Thanks for the slap, DePaula Chevrolet…

If you’ve read my blog over any period of time, you know that I am a loyal General Motors man.  The four cars I’ve owned over the past two decades were all manufactured under the General Motors aegis – my 1991 Pontiac 6000 (“The 6”), my 2005 Saturn Ion (“Cardachrome”), my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS…

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A lizard and a stag stole $300 from me.

As many of you know, last June I was involved in a horrible car accident in which my beloved 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS, nicknamed “The Blackbird,” was destroyed.  The accident happened in North Carolina; I had to get home to New York.  My car was completely undriveable; and in that moment, I had to find…

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“You weren’t injured? Oh, that’s too bad…”

Last weekend, I received several brochures and mailings from various law firms in North Carolina.  See, North Carolina was where my car was destroyed in a stretch of Interstate 95.  Yeah, I’m still dealing with the trauma of nearly dying because of some other drivers’ carelessness.  I still have trouble sleeping.  And although I’ve acquired…

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Beaches, birdies and bikinis

Look, I know I’ve been going on and on about my Florida vacation.  But I need to focus on it so that I’m not focusing on other things.  If you know what I mean. And that includes the remainder of the photos from my cameras. I spent Memorial Day at Flagler Beach, along Florida’s Central…

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The Auto-niversary

Three years ago, I acquired a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS.  The car, later nicknamed “The Blackbird,” has been my prime automotive chariot ever since. I’ve already eclipsed 100,000 miles on the odometer, and I’ve maintained all the car’s necessary maintenance – oil, tires, shocks, brake pads, etc. Now, as I complete my third year of…

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Thoughts while driving to Syracuse

By the time you read this, I’ll be on the road with a precious cargo – six of my best photographic artworks – for “Drop-Off Day” at the New York State Fair.  This seems to be part of an all-encompassing “drop-off-3-day-weekend” with my three entries for the Big E shipped yesterday, and my four (5)…

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I avoided a parking ticket with these four words…

This morning, I was in Schenectady on some personal business.  There are plenty of parking meters in front of the municipal building in Schenectady, and normally I could put in 25c and get half an hour of parking time, which would have been more than enough for me. Today, I noticed that the City of…

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A peace pipe with Allstate

I’ve had auto insurance with Allstate for many years.  It started back in 2004 when I acquired my sainted Grandma Betty’s Pontiac 6000 (as I’ve said before, nobody in their 90’s with a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and cataracts should be allowed behind the wheel).  The coverage remained through my 2005 Saturn Ion “Cardachrome,” and…

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