When Rivers Casino changed the rules…

I currently spend my Wednesday nights playing trivia at Rivers Casino in Schenectady.  They have a nice game, there’s plenty of decent competition, and I often finish in the top three teams more times than not. Now what this means is – when you finish in the top three at Rivers Casino, you receive a…

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Where does Stormy Daniels fit in the history of political extramaritals?

This is classic.  At some point in time, while his wife Melania was recovering from bearing his fifth child, Donald Trump had an extramarital affair with adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels.  And as political scandals go, this is rather juicy, shall we say.  And although Stormy Daniels told her story…

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Popeyes Chicken in Hannaford Plaza are fine with panhandlers outside their door

You read the headline right.  After what I experienced yesterday, Pepeyes Chicken and Biscuits in Albany’s Hannaford Plaza is on a personal three-month boycott from me. Because it’s one thing to have to deal with panhandlers. It’s another thing to not give a crap about panhandlers. Let me explain. Yesterday, I was busy running errands…

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Why it took 25 minutes to pay my Verizon bill

Last Saturday, I was in Colonie Center taking care of some shopping and other business.  And since there was a Verizon store in the mall, I figured I’d go to their automated kiosk and pay my cell phone bill. Should take about 25 seconds to complete. Twenty-five minutes later, I left the Verizon store with…

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Donald Trump’s tax plan will reduce my charitable donations

Well, he got what he wanted.  He and his Republican cohorts shoved a tax plan through that will – let’s face it – we don’t know what it will do, because it was passed almost like ramming wadding into a musket. Yet I’ve heard several people say, “Well, a family of four who make $70,000…

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When I caught the Times Union editing my blog headlines without my permission…

It may have seemed sudden to you, my beloved blog readers, as to why I simply quit the TU blogfarm earlier this year.  Yes, their heavy-handed response to my April Fool’s Day post – to shut down my blog and publicly vilify me in social media and on WAMC talk radio – was the final…

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Don’t bitch about Adblocker if you can’t use Spellchecker!

Trust me, I’ve had these kinds of comments aimed at me in the past. And woe to me if I ever raised the issue with anyone else. Background. On occasion, and probably more times than I care to admit, I will have a typographical error in my blog.  I might not notice it when it…

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“Were you checking out my ass?”

Sunday morning.  With all the depressing, horrible, unfathomable news – both in my life and around the world – I needed some private time.  And that “private time” meant bashing up a wooden crate for a future crate art project. After taking out my frustration on the scrap wood box, I realized I would need…

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Hey Times Union, tell your telemarketers to stop calling me!

It’s been four months since the Albany Times Union and I parted company, and I left their blogging portal.  In those four months, I’ve continued to write and blog and photograph, and I’ve moved toward new goals and new pursuits – as well as a new audience. But lately I’ve received several phone calls from…

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