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.

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Batmaniac

Yes, folks. I really was behind the wheel of the 60's Batmobile... at the Hudson Valley Mall in 1989.


I have always been a diehard fan of Batman. He is my second all-time favorite superhero (behind Spider-Man of course.) I have a huge collection of Batman comics which I have collected back in high school. I grew up on the 60’s TV series as well as the 90’s cartoon series, which I still have some of the tapes from. I have also seen and own all of the movies. And, when I was 11 years old, I got to be behind the wheel of the Batmobile as you can see here. This was back in 1989, when the first “Batman” movie was the biggest movie of that year and Batmania was at its peak.

This Polaroid of me in the Batmobile was taken at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, NY where the Batmobile (the one from the TV series) was on display. It was one of the first photos of myself that my friend uploaded for me onto the Internet for my various blog sites and my Myspace. This car is the third most recognized car in TV history (behind the General Lee and the Gran Torino from “Starsky and Hutch.”) When I got behind the wheel of the Batmobile, I felt like I was in heaven.

So why am I blogging about this? Well, last night at work, I was putting up some Hot Wheels cars in Toys and one of the new Hot Wheels cars I put up was the Batmobile from the 60’s TV series. So on my last break, I bought two of them (they’re only a buck at Wally World.) It brought the memories back.

So anyway, it is official. Monday, July 2, I am officially going to see “Transformers,” even though it won’t be at the Marquee in New Hartford as I originally planned, but instead I am going to the Little Falls Theater where I saw “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Dukes of Hazzard.” Either way, it is definitely going to be good. I can hardly wait.

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.