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Friday, 8 February 2013

8 February 2013. No Big Storm Yet Here in Albany… We’re Expected to Be More Lightly-Hit than Many

00 Albany NY. Washington Park. 08.02.13


The above image showed Washington Park here in Albany this morning. We’ve only got a dusting of snow right now, but the main storm is due tonight, but we’re expected to do better than many other northeastern locales (as we usually do, by the way). In any case, Nicky and I intend to stay home tomorrow and veg… therefore, no problemos. It’s all supposed to be over by Sunday morning. We’ll just have to be certain to park the car on a side street to avoid being towed (and mind the “odd” and “even” parking rules).



Wednesday, 31 October 2012

31 October 2012. Is This Hurricane Sandy? In the Weather Department, Albany Lucked Out Again…


This is a Winnegan’s Fake… it wasn’t Hurricane Sandy, but it was a storm taking place at the same time in Sochi, in Russia, on the Black Sea coast. Luckily, we in Albany were spared most of the storm’s impact; for some odd reason we ride out most of the filthy weather that hits the region either unscathed or with minor effects. We had gusty winds and a fine misty rain, that’s it. To the south of us, the full rigour of the storm hit as far north as Bearsville (near Woodstock), and to the north of us, power was out (and remains out) in wide swathes of Hamilton County and near Saratoga Springs. However, we in Albany were spared… again. Our power went out twice for about ten minutes each time… that was the extent of our inconvenience (that is, we suffered no real damage or ill-effects).

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Albany NY

Monday, 25 June 2012

25 June 2012. Vara and Nicky’s Not-So-Wonderful Misadventure…


This weekend, Nicky and I decided to take a motor up into the Adirondacks. Well… it turned into the “Motor from Hell”. We were driving home in the mid-afternoon Sunday when the car suddenly started coughing and moving in “fits and jerks”. It took four jumps” from four different people to get back to Schuylerville NY (which is civilisation).  The car’s final conk-out was in front of an auto repair shop. It was Sunday afternoon at 16.00… no one was open. One of the neighbours said that the shop opened at 07.30 on Monday. We didn’t have the money for a motel; we had enough to fix the car, if necessary, that was more important, in the greater scheme of things.

So, of course, we “camped out” in the car overnight. Thank God, it wasn’t mid-winter, and there was a Stewart’s Shop (gas/convenience/dairy outlet in our part of Northeast NY State) on the next block; at least, one didn’t have to squat in the bushes (a small blessing, that). The mechanic showed up a little after seven, he looked at the car, and said that we had a crank alternator. He gave us a full charge gratis, but we didn’t have the money for a new alternator. To say that the trip back to Albany was nerve-wracking is an understatement. The car didn’t make it all the way home, but we got to Western and North Allen, which was on a direct bus route home. I took the groceries and went home, and Nicky took the car to the shop. We busted down right by the cops, which means that he didn’t wait long for aid.

That’s why there wasn’t any posting this weekend. However, we’re in one piece and back home. Thank God for small favours… be good, all of y’all…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 25 June 2012

Albany NY

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