Candied Camera

We’re staying at the Genessee Inn, wrapping up our three night stay in
Syracuse City, flying back to KC late tomorrow.  We signed a lease today,
committing to a one-year occupancy in a three-bedroom flat (with abundant
basement/attic storage) on the edge of Thornden Park, just east of the
University.  Ph.’s school is five blocks one direction; the U. and HB
Crouse are five blocks the other direction.  For the small few
inconveniences of renting (after owning for a few years), we are just around the
corner from the Syracuse public pool, two blocks from the Westcott
strip–eateries, a small movie house, public library–and renting from a
friendly, fair landlord. Should work okay for year one.  Bikable, walkable,
bus route: that’s what we wanted.Warp

Our stay at the Genessee has been more pleasant this time; I’d gladly
recommend it.  Turns out, however, that the ice machine/vending room on the
fourth floor here is a steamy 95 degrees.  Here’s a look at a wilted
Hershey’s bar we didn’t buy from the vending machine this afternoon.  Who
will have such a soft candy?  Pour thing.  Got me thinking that a
vending camera would be fun–maybe a web cam in a trickster machine, where the
candy never drops, the wrong package comes out (always a mallow cup!), or a
heated compartment keeps the candy disappointingly gooey. 

Don’t have as many restaurant dispatches to report from Central New York this
We’ve been unadventurous since dinner the other night, preferring chains,
convenience, and the hotel’s continental freebies for two days.
Yesterday we scouted the mall in Syracuse,
Carousel Center, before I succumbed
to my inevitable mall lethargy.  It’s quite a place–car dealership, stores
galore, and a huge indoor carousel. Makes me sleepy walking around in such a
mallacious mall, and it shows a side of generic mall culture carrying powerfully
from city to city to city, all the same.

In an hour we’re meeting up with a few CCRers at
Kitty Hoynes in Amory Square. AS is
one of the noted historic attractions in downtown Syracuse–which, for today,
I’m calling Drearacuse because we have had grayness and light rain all
day and because I now have an address here, which means I should be more observant of the weather. They say it snows from time to time in the winter, too. D. and I managed a jog-walk around a few of the nearby neighborhoods just before the sprinkles started this morning.  And now the TV predicts flooding.


  1. Good one. Today I’m thinking “Saunacuse.” What the heck’s up with this weather? We hoped to be leaving the heat and humidity of the deep midwest behind. But this! And no AC. And the neighbors piping a *free* community stereo-concert through a pair of staticky outdoor woofers.

  2. Shoot me an email, ridvan, at dmueller -at- I have a larger version of what you see cropped here; would be happy to send it.

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