A Prayer of Hope for Alan Mansfield

In 1983, I discovered the New Zealand / Australian rock band Dragon. And fell in love with them. I played their hit song “Rain” on my college station practically every hour on the hour. When I wrote for Goldmine magazine, I begged the publisher to allow me to interview members of Dragon for a feature…

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Thanks, you selfish, stupid, anti-vaxxers and COVID deniers. You ruined my Christmas. I hope you’re happy.

In the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Canadian Pacific Railway runs two “Holiday Trains” across North America. One train travels through Canada, while the second train stays mostly in the United States. I’ve enjoyed photographing this train, and I had hoped for it to return to the rails in 2020. Then COVID got in…

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Things that weigh 25 pounds (and one thing that doesn’t)

You know what weighs at least 25 pounds? Two bowling balls A good-sized watermelon A two-year-old child Half of a bag of mulch Five bags of sugar 30 cans of soda At least two car tires Three gallons of water Two large bottles of laundry detergent A standard box of reams of paper A frozen…

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I’m good with an Excelsior Wallet.

Here’s the deal. I was vaccinated against COVID-19 at the end of March. Technically, the proper medial term for me is that I’ve been “Double Pfizered.” And recently, New York State has opened up arrangements for additional venue capacity, essentially the state is re-opening. Yesterday came word that New York was allowing sports stadia and…

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The cleanout chemicals tasted like feet.

So, a while back I blogged about not being worried about getting a colonostomy. I thought everything would go well. Operative word – thought. Never “think” things will go well. Because prior to a colonoscopy, you need to do what’s generally known as “prep.” Prep involves adjusting your diet for about a week, and then…

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So I guess I’m not going to White Plains after all.

All right, March 29th, going to motor on down to White Plains for my first COVID-19 vaccine shot. And yeah, I’m kinda stoked. I need a short-sleeve shirt, so I’m deciding which Albany Patroons T-shirt I’m wearing for that day. Gotta represent the 518, don’tcha know. Then I received a call from my primary care…

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March 29 – a reason to visit White Plains.

I was officially eligible for an appointment on February 15, so I checked the website like I was scouring for Taylor Swift front-row tickets at SPAC. There were several options at the time, but I wasn’t having much success. The Albany site was booked up to the moon, no appointments were available. Ditto in Utica.…

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