Drive-thru line shows how lazy we now are
On our return from western New York a short while ago, my wife and I stopped at Tim Horton’s for coffee.
Without exaggeration, there were 18 cars lined up for the drive-thru window for orders. I thought to myself that it really must be crowded inside. To my glee, we were second in line. Granted it may have been in the peak morning rush hour, but how many times have I witnessed long lines as such during a less demanding time?
To me, we are continuing to be a more lazy society.
GE doing something constructive abroad
Re March 13 article, “GE gets $1.9B order for gas turbines”: GE has come up with the best foreign policy — send turbines instead of lethal weapons. What a splendid idea.
General Electric is sending turbines to Egypt that will provide thousands of homes with electricity. No one is hurt, no one is threatened and it gives us jobs, jobs, jobs; the only thing most of the government seems to think we need.
Perhaps our GOP senators could do something constructive and send another letter to Iran and advise them about this great idea, with a little forceful, “Do this or else.”After they finish meddling with the president’s foreign policy to negotiate peace, they can get back to destroying the president’s domestic policy of restoring our decaying infrastructure. What great, heartwarming news.
Think outside box to save Postal Service
Through this brutal winter, I wondered how we could save our postal workers from enduring sub-zero (wind-chill factor) weather and blizzards.
Would neighborhood post office box buildings be feasible, where one would have to walk a few blocks to collect mail? We drive miles for food and to jobs. New York City apartment-house dwellers are served in this way.
The cost of erecting thousands of such units across the land might seem prohibitive, granted, but they might be cost-effective over time as fewer employees would be needed. And we’d be saving the lives of the young deliverers from snow, ice, snarly traffic and nasty dogs.
Then again, I’d consider zoning rates as well — cheap within one ZIP code and costlier for distant delivery. This might help the Postal Service’s bottom line, which has been turning red and driving up all rates.
Has anyone else considered ways to improve, if not save, the post office?
We’ll all miss having Don Weeks talk to us
I was a friend of Don Weeks and was amazed to read of his death. Don was a wonderful person, but I didn’t think he was able to stop talking long enough to lie down and die. My bet is that Saint Peter has posted Don at the Pearly Gates to meet, greet and chat with all his old and new friends as they join him in Heaven.
My God, how that man could talk. My fondest memory of Don occurred when I was a time salesman for the old WROW talk radio station. Don was a buyer at the Halpin & Williams ad agency, and we shared Montgomery Ward as a client.
I invited Don to join me for lunch, picked him up around 11:30 a.m. and drove to a then-popular watering hole on Central Avenue. We finished a nice lunch and then just sat at the table talking, and talking and talking, until the waitress said they were closing the lunch area of the dining room. Don didn’t miss a word as we calmly moved into the dinner area, sat down, continued our conversation, and eventually ordered and ate dinner.
Our conversation ended when they closed the restaurant that night.
I took Don home after what I’m confident was the longest “business” lunch in Capital District history. And believe it or not, we were both stone-sober during the entire encounter.
Don Weeks was a very special person and the Capital District will be a much lonelier place without Don to talk to us.
People need help on annual pothole issue
Leaving Curry Commons Apartments on March 2, I traveled down Altamont Avenue under the bridge to Chrisler Avenue and on to the Heritage Post Office.
My God. Did the German boys in the Luftwaffe send over about 50 twin-engine bombers in WWII to bomb the GE-Alco but missed and hit Altamont Avenue?
Please Mr. Mayor, get in your limo and drive down and see the deplorable conditions I write about. Potholes galore — so many you cannot dodge them and so bad you can easily blow a tire, bend a rim or wreck your suspension system. We the people of this area need you help.
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