Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Hampshire Weekender

The Upstate Bear took a powder from the daily grind and had an awesome time in New Hampshire this weekend! Friday was a fantastic ride where my navigator, Morl, kinda got us there in a round about way after consulting the atlas and reading the star map. That evening four of us went to the Covered Wagon Farm Table where we got the chicken wings and Cowboy chips as an appetizer and then went on to try the salad fare and some burgers. Awesome service, great fare and very reasonably priced, GO THERE!!!

Next morning we did the White Mountain Range tour with guides Corey and Lisette. They gave us the 411 on the history of the area and all the major mountains from the Presidential group to the Franconia Range. We finished with a lunch at BigDaves (pssst... get the Boston 3 way) and headed back to Thornton for the night.

Sunday morning it was pack the car, get my navigator oriented with the road atlas, black coffee and back to upstate NY. BUT not before stopping in at Annies OverFlow Restaurant in Plymouth. Always awesome service with smiles and unbelievable breakfast cuisine. (PSSSSTTTTT....Biscuits and sausage gravy with home fries) Then you can hit the gym for 8 hours..... Ahhhh....dang...back to the grind on Monday.... TK out....

Sunday, December 31, 2017

I'm done trying to be a Microsoft fan....

Dear Microsoft;
I'm done trying to be a Microsoft fan. I've always been a Microsoft guy. From DOS 6.22 to Windows 1.0 ( I've got an original sealed box) and to Windows X. Even through Millenium and BOB....

I give up. You started to get it right when you came up Microsoft mice, joysticks, keyboards and the Gaming Zone and then with the Zune. Go ahead everyone and laugh but there a tons of those units still out there working and they are getting big money on Ebay and Amazon still because they were amazing little units. You blew it when you tried to be into the social media crap. Just build great hardware with an intuitive GUI and you'll rock the world, which btw you had with the Zune and the Windows phone.

When you entered the smartphone market with Windows mobile and then you bought the NOKIA phone division, I thought "Awesome, they're catching on", and you made a great bunch of phones with amazing abilities and then caved in because there weren't enough Apple/Android type apps available to compete with Apple and Android. Seriously now, how many fart machine apps does one system need? You had all the important apps and you could've licensed the ones that were trending, but no, you folded.

I'm tired of looking to you to support what was working and now you're not interested anymore.
Please get a CEO from this planet and divert your abilities to solid, glitch-free hardware and software. Apple should have died a long time ago with all it's glitches, Genius-free stores and the whole "We're better and can charge more for atrocious hardware and software because we came up with the IPod and IPad". Great products in theory but glitchy at best. You've always had so much better talent. You just didn't know how to use them and when to hang on for the long haul.

Zune's gone but I still take it to the gym everyday and it is still rockin' the Eagles in amazing sound. I'm still using my Windows 10 phone and it just works seamlessly. You're not getting it. Don't try to be the trend setter, be the company that just plain works when you need it as you need it. Duh...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

What is with the political rage?

I think something has been added to the Democratic parties water and I don't think it's healthy. I have some Liberal and Democratic friends and even they are trying to distance themselves from some of their "representatives" in D.C. The ''Wilson and Waters" show has my friends looking towards the GOP for sanity. ( I personally think that is hilarious)
I finally figured this whole thing out; it is the WWE, DC style. Seriously, it's just like big-time wrestling and the only thing missing is Vince McMann and the Grand Wizard....
I do think President Trump is doing what he promised and sometimes his command of semantics is sketchy but his heart is in the right place and that bugs the living sh** out of the Democratic/Liberal/AntiFa party.
Fear not; the wacky dems are the best reelection platforms we could ever ask for. We don't need gun control; we need wacky dem/lib/antifa control..... And seriously....Rep. Wilson copying the Bella Abzug hat thing, really unoriginal and really bordering on 941 material...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ellicottville, NY - Nice place to visit for sure

Took a 340 mile ride to do some law enforcement training out in Cattaraugus county which is just north of Salamanca on 86/17 in western NY.  We stayed in Ellicottville  at the Wingate Hotel and worked in Little Valley.
It was an amazing quiet 4 days and was a welcome slow down over the Capital district traffic mayhem and bustle. More than enough to do with all the shops and boating to zip lining at the nearby ski resorts sporting summer activities.
If you like small towns, nice people and good food get in the car and get moving. This weekend July 29 and 30 is the Jazz and Blues Fest. Catch some music and then head over to the Gin Mill on Washington Street for some awesome bar food and suds.