Thursday, March 23, 2017

Closer to... SANE!, a health and personal commentary blog: How to Save Money when Traveling

Closer to... SANE!, a health and personal commentary blog: How to Save Money when Traveling

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Model Alexis Ren Makes Me..Want to Work Out!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Taking Antibioitics,Penicillin for Bad Touth Until Can Get it Pulled...

spam deleted. Thanks! 'here's to your health!' 4/24th. Painful. Used oragel and ibuprophen for pain. Penicillin helping with infection and pain. Filling damaged. Needed it removed and replaced but put it off.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Now What!?

spam deleted. Thanks! 'here's to your health!' In the face of so much neglect and ruin, one can't help but ask oneself the question, 'What Now!?" Where do we go from here? Granted the Catskills, upstate NY and other similar rural areas, will never be the same. Gone is manufactring here in the US. The glory of GM is but a distant memory. Many have replaced lunch boxes off to work with food stamps. The Catskills, once were the in plce to come for entertainment. people came up from the city to watch entertainers and stay at the many resorts. Now they have many other options what with planes, like Florida. It is time to rethink and look outside the proverbial box for answers. How can we bring jobs and people back to these abandoned areas? In a shakey economy, entrepreneurs have cropped up all over fending for themselves with little to no faith in their government or it's officials. While it is good to be self reliant, we are social creatures and we do best together rather than every man for himself paddling in a different direction in his own boat. Geese flying on each other's draft is a prime example of this at it's finest. The casino in Schenectady hopefully will bring jobs to that troubled, crime-ridden region. It is my wish that the casino will hire locals rather than outsiders as did Atlantic city making the area worse, not better. It is expected that many will flock there at a chance at winning at their many tables and slots. A new train station is in the works to bring them even, besides by bus and car already. It even has it's own exit ramp built off the highway! The casino is one strategy already implemented to combat the depression that has hit this region. Let's hope it has a ripple effect and impacts the area for the better and other businesses follow suit reinvesting in uptate NY and rural America again in general.

City of Cohoes Neglects their other Grave Yard...

spam deleted. Thanks! 'here's to your health!' Founding fathers years ago made deal with the town of Half Moon to use some of their land for burial plots behind the cemetary there. They were supposed to pay them $20 a month and to maintain the grounds. Neither happened apparently and now the graves are in the woods and covered with weeds. It is disgraceful and a slam in the face to those poor souls buried there. For such a minimal fee, you would think the town would stand up to the plate and do the right thing. Apparently not. Claims too many problems larger here than to do this.Read more on this here

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Zombie Property Next Door

spam deleted. Thanks! 'here's to your health!' Old abandoned building next door has siding, brick hanging off the side facing Remsen, a highly trafficked street with stores on it.It is your typical zombie property,aka a rundown abandoned building in an area with businesses and homes in it. Such eyesores are dangerous and reduce property values.Moving forward,Cuomo has presented a new iniative to help rehab such places and assist owners pending foreclosure. What is asked is that we call 800 number to report when we see such places. If see such a place,call to improve your area today. More on zombie properties here and what you can do to help where you live.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Small Shops help Fill Shopping Void in Cohoes

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'here's to your health!' Although at one time, there were many shopping options in Cohoes, in the last fifteen years or so, that no longer is the case. Known for being an ol' mill town, Cohoes boasted of it's men's and ladies clothing stores, bakery, shoe store, diner, movie theater, milliners, shoe repair, toy, children's clothing, department,stationery, stores, mini outlet mall,etc. With the birth of Walmarts and Sam's clubs, the landscapes of many a small town across the United States likeCohoes, changed drastically. Mom and Pop shops that had weathered many a storm through the years, fell in the face of outscourcing, corporate downsizing,alternate transportaion,vacation options and global warming. Now urban blight, empty strip malls and abandoned, ill maintained store fronts are the norm. What once was the train station, has been replaced by the current OTB. Former churches, once frequented by the faithful, are now either empty or being used for some other purpose, due to decline of parishioners. The library site is what used to be a church. The Venue is an art gallery space that was also a church. The bakery, which was a hub of activity where people went to catch up with the goings on as well as for a loaf of bread, has since burned to the ground in 2006. The family who ran it, didn't rebuild. All along Main street, one can find condemned, foreclosed on properties. Absentee landlords are the norm. Sidewalks are left covered in snow, ice with no salt or sand put down. As I walk my dog,I have fallen twice as slippery and dangerous. Is just a lawsuit waiting to happen as cheaper to maintain than pay in court. Landlords get away with it as is business as usual despite the promises of the new,ineffective mayor. Old Victorian burned, damaged home on Bridge street, stands teetering on the hill as one enters Cohoes. An eye sore if there ever was one. Empty store fronts line Remsen still despite alleged urban renewal claims. Many store owners have little incentive to invest in this troubled,dying town. Young people tend to leave once grown rather than reinvest in their community. The hardware store closed last year as owner retired. Noone bought the space so we have no hardware store now. Yes one can get a few screws and nails at Family Dollar but, selection is minimal. Table and Chairs furniture just went out a few months back. 30% poverty rate is a staggering statistic here well above the national average. Area is being called Appalachia now. There are some places to eat here though such as House of Pizza, Subway, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. The Falls are a tourist attraction eventhough there is nowhere for visitors to stay what with the hotel being closed. In it's defunct space are plans for a high income high rise for the chosen few. The Mercantile next door to there is a gift shop with some clothes, hand made soap, cremes but most of it's items are pricey, from China and unecessary. Marras', drug store, that has more than a pharmacy has been around for ages. Family also owns the funeral home. Town has a florist, rug store, hair salon, jeweler, bike and antique shop too. Music Hall has live entertainment from time to time but few I know go as can't pay. Churches hold bazaars and sell items a couple of times a year. One can get books to read, DVDs to rent at the library. Vendors line the street selling their wares fall and winter too. Those willing to drive, go to malls in neighboring towns to shop or online as not much here anymore. History of town dates back to the revolution. Mastedon bones were found during the building of the dam even. Despite it's image being tarnished,Cohoes has held on. When walking down it's cobble stone streets, one can't help but fall in love with it's many brown stone beautiful buildings in the historic district. There remains still a charm here, if you take the time to look. Thankfully there are still some shops here that have listened to the consumer and have attempted to fill their needs. They have considered the demographic here, which consists downtown of a large population of people on the government rolls. Based on buying trends they have opted to sell low cost,new or gently used product, they can afford to buy. This increases local commerce and creates a vibrant, happier community, where all can buy and not just those with good jobs and money. Stores like Family Dollar, CVS and Rite Aid anchor the town, along the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, along the Erie canal. They supply cheap house hold items, clothing, shoes, food and of course medicine. They sell over the counter drugs too. The Peltier House has been restored to it's former glory, off White St amist smaller, newer homes. One can buy dollar used DVDs at A Little of This An That on Main and Columbia streets. At Faye's Fabulous Finds, one can find nice used furniture, clothes, shoes and hand bags, lots of bags! Barry's thrift on Remsen has collectibles and the odd item you didn't know you needed, for less like a cell phone speaker, requiring no wires! The Community Closet, also on Remsen, has used clothing for a steal. It is run by the local church and items are sold by donation. In fact it is not unheard of to get a coat for a buck there! Mimi's Elegance Boutique is the only real ladies clothing store in town. It has some nice new dresses,including designer for a very good price. One can get a marked down from $140. Calvin Klein dress for just $35! The dress sizes range fro 1 and up. When I was there I found some 16's but no 18's yet which is what I wear. In the back of the shop, is a hair salon. They split the space which saves them money. I saw handmade jewelry too. With the dresses were a few hand bags. In a city with so many social problems, it is refreshing to see some shops and their owners changing with the times so they don't become dinosaurs like their previous neighbors. Many are reselling used product for reuse, rather than using new resources, which is called upcycling. This cuts down on what ends up at exhausted landfills, so it helps the environment too, besides saving seller, buyer money. Is a win, win situation as seller makes money off what would end up being thrown away, other wise. Most people need to watch what they spend now a days so here they save money. This is why thrift stores have become so popular, as well as yard sales and flea markets. People are looking to save or get a bargain. Cohoes, now has become a part of this new trend, embracing the old. All I can say is , way to go guys! thanks for offering us some affordable, yet nice shopping in Cohoes once again!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Not using A plus Medi Trans again

spam deleted. Thanks! 'here's to your health!' Last time rode with them, had a bad experience. Driver was unsafe behind the wheel. Twice drove at regular speed and applied brakes at red light. called to complain to dispatch who blamed on me as had no seat belt on in back seat. Hit head on side of car. Already have injury from car accident. Not cool. No apology. Wouldn,t ride with them again. Don, recommend them to anyone either. Called MAS, medical answering service, who book fees through ,who did nothing. Blows.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Sleeping Bag Survival Coats

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Hi. I came across this great charitable organization in my travels and want to share it with you. During this upcoming Thanksgiving XMAS season, it is important for us to consider our fellow man. Especially let us look at the faceless, namely the homeless, the drug and alcohol-addicted, those with mental problems.

Basically the outcasts, throw aways of society. as may know many can't even manage to sustain employment, let alone housing permanently. Theirs is a life of instability, living in the streets, risking violence exposure to the elements sickness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, fear and anger. There is an organization that offers a real 'life preserver' to the afflicted.

Is called The Empowerment Plan. Hires homeless women. Pays them to make these coats from used knapsacks. Idea and business former by grad student.


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Sleeping Bag Survival Coats

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Hi. I came across this great charitable organization in my travels and want to share it with you. During this upcoming Thanksgiving XMAS season, it is important for us to consider our fellow man. Especially let us look at the faceless, namely the homeless, the drug and alcohol-addicted, those with mental problems.

Basically the outcasts, throw aways of society. as may know many can't even manage to sustain employment, let alone housing permanently. Theirs is a life of instability, living in the streets, risking violence exposure to the elements sickness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, fear and anger. There is an organization that offers a real 'life preserver' to the afflicted.

Is called The Empowerment Plan. Hires homeless women. Pays them to make these coats from used knapsacks. Idea and business former by grad student.


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