Albany Is Pawsome

So, I’m walking around Downtown Albany yesterday morning and I keep coming across these dog statues all along the sidewalks.  Each with its own theme and is meticulously painted.

First one I saw I thought it was just random then I saw another , and then maybe half dozen more then I had to figure you what’s the deal with these statues.

Come to find

out that there are 20 of these three foot statues and they are the brain child of the Outdoor Placemaking Program who got together 20 different regional artists to design and place these sculptures around the city.  The exhibit is called, Downtown is Pawsome.

Here’s a little bit more on the Outdoor Placemaking Program.   The puppies will be available to view through May of 2018.

“In 2005, the outdoor Placemaking program (formerly “Sculpture in the Streets”) was established to connect Downtown employees, residents and visitors with the places they share by reinventing public spaces with various art forms. From regional creators to world renowned artists like Seward Johnson and George Rickey, the exhibits have attracted thousands annually. Similar past projects included the installation of customized pianos as part of Luke Jerram’s internationally touring Play Me, I’m Yours series in 2014 and giant Dutch clogs celebrating Albany’s history in 2012, all enhanced by the Capital Region’s local art community. The addition of the 10 more sculptures—an expansion of this year’s Placemaking exhibit—was made possible in part by the Amplify Albany Grant Program, a program supported by the City of Albany Capital Resource Corporation and Capitalize Albany Corporation.”

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Obscurus CNY : Reimagine Place

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Today was the grand opening of the new Reimagine Place structure downtown.  As you can see, I was a little late for the ribbon cutting.
Nice to see organizations working hard to make Downtown Syracuse look nicer.
Here is an excerpt from the AIACNY website.
REIMAGINE PLACE, a new AIACNY initiative, aims to design and construct a series of architectural installations, in the form of outdoor interactive structures, to reactivate underutilized public spaces for the gathering and interaction of community residents and businesses. The first site, which will be located on the southeast corner of East Genesee St + South Townsend St, is set to invigorate the Connective Corridor and enhance what is considered the gateway into Downtown Syracuse from the east. Engaging the community, through hosting an open design competition available to anyone who works, lives, or studies within Central New York, will maximize the quality and effectiveness of creating these community spaces.
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Modern Day DZ Discovery Zone : Billy Beez

If you are a 90s kid like me, you surely remember DZ Discovery Zone as the place that you pestered your parents to take you to run crazy. 

Don’t remember?  check out this short video

But those days are long gone.  

Until over the last few years when this new concept called Billy Beez hit the Northeast.  It’s basically the same thing minus the video games.  

Money? Check

Child caught in a 30 years old body circa Tom Hanks in Big? Check

Kids of my own? check

If you are a six foot adult trying to navigate these tunnels with your little ones then you know what your in for.  Busted knees and a sore back.  

Liam had a great time.  2 hours of endless running means a quiet night for me while applying the Neosporin to my knees and apply the icy hit patch.  

Time for a cold beer because I’m a grown up.  Take time to be silly.  Today was a good day

Forgetting to Smile

I remember a long time ago when my girlfriend’s mother and girlfriend’s father sat me down because they had been concerned that I don’t smile enough.  That my long gaps without smiling was “un-nerving”.   Thankfully, they came to get to know me a little better and I still keep in touch with that family.    But this was actually a common theme for me.

I’ve come across this problem many times in my life.  Where I need to be reminded to smile or I  would get asked in I am unhappy or mad.  Even though I was perfectly content and had nothing bothering me.

I learned that is extremely common for people with ADHD to not  smile.  The reasons vary.  Maybe they have a billion things going on in there head.  Maybe that are so focused on all the stimulus around them that smiling is an after thought AKA “Hyperfocus”.    Both these are true in my case.

In today’s world the natural scowl on someone’s face is called RBF -resting bitch face.  And I have never had myself associated with that term until my boss pointed it out.   I need to find a way to change this.

A genuine smile can light up the world and remove those invisible walls that separate you from other people.

“Unapproachable”  That’s another word that has been thrown around in my direction.

ADHD is a neurological disability but it’s also a behavioral disability, in my opinon.  So the way I see it.  I am still responsible for my behavior and must take measures to take symptoms.  If you look back at all my resolutions.  So many of them are geared towards tackling a symptom of ADHD, well before I even thought I had it.

Time to “fake it until I make it”, as the old saying goes.  This month I will focus on making sure I am mindful of my facial expressions.  Break the ice where necessary, and appear to me more friendly than I was before.     I know I don’t make it easy for people but for those few that have broken through this icy exterior you will find a warm and nice person.

dont forget to smile

 

 

Staycation : Turning Stone Casino And Resort

I had hoped that when I grew up,  I would be well off enough to just say, “Screw it, let’s just relax and stay at a hotel tonight.”

Well, I’m grown up now and I still not quite there.  But thanks to a gift from my mom and her partner, Elle, we were granted that privilege for a night.  

Just East of Syracuse, you can find the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in the small town of Vernon.    You can see the 22 floor Tower from Rt.90.

I spent a lot of time here as a young adult.  Casinos are a popular place for newly 18 year olds to go.  Just old enough to gamble, not old enough to drink ( legally).  I saw a handful of shows here and it was even the sight of my first half marathon back in 2012.  

I used to bring my Grandma up here for the afternoon.  We would hang out at the buffet and then she would play Keno, while the Black Jack dealers happily took my “donations”.  

Play poker people.  You are playing against other humans…not  in a system where the odds are never in your favor.  

This was our first time staying as guests.  We did have Liam, but that didn’t damper the mood.  We enjoy taking our kids places and giving them memories.  

We spent the evening eating, playing (in the arcade), and exploring the grounds.  Then I think we all had the best nights sleep we have had in months.  

The resort is beautiful.  In a place that is visiting by thousands a day, there are some isolated sections that make you feel like you are in the movie, The Shining.  

I took lots of pictures.  Check them out. 

“Hi Lloyd …a little slow tonight”.

Stairway to The Lodge

See…the Shining

Great New York State Fair : Preview Day

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I can’t actually explain why I love the NYS Fair so much.  It’s probably related to the love I have a busy cities.  The crowds, the stimulation, always something to see and do appeals to me.  (I will always regret not living in a major city at some point in my life.)

This year the fair opened at day earlier than it’s usually twelve day run.  “Preview Day” is what they called it and with the $1 special admission price we were off to get our own preview of the end of summer event.

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Preview Day was an accurate depiction  because there were a great deal of vendors and attractions not fully set up or operational.    Lots of vacant spaces to be found that I am sure will be filled by tomorrow.

This didn’t deter us at all as we were more than content taking the first day to walk around and get the “lay of the land” so to speak.

You see the sand sculpture taking shape.  This particular side will be highlighting Women’s right to Vote in 1920.

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I have brought Lucas here every year since he was born.

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All Liam wanted to do was check out the animals.  He learned that if he yells at the turkeys that they would gobble back at him  Literally the funniest thing ever.

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Liam spots the train and it was on.

 

Not trip to the fair is complete without stopping by the Dairy Building and checking out the Butter Sculpture.  Don’t forget to grab a cup of fresh milk.  Still .25 cents.

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Many more visits to follow.  If you have never been and are able you should totally check it out.   The food, the Midway, the exhibits all have coverage to follow

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Walking Tour : Wescott, Syracuse

Wescott is an awesome neighborhood located not too far from the Syracuse University Campus.  

Home too many students, professors, alumni, and all ranges of income levels : it is quite the melting pot of culture. 

Home of the best Mexican Restaurant. 

Alto Cinco.  Stop in an have a real margarita.