Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Precautions for Bed Bugs While Traveling
- Check the hotel before deciding to stay - Bed bugs might be small, but they are visible to the human eye. Be sure to inspect around the bed (behind the headboard, sheets, nightstands) for bugs and the little black markings they leave behind, which look like specks of pepper or spots of blood.
- Leave luggage in the tub - Bed bugs are crawlers and unable to climb into the tub. This will protect your luggage and prevent you from taking home any unwanted critters.
- When you get home from your trip - Be careful not to bring the bed bugs into your house. Take clothes out of your suitcase immediately and put them in the dryer - a temperature of 140 degrees will kill them. If you have garments that can't be dried, put them in the washing machine and run a cycle. If you arrive home too late to follow these steps, leave your suitcase and its contents outside or wrap tight in a garbage bag until the next morning.
- Take a hair dryer to your suitcase - If you are unable to put your luggage in the dryer, take a hair dryer at its highest temperature setting and run it over the entire suitcase. The heat will get rid of any bed bugs that are lurking.
- Call in the experts - If you have bed bugs in your home or business, call in the experts to take care of the issue. Otherwise, it will only get worse. Catseye uses a variety of safe techniques, like cryonite, to help get rid of any infestation.
Canal Boat Ride Along Erie Canal
But I just got an email about it as well.
It sounds pretty cool so check it out:
On Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 PM, please join Harmony House Marketplace and the Erie-Champlain Canal Boat Company for an evening cruise onboard a historic vessel. The outing will leave from Waterford, the country’s oldest incorporated village and the meeting place of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. While sailing, guests will be treated to samples of local produce and product. Space is limited. Cost is $20/per person and this is an evening you do not want to miss. Call Harmony House at (518) 238-2232 to make a reservation.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Giants Camp Schedule at UAlbany
But, it seems - just like a summer visit to the Saratoga Racetrack - the Giants summer camp at UAlbany has become a popular, must-do tradition in the Capital District...and one I have yet to do. I'm hoping to visit tomorrow (which happens to be autograph day) to finally say that I've gone and seen the Super Bowl champs train.
For anyone else interested in planning a day to see them, here's their schedule (they seem to mainly start around 1pm most days for the next couple weeks): http://cowabungatravel.blogspot.com/2012/07/ghost-tours-at-fort-ticonderoga-in.html
Due to construction, the venue for the training seems to be changing a bit so check out @Giants or @UAlbanySports for details on Twitter.
Ghost Tours at Fort Ticonderoga in August
Fort Ticonderoga, located a couple hours north of Albany, was just featured on the SyFy Channel's show Ghost Hunters. Now they are offering tours that talk about the gory events that took place there.
The 90 minute, $35 tours, taking place at 8pm on Fridays through August, will talk about the fort's -sometimes violent/scary - history.
And you know it's going to be good when the press release says: "These tours are not recommended for the faint-hearted."
Here's the press release:
EXPLORE FORT TICONDEROGA’S GHOSTLY PAST DURING EVENING GARRISON GHOST TOURS
(Ticonderoga, NY) Dare to be brave this summer at Fort Ticonderoga’s Garrison Ghost Tours and enter private areas of the Fort where mysterious and unexplained events have occurred. The ninety minute walking tour in and around the Fort offers historical context to the many frightening stories that are part of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic and gruesome history.
The Garrison Ghost Tours highlight Fort Ticonderoga’s haunted history and unsolved stories featured on Syfy Channel’s well-known series,Ghost Hunters. These tours are not recommended for the faint-hearted. Ages 10 and up are highly suggested.
Fort Ticonderoga is well known for its long and often violent history. Constructed in 1755, the Fort was the scene of the bloodiest day of battle in American history prior to the Civil War when on July 8, 1758 nearly 2,000 British and Provincial soldiers were killed or wounded during a day-long battle attempting to capture the Fort from the French army. During the American Revolution nearly twenty years later thousands of American soldiers died of sickness while defending the United States from British invasion from the north.
The tours begin at 8pm and offered on Fridays through August. Tickets are $35 per person and advanced reservations are required. For more details or to reserve tickets, call 518-585-2821 or visithttp://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/what-to-see/living_history/evening.
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 18 through October 18. The 2012 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution which highlights over 150 of the museum’s most important weapons and is a comprehensive and expanded reinterpretation of its world renowned historic arms collection! Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2012 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visithttp://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Cheap and Free Summer Theatre
One of the interesting people I met at the most recent trial recommended this theatre company that I had never heard of. They do different musicals every two weeks at a venue in Chatham. And, considering tickets for a Broadway musical can be $50 and up, the ~$30 tickets at Mac-Haydn Theatre are pretty reasonable.
They're currently showing Legally Blonde (how appropriate after covering a trial). Next: Kiss Me Kate, Barry Manilow's Copacabana, State Fair, and Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Considering the theatre has been around since 1969, I'm surprised I had never heard of them. But, now we have.
Also, the Park Playhouse's Cabaret is a must-see (just saw it this week). Lawn seating is free but there are varying ticket levels for lawn chairs and even table seating with service from the lingerie-clad cast.
Being a free/low-budget theatre, you never know what to expect but everything is perfect - the cast, the set, the storyline. I don't think I'd change a thing - but I'm also 29-years-old and sans children. I guess I wouldn't recommend this as a family outing.
In fact, I saw probably the best musical/comical dance number I've ever seen in the play. You'll have to see it and guess which one. I'll give you a hint - it's about a threesome.
Cabaret, every evening at 8pm except Mondays, is running through July 29. Then their second mainstage performance will be Hairspray, Aug. 4-19, with the Kid's Park Playhouse's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Aug. 13-19.
Finally, I also just heard about (through The Record actually) the Saratoga Shakespeare Company which is producing Twelfth Night in Congress Park nightly at 6pm, except Mondays, through July 29. Sunday shows are at 3pm. And, it's free.
I really like their motto too - Summer, Saratoga, Shakespeare: It just doesn't get any better than that.
I'm already planning a full day outing in Saratoga including seeing this play. Thinking - breakfast at the track, swimming at Victoria Pool, more track fun in the afternoon, seeing the play, then having a dough boy on Caroline Street. Perfect :)
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
It's Hot - Let's Cruise
It definitely is a time to think about water. I've been going to cruise.com a lot to check out their deals (found some good ones) but here is another local option - Yankee Trails World Travel.
A release I got from them this week -
The month of July has been very dry thus far in the Capital Region, but water is on the mind of area travelers who are taking advantage of Yankee Trails World Travel’s annual Summer Cruise-A-Thon. Following the success of May’s Big Bus Bonanza, when more than 1,000 bus trips were booked than the previous May, Yankee Trails World Travel is already seeing positive returns midway through this year’s second Cruise-A-Thon sales event.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sewing Needles Found in Delta Sandwiches
Basically, several sewing needles were found in sandwiches on multiple flights going to various locations - including Minneapolis, Atlanta, Seattle, and from Amsterdam to the U.S.
It all sounds very random, and weird.
I mean, people talk about there being bad food on airplanes but this is ridiculously.
The airline is taking this very seriously. As they should. They're lucky no one was seriously hurt.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Two MSN Top Swimming Hole Picks in the Northeast
My favorite is usually the latter - though, I get my chlorinated pool fix as much as possible too especially with the heat wave-like temperatures. My hair still smells like pool from a wedding I went to this weekend at the YMCA's Camp Hough out in western NY.
So far this summer I've been to beaches, pools, and lakes but I haven't yet gone to a swimming hole.
MSN somehow made a list of top 7 such swimming locations in the country. Of course swimming holes in Hawaii and California made the list - but so did Ithaca, NY and Lincoln, NH.
The Lincoln, NH one, called Franconia Falls, is about 4 hours from the Albany area and at the end of a flat 3 mile hike that takes about 90 minutes. A description says there are chutes, and areas to jump into the water. I'm tempted to make the drive soon - maybe incorporating it into a beer trek with the bf.
And Ithaca's Robert H. Treman State Park is about 3 hours away with a lot of gorges thus also a lot of swimming holes. I had heard of this one before. It has a great location in the Finger Lakes - a perfect summer place to be with wine and water.
On the way back from Camp Hough, we stopped along Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes as well. We didn't do any swimming but there was much wine and beer to be had. Luckily, I wasn't the DD.
And, if you go to Ithaca, you can turn that into a beer trek too - try the Bandwagon's spicy raspberry beer. It's one of the more interesting beer's I've tried.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Black Hills Professional Video on Youtube
And this video inspired my pick for this week. It's of the Black Hills in South Dakota - home of Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument (both of which made my Good, the Bad, and the Unusual list for my post-cross country road trip)
My photo pick of the yet-to-be-finished Crazy Horse:
And my pick for the week - the butt of a mountain goat in the Black Hills:
Check these links for more of my photos of the Crazy Horse monument and Rushmore.
Was the 7th anniversary of the London Bombings Commemorated?
I know there was some discussion of terrorism while designing the Olympic venues. For example, missiles on site that can shoot down a hijacked airplane.
But, in honor of the 52 people who died and 700 injured in the London Underground and bus bombings in 2005, I just wanted to remind people that it did happen. And I hope it doesn't happen again - in the next few weeks during the Olympics or after.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Travel Advice 101: Explore Outside Your Comfort Zone
My advice is pretty simple: If a location is known for something, it's usually for good reason (except most tourist destinations in South Dakota - a Corn Palace, really?) So, check it out/eat it/drink it up/ and bring some back for me. Ok, you don't have to bring some back for me, personally, but you may want souvenirs for yourself and/or friends.
For example: If you're going to Napa Valley, it wouldn't be advised to go out of your way to skip the wineries. In Cairo? I hear there are some pretty cool ancient wonders of the world there. Or, when in Rome, eat the pasta, per favore.
I bring this up because there are a lot of enthusiasts out there of various crafts, hobbies, collectibles. But even a movie buff would probably enjoy a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland - while still being able to enjoy where such movies were filmed like Happy Gilmore, Deer Hunter, Major League and Christmas Story.
My point is - sure be a connoisseur of wine or beer, an expert on mini-airplanes, a collector of Hot Wheels.
But, seriously, don't limit yourself to just these things when planning or experiencing a trip. There's so much more out there. And, who knows? You might find another hobby/interest along the way.
For inspiration, a list of some Northeast states and the things they're known for. Maybe it matches up to your interests, but even if it doesn't - check it out:
Maine - Rocky Beaches, Lobster, Tracking down Stephen King, Acadia National Park, LL Bean
New Hampshire - Hiking, Hampton Beach, No Taxes
Vermont - Breweries, Dairy Products (Got Ben and Jerry's?), The Outdoors, Weed, Champ the lake monster
New York - Finger Lakes/Long Island Wine, Apples, NYC Hot Dog Stands, Buffalo Wings, Niagra Falls
Massachusetts - Heavy Metal Shows, Art Museums/Inspirations, Whale Watches, Massholes, Cape Cod
Connecticut - Old Colonial Ships, Really Big Casinos
Rhode Island - Oceanside Mansions, Legal Prostitution, Colonial History
Pennsylvania - Milk Chocolate - do you need another reason?
New Jersey - Jersey Shores, Nude Beach, GTL, Theme Parks, Taffy
Fiona Apple Heading to the Palace in Albany Oct. 19
So, for anyone who might want a preview-like-experience of Fiona Apple's concert coming up Oct. 19 at 8pm at The Palace - you could check out Julia Price (JP)'s new album out on July 30.
Then, check out the concert at The Palace. Tickets on sale this Friday, July 13 - ranging from $34.50 to $59.50.
Here's the press release -
Fiona Apple will play the Palace in support of her first release in seven years, entitled “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.” Since making her debut in 1997 with "Tidal" and its Grammy Award winning single "Criminal," Fiona has gone on to define herself as one of modern music's most unique and creative voices.
“Apple’s first LP since 2005 is full of cold truths and her most raw music yet,” said Rolling Stone. “Throughout, Apple sings amazingly, wringing different colors from her voice in every song.” The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised “The Idler Wheel…” as “a collection of stripped-down, percussive songs that’s as passionate, smart and cutting as anything she’s done” in a Sunday “Arts & Leisure” cover story. “Ms. Apple writes metaphor-laden outpourings set to music that pull rock, show tunes, classical piano and jazz into her own realm of brooding and bravado.”
Vulture.com called “The Idler Wheel…” “magical” and Entertainment Weekly awarded it an “A,” observing: “this is an album that will make you stay up late, playing each song over and over, trying to answer the questions it stirs up…Like Apple herself, it's highly confessional and creative and temperamental, and will probably make you fall crazy in love.” “She doesn't simply push herself vocally; she embraces the role of the contortionist, the strange expression, the note that might make someone turn away,” said NPR Music, which gave fans a “First Listen” to the album last week. “She also sings beautifully at times. It's a mix, reflective of the tangle she's trying to unravel — thought itself.”
Tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 & $34.50 and go On Sale FRIDAY, JULY 13 at 10AM at the Palace Theatre Box Office (located at 19 Clinton Ave). Summer Box Office hours are Monday – Thursday 10AM – 5PM and Friday 10AM – 2PM and select Weekend hours for events and public On Sales. Tickets are also available for purchase via Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, local Wal-Mart Ticketmaster Centers or online at ticketmaster.com.
Thursday, July 5, 2012