Watertown, NY, USA . "Public Square" (vintage, date unknown) but the monument is honoring veterans of the American Civil War so the date of the image is late 1800s

Friday, October 15, 2021

 *[16:30 UTC-4]*[On MT-Today's Playlist]*..what a day..checked the weather this AM..rain most of the day tomorrow & Sunday..checked my supply of bananas..dang..now normally that's a short walk out the main door of the hotel I live in..across the front lawn of the back I have my accounts in..cross a side street..cross Arsenal at the walk light & into Aldi's parking lot..easy.. breezy..lemon squeezy..however..they have the side walk on the north side of the street ripped up from just past the hotel driveway..past the side-street & the cross walk p ast Denny's to the office buildings where my doc'\s office is..I truly hope that's fix before next Friday because I have my 6th month checkup scheduled..[finger crossed..knock wood}..so today's quest for the wild banana required an alternate route..out the  back door & take the route by way of the oft-mentioned "loop" to the corner of Western &Arsenal..the next available crosswalk..this old man ain't going to attempt J-walking the busiest street in town..crossed to the south side & to Aldi..passing the hotel on the way..best guess an extra 3/8th to a 1/2 mile..1-way..got the usual fare & they still had a wedge of the artisan sheep's milk/goat's milk cheese that I enjoy greatly so grabbed another wedge..had a nice chat with one of the kids that works there..(now if I was 40 years younger....) & then re-traced my steps back to the hotel & my rooms..../....the last few day's since my last posting has been uneventful save of course for the construction or more accurately the destruction of the side walk & the blocking of the crosswalk I use on a regular basis...but one way to describe the seasons here in the Northcountry of old New York State is that we only real have two seasons..Winter & Construction..the latter has been greatly curtailed with the CV-19 restrictions..usual from Spring to Fall the hotel I live is is full of construction workers whom are working on one or another of the multiple projects in the area..just the /usual shopping trips..a few walks around the "loop" & of course my on-line gaming & "riding herd" on both the "Farthest Side" & "May the Far Side be with you"..FB group[s where i'm a mod on the former & an admin on the latter..some days it takes up a little more time than I would like but in the long run it's worth the effort...../.....thinking about raking the short walk down the hill to Dollar General before my evening meal & my daily shower/meds routine..ergo.."nite all"....[17:07 UTC-4]..../....

Monday, October 11, 2021

 *[16:25 UTC-4]*[On MT-Today's Playlist]..dang..it's been seven days since my last post & in my defense..I have no defense..very bad Trollie..no biscuit..the weather has been quite calm & cooler of late & with all changes of the seasons my damaged joints have been protesting quite vigorously over the last  few days & as quite often happens my G I tract has joined in the "fun & I've been experiencing some minor but irritating issues there as well..It's "Columbus Day" here in the USA..a federal holiday..but over the last several years Columbus' reputation have fallen in to a state of disrepute that it is passing by without hardly a notice..in the past many stores would hold "Columbus Day Sales" & I've seen nor heard of one in this area..my only really memory of Colum-bus Day (a Monday holiday)..several years ago..the day before driving to church that Sunday morning thru about 15" of new fallen snow..Winter comes early some years..nothing of particular import has occurred over the intervening week since my last posting..the usual shopping..online game play & trying to "ride herd" on my FB groups.."The Farthest Side" where I'm a mod has been quiet.."May the Fat Side be with you" has been any & everything but quiet..but  over the last day or two has settled down a little..disagreements have at times degraded into very pointed personal attacks & that cannot be tolerated..ergo..some members are now former members..it seems that ye olde concept of agreeing to disagree is no longer  in vogue...../.....one sad thing..the passing of an old friend..my wallet..now I frankly don't remember when I bought it..but based on the style of it it certainly wasn't in this century..but it had seen it's better days a couple of years ago..but when things started dropping out of it  I decided to get a new one..decided to look at T J Maxx..they didn't have anything I liked but did find a bottle of artichokes..a tin of herring in mustard sauce & a tin of hot pepper flakes..& then of to Dollar General..found Mossy Oak Tri-fold wallet & a couple of apple pocket pies..a typical shopping trip for me..go out to find a specific item & end up with a sling  bag full of things I didn't know I needed until I saw them in the store(s) for sale..well at least this time I did end up with what I had originally go out to get..hasn't always happen that way..tomorrow will be my 886 month birth day..well as of 08:00 AM..what a minute since we are currently still on "Daylight Savings Time" here in the USA &  the clocks are set ahead an hour..better wait until 09:00 to celebrate..../....little is left of what I'd like to do before I take my rest..but still  a few things remain..ergo.."nite all"....[17:11 UTC-4]..../....

Monday, October 4, 2021

 *[[16:23 UTC-4]*..dang..I've been a very bad Trollie..I  haven't posted since last Wednesday..no biscuit...have been shopping several times over the intervening days..by en-large most of what I've bought is the the usual run of the mill food stuff..did get an "everything" aioli & a spicy chipotle sauce at T J Maxx & a replacement for my copper infused compression gloves at Ollie's..had worn out the last pair..over the years I have damaged my heads & wrists in a number of ways..from sport..occupationally & just because sometimes I can be an incredible klutz..made the best example..although maybe I should have said the worst example happened many years ago..fall of 1968..when I was playing small college soccer..(what most of the rest of the world calls foot-ball)..I was a mid-fielder & usually took on the role of "stopper" if the other side had a gift scorer..but our team that year (3rd year I played) only had 2 goalies..ergo..the new coach decided we needed a designated field player to be a "disaster keeper" if both went down or got ejected..(both had quick tempers)..I got the nod..I trained once a week with the keepers & took my turn in the nets during scrimmages..one day..our best striker split the defense straight up the middle..I pulled out about 6' to cut down the angle & shaded him a bit to my left..his fav shot was top left corner..yup..he hit a low slider towards the bottom right..dove back with my hands together to deflect it around the post..which I did..what I also did was hit the 4x4 inch hardwood post with all 8 fingers & sprained both wrists..I guess I let out a blood curdling scream..I had my hands under my armpits..coach.."let me see your hands"..me.."first check on the ground I think I might have knocked a couple of my fingers off"..course I hadn't but it sure did feel like I had..game next day..hands were a mess..but our center-mid was out with an injury & I subbed for him & didn't need the use of my hands..../....had been on FB earlier in the day & had played poker which I log-on to with my FB account..well first reaction was..okay what did I do to get kicked off FB..but sure discovered it was off-line..& since I log-on to the poker site I play out thru my FB account can't get on there either..which isn't a problem since I usually play about 05:00 local time..unless FB is down..yesterday there has been a member of "May the Far Side be with you" whom had become an issue..rules-wise..had been figuratively speaking "kicking dirt on the "line" but no crossing it..but yesterday..made a very nasty personal attack on another member..I had had enough..he's now a former member..../.....just a few things left to finish off my day..ergo..nite all....
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

*[18:59 UTC-4]*[On MT-Today's Playlist]*..I decided to re-arrange my usual routine a little..I have been usual taking my shower & meds a little before 19:00 & then prepare & consume my evening meal & then head for bed.,.tonight same routine but started with shower & meds just before 18:00 so as I sit here tonight other than finishing this posting & a last look-in on..on the "Farthest Side" & "May the Far Side be with you" (I'm a mod on the former & an admin on the latter) my day is complete..../....yesterday just after 08:30 went up the to the bank to get my "10 day walking around money" now one thing or another I haven't seen the manager since mid-August but she was there so had a nice chat then to the tellers & another nice chat with two of them & the assistant manager..the whole crew there are very nice people & are very helpful as well..around mid day I took a walk to Price Chopper & T J Max,,some garlic..shallots..a package of pre-breaded/pre-cooked shrimp & a bottle of prepared horseradish..& then off to T J's..a bottle of roasted red bell pepper..a small bottle of red pepper flake & a bottle of spicy Chipotle sauce..(dang ..another entry in to the spell-check dictionary)..had some on my morning today boiled egg very nice but will need to use with great discretion..both of my hands have been damage over the years either in sport or on the job & with the hours I spend online with keyboard & mouse they sometimes get stiff & sore..so I've been using a pair of compression gloves w/copper..well Wilbur.. the old pair had seen their better days so off to Ollie's & a new pair..slept ok last night..just after I went to bed my left toes decided to start cramping..just get one worked out & another would occur..I have copper thread compassion sleeves for my feet put one on the left foot..problem solved..a off day at the poker table but right before I left went all-in with pocket Aces..won a 600 chip poi (remember..free site..faux money) & left with just over 400 chips I hadn't brung with me..just after 09:00 took a quick walk to both Big Lots & Aldi..didn't see anything at Big Lots..a rare occurrence..just the usual fare at Aldi save for another Philly cheese steak calzone..a late walk round the oft -mentioned "loop" & a quick stop at Dollar General for a couple of cherry pocket pies & a package of cookies..but a couple of really good days & the weather forecast calls for several more with daytime temperatures in the lower to mid 60s F..my kinds weather..my day is nearly at it's end..ergo.."nite all"....[19:35 UTC-5]..../....

Monday, September 27, 2021

 *[06:34 UTC-5]*[On MT-Today's Playlist]*..been a few days since I got off my tuckus & posted here..there was a song way back when by The Carpenters.."Rainy Days & Mondays Always Get Me Down(link)..well Wilbur..it's Monday & a rainy day here in ye olde Northcountry of Upstate NYS..weather for today is rain thru the 17:00 hour..then nice weather for the next several days with daytime highs in the lower to mid-60s F..Fall tends to come early here..can the first frost be far behind..ergo it's both a rainy day & a Monday..we shall see how the day unfolds..../....not much happening here over the last few days..did my /usual multiple shopping trips ..got my "10 day walking around money" on Friday & later in the day a stop Ollie's..a new checkout girl & a cute talkative one.. who wished me a nice weekend..chuckled and told her "I'm retired..everyday is a weekend"..*[10:06 UTC-$}*..had an up & down session of poker & at end of a 62 minute session left with the exact same number of chips I had brung with me..[shrug}..checked the local radar again & now it appears that the rains will be gone some time between 13:00 & 14:00..so the quest for the wild & dangerous banana may commence this afternoon..*[13:41 UTC-4]* well the rain had pasted by just after 12:00 & so I finished up a sim I was playing & headed to Aldi..just the usual fare..but had decided I'd pickup a four cheese calzone which Aldi usual has for a quick lunch..but for a few cents more they had a Philly cheese steak calzone..decided to give it a try..just finished off with a bottle of orange soda..will definitely put that on the list to buy again..& again....now back off to play some more sims&solitaires..*[15:22 UTC-4]* I was looking thru my file of Larson cartoons & decided to post "The Parakeet of the Baskervilles(in the footer) & it reminded me of the time we had a big male parakeet & had it on the kitchen counter..& one of our cats jumped up & had it's face against the cage..the bird hopped over on its' perch & pecked the cat on the nose & the cat ran away & hide for a couple hours..*[18:01 UTC-4]* I had finished up my day's game play & took a walk around my oft-mentioned loop..a brief sit-down at  the intersection of Western & Arsenal & then back to my rooms..just my end of day routine to attended to..shower & meds..evening meal & because tomorrow is Tuesday..collect my recyclables & bag my garbage for pickup tomorrow when I get my weekly visit from the Ladies of Housekeeping..of which I am most thankful..ergo.."nite all"..*[18:12 UTC-4]*..../....

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

 *[17:10 UTC-54]*..I got done with my online games & decided to  take a walk..now hadn't been out of my room all day save for a quick trip to the lobby to picket up some breakfast items for the next couple of day's & hadn't intended to venture out until the late afternoon early evening so hadn't bother to check the weather or glance outside for that matter..so when I did it was raining & according to the weather has been raining most of the day & rain is forecast for at least the daylight hours fro tomorrow as well so looks like another day in my rooms..decided to post here..& realized the last time I post was 4 days ago..bad Trollie..no biscuit..I have been posting my daily game results as/always to "Trollie's Game Room"..but have had several sound reasons why I haven't posted here..well at least from my POV..anyways..have over those three days hit about every store I usually trade at least once & in the case of Dollar General & Aldi's a couple of  times each..usually to get something I'd forgotten to get the time before & as always end up with something I didn't know I needed until I saw it..oy vey...../.....just after I retired last night my damaged left foot treated me to not one but three different cramps..finally got back up..I have a compression sleeves for my feet that I sometimes wear when walking out..w/copper thread..but rarely wear them when I sleep..so pulled one on my left foot & it decided to stop complaining & had a decent night's sleep howbeit an abbreviated one..foot & the rest of my oft-complaining joints have been quiet so far today..& the day has gone quite well save for a less than stellar session of poker..left way too many chips on the table.but then I'm reminded it ain't the rent money..just faux game money..nonetheless..still don't enjoy doing that..../....have spent some of the day watching a few episodes of NCIS..usually USA airs a multiple episodes on Tuesday but on Wednesday this week..??..../ ....not much left to do before I take my rest save for my daily shower/meds routine & my evening meal..probably a few more games & check-ins of both "The Farthest Side" & "May the Far Side be with you"..both have settled down over the last couple of day's & the work-load has been light & there hasn't been any member whom has "run afoul of FB's "community standards"..[knock wood]..ergo.."nite all"....[17:38 UTC-4]..../....

Saturday, September 18, 2021

 *[15:27 UTC-4]*[On MT-Today's Playlist]..I didn't sleep very well & took me a while to get going yesterday morning..but off to start my day..got to thinking that the normal day for me to go get my "10 day walking around money" was this coming & even waiting to Saturday was an issue..not from a cash-flow issue but from the simple fact that I'd have to deal with the ATM..not always I sometimes have problems with the ATM because of my essential tremors..same issue I have when trying to input numbers on a touch tine phone..I'll have a little shake & hit a key twice rather than the allowable once..ergo..decided to go to Aldi a day earlier that I had originally planned & stop at the bank on the way back to my rooms & deal with a teller instead..which I did..got through most of the day & was considering sitting down & posting here but remember I needed to refill the prescription for one of my meds..checked the clock & had time to get to the in-store pharmacy at Price Chopper before it closed..& did so..any-ways that's my excuse for not posting last night..whilst I waited for the druggist to fill my prescription just picked up a few shallots & some chives.got my meds..checked out & off to T J Maxx & got a bottle of sweet chili sauce & a nice chat with "H"..but the late walk threw me off schedule a little & never hit the hay until just after 21:00..but got right to sleep..the next time I saw the clock it was nearly 03:30..can't remember the last time I slept 6+ hours with out an issue (guess the diuretic took pity on me)..got a jump start on the day..not the best of sessions on "Replay Poker" but did manage to escape with a few chips I'd not brung with me & by 09:00 was well into my day..checked the weather looked clear of rain..walked out the backdoor..very light rain..back to my rooms.. donned my rain gear & out the back door..no rain..Mother Nature's sick sense of humor got me again..off to Ollie's & a container of granulated onion..something I've been using in my rustic egg-white frittatas..a larger amount than I had wanted but decided the price was right so got it & a chat with a new kid..than to Dollar General..the assistant manager saw me and we have pies..saw four grabbed..'um..said I.."now you don/t" she said "I've got 4 more..want them" ..yup..had a chat about the fact they've been having trouble getting some standard items asked about snicker doodle cookies..she took off..opened a box that had been delivered this morning & I  have my cookies..so  been a good day so far..just a few things to wrap up before I take my rest..ergo .."nite all"....[16:00 UTC-4]..../....

Thursday, September 16, 2021

 *[16:12 UTC-4]..it's a mid-70s sunny day here in ye olde Northcountry of NYS & I haven't gotten off my lazy tuckus to go out & enjoy the day..perhaps I will later..but I sit here total flabbergasted (and yes it is legitimate word..must be spell check knew it) but more about that later..got up tight around the usual time but it took forever to get my old bones & brain functioning at an accept--able level & at least at that point nothing earthshaking on either of the two FB groups I'm either a mod or an admin on & off to  play some poker on "Replay Poker"..I've had better days & worse ones..and started my day's game play..now I mentioned somewhere below that we had had an admin booted by FB for posting a Larson cartoon which had at least from FB's "bot's" perspective a "bad word"..so whilst checking pending posts saw that a member had submitted said post for the group..I of course declined it & sent him a PM as to why..but then thought (mistakenly so) that it would be a good idea to post a warning to the group but couldn't actually post it..but a vague description which the "bot" won't pickup..well they finally got the idea right & what did 5 of them try to do..yup..post the dang thing..hence my current flabbergasted state..[throws his hands in the air in disbelief] ..anyways I decided to delete my post warning them..but I can't believe that anyone would deliberately as we would have said back in the day "poke the bear"[link]..like it or not if you want to play in the "play ground" that's FB..it's their ball & you have to play by their rules..you really don't have another choice..complain about it if you must..but as we used to say back in the day "it's their way or the highway..[just shakes his old grey head]..../....[17:41 UTC-4]..so after committing the above to a draft..I donned my walking shorts..a pair of sneakers..grabbed my hat..cane & sling bag & took a leisurely stroll around the oft-mentioned "loop" ..decided to forego the traditional sit-down on the benches at the intersection of Western & Arsenal & continued my walk with a brief stop at Dollar General..as has been the case as of late they are out of everything I'd want & have shelves full of things I'd never dream of buying..anyways..back to my rooms & played a couple games of Spades on "24/7 games.com" & sat down to finish this posting..all that's left of the day is my shower & meds..prepping & consuming my even repast & maybe some "Beat Bobby Flay"..anyways & ergo.."nite all"....[17:51 UTC-4]..../....