July

Blackcatloner goes Warhol, courtesy of Photobucket.

Wow. Where did the summer go? I pretty much missed the entire month of July as far as blogging goes. I’ve been really busy with quite a few things, such as my work on my book. I have been working on that at the Historical Society mainly on Saturdays since they are open on Saturdays during the summer. I have also been working on some ideas for YouTube videos because I haven’t posted any new videos on there in a little over a month. Don’t forget I am still new to the world of Internet video making, but I am starting to find my footing.

Of course, it’s not like I have been idle these last few weeks. For one thing, I finally tried my hand at BlogTV and it was almost a near disaster. Thankfully, towards the end I started to get the hang of it and I did end up with at least one new subscriber for my YouTube channel. I haven’t really been able to do another show, partly due to technical difficulties and the fact that both timing and the weather have not been on my side. That and the fact that I had to go out and buy another tripod. So hopefully, soon, I will be able to go back and do another show, probably in the next week or two.

On the first week that I was at the Historical Society during their summer hours, I decided to bring my camcorder along because I had to film a lecture that I was planning to put on my Chester and Grace site, but once I got it home and uploaded it to the computer, it didn’t come out. An hour of footage and all I got was a white screen. I tried to break it down with the Movie Maker but it was no good. In the end, I had to get rid of the whole thing.

Also in July on opening night as a matter of fact, I went to see “The Dark Knight” in Little Falls. It was really awesome and lived up to the hype as being the biggest film of the summer mainly because of Heath Ledger as the Joker. It has also done excellent box office. It broke the record set by “Spider-Man 3” the year before and now people are saying that it has a shot at dethroning “Titanic” as the biggest film of all time. That is quite an accomplishment for a “Batman” movie.

I got an extra day off from work last night. I had arranged to take a personal day off from work so I could go and see a play. However, I ended up not going because of the fact that the play I wanted to go see was actually in Utica. So I just took advantage of the day off, even though I have to go back tonight, and you know how I feel about.

So, that is pretty much it from my end. I know I have been away for a while, but I hope to have some more things up soon.

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Let There Be Internet

Hello, everyone. I have just hit another big milestone in the road of life. The other day, I have finally got internet installed at my house. That means that soon I will be operating my whole Internet empire without having to leave the house every morning. Not that I won’t miss it, but I won’t have to worry about hiking up the hill to go to HCCC and I can operate Myspace without any problems, like a No-Myspace rule.

And the good times just keep on coming. I have also received as a belated birthday present from my sister and brother-in-law a new digital camcorder and it works really good. As soon as I am fully internet-ready, there’s a very strong possibility that I will be posting some real videos on there soon.

I didn’t do the Heart Run this year partly because the weather was bad and that something else came up, specifically another Gillette event. This time, it was in Barnes and Noble in New Hartford. It was my first time in there and it was really nice in there. I should probably go back sometime.

In closing, I sure have come a long way since November 2005 when I first set up my email address on Yahoo, therefore giving birth to Blackcatloner. Every day, it seems like I am making leaps and bounds in the technology department and like McDonald’s, “I’m lovin’ it!”

The Same Old Grind

So far not much has been happening from this neck of the woods. I am at HCCC tonight and it is about an hour and a half before I go to work. Since the weather held out today, I figured that today would be a good day to come up and have some more fun on the ol’ web before going back to the grind.

It’s pretty hard to come up with new material since nothing really has been going on, so I figured that I would come up with something relatively different. I am now officially three weeks away from the big 3-0. I decided to take another personal day off from work on February 11. Hopefully, I got it.

Well, I have quite a bit going on in February aside from the fact that I am turning 30 this year. I also have to attend a book signing at the Historical Society on the 23rd in connection with the recent release of the book based on Chester Gillette’s diary. You can read more about that on the “Chester and Grace” site.

And then I’m also probably going to be doing the Heart Run again this year in Utica. I have been receiving some things for it in the mail. I should have more details on that soon. Yessiree, I have a whole lot going on, not to mention the fact that I have to get my book finished. I am pretty close to the end as far as that goes and I am still aiming to get that done and out by sometime this year.

Bicentennial

Happy 200th anniversary, Herkimer!

Happy 200th anniversary, Herkimer!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 2007 Herkimer Bicentennial Parade which commemmorated the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Herkimer, N.Y. It was really exciting and I got plenty of photos. I just finished uploading all of the photos I took of the event from a CD I had made at Wally World. The reason why I had to wait until now to upload them was that I didn’t have enough money to pick them up until yesterday.

There were a wide variety of floats and people in the parade. Most of them had to do with the Revolution and had many marchers dressed in Revolutionary War-era costumes. Some of them were basic floats with bands, clowns, beauty queens and themes that dealt with historic events in Herkimer. There were also military marchers, public officials, and even Ronald McDonald was in the parade.

Of course there was one piece of Herkimer history that was not represented in the parade and that is the piece of history that I am involved in: Two individuals by the name of Chester and Grace. Of course they were last year, but I still think that they should have been represented. There just wasn’t enough interest.

Anyway, I have just uploaded the photos into a new set on my Flickr photo site. I have just added a link to that new set on my profile. It was a lot of fun and I am glad that I went. I didn’t really get to partake in the after-parade party in Myer’s Park afterwards because I had to work that night. Then as I was going into Wally World after a brief stop-off at Mickey D’s, they were having the fireworks display outside. I didn’t really see too much of that because I had to eat dinner before work that night. Besides, fireworks aren’t usually my thing anyway.

In short, it was a pretty enjoyable day.

The Lake

South Bay, Big Moose Lake. This photo was taken by the Herkimer County Historical Society in 2006.

Another vacation has come and gone and now I am back to work again. Well, anyway, allow me to bring you up to speed on what happened during the last few days of my vacation.

On Saturday, I finally went up to Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks. It was really beautiful up there. We ate lunch at Big Moose Inn which was right on the lake so we got a good view of the lake. Of course, the main reason for me going up to the lake was mainly because of my ongoing work with the Gillette Case and my book. I even went out on the lake and viewed the spot where Grace Brown died over a hundred years ago as well as Covewood Lodge, where her ghost was sighted that led to the famous Unsolved Mysteries episode that dealt with the story. And in case you guys were asking this question, I’ll just say for the record that I did not see Grace’s ghost while I was up there. I was only up there for the day.

Grace Brown.

Grace Brown.

By the time I went up to the lake, I knew that it was almost one year to the day when I went down to visit Grace in South Otselic, her hometown, which is about an hour and a half from Herkimer. I still haven’t forgotten that trip, mainly because of an event that had occurred while I was on the property of her old farm house. As I was passing an apple tree, I began to feel as though Grace was nearby. As soon as the feeling started to hit me, I immediately remembered a photo I saw in Craig Brandon’s book, Murder in the Adirondacks, which had a teenaged Grace standing in front of an apple tree.

While I was in the tour boat, which was appropriately named the Grace, I spent some of the tour looking to see if I could see her ghost up there, but I did not see her probably because it was either still daylight out or it was the fact that I was not alone. My folks were up there with me. Maybe she is waiting until I go up there alone.

In a way, the Adirondacks were more or less unchanged especially on the car ride up. The view was pretty much the same as it might have been when Grace traveled up through the Adirondacks by way of train with Chester Gillette by her side. Of course the only real difference is that Route 28 now goes through the woods. And as you go through Old Forge, it looks more like the county fair than a typical Adirondack town.

Now I normally have a site that is devoted to Grace that I could have put this on, but since this tied in with my regular life, I figured that I would put this story in here. After all, she has been a pretty big part of my life for the last two years and still is. Grace’s death is truly “the murder that will never die.”