The wreckage on the New York State Thruway

A couple of weeks ago, I had to drive from Albany to Schenectady for a project.  As I drove along the New York State Thruway, enjoying the drive and listening to one of my iPod-synchronized radio stations, the raindrops pattering on my windshield as my wipers tried to maintain rhythm with whatever Boston classic was…

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The Snowflake

Okay, It’s freezing outside.  The temperature is colder than a pawnbroker’s heart.  Snow falling all over the ground, God’s holy dandruff coating the neighborhoods. Good.  Just what I want to happen today. Let me explain. Earlier this year, I tested out some macro photography to capture snowflakes as they landed on a fence post.  I…

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Albany Patroons move to 8-1 with Saturday matinee victory

The last time the Albany Patroons faced the New York Court Kings at the Armory, the Pats destroyed the Court Kings 154-94 in a game that wasn’t even THAT close. Last Thursday, however, the Court Kings rallied at their home court in Queens, defeating the Patroons 115-104 to give Albany its first loss on the…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, February 16 2019

Good morning everybody, it’s time to take a Saturday stroll around my blogroll and showcase some of the best blogs and podcasts and writings from my fellow bloggers, podcasters and writers.  Every Saturday around this time, I take a day off from my blog and share the other blogs that are worth your attention.  And…

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K-Chuck Radio: Thou Shalt Not Cover Motown (if you don’t know what you’re doing)…

Some people had a fit about Jennifer Lopez’ Motown tribute performance at the Grammy Awards last week.  I didn’t.  J-Lo can sing, and J-Lo respects the music.  If you respect the music and you can cover the songs with equal parts of joy and reverence, I’m good with it.  You don’t have to sound like…

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He finished the race, didn’t he? That makes him a winner too!

I may never understand how dog shows work – I know they’re looking for breeding standards and obedience and all that – but there’s one part of a dog show that I completely get.  That’s when a dog competes in an agility race. You’ve seen these.  The dog will jump over some fences, he’ll run…

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That’s not the “double vision” I mean…

So I recently finished up my cataract surgery.  My eyes are healing reasonably well, and I should receive my new progressive lenses from my ophthalmologist in about a week.  Until then, I’m using drugstore magnifying specs to get through my day – at least for close-up work.  Distance viewing is fine. Which is why, last…

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Marc Hunter’s “Night and Day” is an Album I Want to Be Buried With

My unabashed love for the New Zealand rock band Dragon is unquestioned and undisputed.  That being said, you don’t normally expect the charismatic lead singer of a rock band to record an album of jazz and pop standards, and if he does, you don’t expect it to veer too far from what fans would normally…

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