Monthly Archives: November 2007

Let’s talk about the Water Crisis

One of the most enduring in-jokes in my family, particularly in this Thanksgiving season, is the line: “Let’s talk about the Energy Crisis.” This was once said, in all seriousness, by five-year-old me at the dinner table one evening during the Nixon era. I’m sure I had no idea what the energy crisis was (just as I have no real idea of half the stuff I talk about on this blog), but to this day, whenever dinner conversation dies down to nothing, or there is an awkward silence to fill, someone will quip “Let’s talk about the Energy Crisis.” (thus ensuring I will never, ever live that down)

So just in case you have nothing acceptable to talk about at the dinner table tomorrow with your nearest and dearest, here are a few links to conversation starters about America’s water crisis.

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving… May your turkeys not be dry!

Summer photos

Time to hunker down for the winter and clean out my large cache of photos from the year. This is a slideshow of a dozen and a half of the pics I thought were worth keeping. (To activate the captions, hover mouse over the lower edge of the first photo and click on the “i” for “info.”)

Other People’s Blogs: Complaints Edition

Steve Balogh has checked in with a couple of new posts — one at Clean Up Syracuse, where he explains why he’s no longer actively maintaining that blog, and one at Baloghblog, where he starts a conversation on the future of OnTrack as it relates to DestiNY.

My personal experience with OnTrack is very limited. The first, only (and probably final?) time I rode it was to get back from Armory Square to the SU hill after volunteering at an “intro to Syracuse” event involving new students. It was 1:30 a.m., I was barely awake, but I couldn’t believe how grungy the cars were. I remember feeling it was an embarrassment for the city of Syracuse to be showing this as a way to try and reassure students that they could get to downtown easily. I know a lot of those students were probably quite used to riding less-than-pristine trains at home, but still.

A complaint by the PS’ Brian Cubbison directed at the Washington Post. And who knew that the Post-Standard has its own march? (Although it sounds more like a waltz)

Speaking of music (and hat tip to BuffaloPundit)… maybe what Syracuse really needs is its own Complaints Choir. Here’s the Helsinki choir that started it all.

Heck, you could just take half the letters to the editor and posts of all of the Syracuse-area blogs, set them to music and then we’d have ourselves a true cultural event that people might even want to come out and see.

Here’s my complaint: Why is the redecorated metal bench at the corner of Erie and McBride — public art supposedly meant to Uplift the City — only really visible to the people getting onto the %#^$%#& onramp to 690?!?


Are ya ready? Huh? Huh? Let the games begin! The 2007-08 snow total race has begun, and you can read all the coverage at Golden Snowball. You can also read lake effect talk until your eyeballs freeze at the weather blogs of WKTV and of WSYR’s Storm Team. Don’t forget to occasionally check out the rural bloggers like Northview Diary and Rooster Hill Farm for animal reports and purty pictures. (I don’t know if these hearty folk are still actively updating their site, but WinterCampers is worth a look anyway.) And the word for the day, courtesy of Jim Mortensen, is graupel.

I have new neighbors next door — a Syracuse native and her husband, recently returned from the Promised Land of North Carolina. Mother Nature has rolled out the welcome mat just in time.

Updated: Must add a favorite online time-waster, Make-a-Flake. This year they urge their gallery viewers to “report offensive flakes.” Hmm.

Fort Drum soldier arrested

I’m as guilty as the next blogger of not paying attention to what’s happening with New York’s soldiers and state troopers – odd since New York bloggers talk a lot about border issues, “Troopergate” and (in the past) the Bucky Phillips saga. So, just briefly passing along news of the arrest of Brad Gaskins, a Fort Drum soldier who left his unit to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. The story mentions he was apprehended at “a cafe in Watertown” and I assume they must mean the Different Drummer Cafe, an establishment of Citizen Soldier that caters to local soldiers.