“Holy bats, Batman … that’s a bat, man!”

So I’m driving back from Syracuse last Monday, as part of the proverbial “Drive of Shame” (as I mentioned before, of the nine entries that I submitted to the New York State Fair, only two this year – Farrell in Aerochrome and Mittsu No Yuki – were rejected), and I thought about stopping by my…

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One more return to Hoffman’s Playland

Every so often in our lives, we come across images of things from our past.  And we want to do something with those images. For me, it took a lot of procrastination – but then, just out of nowhere, I created something. And I hope you like it. For more than 50 years, Hoffman’s Playland…

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I could have Sudden Death in a month…

Every year, the New York State Fair offers some abnormally insane “fair food,” a melange of meats and cheeses and sugars and deep-frying.  A few years ago, it was the Defibrillator, a beef patty with bacon and fixings, wrapped between two grilled cheese sandwiches.  A couple of years ago, it was deep-fried matzo balls at…

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Maybe Alfred should finally worry…

I grew up with MAD Magazine.  We all did. I remember buying the oversized publication eight times a year (they had a weird publishing schedule, but that was MAD).  I would read the movie parodies, the television satires, and everything else in between.  It was a gateway to some of the greatest published satire of…

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The Jon Campbell Green Screen Photo Challenge

Jon Campbell is a good friend of mine, he’s a reporter with the Gannett News Service, where he covers local politics.  He also plays competitive team trivia, and his team “The Fist” actually picked up a Trivia Bowl championship a few years ago.  He’s also good-natured when I rib him about his undying love for…

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Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk … FIGHT!!

When it comes to the discussion of which science fiction franchise tops all – whether it involves the Enterprise and Vulcans and Borg in Star Trek, or the Millennium Falcon and the Jedi and the Sith in Star Wars … well, the choice is up to you.  I love them both with rather equal fervor, and…

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In the Heart of America…

Over the weekend, I’ve gotten more familiar with my recent purchase of an $80 secondhand Singer sewing machine.  So much so, that I’ve actually purchased empty bobbins to load with cotton thread (this machine takes something called a #66 bobbin, whatever that means), and I special-ordered a “walking foot” that fit this sewing machine’s working…

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A vote for Nelson is a vote for America!

A couple of years ago, my best buds Jeremy and Katie adopted a rescued pitbull.  The dog, Nelson, became an integral part of their family.  He’s gone from a life of uncertainty to a life of happiness. And now he has a chance to enjoy a life of publicity.  Or at least a month’s worth.…

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It only took 45 minutes or so…

I recently purchased a secondhand sewing machine for future art projects. Yep, here it is. After much detective work, I found out that my sewing machine is a Singer Merritt 2502C, an introductory standard model. Now I’m sure that a sewing machine expert can look at this thing and determine everything on it.  Me ……

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