Back in business

Brian Golden

Well, it looks like I’m back in business following tropical storm Irene’s brief visit to Norwich (and The Evening Sun) this past Sunday. I’m not going to go into details at this point on exactly what happened, but needless to say, it’s good to be blogging once again. And if you’d like to know more, make sure and check out my column tomorrow, in which I’ll elaborate.

As for the past couple of days, let’s just say life has been a little hectic, what with my personal “office situation” (more on that tomorrow, as I said) and the fact that the Green Machine – my on-again, off-again method of transportation – is (sigh) out of commission … again. I can’t say I’m too pleased with that, considering I just got the (insert inappropriate language here) thing fixed. With that said, I have a sinking suspicion I’ll soon be in search of a new vehicle … and a way to pay for it.

On a brighter note, tonight I’ll be attending the BID’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in East Park, in celebration of its official unveiling. Patience is a virtue, they say, and the various people involved with the Park Project must be the most virtuous people on the planet. It’s been a long, strange trip, I’m sure, but the finished product was well worth the wait, in my opinion.

This past Saturday was certainly an interesting one (and that’s putting it mildly). I not only had a chance to visit my favorite recording studio of all time – Subcat Music Studios, in Syracuse – but I also got to perform live (with Master Thieves) while being broadcast onto the big-screen televisions located in the adjacent deli, coffee shop and bar. Definitely a first for me (and the rest of the band), but I must say it went off without a hitch. And after that? A trip to the New York State Fair, which I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting in over a decade or so. I even managed to win myself one of those gigantic, Jamaican bananas in a game of chance. Believe it or not, I only spent $5 doing so. The problem now? What to do with the damn thing.

Prior to Friday’s northern adventure, I had an opportunity (thanks for the tip, Jan) to visit with Bill Middleton, who lives just over the Chenango County border, east of DeRuyter. Speaking with Bill, a Vietnam veteran and the caretaker of his own, personal military memorial, was a real treat and – if you can find the time – make sure and visit this impressive site. The first thing to catch your eye – and I can practically guarantee this – will be the authentic Hughes UH-1 helicopter on display. Oh, and if you get a chance, pick up a copy of retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore’s book, “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young.” Not a big reader? Not to worry, just find the Mel Gibson movie based on the book, “We Were Soldiers.” Why, you ask? Because Mr. Middleton was there in 1965 when the first major battle between the United States and the North Vietnamese Army took place. Both the book and movie detail this incredible event, and to meet someone who was actually there was – to say the least – absolutely inspiring.