Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thursday Scrapple

The Washington Nationals reaching the World Series is a great story.

I was never a Pink Floyd guy, but "Comfortably Numb" is a masterpiece, and the volume on my car radio goes up any time it comes on.

NBC News seems to be in the crisis management mode, and it's not working.

I would be lost without Post It notes.

The return of jacket weather thrills me.  Now, I have a place to carry my phone.

Recent dilemma-- get a new phone or merely replace the battery.  I went with the second option and it appears to be working well.

I'm really looking forward to next month's election, but I say that before every election.

"Match Game 101" is an entertaining read.  I'll post a review when I finish.

Do you realize the Scranton Santa Parade is only five weeks away?

It's been a long time between photographic expeditions, and I've been itching to get out.  Unfortunately, time is at a premium these days.

My taste in comedy emphasizes the clever over slapstick/silly, even though I love the Three Stooges.  However, I really liked Rip Taylor, who passed recently. 

Being a news anchor, reporter and producer requires knowing at least a little bit about many different things.  I do keep an eye on the NFL.  The Rams, Chiefs, Cowboys and Eagles seem average.  Can anyone stop New England?  The Saints are surprisingly decent, even with their star quarterback injured.  The success of the 49ers is one of the league's big stories so far this season.

It appears Sears/KMart chopping its way to profitability isn't working.  Does that surprise anyone?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Heartbreak Highway

I do a fair amount of driving, and it's always a little tougher at this time of year.

The sides of roads and highways are littered with deer carcasses, and you can see the live ones in the woods, just off the shoulders, waiting to dart out in to traffic.

I know the animals are active at this time of year, and the population is up.  The yearly thinning of the population, at least with guns, is still more than a month away.  Yes, I know they can do a fair amount of damage.

It breaks my heart.  They're such beautiful animals, and I hate to see them meet their end on a highway.

There really is no major moral to the story today, other than to say be careful.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Better Living Through Television

I was flipping around the other morning and came across a half hour infomercial for a George Carlin DVD set.

George Carlin was my favorite comedian.  He was funny (of course) and clever.  I loved how he used facial expressions and his voice to get laughs.  His targets included the business world and the advertising community, courts, police, the media, religion, politics...  The list is endless.

No one made me laugh harder. He was appointment viewing.  If he was a Carson guest, or even a guest host, you knew I'd be in front of a television at 11:30 PM.  His specials put HBO on the map.

As I watched the infomercial, I was surprised at how many of the routines I knew by heart.  I still laughed.

Non fans might know Carlin as the "Seven Dirty Words" guy, and that was a big part of who he was.  I suspect George Carlin would have a great career even without that routine that prompted court cases and appeals for years.  His talk show appearances proved he could still get laughs, even with "G" rated material.

The infomercial took me back to a happier place.  You need that once in a while.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Saved by Zero

I never played organized sports, but I did cover high school football for quite a while "down the street."  I found it to be a fun and rewarding experience.

Even though sports is not my thing, I do watch intently as the high school football scores scroll by at the bottom of the screen during Newswatch 16 Saturday Morning.  This weekend, I noticed more zeroes than usual-- shutouts.

I just kept thinking about all those kids, taking to the field every week, knowing their team isn't the greatest, but still willing to try their best.  And, after a loss, they'll practice this week and give it their best shot again on Friday night.

It's not easy, and I admire their persistence.

They are learning a valuable lesson at a young age.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Blogger: Bringing Up the Rear

There's always been something about a caboose.  Kids love them, and as an adult stuck at rail crossings, the caboose sighting means the gates will soon be rising and you can be on your way.

There is no use for the caboose any more and that's unfortunate, so it's always a treat when you see one somewhere.  This D&H car is parked near the Dickson City freight station on Boulevard Avenue.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Andy's Angles: Nothing is Forever

Forever 21 late last month declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The plan is to close about one-quarter of the chain's 800 stores.  The list of stores to be closed has yet to be released.

Forever 21 occupies some prime real estate inside the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City-- right near one of the main entrances, close to anchor Macy's and the food court.

If this one goes, it's bound to have a ripple effect in the rest of the mall.

I don't like crowds, so if I have to go to the mall, I always went right around opening time.  With malls so passe, any time is a good time during the week because it's rarely crowded.

As I noted before, I grew up in a time when malls were cool and visiting one was a treat.  It's sad that those days are over.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Marathon Weekend

I remember covering the first few Steamtown Marathons, and thinking it's a cute little race.  We'll have it for a few years and it will fade away.

I was wrong, and I'm happy about it.

The Steamtown Marathon has grown in to one of our area's signature events.

What makes is special is it's so "local."  Locals run (along with a lot of out of towners).  It pumps money in to the local economy, and it benefits a local charity, St. Joseph's Center-- an organization that can really use the money.

It's more than 26 miles from Forest City to downtown Scranton.  It's all those local volunteers, and the people who stand along the streets, cheering the runners along the way.

Plus, there's a lack of pretense.  This is simply a lot of fun for everyone involved.

The marathon is set for Sunday morning.  As I write this, the forecast looks iffy.  It could be rainy.

Regardless, let's support something that means so much to our area.

Thursday, October 10, 2019


Call me old school, but I like to see campaigns end the old fashioned way-- because the candidate didn't get enough votes.

No one is coming right out to say it, but it appears the Bernie Sanders run for the White House is over.  Sanders recently suffered a heart attack.  There are two stents keeping arteries open.  He is 78 years old.  His fund raising is sputtering.

Health, not popularity doomed the campaign.  Sanders is curtailing appearances.  You know how this is going to end.

Whether or not you agree with his positions, you have to admit Sanders brought some new ideas to the debate.  People liked him.  It can be argued he was hosed out of the nomination in 2016.  I met several of his supporters during the last campaign.  A disorganized, but a loyal bunch.

I don't think America has elected a president with health problems since the reelection of Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.  I can't see it happening again.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Routine

So many people view the word "routine" as negative.

Au contraire.

The universe was thrown out of whack late in the summer.  It was a double whammy.

First, my favorite mini mart closed for two months of renovation.  Then, my gym got ripped apart for an upgrade.  It was open for all except two weeks, but the showers were out of commission for a couple of months.  No locker room.  No shower..  Yuk.

Employees from the mini mart were scattered among other stores in the chain, and it was nice to run in to them once in a while.  I'm happy to report the renovated store is open.  Everyone is back where they are supposed to be and the diet soda tastes just as good.  It sounds silly, but a friendly face and some light conversation lift my spirits more than that cold drink.

As for the gym, I was hitting others in the chain.  It wasn't the same.  One was just plane weird.  The other was a wonderful 40 degrees.  I was always cold and unable to get a good sweat. 

It was good to get back to the old/new place this week.  The familiar faces all returned, and I love the smell of new flooring in the morning.  The crummy Fiberglas shower stalls have been replaced with some really nice tile, and the water is just as hot.

I love my routine.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Business Tuesday

It's yet another example of why "brick and mortar" retailing is failing.

I was in a big box book store the other day, my first visit to this particular location in a few months.  It was nice to see it busy, and it was especially nice to see a lot of young people in the store.  We are a better society if more people read.

Anyway, I saw a book that intrigued me and leafed through it.  $35 marked down to $29.  I nearly bought it, but I still have a few other books I want to read first.  Curiosity got the better of me, and I went on line to check it out.  $17.  I hit the "buy now" button and it came in the mail the next day.  The "E" version was even cheaper, and that's instantaneous.

It's nice to pick up something before you buy it, but the advantage is negated if you can find it somewhere else a whole lot cheaper.