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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Out of Print

Electric City recently stopped publishing, and its contents were folded into a new web site.

I'll miss the print version of the arts and entertainment weekly.  Even though you can now get the same things on-line, it was nice to have on the table in front of me has I had that morning bowl of Cracklin' Oat Bran.

After it ditched a mean spirited and inaccurate gossip column the publishers should have been embarrassed to carry, Electric City became a solid read-- food, entertainment, music, movies, things to do...

I'm sorry to see it go, and I do realize things in print have an uphill battle these days.  It's an archaic way to get the message out.

Thursday morning breakfast won't be the same.

Monday, June 24, 2019

This Old House

It's tough to move on.

The mother of one of my best childhood friends died several years ago.

My friend died a few years ago.

His father recently died.

You know what happens next.

The house was sold.

It was filled with memories.  Monopoly games at the kitchen table.  Summer afternoons on the front porch.  The basement dart board.  A big friendly fluffy cat.  Slot cars and trains under the Christmas tree that were the envy of every kid in the neighborhood.

I miss those days.

Good times.  Great friendship.

I will never get used to seeing other people in that house.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Andy's Angles: Skyline

Scranton is a sprawling city, but its downtown is rather compact.  There are some lovely buildings here, but not much of a skyline.

The hospital dominates the shot.  The train station hotel is just to the left, and the Chamberlain plant is to the left of that.

Even though I've taken photos here before, it was a rare clear day, so I went for it.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Andy's Angles: Pavilion

It's the first weekend of summer, and this photo epitomizes the season.  It's one of the pavilions at Nay Aug Park in Scranton-- on a rare sunny and dry day.

I didn't crop it, so you can see the lush lawn surrounding it.  Yes, the rain has done something good for grass, as long as it gets a little sun once in a while.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Always Freeze on an 8

ABC has made a thing of doing old game show revivals during the summer, and for the most part, they've been OK.

Pyramid is true to the original, fortunately.  To Tell the Truth isn't, unfortunately.  I have yet to see Press Your Luck, but I have caught Card Sharks.

It's nice to hear the old theme, which actually started with a short lived Alex Trebek hosted show called Double Dare.

Back to Card Sharks, contestants play one game.  Ten cards rather than the old five.  The game is flawed.  There is a maximum of five survey questions.  If there is no winner by the fifth, it's sudden death-- play or pass, just like the old days.  It's hard to get all the way across the ten card board in five questions, so it all comes down to that one last question, and that's not right.

The bonus round is similar to the old one, but with a lot more money.  The display needs work.  It's tough to follow bets and accumulated money.

The audience is too noisy.  The contestants are too hyper.

The guy with the pretentious scruff, host Joel McHale isn't bad, but I don't think he brings much to the table either.

My big problem is the pacing.  It's just too darn slow. 

There were two daytime versions of Card Sharks, one from 78 to 81 and another from 86 to 89.  Jim Perry did the original with a great deal of energy, and he really moved the show along.  Bob Eubanks was a little slower and the show was filled with gimmicks.  It still wasn't bad.

The new Card Sharks really needs to pick up the pace.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

One Job

Retailers like Walmart and Target have one job:  make customers happy.

Both occasionally fall short of the mark.  Way short.

It's long been established here that I work all night and sleep all day.  There aren't many options for shopping on my schedule.  I've found it's easier on my body if I keep the same sleep arrangement, even on my days off.

It usually happens Wednesday morning at Walmart.  The cash registers shut down at 4 AM for a weekly update.  They are off line for about 15 minutes.  Granted, there aren't many people in the store at the time-- fellow night owls and insomniacs, and plenty of workers in the national gas industry, on their way to work.  We're all just standing around, staring at our phones and NOT spending money.

Saturday afternoon, the computer that controls the cash registers at Target shut down for two hours and the chain lost millions of dollars.

Walmart is the nation's largest retailer.  Target has nearly 2,000 stores.  You mean to tell me those two behemoths don't have back up systems?  It's 2019!

Keeping customers happy and spending is your job.  Get to work!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bike Update

Thanks to a chilly and wet spring, biking season got off to a slow start this year.  I'm happy to report that I've logged a few nice trips recently.  It's really nothing out of the ordinary-- just pedaling about the small towns that surround me.

New year, same old story.  LED street lights aren't as good as the ones they replaced, even if they do save energy.  The roads are still a mess.  There is something new this year-- dirt and rocks loosened up and pushed onto the streets by all the recent rain.  People still run their clothes dryers and fire up their grills in the middle of the night.  Drivers are mostly courteous and give me plenty of room.  Visibility helps.  I always wear my reflective vest.

One thing is a little odd this year.  2018 seemed to be a banner year for stray cats, skunks, bunnies and possums.  The critter count seems to be down this year.

Look for animal updates as the summer continues.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Don

I'm terribly sorry I didn't get to this sooner...

Don Carey died June 9.  He was 75.

Don was a Times~Leader photographer for many years, and he was one of the best.

You'd never know it by looking at his work, or watching him work, but Don was handicapped.

Being a newspaper photographer is one of the toughest jobs in the business.  You lug gear.  You change lenses on the fly.  You shoot in some very challenging situations.  Bad weather.  Crime scenes.  Mob scenes.  People who don't want their picture taken.  It's a very long list.

Don performed his job with class and dignity, and he was a very nice man.  Your morning newspaper was better because Don Carey's work was in it.

My sympathy to his family and friends.

Monday, June 17, 2019

21

Today is my 21st anniversary at WNEP.

I've been lucky and blessed.

It's still fun. 

There is still gas left in the tank.

There are major challenges ahead.

Thank you for watching, and reading.

I wanted to close by saying "see you tomorrow," but I have the day off.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Andy's Angles: Jonah

I haven't done a kitty picture in a while.  This is Jonah, one of Nathan and Peanut's friends.

I wanted to sit there.  Jonah wasn't giving up the chair.  He always wins.  I sat somewhere else.