The three waterwishes

Last December, on our way back from a beautiful holiday vacation in New York City, my girlfriend Nicole suggested that we drive through Exit 16 on the Thruway, so she could show me where she once lived.  I agreed, and off we went through the scenic Hudson Valley. As we drove along the winding roads,…

Read More

The Blackbird … one year later

It became my third car last year, surpassing the 1991 Pontiac 6000 that I commandeered from my nearly-blind Grandma Betty, and the 2005 Saturn Ion that I bought in an emergency when that Pontiac finally died. It became the first car that was purchased through study and test drives and financing and opinions and consultation.…

Read More

My Equinox 2013 Thanksgiving Drive Day

Am I prepared? You bet I’m prepared.  Not just physically, but emotionally. And I may have saved a life in the process. Wednesday evening, I made sure that the Blackbird not only had a full tank of gasoline, but that it also had my favorite holiday Yankee Candle “car jar” air freshener – Balsam and…

Read More

Low Tide, Windowsill Pies, and the 2013 New York State Fair Photography Competition

The New York State Fair’s photography competition has always baffled me in terms of what the judges appreciate and what they don’t.  I’ve won ribbons with pictures that were last-minute submissions, like Lodge’s in Polaroid PolaBlue and Coca-Cola Relieves Fatigue.  And I’ve had pictures that I thought were sure locks, get rejected outright (e.g., Midnight…

Read More

What do you do with a codfish box?

It’s not very big, maybe about three inches deep and six inches wide. There’s a brand stamped into its sides.  “Absolutely Boneless // Windsor // Georges Codfish.”  At one time, codfish fillets were sold in little wooden boxes.  The boxes were either thrown away or used for storing small items like nails or pennies. The…

Read More

The BlackBerry Q10: My first day with it…

Got a new toy to work with and play with.  It arrived on Friday, a few days before it was scheduled to make its debut nationally. Yes, I finally got it.  My BlackBerry Q10 cell phone.  In white.  Be nice and I’ll put you in my contact list.  HA! Of course, getting the phone is…

Read More

Always admit when you’re wrong.

I am not a man who is afraid of being wrong.  I’ve been wrong many times.  I’ve made bad choices, I’ve made bad decisions, I’ve dropped the ball more times than a cross-eyed center fielder. But if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that if I’m ever wrong, I’ll repair…

Read More

The Candy Crush Saga addiction

There’s a classic episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “The Game,” in which the crew of the Enterprise becomes addicted to a mind-controlling electronic game.  As with most Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, at least one character discovers an immunity to the threat (in this case, it’s Lt. Data) and the crew…

Read More

K-Chuck Radio: Miles to go before I sleep…

Ah, the wonderful world of travel.  Getting in the car and driving long, long distances. But then comes the hard part.  Driving home.  The vacation was fun, the time spent was fantastic, and I know that I have to get back to the working world. Driving home, however, means that I get to see my…

Read More