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Bad News…and Good News!

Hey, all.

Sorry I had to take down the chapters of Dreams of the Boardwalk that I had posted.  It seems that Amazon doesn’t appreciate it when you try to sell something that’s available online for free, even if what’s online for free is a first draft that went on to be significantly revised.

But that brings us to the good news: Dreams of the Boardwalk is completed and going up this week!  Stay tuned – just a couple days until everything is ready, and then Dreams of the Boardwalk will be available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats!



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Johnny T’s Tips For Riding The New York Subway

Some of you may remember Johnny T.  A few months ago, he gave us some very useful advice for tourists visiting New York City.

Well now, Johnny has some equally useful advice on how to ride the New York subway without being a jerk.

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Red Molly’s Pictures of New York #3

Just a few this week.

On July 26, Red Molly and I went to Central Park, where one of our friends was stage managing a small theatre company’s performance of Love’s Labours Lost.  I’d actually give you the name of the company and the remaining performance dates (and locations; they were performing “on the green” in several parks throughout the City), but the run is finished.  Sorry.  It was a good show.

Anyway, we arrived just a few minutes before the show, and went to dinner right after, but in the time we were there, we got a few interesting pictures.

First, to quote Red Molly:

Oh, hai Balto!

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While some of you maybe familiar with Balto from the (OMG twenty years old) children’s move, how many of you knew that it was a true story?  Balto deserves his bronze statue and all the dog treats.

Then, during a quick trip to the restrooms near Bethesda Fountain, Red Molly caught a view of the Mall that she just needed to capture:

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More to come soon!


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AIDS Walk 2014

AIDS Walk 2014

So today, I took part in the AIDS Walk New York, 2014.

I’m pretty tired.  Normally, six miles wouldn’t wear me out this much, but there was a lot of standing around ahead of time while we listened to a seemingly endless list of speakers.  Some of them had powerful and moving things to say, of course, but most just seemed to want to pat us, and themselves, on the back.  Standing always tires my legs more than walking.  Also, Red Molly and I did a lot of walking yesterday (as in ten miles, give or take), which probably wasn’t wise.  And of course, six miles is just the course itself, not…anyway!

It was a perfect day for a walk.  Bright and sunny, seventy degrees.  So much better than the misery of pouring rain that we had to slog through last year.

I was glad to do a little good.  It was easy enough to do.

(And so can you!  Just click on the banner and follow the link.  It’s not too late.)

But…I don’t feel proud.  All the cheering and whooping and back-patting from the stage felt wrong.

I wasn’t there when this march was something that took courage.  I’m not one of the people who has dedicated myself to a cause, or good works.  There are people who do that, who deserve the cheers.  I’m not one of them.  For me, it was just a pleasant walk in the sunshine.

I am an unworthy servant.  All I have done is my duty.

Not even, really.

It was just a little bit of good that was easy to do.  Sometimes I wish they’d just cool it with the shouting and the cheerleaders and the bands and the DJ’s and leave it at that.

Know what?  I’m going to tell myself that all that stuff was there for the guy who did the walk in a wheelchair.  That’s what I’m going to do.  He deserves it.

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Horizon Review: Newsies


As I mentioned in a recent post, my parents came to visit last weekend, and as part of their visit, we stopped by TKTS and picked up some half-price tickets to see Newsies.  For those who don’t follow Broadway, Newsies is a Disney musical that opened in 2012 as a limited engagement, but which recouped its production costs more quickly than any other Disney musical, and has since become an open-ended production.  In its first year, it was nominated for seven Tony awards and won two (Best Choreography and Best Original Score).  The show is based on the 1992 Disney movie of the same name, and both are based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899.

That’s right.  Under all of the musical numbers and a thick layer of artistic license, there is an essentially true piece of New York City history here…which is actually something that makes me uncomfortable about it.  But I’ll get to that.
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Tips for Visiting NYC From A Native New Yorker

What?  Did you think I meant me?  I’ve only lived here since 2003.  I don’t know if I can even properly call myself a New Yorker yet, or if I have to wait until 2023.  Can any native New Yorkers help me wit’ that?

Anyway, as a relative noob, far be it from me to dispute a native like Johnny.  Still, I think I can soften some bits of his advice for you tourist jerks out there. Continue reading

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Going Home

I’ve been listening to this song and watching this video a lot lately.

No, I’m not Scottish.  Ancestrally, I’m more Irish than anything else, but I grew up in Central New York.

(I have, however, lost the friends I needed losin’ and found others on the way.  I’ve also kissed a few girls and made a few cry, though thankfully the two actions weren’t related.)

I’ve spoken before about my youth in Camden, NY.  About my desperate need to escape.  To get out, get anywhere.

Well, I did.  I may not have reached the Shining Horizon yet, but I made it all the way to New York City…which isn’t actually all that far from Camden in terms of physical distance (about a five-hour train ride), but in other ways, this huge, thriving, cosmopolitan city is on the other end of eternity from that tiny, dying town.

Leaving was the right thing to do.  As I said, Camden is dying and probably was even then.  New York is alive, with shows and music and art and good food and great adventures and work.

I love this city.  I really do.  But it’ll wear you out.  Jesus, how it’ll wear you out.  You have to work hard just to keep even in this city, and while no one can ever do everything there is to do here in one lifetime, there’s no point in living here if you don’t try.  It’s exhausting.  And not just exhausting; go too long and you start to get wound tighter and tighter until…what?  What are your options, really?

You just want to go home.

You’re tired, and you’re wound too tight, and you want to go someplace where there are open spaces and stars at night.  You just want.  To go.  Home.

That’s why that song speaks to me right now, even if I’ve never been to “Caledonia” and probably never will.  Because more than any one place, it’s about going home.

So that’s where I’m going for the next week, starting tomorrow.  I’m getting on the train and I’m heading upstate, to my home.  To both homes, the house on Panther Lake and St. Lawrence University.  I need both.  I need to draw my strength from both.  It’s been too long.

With all that in mind, posting will be a little light next week.  The Hometown posts will go up at their usual times,  but don’t count on hearing anything else from up my way.  I’ll be back on Monday the 26th with stories to tell.


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