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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Whirlwind SmAlbany tour...

Whirlwind SmAlbany tour: Just sent the last of my relatives packing from the weekend that was my sister's wedding. My west-coast cousins had come in for an extended stay (Thursday to Monday) and we took on the charge of entertaining them in SmAlbany during the non-wedding portions of the weekend. The wedding ate up the chunk of time from the rehersal dinner on Friday right through brunch on Sunday, so we had two full days - Thursday and Monday - plus a few half days to work with.

We settled on the following itinerary: took them to Saratgoa Thursday (track during the day, dinner and drinks in town at night), sent them on their own walking tours of historic Schenectady and downtown Albany on the half-days, and then took a day trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Monday. It seemed to work well: my cousins enjoy sightseeing, love walking around small towns, and had never been to 'toga or Cooperstown. All in all, somewhat of an eye-opener for California-types.

And yes, we considered a duck-boat tour, but couldn't pull the trigger -I'm just not daring enough for something like that, especially without pre-testing it for the possible embarressment factor. And to answer your other question: yes, we really are uber-dorks who really are obsessed with SmAlbany.
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