05 May 2008

Friday 5 Meme

Today's Meme c/o Dawn.

1. Describe where you grew up:
Upper Hudson Valley, New York. About an hour or so north of Albany, the state capital. A small city of ~14,000. On the outskirts, within walking distance to a beach on the Hudson River. There is a small mall (I miss Caldor! Don't you?), a drive-in (there used to be 3, one of them the adult variety). Besides the school trips to the state museum in Albany or passing through on the way to summer camp, I never went there until I was a teenager (to the bigger, way cooler 2-story mall).

2. Do you wear any jewelery?
Only my wedding ring usually. I'm not one for chains but I do have a watch that I seldom wear. It's so heavy and I don't like the idea of being weighed down by time or bound to a clock, so I prefer to go without it. Such a hippie, as contrary as that is to being a punk, but some ideals they can agree on.

3. What do you have too much of?
Nothing, you can never have too much of anything. Well, maybe excess weight. I would love to get down to a svelte 190 again, a number I haven't seen since high school.

4. Who is a fool?
Stupid drivers that make me get all road ragey.

5. What's your nickname?
My sister calls me "Mon Frere". Professionally I try to go by Stephen at work, but most people who know me call me Steve.


Ted D said...


I played over at Dawn's.

I've always heard where you grew up is pretty country; true?

Looking forward to next weekend, man.

Redbeard76 said...

Yeah it's all right. Getting deeper in the Adirondacks it gets really beautiful once you leave the crowds of the tourist trap that is Lake George. It definitely has a different feel to it from Vermont, however similar these neighbors are.

Vermont being New England has that colonial charm to it, a bit more refined. Adirondacks are a bit more rustic & primitive and a lot bigger, you can really lose yourself out there. You can fit all of Massachusetts in the Adirondack Park, I'm told.

Ishat's Fire said...

I have been up that way. It is beautiful country there. I love mountains.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Caldor!! I do miss them! First with the brown-orange-gold design. Later with the red-white-grey. I worked for them for a while too...

My friend Nichole's brother is Steven (with the V, not the PH) and almost everyone calls him Steve, but I always call him Steven. (Ok not always. Last night I called him Stevel on Gmail Chat but that was a typo & ended up turning into a joke... but I digress.) Anyway, I would happily call you Stephen, but I usually refer to you by Redbeard when you comment on my blog since that what your comment has attached to it. =)

~**Dawn**~ said...

D'oh! I also meant to ask where about in the Hudson Valley? I am familiar with a bunch of NY. Ex went to school nearish Albany. Used to roadtrip to Cooperstown all the time with my dad & we never took highways. All back roads. So I recgonize names of a bunch of small towns, and now I am curious.

Redbeard76 said...

Never saw the red-white-grey rainbow, always the 70s yellow-orange-brown for our store before they closed. That store had everything, so sad to see it go, it was like a Target of the 70s and 80s. We also had a Zayre before it was taken over by Ames. And now they too are defunct.

But my favorite was Caldor, where right in front of it was a series of fountains and plants in a solarium type of deal surrounded by dark brown 70s brick.

Glens Falls NY to be precise. 10 minutes from Lake George, 15 minutes from Saratoga.

For blog's sake I try to remain somewhat anonymous as futile as that might be so I try to go by Redbeard here and on other blogs.

~**Dawn**~ said...

It wasn't a rainbow. They ditched the rainbow for a more geometrical logo. I believe Caldor was white, in a grey rectangle, with a little red upside down triangle over the "or".

I have vacationed in Lake George. And I believe that I saw the Tigers play in Glens Falls where one of their minor league affiliates is/was located.

As for the attempted anonymity, that is why I stick to calling you Redbeard. I try to call people what they post under, assuming there is a reason they decided to select that name rather than their given one. =)

Redbeard76 said...

Yes! I was taken to AA Glens Falls Tigers and White Sox games as a kid. My first job as a teen was at East Field hawking popcorn and peanuts in the stands (to this day probably the reason I cannot stand popcorn!) when Single A (NY Penn league) Redbirds played there for one year. GF then hosted the Lumberjacks, a low-A club with no affiliation. Now they have some post-college summer ball if they have anything at all. Too bad, it was a nice ball park, I liked seeing them launch HRs over the left field wall onto Haskell Ave.

~**Dawn**~ said...

That's so cool! My hometown (Bristol, CT) was the home of the AA Red Sox team in the 70s & early 80s when Pawtucket switched from being AA to AAA. (They later moved to New Britain until the mid-90s when they moved to Portland & New Britain became the Twins AA team.) Anyway, the Bristol Red Sox played at Muzzy Field, about a 5 minute drive from where I grew up, and where my high school football team later played its games.

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