Daddy Claxton, as done by NYC artist at 7th and Broadway

Jun 2, 2008 by

Daddy Claxton, as done by NYC artist at 7th and Broadway

As I was eating dinner at TGI Friday's in Time Square tonight, I saw
this man at the corner of 7th and Broadway and 46th St. who did
drawings. He did this in about five minutes and it's not bad. My
grandfather, the late Andrew Sheptak, did one, too, but he apparently
paid about $2000 for his. This one, $5 for the drawing. Now I have
to figure out how I'm going to get it home without getting it messed
up. He didn't quite get my forehead right, but hey, it was only $5
and done out on the street in the middle of Time Square.

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Umbertos Clam House, Dennis I found it!

Jun 2, 2008 by

Umbertos Clam House, dennis I found it!

In 1992, Gov. Guy Hunt's Chief of Staff Dennis Nabors brought me and one other to New York to eat one night on a break from the NGA meeting at Princeton.  One place we couldn't find was Umberto's Clam House, which I've told people about ever since. We wound up at The River Cafe instead. Well today, 16 years later I found it, though in Little Italy in the Bronx. It was at Arthur and 186th. Maybe some day I can eat there.

For you trivia buffs, there is historical significance of the place located at 129 Mulberry Street in Little Italy, Manhattan.–and not the one in the Bronx, but the one in Manhattan: 

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Full moon pizzeria in Little Italy, Bronx

Jun 2, 2008 by

Full moon pizzeria in Little Italy, Bronx

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Union Rat

Jun 2, 2008 by

Union Rat
It was explained to me that this rat is looking onto a construction
site in the Bronx. Those who crossed the line are "rats!"

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The Paramount in NYC is pretty cool

Jun 1, 2008 by

Wow, this was a low-cost hotel not far from Times Square and it's really pretty cool.  The room is small as advertised, but serves as a great encourager to not stay in it.  The cab ride over from LaGuardia wasn't bad, about $30.  The hotel is clean, and almost reminds me of the W line.  The elevators have a very dim, soft purple light–I was trying to hold the elevator for an English couple and could not find the Open Doors button.   The lobby is way cool, SM Radio playing loudly and you feel like you've stepped into some groovy place.  Well, you have.  Or I did. 

Dinner is in a couple hours.  I'm going to see about getting in a few winks.  I got up at 5 hoping to catch an up grade, but since AA canceled the 10:30 a.m. flight today last night about 10:30 p.m., all those fokes were trying and many did, get on our flight, which was supposed to have boarded at 830 and didn't until 10:30 a.m.  So, instead of it being a quick run up here, it has been a long day.  I left home at 6 a.m. hoping to get some rest and didn't get here until 3:30.  That makes for a long day and leads me to wonder what the return flight is going to  be like, as LaGuardia isn't known for being an easy airport to get in and out of.  Sta tuned.  Reviews of The Palm West are coming later tonight.

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Tropical Storm Arthur Christens New Hurricane Season

May 31, 2008 by

Well, it took what,  the first day of the season to have our first storm.  While Tropical Storm Arthur,was already over land and is expected to weaken, you have to wonder if we're not in for a LONG hurricane season if we're into one day and already having a storm.  Perhaps this is a foreboding for a bad hurricane season as predicted prebviously. 

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Minot Bringing Back Memories of ORI at KI Sawyer

May 31, 2008 by

The problems at Minot AFB in North Dakota seem to be continuing. 

That's really amazing to me given the seriousness we used to endure when the ORI showed up at KI Sawyer AFB when I was kid in Michigan.  When ORI (Operation Readiness Inspection) showed up, it was all business. All business.

Now comes news from CNN that the same bomb wing that accidentally allowed B-52s from Offit to fly to Barksdale failed a recent inspection–one I'm assuming is the modern day version of an ORI.

Obviously, we're not sure of all the dtails, but rest assured, there are no doubt some people in a lot of trouble.

   

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