Holiday Season.

With U.S. Thanksgiving just a few days away, one can safely say that the holidays are upon us. I think Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays; it hasn’t been infested by crass commercialism and it makes me think about what I’m thankful for, all the blessings I have and all of the love that I am surrounded with. Thanksgiving is a beautiful thing and it makes me smile.

Jamie and our friend phil will be enjoying us for our annual Thanksgiving feast this year. Earl did the grocery shopping yesterday while I was flying around. This was very kind of him because I am not a fan of going to the grocery store unless it’s Wegmans. And unfortunately, we don’t have Wegmans in these parts.

Today we began cleaning the house in preparation for the holidays, tackling various drawers of junk and other accumulations that were scattered about. I spruced up my office this afternoon, adding a few accoutrements to the walls.  I also organized my pilot equipment. Because of my geeky/techy approach to being a pilot, I have a lot of things to charge and stow for my next flight.

Earl announced to me that he is going to start the Thanksgiving cooking on Tuesday night. I can’t wait for the house to be filled with the aromas of his culinary skills.

It’s just one of many things that I am thankful for.


  1. J.P.

    I love Wegman’s too and sometime next year there will be one in the town next to mine in northern NJ. YES!! 🙂

    What kind of plane do you fly? When I was in college (soooooo many years ago) a good friend of mine took me up in a 172 and I fell in love with flying …. And not on commercial jets either. I’d rather sit in the right seat of a single engine plane. He went on to being a jet pilot instructor on a Citation and then a corporate jet pilot on a Jet Commander.

    Have a good Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am a Private Pilot and part owner of two Piper Cherokees, a 1966 Cherokee 140 and a 1966 Cherokee 180. I’m a third generation private pilot. I’ve flown a couple of Cessna 172s but have mostly flown low wing Pipers.

      Have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Do you have a theory for why Wegman’s isn’t in your area? It would seem that it would be straightforward to supply from their logistics hub in Rochester. There seems to be a wall in Wegman’s thinking about heading east, with that wall located somewhere just east of Syracuse.

    1. The rumor on the street has always been that there’s a gentlemen’s agreement between Wegmans and Price Chopper that their primary areas wouldn’t overlap in Utica and Albany. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but the placement of Wegmans would seem to indicate this.

  3. Jack,
    Wegman’s is heading east of Rochester….Morris County, NJ…..sometime next year….okay….so it is south but it is also east of Rochester.
    Maybe it has something to do with state laws…..I don’t know….just guessing.

    1. There’s a lot of folks that want Wegmans in the Utica-Rome area. When we go to Wegmans in DeWitt we see people we recognize from our area shopping there. It doesn’t have to do with state laws, rumor has always been that Wegmans and Price Chopper agreed to not compete against one another in Utica-Rome and Albany.

  4. That might explain why Wegman’s is expanding in Maryland, Va and NJ since I don’t think Price Chopper is in either of these states.

  5. Does it make sense to think of Wegman’s and Price Chopper as competitors? Wegman’s offers so different an experience. What’s to Wegman’s advantage to be deferential to Price Chopper? I can see how Price Chopper would be thankful not to have Wegman’s in the Utica -> Albany corridor, but I don’t see the advantage to Wegman’s.

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