May 22, 2007

Dab of CNY: Dairy Goodness.

Dairy Goodness.
Originally uploaded by bluemarvel.

Earl and I made the first run of the season to a very popular ice cream stand. We bundled ourselves up (it’s still chilly at night in these parts) and made the trek to the Ice Cream Factory, located in the little town of Chadwicks, New York, just southeast of Utica.

The Ice Cream Factory is one of the more popular ice cream stands in the area with a 1/2 hour wait or more on hot summer nights. Tonight there were just a few in line before us and only one window was open, but at 52 degrees it’s really not full-tilt ice cream weather yet.

Tonight’s selection was Adirondack Brownie Ice Cream from Mercer’s, which is vanilla ice cream with a fudge swirl and chunks of chocolate brownie strewn through it.

It’s yummy.

If you’re in the area, The Ice Cream Factory is definitely worth a visit for a summer treat. You can e-mail me for directions.

Inspired by Joe. My. God.’s “Morning View” blog entries, I’ve decided to try something similar and share little bits and pieces of Central New York from time to time.


NYC picture from JMG
Picture from Joe.My.God. blog

Earl and I have decided to join the festivities for GB:NYC4 – Gay Bloggers in New York City 4 (links to JMG’s blog entry about this) this weekend. We’re going for the day on Saturday. For more details, follow that link to Joe.My.God or this link to Zeitzeuge Mark’s entry on the subject. Actually, Mark is the one that’s organizing this.

I’ve wanted to get to one of these events since I first heard about them well, four years ago, and I’m excited that we finally have the opportunity. I have to admit I’m a little nervous about meeting up with other bloggers for the first time; I’ve only met a couple to date, including Thom, Pete and Karl.

I think this is the first time I’ve ever considered loading up Sprite bottles with white wine spritzy stuff. Such challenges lie ahead.

Group Effort.

So last night was the season finale for “Heroes”, bringing a close to this volume of the series. Be forewarned that I may mention spoilers if you haven’t seen the episode yet.

Earl and I were in his hotel room in Schenectady last night so we had to watch the episode in “real time” versus tape delay via TiVo. I don’t know how normal viewers tolerate the huge number of commercials in the show! It’s a little bit out of control. I highly recommend that those with access to iTunes download the episode if they can’t watch it without the ads via a TiVo or something.

It looks like I’m running contrary to the fans on the 9th Wonders message board (one of the many sites devoted to the show). Most of the fanboys felt this episode was a let down but I have to say that I truly enjoyed it. The writers would be fools to bring complete closure to the series with this episode, so we were left with some lingering questions that will undoubtedly be addressed in Volume 2.

This was the first episode where I actually cheered for Niki when she whacked Sylar across the face with the parking meter and when she knocked out that increasingly irritating Candace. One little nitpick: previous episodes alluded to the fact that Candace never appears as her true self because she’s heavy, and when she was knocked unconscious (or dead) by Niki she went back to the pretty version of Candace. Should she have reverted to some person we’ve never seen before?

I thought the teaser of Volume 2, with Hiro in 17th century Japan, looked interesting but it didn’t engage me as a viewer. I’m not sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for next season.

On the whole, though, I appreciated the fact that the Heroes were all working together at the end of the episode and I was pleased with the manner and amount of resolution we were presented with.

The only downside to the showing was the preview of “Bionic Woman”. That looks like it could be a good show but it is definitely NOT the Bionic Woman we know. They should have come up with a new Bionic Woman and then got all Buffy or Alias on us. I wish they would change the name of the lead character to something other than Jaime Sommers.