And We’re Off…- 8/9/17

 

This vlog marks the first vlog that was uploaded to YouTube from my phone as I make it through my last day at work and I leave for my folks’ house for the weekend.

Advertisements

And All The Leaves Must Fall

Some of the fall scenery that Central New York is famous for.

Here we are. I am now heading into week 2 of my vacation from work. And so far things have been uneventful, except for the fact that the weather over the weekend has been really beautiful. So beautiful that I finally managed to go outside and see some of the beautiful fall scenery that Central New York is famous for. I even managed to film some footage for the new episode of The Adventures of Blackcatloner this week on blip.tv.

Sunday afternoon (which was known as 10/10/10), I managed to hike on a trail alongside the Erie Canal on the Mohawk side of the canal. The trail actually starts at the old Fort Herkimer Church and goes all the way to the Movac Ambulance Dispatch Center in Mohawk near the canal bridge. I saw people attempting to draw hearts on the gravel portion of the trail and I saw a canal tour boat go by. One of the things I wanted to do ever since I started doing YouTube videos was to go on a boat ride on the Erie Canal to film a video. However just like the previous years, things fell through and I ended up not going. Hopefully next summer, I will be able to follow through on that.

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.”

Hot Times In Herkimer

So far the first four days of my vacation have been going pretty good. I spent most of the time cleaning and working on my book both at home and at the Historical Society. I have also been going up to HCCC as well, doing my Myspace thing as well as checking my Cupid.com account to see if anyone is interested in me. So far, no luck.

Last weekend was the Boilermaker marathon that they have every year in Utica. Someone had thought that I ran the Boilermaker this year and I told them that I wouldn’t be caught dead doing that. I’m in shape, but not in shape enough to run that. Running and me just don’t mix.

The thing is that it has been really hot the last few days. It was like being roasted like a pig on a spit. I couldn’t really do too much walking around. And of course, we also got some pretty good thunderstorms during the last couple of days. It was really hot in the library when I was trying to use Myspace. Yesterday morning while I was trying to fix my profile on Myspace, I noticed that the system went down, partly due to construction that was going on downstairs. I was able to spend some more time trying to fix my profile so that people could access it in case anyone wanted to send me a friend request. So far, I have had no luck.

Over the weekend, I got a new toy. I bought an old video camera from a guy who works at the Historical Society. He is planning to move back to South America next month and he is having a moving sale. It is from the good ol’ days when VCRs were king. There’s just one little problem with it: It needs a new microphone. The images come up pretty good, it’s just that there is no sound when I play it back on a VCR. As soon as I get the problem solved, it’s a sure bet that you will see me on YouTube pretty soon.

Right now, I am writing this from the Basloe Library. I figured that I could cut back on my emails on Yahoo by going later for today and tomorrow since I am on vacation from Wally World. Last Friday morning when I went to the library, I was frustrated when I couldn’t access Yahoo, which meant when I went to HCCC yesterday morning, I was backlogged with emails on Yahoo so I had to go through that. I had a whole slew of emails and a lot of them were junk emails anyway.

So anyway, that’s what’s been happening from the Herkimer front.

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.