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Thursday, August 20, 2015


  Today on Central Avenue

I spotted this vehicle.  The license is "APD754" which I assume is Albany Police Department.  My curiosity definitely got hold of me wondering why the Albany Police have such a vehicle and also what were they doing cruising on Central Avenue on a peaceful Thursday morning.  I tried to get a better pic but they turned before I had a chance.
In any case, I'm hoping that there is never a need for such armor in Albany - though with the drug war continually escalating and different types of terrorist activity in the country who knows??

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sunset Reflection

Last night while driving down Central Avenue I happened to catch a glimpse of the sun shining on the Alfred E. Smith building. It looked as if the building was on fire with the setting sun reflecting on all that glass.

I'm not sure that the picture captures the intensity of what I saw. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Floppy Ears

Today while stopped at a red light on "the Avenue" I spotted a woman in the car next to me who had one of those stretched ear lobes. I could only see her left side and it was a pretty big hole. In her right hand was a cell phone being held up to her right ear. You can get a ticket for talking on a handheld device in NYS. I wondered if she had the phone on that side because the earlobe stretching was affecting her hearing? Joke. It could make it hard to hold a phone to your ear. I don't know. 

For the record, I have pierced ears. Two holes in each ear, and my lobes are slightly droopy because of the years of wearing long dangly earrings. So, why would I go to all that trouble to stretch my ear lobes when just wearing earrings will do it for me? I don't understand the purpose of stretching ones ear lobes, but to each his/her own. Mine would flap too much while swimming, biking, and running if I did that, kind of like my hound dog.

Enjoy your day, and let's hope Spring comes forth soon. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Morning Commute

Here is someone with the right idea for the morning commute.  Spring is just around the corner - need I say more?

Monday, March 9, 2015


Spring is less than two weeks away!!  Yesterday was that dreaded day when we set the clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time.  So today we had to get up an hour earlier - which was tough.  Even the dogs stayed in bed!

While driving in to work, the sun was beaming and the water was streaming!!  There was a large water main break on Central Avenue.  There was actually a stream running down the street - not a fun sight for those who had to fix it.  There was already a bit of an ice build up which will hopefully melt with the warming temps today. This year there have been a record number of breaks reported in the tri-state area. Most likely due to the excessive cold temps we have had, and the fact that these cities are old. Historic. 

We may actually hit the mid 50s by mid week this week which I think is a definite indication that Spring is just around the corner. Soon we can all enjoy some sun, the scent of flowers and listening to the birds waking us in the mornings. 

Have a good day!

Monday, February 23, 2015


The weather this week is supposed to stay in the teens or below.  I think we have the eternal optimist pictured here.  At least the sun is shining and there is no snow predicted for a couple of days.  Maybe these people will get an opportunity soon to enjoy the umbrella and bbq. 

We have had a very snowy and cold winter here in the Northeast and I think everyone is yearning for an early spring.  Yesterday the temps were in the 30s and the park in Saratoga Springs was mobbed with people - skiing, snow shoeing and walking.  The sun was shining and I, for one, was anxious to enjoy the bit of respite from the cold.

I am optimistic that spring will be here soon.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


This door wasn't on a building on Central Avenue - but I have noticed it a few times on my commute to work.  It is located near an intersection, so I've been wondering about it while stopped at the light each time I see it.  Is it installed upside down? Did the person adding the numbers just add them upside down? My guess is that the door is installed in reverse of what it should be.  I think most doors open right to left? 

I'll never really know but being curious and inquisitive is something that helps me with the boring daily commute to and from work. 

I tried to rotate the photo and the system isn't allowing it - maybe the computer thinks it is upside down also?? 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Central Morning

Driving down "the avenue" this morning I the silhouette of the buildings against the cloudy sky.  There was the shadow of the sun behind the clouds which accented the skyline.  It was a frigid night and morning - 10 degrees when I was driving in to work.  The only thing visible on most people were their eyes - hats pulled down, scarves wrapped around their faces, heavy boots and coats and gloves.  Here in the Northeast we don't really get the cold temps that you might encounter in Minnesota or the Dakotas, but we suffer when the temps drop below zero.  It rarely lasts for very long and the temps are supposed to moderate by the weekend, and everyone seems to be talking about the "deep freeze". 

Back to the skyline - Albany has many interesting buildings with distinct architectural features.  I walk a lot in the city for exercise and I seem to notice some new building or roof top detail, or a stained glass window, or piece of ironwork that I had not seen before.  Next time you drive thru or walk around the city - look around.  It can be interesting and there is so much history worth taking a look at.