Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cohoes Falls

I worked for many years in Cohoes, NY, a small river city north of Albany.  Cohoes is rich in history and at one time well known for its textile mills which had long been abandoned during the stretch of time that I was employed in Cohoes.  These looming giants have since been refurbished to upscale condos along the Mohawk and it is nice to see new interest in this charming city.  My position in Cohoes brought me through the city on a regular basis including Remsen Street, the main drag in Cohoes as well as trips up Mohawk Street along the (shocker) Mohawk River.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cleaning House: Donate, Lawn Sale or Craig’s List?

I've discussed my recent efforts to clean house using Craig’s List and my Craig’s List iPad app.  At various times, I've also cleaned house through donations and lawn sales as well.  It occurred to me that a comparison of these strategies may also make for an interesting post.  In this post, I will discuss some of the pros and cons of each of these approaches to shedding your home of some of your accumulated debris.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lean In For Men

It may surprise my readers to hear that I was thrilled to score a copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.   After all, I am the politically incorrect (ex) social worker who posted, The Oppression of Men.  Sheryl’s book has been widely acclaimed and had created quite a buzz in the business community.  My readers may be further shocked to hear that I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and perhaps even more shocking would remark that I agree with almost all of what she has written.  Before you begin to think this is going to just be a nod and grunt posting, please recall that this is “My Turn Quips” so any nodding and grunting you read here is likely to be a bit atypical.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

iPads, iCloud security and a Craigslist near miss

I will state up front that I do not condone nor will I knowingly purchase stolen property.  If I think something might be stolen or sounds suspicious, it is not for me.  That being said, one can easily tell from my posts that I do enjoy Craigslist and I enjoy a great buy.  Despite what some living in ivory towers may proclaim, it is not easy sometimes to tell the difference between a scam and a great deal.  In this post, I will relate my “near miss.”

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The VA, The Wiz and No Bad News

It’s been 5 or 6 years since I walked into my daughter’s middle school play, The Wiz, about an hour late.  Yes, I had jumbled up the time.  It was a mixed blessing as I really didn't enjoy the play.  In general I thought the play lacked originality and relied too much on flashy, gaudy costumes and lighting.  Maybe I just didn't get it.  Despite not enjoying the play at large, I do recall fondly one particular scene where there had been a failed attempt to apprehend Dorothy and the ruby slippers (and, of course, her little dog, too) and the wicked witch flew into a tizzy, singing, “no bad news, don't bring me no bad news” to the flying monkeys.  I've had many days where I have been so stressed out that I felt I couldn't take any more bad news and this song will always stir in my head.