How to please a cardinal and piss off a squirrel.

There are many occasions where I help out the girlfriend in terms of gardening and other aesthetic horticulture. For example, she loves watching the local songbirds as they visit her feeder and chomp down on the tasty bird seeds. But she’s not a fan of the squirrels who try to get their hands on the…

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Bachelor Gift Wrapping

So here’s the deal. When Christmas comes, I need to bring gift-wrapped packages to that special someone. But, as you know, I am a bachelor. And bachelors do, well, let’s say, bachelor things. And that includes the fine art of wrapping Christmas presents. See, in the past, my tactic for wrapping gifts was this. Take…

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Albany Patroons go 3-0, 136-121 over Raleigh, and I get an American Idol solid!

After six weeks of being cooped up like a quarantined patient, I finally had a chance to leave my home in the Town and Village for more than just a doctor’s appointment.  And trust me, there’s no better cure than an Albany Patroons game. I was able to hobble into the Armory – doctor said…

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K-Chuck Radio: A Pentatonix kind of day…

Date night tonight.  Off to see Pentatonix at SPAC. And when it comes to date night, I do not skimp. I’ve done SPAC concerts in the past – and if at all possible, I avoid getting lawn seats.  Because, let’s face it.  When you’re sitting on the lawn, you can barely see the stage.  And…

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How Valvoline, Mavis and Hoffman’s saved my weekend

It’s Friday morning, and I’m trying to get everything taken care of prior to a weekend vacation with my girlfriend Nicole.  Packing – done.  Camera batteries charged – done. Now all I have to do is make sure that my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS – colloquially nicknamed “The “Blackbird” – is all ship-shape for a…

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Chuck’s Hopeful Attempt Never Ceased, Ever.

I have to take this moment right now and admit that I failed. I thought I kicked an addition, I thought that I had enough strength and fortitude and will power to keep from getting sucked into this painful, brutal, soul-sucking addiction. But even with all that, I came out of it as a better…

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