic.twitter.com/ELBC1UtpL8 — New York State Fair…

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Well, my newest radio stint might actually last longer than my previous radio stint…

This summer, I was able to return to my college radio station, WHCL (88.7 FM, or whcl.org for you new-heads).  Friday nights at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time, my old college radio show, the Nightowl Radio Show, returned from the archives and spun once more. It’s been a fun run, and I really enjoyed putting together…

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Hamilton on the Royale with Cheese Movie Club

Okay, I realize this is stretching the boundaries of the rules for the Royale with Cheese Movie Club, in which I review films that everyone in the world has seen (except me). But technically, it seems like EVERYONE has seen this Broadway show at some point or another, either in New York City or as…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, July 4, 2020

Good morning, my wonderful blog readers.  Happy Independence Day to all of you – except to those of you who read my blog from the United Kingdom, where I just say Happy Saturday. That joke never gets old. You know what else doesn’t get old?  How about a recap of some great blog posts and…

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My son Kris, a National Guard veteran, has a message for you this holiday weekend.

I can’t even begin to understand what happened to PFC Vanessa Guillen.  All that i know is that she was sexually harassed, threatened and harmed while being stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.  And then she went missing. And then, on July 1st, her remains were found along the Leon River.  She was only 20 years…

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And the Big E is cancelled for 2020… ugh…

I know, I know.  I was hoping against hope.  But COVID-19 isn’t going away.  It’s getting stronger and it’s becoming more populous.  And a two-week event in Massachusetts that draws millions of fans during its run is not what we want to keep the spread of COVID-19 down. Yesterday morning, the Big E’s President posted…

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How to rebuild an old drive-in car speaker for modern times

As you might have read from various recent blog posts, I’ve been having fun at the local drive-in.  I’ve taken photos there, I’ve captured fireworks there, and now I want to try something very special with a piece of drive-in iconography. I want to take one of those old car speakers – you know, the…

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Racism on the corner of Hopper and Genesee Streets

Jakeila Phillips puts up with racism more often than she should.  She lives in Utica, and she’s dealt with idiots who use the N-word and a few other choice expletives in her general vicinity. Last week, she had the good fortune to record one of these chuds in action. And she posted it on her…

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Would you like to help be part of WPTR’s FM signal?

As you might know from reading this blog, I am a fan of the reborn WPTR.  On Friday nights, I can enjoy the Chip Ordway Record Show (by the way, why aren’t you listening to the Chip Ordway Record Show?), and there are other community-themed shows throughout the week. But the only ways I can…

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A pro golf tournament, sponsored by The Lincoln Project and Meidas Touch…

If you want to see some seriously VICIOUS and ON-POINT anti-Trump videos, you only need to sign up to the Twitter feeds of Medias Touch, a progressive anti-Trump PAC, and The Lincoln Project, a conservative anti-Trump organization. I mean, these potential shorts aren’t just bringing straight fire.  They’re downright nuclear. Example. Putin paid a bounty…

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