They Reopened My Zone

Last year, after 30 years, we decided to choose a new house, in the same school district. For one thing, we wanted closets, and I admit it, central air. We looked around a lot, and considered many factors.

When we found a place we liked, it was in a busier area, but with close proximity to an extensive, inter-borough dirt and gravel trail network. While it certainly influenced our decision, we didn’t fully grasp the importance of the access we have to what I call “the zone.”

I know now that I underestimated my reliance on the zone. Until they closed it, for you know what. That woke me up.

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Plattekill Season Pass Policy Update

This morning we got a release from Plattekill Mountain regarding an update to their season pass deadlines and polices for the 20/21 season. Plattekill is offering a refund for anyone who’s already bought a pass up until the new deadline, extended to fall. The release is reproduced in its entirety below.


Dear Plattekill Skiers and Riders,

To help ease any stress regarding next winter and season passes, we are extending our “early season” season pass deadlines for lowest rates from April 30 to October 15.

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A Brick in the Wall

I recently wrote a blog post to draw attention to the Northeast Face Shield Project. The idea is to raise funds and use it to produce a modest quantity of facial protection for healthcare workers in our region. While government is trying to bail us out of this mess, we wanted to do some bailing too.

Nearly deserted NY Thruway

There are all kinds of ways to help America. Stay at home. Help older people with their shopping. Shop without hoarding. Work out payment terms. Call your mom. Just being nice to people is a way to help. I wrote that post because it was something I could do.


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