Well, they can’t say I didn’t warn them…

So … let me recap. Last year, after the Times Union and I parted ways, they started soliciting me to get a subscription to their newspaper.  You know, the “two questions on a meaningless survey and you get thirteen free Sunday issues with a hidden caveat to have your name secretly signed up for a…

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I warned you, you filthy credit card scammers…

What did I recently say?  If you scammers, telemarketers and swindlers continue to cold call me and try to steal my money, I’m going to clown you in my blog.  And I’m going to record the clowning so that EVERYONE can hear how stupid you are. Case in point. “Chad” from “Credit Bureau” called me…

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“You mean you’re not from the DMV?”

Oh, you wacky telemarketers, robocallers and scam artists.  You don’t get the hint, do you? I’ve gotten tired of playing around with these clowns who call my phone at all hours of the day and night, trying to swindle me out of my hard-earned money. I’ve already programmed many of the repeat callers to automatically…

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Dissenting opinions not allowed at Big Hearst

There have been recent protests in Albany by the Poor People’s Campaign.  These protests, which have disrupted traffic in the downtown Albany area, are designed as a non-violent alert to the systemic problems of racism and police brutality and pay inequality.  Noble effort, to be sure. The City of Albany sent the organizers of the…

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The difference between wings and tenders

Last night, I played trivia at Rivers Casino.  Of late, trivia has been a bit of a struggle – the game was cancelled last week due to a casino poker tournament (but not before most of the trivia teams showed up, not knowing that trivia was cancelled that night), and I’m still getting used to…

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How to Decipher a Sarah Huckabee Sanders Press Conference

I swear, there are days when I watch the evening news and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is standing at the podium, trying to answer questions from the assembled reporters, and trying to give answers that reflect our President’s position on life, the universe and everything. And it took me a while to…

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The scammer that almost got me.

The e-mail didn’t initially look suspicious. And that’s what almost caught me. Yesterday I checked my e-mail, as I normally do, when I received a message from an old college acquaintance.  We dated a couple of times in college, but it never really worked out.  Mostly because she was into guys that were not named…

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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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