Sunday, February 21, 2010

Albany, Interrupted

When I picked up my Sunday papers, I could not believe my eyes! There, on the cover of the Albany Times-Union, a Tom Keyser story dominating the front page, headlined "Web powers thriving music scene" sub-headlined "Capital Region bands find hope in collectives as the recording industry changes."

My first thought: "they scooped me! They got my story!" My second thought: "Did I blog or tweet or mention anything on Facebook about this?"

Back in mid-January I interviewed several members of the B3nson collective at their Myrtle Avenue house for a story about the changes that have happened in the music and recording industry that I'm working on for WAMC.

I couldn't wait to get home and read the newspaper article.All the way home I'm wondering "is it the same as my story... will my story still hold up... will people think I got my idea from the newspaper..." and on and on... you know how the mind works. You think of this, that and the other as you try to figure out the why of something else...

But it's all good! Turns out the newspaper story ("...available only to readers of the Sunday Times Union. It will not appear online until Monday) spins from a different P.O.V. and, so when my radio piece eventually runs, Tom's article will make a great "companion story" to link to! As an added plus, I recorded an interview with an Albany native who is active on the National music scene, which I'll be including in my version. At right,  a snapshot of Alex Muro I took on January 15th when I was a guest at B3nson house. Alex has a particular wit and charm that's likely to carry him along through life no matter what road he eventually finds himself on! Mouseover and click on Alex and you'll be spirited away to B3nson's website (if not, just Google for it!)

If you're motoring down Albany's Hackett Bouleveard, hang on to the wheel, lest you might lose a wheel... there's a KILLER hole on the road where Hollywood Ave. meets the Blvd:

Let's stay on Hackett Boulevard... down the road apiece, CDTA buses have been making their mark on the pavement! A fellow who walked by as I was taking pictures told me the residents across the street have had it with the buses, standing there and idling, and making the road hazardous. It's all because the #6 bus had its route extended: I still don't recall ever seeing anyone except the driver on those 6's when they pass thru my neighborhood. Below are pictures of the ruts and damage the behemoths have caused... if you mouseover and click on them you can view enlarged images. Hmmm... you don't suppose the ground underneath is unstable and a sinkhole could open up, now do you?

On Saturday morning I ran into one of the nearby Stewart's for milk... (there are 3 witin reasonable walking distance from my house!) the plastic jugs all looked like they'd been splashed with sewage. You'd have second thoughts about picking one up by the brown-spotted handle! 

That product on display at the very same Stewarts where a female clerk refused to accept three empty Stewarts liter soda bottles because they hadn't been "washed out with hot water." I'll betcha if a customer complained about the stains on the milk jugs she would tell 'em "go home and wash it off!" I bought my milk elsewhere.

The photos were shot Sunday morning. I didn't think to take pictures on Saturday - I should have! Some of the cartons were so badly stained you couldn't read the labels! Sunday morning I was in a different Stewarts: same situation. I asked the clerk about it; she chuckled "they come in a crate, haha!" D'oh! I don't care if they come in silk bags. How hard would it be to hose the containers off or grab a few wet paper towels and clean 'em up? If I ran a store, and product arrived in such condition, my customers would never see it! I'd either clean it off myself or send it back!

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