Secret Admirers… And Other Things

Not too much has been going on lately on the ol’ web. Yesterday, I decided to take a day off mainly because the weather was pretty rainy for the walk up to HCCC and I had originally planned to take the day off to work on the book, but I was also pretty exhausted and decided to go to bed instead.

The only major event to happen over the weekend was of course the new “Harry Potter” book and it was probably a big event at Wally World, but I wasn’t there the night they unveiled it. I have not yet bought a copy of the book mainy because I have it on reserve at the Basloe Library which is where I am going to be tomorrow. From what I have heard, it is supposed to be pretty good and everything. I have only read two of the Potter books, the two being the “Goblet of Fire” and the last book “The Half-Blood Prince.” I have also seen the first four movies and I thought that they were pretty good. I am probably going to wait until it comes out on DVD before I go to see the fifth one, which is now in theaters.

Also in my search for Miss Right on the several personals sites where I have profiles on, it is still a pretty frustrating process. It turns out that I have a lot of secret admirers, all of them being on the Internet. It’s too bad that I don’t have any offline. If I did, I probably would have known about it by now. I’m basically the type in which nothing gets by me. However, those that do message me on the personal sites turn out to be scammers, another thing to watch out for. The good news is I know not to fall for them. All I have to do is just not reply.

Oh, well. What can you do? There is just so little time and so little I have to write about.

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I Need A Vacation

Well, the 4th of July has come and gone. I didn’t really do anything much. I was originally planning to work on my book yesterday, but I was pretty tired when I got home from work so I spent the whole day in bed. Plus it was raining out when I got up and when I left for work. Good thing I had that raincoat that I got at Herkimer Garbage Day.

Tonight is my last night of work before I go on vacation from Wally World for nine whole days. Of course I still have to go in and get my check and I may have to get some food during that weekend, but other than that, I don’t really intend to go there during the whole week that I am off. I am probably not really going to do too much that day, except for going to HCCC for my Internetting, and then to the Historical Society to do some much-needed work on my book. I am pretty close to the point where I can actually send something in to a publisher through the ‘Net. I just have a couple more things that I need to do first.

The main reason that I decided on July 8-12 to take my vacation was because of the fact that July 11 is the day that Grace Brown died. I guess in a way, I still feel guilty for not being there for her when it counted because of a remodelling thing that was going on at Wally World that summer. Because of that, I missed a memorial for her up at Big Moose Lake on that date because it was the 100th anniversary of her death. Even though I still can’t go up there this year, mainly because of money reasons, I am still going to take that week off. And by the way, the book I am writing is about her.

I guess I should now backtrack and let you know what had been going on pre-4th. Last weekend, my sister and her boyfriend went out on a rock-collecting trip to Connecticut so I had to take care of the dogs again. They came back late Sunday night, but by then I was already at work. Then on Monday night, the big day arrived. I saw “Transformers” at the Valley Cinema in Little Falls. It was really awesome. I got there about eighty minutes before the movie began so I could beat the crowds there and that turned out to be excellent planning on my part. I am now really glad that I knew about this weeks in advance so I could take a personal day off from work to go see it.

Of course on the 3rd, they had the fireworks display at HCCC. Of course I couldn’t see it because that was when I had to go back to work. Then when I came back, they thought that I had actually started my vacation when I only took a personal day. No way. The vacation actually starts the minute I get out of work tomorrow morning. I can’t wait.

Taking Care Of Business

Well, today is June 28. That means that it has officially been ten years since I graduated from Red Hook High School. At first I thought I had missed it, but instead it kind of crept up on me like a thief in the night. So far I have not heard anything from anyone I went to school with on Myspace, nor have I had any friend invites from anyone from my class, nor have I heard anything about when they are planning to have the reunion. Of course, I am still not interested in going because I will probably be voted “Least Changed Since High School,” being that I still have no girlfriend and I still can’t drive, so it is probably best that I don’t go anyways.

Anyway, I have only been to HCCC twice this week. I only went on Monday and yesterday. Tuesday I had to mail something out to someone and I had to buy postage because one of the items I was mailing was a package. And I am off from there today. The main reason for this is that I have to get some much-needed work on my book done, not to mention that I won’t be up there Fridays because the library is closed on Fridays for the summer. Next week, I won’t be able to go back until Tuesday because next Monday, I am planning to see “Transformers,” which was why I took a personal day off from work, and both libraries are closed for the 4th of July so I will have a lot more time to work on my book, not to mention that I am going to be on vacation the following week. So I’ll have to wait until Tuesday to see what’s been happening on Myspace and Cupid.

I am going to be one busy bee the next couple of weeks.

The End of a Long Winter

Me at Hamilton College viewing Grace Brown's love letters. This photo also appeared in the Observer-Dispatch

Me at Hamilton College viewing Grace Brown’s love letters. This photo also appeared in the Observer-Dispatch

It is just so hard to believe that just last Monday, it was snowing outside on account of a Noreaster weather system that hit the area, and now today it is almost summer outside. At long last, the long winter is over and spring has finally arrived.

I for one am glad that the winter that everyone thought would never end actually did. I am certainly not going to miss the Valentine’s Day blizzard we had this winter, not to mention my assault at work the week after. It seems like every winter something bad happens. I still don’t know for certain what happened to the guy who assaulted me. For all I know, he’s still in jail. I still have some lingering pain in my right hand from where I got hit with the baseball bat, but other than that, I have fully recovered and am back to work at full duty. Of course the whole process of me getting restored to full duty took over a month.

However, not all things that happened to me over the course of this long winter were bad. I did get to go on the Heart Walk with my mother down in Utica in early March. It was the first time in seven years that I had competed in such an event. The last time I did the Heart Run, I was employed by Grand Union in Rhinebeck and the event was held in Poughkeepsie. And as a leftover thread from my involvement in last year’s American Tragedy Centennial commemoration, I also attended a ceremony at Hamilton College where the diary of famous murderer Chester Gillette was donated and I ended up in the newspaper again.And last but certainly not least, I found a secondary place where I can operate my blog sites until I can get my new laptop Internet-ready. In fact, that is where I am right now: In the library at Herkimer County Community College. The upside is that I get more computer time and I can use Myspace again so I can reconnect with old friends and possibly meet new ones and maybe find “the one.”

Now that the long winter is over with, I can get back to work on my book, which I had to put on hold because of everything that has happened. I am optimistic that I can complete it and get it out by next year. Aside from working on my book, my plans for this summer are incomplete, except for the fact that I may go and see “Spider-Man 3,” which is due out in just eleven short days, and “Transformers,” especially since they were such a big part of my childhood and it really looks good.

And hopefully this summer, I will be able to operate online from my own home without having to go anywhere. The possibilities are endless.

High School Revisited

My high school senior portrait from Red Hook High School taken in 1996.


This year is a year that I have dreaded ever since I graduated from Red Hook High School back in June of 1997. This year marks ten years since I received my high school diploma and you know what that means, right? That means the inevitable ten-year reunion is right around the corner.

Even though my former classmates have not planned anything yet as far as when and where the reunion is going to be held, it is a small pit in my stomach and it has been there ever since I got out of high school. Of course I left the Red Hook area nearly five years ago to move to Herkimer County in the middle of the state of New York. I had nothing back there anyways, except for a job as a grocery store cashier at Stop and Shop in Rhinebeck, and if I went back there again, I probably still won’t.

Before I go on again about why I left, let me tell you a little bit about my high school life. It was during the mid-90’s, a time before cell phones and the Internet was still a novelty. I went through high school like I normally did: Doing my school work, pining after various girls, and so on. I almost went to the prom in my freshman year but the girl I asked had a date, but would consider me as an “alternate date” in case he could not get out of work. Of course, the other guy ended up going. In high school, we had only two dances every year: The Christmas Ball and the Senior Prom, as opposed to several dances when I was in Junior High. We had no homecoming back in my day. Since the two dances I mentioned above were formal dances and since they were very expensive and required couples, I ended up not going to any dances at all during my time in high school.

My sophomore year was uneventful, but things really picked up in my junior year. I considered that year to be the best year of my life. That year, I became the manager of my high school’s girls basketball team. At that time, they were the best in the area. My job mainly consisted of making sure that the girls had water, as well as keeping track of the team statistics; running the shot clock at home games; and taking care of the equipment. I had done so well that I came back as a manager during my final year of high school.

Also during the spring of my junior year, I went with my Spanish class on a trip to Puerto Rico. It was really fun. We went all around the island, including staying in San Juan for nearly a week. I also almost found love down there during my stay down in Parguera, a town famous for Phosphoescent Bay. At night, when you went out in a boat, you can see it glowing in the dark. I also learned how to play pool there. I had such a good time that when it was time to leave, I did not want to go back. However, I did come back to Red Hook, because if I didn’t, I would not be here today.

After I got back from Puerto Rico, I competed in my high school’s Lip Sync. I performed the Elvis Presley tune, “Jailhouse Rock” and I won a hundred dollars for my performance. I am not sure if that would qualify me for “American Idol,” but at least it was something that I could be proud of.

By the time I returned for my senior year, I had found something new to do. I decided to write a fictional book based on my experiences the year before. I called it “The Year of Opportunity.” However, I never got it published because by that time, I had graduated and went right into the work force when I was hired at Grand Union (a supermarket that later became Stop and Shop) in August, 1997.

Aside from the fact that I had returned as the manager of the girls’ basketball team, the fact that I was also writing a book, and the fact that I blew off my prom because noone wanted to go out with me, my senior year was uneventful, even up to the day that I got my high school diploma along with the rest of my class.

So much has happened since then. Since then, 9/11 happened. Then I left the area and moved to Herkimer County where I have been for the last four and a half years. That is also how long I have been working at Wal-Mart. Okay, so it isn’t really anything to brag to your classmates about. That is pretty much why I am not planning to go back to my reunion.

June 28 marks the tenth anniversary of the day that I graduated.