From felonies to “farewell and adieu…”


Brian Golden

It seems local law enforcement had itself a busy weekend, from the looks of things. Between the Norwich City Police Department’s North Broad Street drug bust – with assistance from the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office – and a pair of alleged multiple felony offenses in New Berlin and South New Berlin, it was all I could do to type fast enough in the hours leading up to deadline. Not that I’m complaining, of course. Better to have too much on my plate rather than not enough, and it certainly looks like I’ll be able to fill my personal quota of news stories for the week, which is always a good thing.

Speaking of the weekend, I had a great time rehearsing with the band on Saturday (not such a great time driving home in the pouring rain and fog). There’s simply nothing that compares – musically speaking – to learning a new batch of songs, especially with the number of gigs we have lined-up over the next couple of months. Not to mention it’s always great to see the guys – and gal – that make up Master Thieves. And I’m really excited to check out the Syracuse Music Awards (a.k.a. the ‘Sammys’) come November 11. The band continues to keep its collective fingers crossed in hopes for that elusive Album of the Year award, and we’re also in the running for the Peoples Choice prize, to boot.

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat …”

Finally made it through “Jaws” last night (my third attempt, as I fell asleep the first two times), by far one of my favorite (and most quoted) motion pictures of all time. It’s funny how, even after all these years, the classic tale of man versus shark holds up, both visually and emotionally. What’s truly scary, however, is the fact that it probably won’t be long now until someone comes along and (not-so-brilliantly) decides to reboot the franchise (see the epic failures that were “The Karate Kid” and “Clash of the Titans,” for example). Sorry, but I can’t help myself. And every time I hear of another reboot (“Total Recall” and “Red Dawn” immediately spring to mind) I want to throw my hands up in disgust. Originality would go a long way towards filling those movie theaters, Hollywood, if you can hear me.