A fish near Lake George, New York.
• Riding home from work the other evening, I saw a guy selling ice cream from a reclaimed and converted wheelchair. He had some sort of cardboard coverings over the larger front wheels, and had fashioned a large cooler into the main chair part of it, as if people weren’t going to notice it’s former wheelchair qualities.
• Also food-related, the owner of the Park Slope-based, Willy’s Dawgs, was telling me about the tattoo he plans to get when his shop hits it’s two year anniversary in a month or so. I’ve become partial to the make-your-own over the recommended specials. Also, beware of biting insects in the back patio during the summer. Great food (and of course they have that carrot dog thing too).
Don’t let them tell you otherwise: Rich can grill some mean hamburgers.
We made use of a bar we found in an empty country club building that we gently let ourselves into for exploring purposes, late in the evening. From left to right: Emily, Jen, Jenn, and Rich.
To be honest: I have no idea why there were heads on plaques.
• Lake George, New York. Jenn and I took the Amtrak up to Albany, NY this past weekend to hang with our friends Jen and Rich (plus Emily and Erin), who invited us up to hang out at a lake house up on Lake George (an hour out of town) that they were in the process of selling. While the water was beautiful and inviting (they had floating, anchored platforms for swimmers and such), the swimming was maybe overshadowed a little bit for me by the amount of intriguing, abandoned “family fun” parks and defunct, low-budget theme parks that were sprinked in the woods around the dense, touristy area. Turns out, they even have a tiki-themed hotel and surprisingly-still-operating, ridiculously spooky children’s theme park called “Magic Forest” (suprisingly, i learned that Clara has wandered through it). We explored Action Park, and noted the weirdness of a handful of others. Other highlights included: seeing Albany’s downtown area, the large and slightly-dated New York Museum, Albany’s Egg venue, grilling hamburgers while a large amount of fireworks exploded over the lake, the lake water feeling super clean while swimming, an all-American breakfast at The Lone Bull on Lakeshore Drive. When Rich was kind enough to let me borrow his car for a day, you better believe Weezy had the Albany airwaves on lock. I’m telling you: it’s oddly unifying (and yes, I did hear those rumors about a biographical film coming out).
Action Park in Lake George, NY. It hasn’t seen much action (aside from amateur graffiti) in the past few years.
I didn’t have quite enough time to let myself into the main Opera House.
Some of the other buildings, though, seemed to have some salvageable materials.
My cousin, Paul, demostrates how to achieve Ambrel’s aesthetic with stellar ease. My brother, Clay, is seen on the right in the shot. Check out all the rest of the shots from the extended weekend at the beach here.
• Emerald Isle down in North Carolina has been a good annual escape for the past few years with my mother’s side of the family, to get away from work for a few days. Jenn and I went down to a rental cottage they had for a week to find a large assortment of bikes (my brother’s collection, one of Paul’s, and a handful of others). We did a thirty mile ride on cruisers (a Schwinn cruiser, and an old British-made Royal) while Clay and Paul rode fixed (Bianchi Pista and Surly Steamroller), and my father joined in on a Trek road bike.
• One thing I love about New York in the summer: the way that little weeds and grasses grow up between all of the cracks in the most desolate of areas, and pepper the asphalt and concrete landscape with some green.
• Happy birthday the other week to my boy Val in Boston.
• Jenn and I met up with B.Davis and Sylvia to watch the 4th of July fireworks from the Empire-Fulton State Park area (in Dumbo, between the two bridges on the waterfront) with Sylvia being kind enough to bring beer. The next day, Jenn and I went over to Esperanto on Ave C for brunch. Reasonably priced and good bloody marys.
I’ve been riding this thing around as much as possible. Next step: cut the steerer down to get rid of some of those spacers near the stem. Thanks to Clay for the black risers.
• The bike arrived last week. I couldn’t be happier about the fit and the fun involved while riding it. Thanks to Jeff over at Continuum for some wheel-truing and brake assistance. This past Friday night, after doing a few laps at Prospect Park (and then picking up burritos at Uncle Moe’s), I caught the free Brazillian Girls performance in the park. We weren’t close enough to get a great look at the lead singer, but the sound quality was pretty good.
• “My junk is janky.”