Another Congress Park Duck Hunt

Photography has the ability to not only capture a moment in time, it also has the ability to soothe the soul.  There were countless times when I was in a dark place in my life, where I thought that things would never get better.  In those moments, I would grab a camera or three, jump in the car, drive as far as I could go, and take a picture of something spectacular.  A waterfall in the Adirondacks, a sunrise in the Helderbergs, something, anything.

Some time ago, I was in one of those dark moods.  It was a Sunday morning and I wasn’t in the best frame of mind.  Still, I decided that a trip to Congress Park in Saratoga Springs would help make things better.  I’ve done this in the past – there’s a flock of ducks that swim in the ponds and streams along Congress Park, and they don’t seem to mind being photographed.

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When Star Wars battles Star Trek…

We all have our personal fandom when it comes to the most popular science-fiction entertainment.  There are those who believe that the Star Trek universe rules, there are those who believe that the Star Wars universe is triumphant.  I personally don’t have a dog in the fight, I love both universes equally.

Which came to a head last night in Fresno, California.

Let me explain.

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K-Chuck Radio: Father’s Day Funk

On today’s edition of K-Chuck Radio, I’m going to provide you with a soundtrack of the nastiest, grittiest, funk tracks ever.  This is some rare funky stuff, the kind of tracks that cost lots of money on the vintage 45 RPM market.  But they’re worth every funky penny.  And if you have a special paternal member who deserves something more than a tie and a T-shirt and barbecue grill apron, two of three which would read “World’s Greatest Dad,” play him this soundtrack of funky music.  Heck, some of these sounds are so funky, he might call your mom into the bedroom and … well, nine months later, you could have a little brother or sister to help you plan future Father’s Day events.

Let’s start off with…

LARRY ELLIS AND THE BLACK HAMMER
Funky Thing (Pts. 1 and 2)

If you’ve ever heard Jay-Z’s song “Success,” that track features samples from this nasty groove.  Oh, and just a side note – this track was pressed on Al King Records, a subsidiary of Playboy Enterprises.  Yes, THAT Playboy.  So somewhere there’s a 70’s porn film with this being played during one of the “scenes,” I bet cha.

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7 and 7 on Saturday: June 17, 2017

Hey everybody, I’m back with another “7 and 7 on Saturday,” a weekly recap of the blog posts that you will enjoy.  Trust me on this.

As the formula goes, I list seven blog posts from my old portal, the Albany Times Union, showcasing seven community and independent (non-staff) bloggers.  Then I go to my blogroll and pull out seven other posts from my friends who have written wonderful pieces this week.

I hope you enjoy.

By the way, I hear that someone by the nom de plume of Andre Le Plume has been posting blog recaps at the old Times Union portal.  That’s all well and good … but the first time Mr. Le Plume starts posting his own K-Chuck Radio shows, there’s gonna be a “come to Jesus” meeting to discuss that. 😀

So let’s get this recap started, right?

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Unless Eddie Vedder’s serving the food…

Last Sunday, I visited the Troy Flea for its first show of the 2017 season.  Didn’t find anything, but all that means is I come back next time and whatever I didn’t find then … I’ll find now.

As I arrived at the Troy Flea, I noticed a food truck.  Okay, let’s check out what’s available here.

It was only then that i noticed the name of the food truck.

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Blood Drive on Syfy – what the hell did I just watch, and can I see more please?

About ten years ago, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez collaborated on a double-feature film called Grindhouse, where they created two separate exploitation-homage movies – Planet Terror and Death Proof – along with various trailers for films like Werewolf Women of the S.S., Hobo with a Shotgun, and Machete – and released it in theaters.  You might remember the film, the Planet Terror pic had Rose McGowan as a freedom fighter whose leg is replaced with a machine gun; and Kurt Russell was a stuntman who drove a car that was death-proof for him – but not for his passengers.

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Week 10 of the 2017 Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League

With only a couple of weeks left in the trivia league series, I’m still at the bottom looking up.  And if I don’t start winning some playoff points AND SOON, I’ll be behind the 8-ball as the final round commences.

So here we go.

The mystery second category involved fast food trivia -we were shown a picture of a fast food item and asked to identify the restaurant of its origin.  Some of the pictures were easy identifiers – a McFlurry from McDonald’s, a chicken sandwich from Burger King – but the ten-point question was a picture of a taco salad.

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