Saturday, August 04, 2012

Tracking Cookies: Another Week In The Bucket

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth interacting with seniors in Beacon.

Monday went by so very fast! I headed down to Beacon to check out an avent that appeared on AP's daybook:

MONDAY, July 30:

11 a.m. FEDERAL PROGRAMS-ACTIVISTS — During events across the state, representatives of advocacy and labor groups including Citizen Action of New York, Community Voices Heard, the Health Care For All New York coalition, Mid-Hudson Valley 99 Percent, and Service Employees International Union discuss Monday's release of a report about income taxes on the wealthy by the advocacy groups Americans for Tax Fairness, Citizens for Tax Justice and the National Women's Law Center, and mark Monday's 47th anniversary of the Friday, July 30, 1965, signing of the federal law to establish the Medicare retirement health care program by President Lyndon Johnson.

11 a.m. BEACON — One Forrestal Heights off Wolcott Avenue (state Route 9D), Beacon.

Turned out the actual event was just a little bit different than what one might have expected:

The activists in attendance believe Rep. Hayworth wants to tear down Medicare and Medicaid, and the security they provide to working families.

The Bat Chronicles ::: 0200 Tuesday - blood curdling screams echo thru the mansion. I get up and run to the living room. Count Dracula is flying around in a big swooping circle. Someone fetches my trust broom. I aim... miss. Aim... miss. He makes another pass. I make another attempt at bringing him down. His radar beats my anticipatory swoops. He vanishes. Now it's a waiting game. By 0330 I was getting pretty tired, so I went looking around the last place I saw the Count: the large bookshelf housing my classic VHS tapes and RCA Laserdiscs. It doesn't take long before I find him. He is incredibly small, although in flight he looks quite intimidating. I have a little box and use the cover to gently sweep him in.

Ah yes, here indeed are those elusive "tracking cookies," brought over to the radio studio on Tuesday by Congressman Chris Gibson and his lovely wife. (She baked 'em!) They rank closely with Mrs. Casey Seiler's cookies, but like apples and oranges, they taste and texture differently, so as Mr. Food would say, "any brand will do" to which I add "as long as they're yummy cookies!"

This week it was my pleasure to meet Adnan Rashid, a radio team leader and producer for IMEDIA UK in Islamabad. Adnan accompanied me to West Ghent in Columbia County, where we did the legwork for my story about the TCI chemical fire.

Also this week, we harvested our first tomatoes (we've already been enjoyig sweet peas and beans along with early squash) - twelve plants were purchased in late May at the Bethlehem Price Chopper, where they were on the discount display $1.99 for a tray of 6. I usually just plant cherry and grape tomatoes, but decided to give these a try. Lost about three a few weeks ago to blight, which thankfully hasn't bothered the others. I stopped planting Italian plum tomatoes a few years ago because they were extremely susceptible to blight. Cherries & Grapes on the other hand, are extremely hardy!
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