The Resurrection of Toll Gate Ice Cream?

Understand this. There was a time when I treated the Toll Gate Ice Cream shoppe as both a comforting location for some tasty ice cream and burger food, but also as a place to center my photographic concepts. Think about it. A cute little ice cream parlor, situated at the confluence of New Scotland Road…

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Tower Hill – Stories from a Volcano and the Belfast Coast

There’s a section of Australia known as the Shipwreck Coast, not far from Melbourne. And on the Shipwreck Coast is a section known as the Belfast Coast Reserve, where 37,000 years ago, a great volcano created a geological outcropping known as Tower Hill. And after dealing with the cold weather of upstate New York, I…

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If this doesn’t convince you to get the COVID-19 vaccine, what will?

This came up in my Twitter feed last night. First, I’m going to say this. If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, fantastic. I’m proud of you. If you’ve gotten your booster shot, I’m clapping with both hands. But if you need some … well … coaxing to get the Fauci Ouchie… This might give…

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My Thanksgiving Drive for Equinox, 2021 Edition

Ready to go. Ready to deliver for Equinox. Ready to bring Thanksgiving deliciousness to as many families as I can. I pulled up to the load-in spot on Central Avenue. “You’re a little early, Chuck,” one of the organizers smiled. “Earlier I pick up, earlier the food gets delivered,” I smiled back. “How many meals…

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The Explanation of Head Canon

Head Canon occurs when you see something in popular culture, and for lack of a plausible explanation (coincidence, accident, etc.), you invent a logic that purports to clarify everything. In other words, for you, this makes sense. It might be the equivalent of three left turns to make a right, but it still makes sense.…

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And Charity Season 2021 begins … NOW!

My photographs had a good run this year as part of my personally-named “Competition Season 2021,” so I’m hoping that my upcoming “Charity Season 2021” has just as much success. “Charity Season” is when I submit my photos and artworks to various charitable organizations for their upcoming auctions and fundraisers, and so long as the…

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What Squid Game taught me about cryptocurrency.

I am not a fan of cryptocurrency. Bitcoin, Dogecoin, all those other -coins, I have no use for them. The value goes up and down more often than a rocket-powered elevator, and the only people I’ve ever seen get enthusiastic about crypto are the ones who already have cryptocurrency and want you to invest in…

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As exciting as watching grass grow.

So there’s been this new and addictive phenomenon on YouTube that, for better or worse, has sucked me in. And whether you like it or not, you’re getting sucked in as well. You know those “transformation” videos, the ones where someone takes a chunk of wood, straps it to a lathe, and turns it into…

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Gonna get me a lucky coin, eh?

I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m really, really hoping we get the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to travel through New York this year. CP is supposed to announce the train schedule (or COVID-restricted concert) today on their website. Yeah, I’m hitting that <F5> button on that web browser like I’ve swallowed…

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Happy Ken Screven Day today!!

It started out as a good-natured joke comment between two bowlers, but it has today morphed into a one-day celebration of one of the most iconic local television news reporters. I shall explain. For many decades, Ken Screven was a top reporter for WRGB, Channel 6 in the area. He would cover national and local…

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