Preparing for my taxes in the age of Donald Trump

I have a personal tax preparation agent.  The moment I get my tax forms, I race to his place.  We sit at his kitchen table, he sharpens his pencils, he pulls out an old solar-powered calculator, and we go to work.  At some point in time, his pet cat will walk into the kitchen and…

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The Times Union – now only $5 an issue!

One of my blog readers, Bill, contacted me about something the saw – and didn’t expect. “Hi Chuck, Maybe there’s a blog for this. I purchased today’s Times Union mainly because of the Preview Guide. The cover price was printed $5.00! This was in Valatie. The daily price WAS $2.00. I rarely buy it &…

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May as well cancel Valentine’s Day now…

There’s so many wonderful things about Valentine’s Day… Giving your best girl flowers, taking her out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, a nice romantic movie, staring in her eyes, falling in love all over again… And then this news came out. One of the great parts of Valentine’s Day won’t be around this year.…

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My thoughts on THAT Gillette commercial…

If you’ve seen this commercial online yet, you’ve probably also seen the visceral reactions. And there’s plenty of them. First … here’s the commercial in question.  It’s a Gillette commercial that, instead of promoting razor blades and shaving culture, it instead promotes a different idea. Watch and see. Okay. Here’s my thoughts. Gillette has a…

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Goals for 2019… the “Chuck List”

So I have plans for 2019.  Obviously, one of those plans is to finish up my cataract surgery, which will happen today. And after the recovery from the surgery … I have goals for 2019. And those goals – my “Chuck List,” shall we say – include the following.  If I get these goals, then…

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Chuck’s Best Blog Moments of 2018

Wow.  What a year. There were new adventures in my life, new accomplishments, new challenges and new goals.  And as we reach the final day of 2018, I wanted to look back on my year of blogging and review what my blog has accomplished. And the ten biggest stories – including stories that have spanned…

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Thanks for all the good things, All Over Albany

It was ten years ago – way back when my blog was hosted on a do-it-yourself blogspot.com blogging platform – that I first met Greg Dahlmann and Mary Darcy.  They were the operators of a Capital District-themed news and information website, All Over Albany.  Both were friendly and encouraging, and they hosted my blog on…

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The true definition of “upstate”

There’s an old but wise statement in life.  “Everybody is entitled to their opinion … unless you disagree with me, in which case, you are wrong.” 😀 And because of this … we will now get into a spirited discussion in this blog on one of the most contentious topics a New York State resident…

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Mug shots are not dating opportunities

I enjoy the Two Buttons Deep website and podcast.  It’s fun, it’s irreverent, and there’s a good mix of sarcasm and snark going on with it. That’s why a post from last Monday kinda gave me a bad ache in the gut. And it reminded me of a similar post from three years ago that…

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