Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Week Before (A Recap)

Welcome to an abbreviated work (and, uh-oh, "back-to-school") week! Last week was a busy one for yours truly! Here's me standing behind and to the left of Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings at his Tuesday afternoon presser at the Boopsie's site, across New Scotland Avenue from Stewart's. The photo appeared for awhile Wednesday on the Times Union website.

Wednesday night at the Albany Public Library's main branch, it was debate #2 with Mayor Jennings vs. Corey Ellis. I was there covering the action for WAMC. I really enjoyed the debate, not only for the opportunity to report on it, but just for the sake of being there, at what could become "Albany history." Like Jerry and Corey, I love and believe in my home city! Just as things got underway, I began sending out what eventually became a virtual spray of tweets, which I used later as reference points to aid me in my notes and audio recording.
I bumped into this online during the week - Tweetvite: An Events Site Dedicated To Planning And Finding Tweetups...
An interesting question arose this week on examiner.com: "Are blogs literature?" Joanna Bettelheim wrote: "When Julie & Julia was released last month, many noted the film's origins, namely the blog The Julie/Julia Project, which became the book that the movie was based on, along with My Life in France, Julia Child's memoir of her time in Paris and Marseilles. The first major motion picture based on a blog, Julie & Julia marked a milestone in the world of online media.The lines of literature are blurring..." Read the complete article here (and check out the poll too!)

Speaking of the library, earlier Thursday I was passing by the under-construction New Scotland Avenue branch. Looks like it's going well! I'll be happy when I have a branch once again within easy walking distance! Libraries are among our greatest municipal treasures! I was on my way up to Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont to do a little apple picking...

On Thursday my new phone arrived by mail (more on that in days to come). Friday morning I was over at Pastor Charlie Muller's Victory Church on Quail Street for a press conference involving the re-kindling of the Pastor's Gun Buy-Back program. Both online and in-person, I bumped into a lot of people "from the past." At the Mayoral debate I saw Angela Austin (now with Talk1300) and at Victory Church I saw Brian Scavo. Although I enjoy time I spend alone, I love all kinds of people, and contacted (and was contacted by) more than a few acquaintances over the last week!

The Labor Day weekend for me is one of those times that I "mark time" - I plan, dream, scheme and re-assess life in general and how things are going. I make resolutions, come up with solutions and outline plans and goals from now thru Christmas (the time between Xmas and New Year's is when I take another personal accounting).

It's that time of year! Here's what it looked like practically any weekday afternoon outside Mary Jane's Books at the corner of Western & Quail, with college students lined up to get discounted textbooks! Many students have told me they make friends while standing in line! One of the great things about Albany is all of the colleges: UAlbany, St. Rose, Albany Medical College, Albany Law School, Maria... and more!

I know cable TV is pricey in the Capital Region under the current monopoly, but this is ridiculous!!!
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