Traffic Re-routing

Canaltown Days were going on today, but I don’t participate in those activities on Sundays.  So, on the way home from church, they had Stafford road blocked off.  We drove a block over, and came down to Main Street, and it was blocked off too.

Now, keep in mind that the parade was yesterday.

We asked the office if we could get through since we only lived a block down the road.  Instead, he wanted us to go east and come on to main heading the other direction.

We did as directed, only to find they were not using that section of Main Street for anything.  Very strange.

Chris Lauren and I did some of our home teaching today.  (In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, families are visited each month by two priesthood holders.  The purpose of the visit is to check on the welfare of the family and to instruct them.)  We have 3 families – the Green’s, the Scott’s and the Nichols’.  We visited the Green’s and the Scott’s.

Being new to these families, we spent the time getting to know them.  The Green’s are both from this area.  Bro. Scott is from Southern California, and his wife is from the Buffalo Area.  Both families are delightful and it is going to be fun home teaching them.  

At church I was sustained as the ward organist.  This is in addition to being the Primary Pianist.  There is nothing like using the tallents God has given you.  It is rewarding and fulfilling.  I just hope I don’t fat-finger too many notes when I play.

Canaltown Days – Palmyra

Well, this was it.  The big event Palmyra lives for each year – Canaltown Days.  I had to take a walk down to the village to see what it is all about.

I was amazed.  The place was FULL of vendors selling food, hand-crafted things, clothes, you name it.  It was like a fair.  They had a hot-rod show.  Live bands at two venues.  It was quite the event.

The parade wasn’t like our other parades.  This parade was BIG.  And, it passed right in front of the Beckwith Mansion.  I had people all along the front of my property starting at 8 am.  (The parade was at 4pm.  That’s 8 hours of holding their place for watching the parade.  I think next year… I should sell tickets.  Just kidding… maybe.)

Here’s some pictures…

If you come to visit for fall colors, come a couple of weeks early and enjoy Canaltown Days.  Sorry I didn’t get any pictures of the boats.  Perhaps next year.  I was too busy taking in all of the happenings along Main Street.  (Oh, if you find the photo that shows the fire plug, that’s the one in front of my house.  So, you can get an idea of how close we are to the action.)

Escape From Dallas

I had to leave the hotel at 4:30am this morning to get to the airport, get the car checked in, and check in for my flight.  It is a good thing I did.  The only drawback was my flight left at 7am, which meant they started boarding around 6:30am, and none of the food concessions opened until 6:30am.

I managed to make it to Atlanta before I had “brunch”, at the Atlanta Airport.  If you have never had to change flights at Atlanta, you haven’t experienced the world’s longest walk through an airport.  The place is huge.  And, you would think that gate D17  is real close to C20.  Wrong.  They are probably a mile apart.

But, I made it home, had dinner with Elizabethe, and then went to the temple with her for our Friday night date.

Touring Facilities in Dallas

Our class worked through lunch today and got out early.  A co-worker took me on a tour of some of our facilities in Dallas and Richardson, Texas.  It was kind of nice to be able to see equipment I’ve configured and shipped over the last 8-plus years.  Having never been to Dallas, except to change flights at the airport, it was interesting to see the BIG HQ building and our big data centers.

One AT&T Plaza (iPhone pic)

One AT&T Plaza (iPhone pic)

Too big for iPhone camera, so I looked up.

Too big for iPhone camera, so I looked up.

And, inside the lobby is the “Golden Boy” .  This statue (below) started on the Western Electric Building in Manhattan, it’s been moved around a bit,  and eventually settled in Dallas in the 7-story lobby of the Ed Whittaker Building at One AT&T Plazza.  (Here’s a photo gallery dedicated to the statue – )
Golden Boy

Golden Boy

On the way back to my hotel, I made a wrong turn so I went around the block and actually found something I wanted to photograph.  This section of Dallas is called Farmers Branch.  There’s a little park with a couple of old log homes and some other homes built in the mid-1800s.

You can see a pic at my photo blog at

Another Day in Dallas

All I have to report today is that I found a great burger and ice cream place.  It is in North Dallas and it is called Braum’s.  The burger tasted fresh and had quality ingredience.  And, the ice cream was darn good too.

Now, if I could find a t-shirt for my grandson Texas that says, “Don’t Mess with Texas”.

Voices and Faces

I met several people today with whom I have only talked with over the phone.  It is always fun meeting people and putting their face with their voice.  Are they old?  Are they young?  Slim?  Heavy?  You kind of build these mental photos of what the person at the other end of the phone looks like.

No BBQ today.  I ate breakfast at Sonic (love their Super Sonic Breakfast Burrito.)  Then, for lunch, the group wanted to go to a Chinese buffet.  It was actually pretty good.  Their presentation was lacking, but the taste was good.  I know, you don’t associate Texas with Chinese food.  Neither do I.

I will have to ask for a reference tomorrow for good BBQ.

No pictures today.  I haven’t had time.  I also haven’t seen much I want to photograph.  This is a visually boring part of town.  I never thought there could be such a thing, but I think I have found it.

Dallas and Raining

Well, not much of an update about the mansion, Palmyra, or any of the happenings around there.  I spent most of the day in airports.  But, I’m finally in Dallas.

I thought I’d try a real “Texas BBQ.”  Well, don’t go to Dickey’s BBQ of you are looking for good food.  I will leave it with this:  The “smokey” flavor tasted like car exhaust smoked meat.  It was pretty bad.  I will try to find a good BBQ while I’m here, but for now, Dickey’s is NOT it.  (The place has a big sign on the wall that says, “Texas Gas Station”.  That should have been my clue to turn and run out the door.)


I leave for Dallas in the morning.  Training.  Oh, boy.

So, after church I started packing.  Packing for a trip a couple of months after a major move is… well… frustrating.  Ever try to find something that you know was in a box  somewhere?

I am not sure how well I’ll keep the blog updated from my hotel room, but I’ll do my best, or convince Elizabethe to take over for a week.

Yesterday at Watkins Glen

Yesterday at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen – First Trip

I took my old friend Paul to Watkins Glen.  I had never been and we had been looking for an excuse to go hiking.

Watkins Glen is southeast of here about a 90 minute drive.  It is at the south end of Seneca Lake.  The drive from here to there is absolutely beautiful.  You drive through farm country and grape vineyards.  It makes Napa Valley in California, look small.

Vineyards Above Seneca Lake

Vineyards Above Seneca Lake

We arrived at Watkins Glen, and right there in the parking lot, you see the start of this wonderful canyon.

Excited to Start Hiking

Excited to Start Hiking

It was a fun hike, and I can hardly wait to return when all the leaves have changed colors.

I’ll post more photos on my photo blog, along with some tips about Watkins Glen photography.

A Good Friend…

A good friend doesn’t blow his top when given the wrong information and he spends an hour driving around trying to find where to meet you.  Such is the case with Mark and Elaine Evangelos.

We contacted them at the last minute last night to come to dinner with us.  Elizabethe told Elaine we would meet them at 6pm at the Chili’s in Henrietta.  There is only one problem.  There is no Chili’s in Henrietta. It is in Victor.

So, there we sat trying to get in contact with them.  Since we didn’t have a cell phone number for either of them, we were checking our home voice mail every few minutes to see if they left a message at our home number.  Finally, at about 6:45pm, I see them driving in the parking lot.

They were both laughing at the whole incident.  We were a bit embarrassed, but their friendship and kindness overcame our embarrassment.  We enjoyed a nice dinner and visit with them.

The Evangelos’ are friends we know from church.  Elizabethe has a church assignment to visit Elaine each month, and I see Mark in priesthood meeting and we always exchange a smile, handshake and a warm greeting.  They  live about 1/2 between our house and the church building.  Very nice people and I’m glad we were able to actually connect, and that Elizabethe and I didn’t give up and go home when we could not reach them.