In search of the elusive ‘upstate’ New York

Years ago — I’m guessing mid-2003 — when I was both new to my job and to Massachusetts, the people in another department beckoned me to their area of the office.

Later, I wound up being pretty friendly with most of them, but at the time, I had barely spoken to them and may not even known all of their names. But they had something to tell me that they thought I might like.

Having heard that I was from “upstate New York,” they informed me they were going to have an intern from upstate. Continue reading “In search of the elusive ‘upstate’ New York”


Thanksgiving Days 4 and 5: To the motherland and back

Yesterday, my wife and I went to the Albany area to visit my family, culminating with a family dinner that included us, my parents, my brother, my grandmother and my aunt and uncle.

The visit with my parents was nice, and good time was had by all at dinner, but for the longest time, someone was missing.

Billy Fuccillo.

Continue reading “Thanksgiving Days 4 and 5: To the motherland and back”

Thanksgiving Day 3: Reconnecting

I don’t have much of an idea what I’m buying for Christmas presents, and I make most of my purchases online, anyway,

Which is another way of saying I was nowhere near a mall Black Friday.

This is good, because I have no desire to go to a mall Black Friday. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Day 3: Reconnecting”

Double standards and the Baseball Hall of Fame

I confess, I never thought there would be a debate over whether players who used performance-enhancing drugs would make the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Of course they wouldn’t. They were Bad People Who Cheated the Game, and all right-thinking people knew that, right? Continue reading “Double standards and the Baseball Hall of Fame”

Nashville travels: Thanks for the past four days

You want to know what cool is? Cool is having these prints in your hotel room.

They’re made by a company called Anderson Design Group, and I want to go to their website and buy pretty much everything. I do have a feeling my wife and I will be acquiring at least a few of them. Continue reading “Nashville travels: Thanks for the past four days”

Nashville travels: Looking for one open door at the stadium

Vanderbilt’s football stadium is directly behind the parking lot of the Holiday Inn my wife and I were staying at in Nashville.

This explains why the price was $300 per night with a minimum three-night stay when Vandy was home last Saturday, and why we stayed at a different hotel that night.

The football stadium, baseball field and Memorial Gymnasium are all clustered together, so while my wife was at a work meeting this afternoon, I was going to try to see them. Continue reading “Nashville travels: Looking for one open door at the stadium”