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The Old Albany New York Road Trip

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The past of new beginnings.

It almost seemed like yesterday that I could remember my first trip to Albany New York. The long three-hour cold drive up the highway. Waiting in the car as our local guide took forever to meet up with us. Venturing inside my first abandoned building. Exploring around downtown. Grabbing a quick bite from the local dingy McDonalds. The unpleasant drug-fueled essence inside the bathroom. It was an unforgettable experience that I would never forget.

Dug into the archives and remastered some old photos that were unlikely to see the light of day.









Former Conty's Drive-In (Salt & Pepper Restaurant)

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Where the cuisine and customer service was lacking. Yelp reviews.

I came across this sad sight on my way to the nearby Seaside Park for sunset where I learned I needed a permit to enter the park. I made a furious u-turn and pulled alongside the defunct Indian cuisine restaurant. It seemed this halal restaurant did not function very well during its two-year tenor whilst it was opened (around 2009). The property sits at a two-way street intersection in a prime location for park-goers. This property was once slated for a high rise development but as of now, no action has been taken to proceed to that goal. Currently zoned for office and retail use whilst many hungry travelers pass by unperturbed by its vacant status. Not even the late-night hungry hoards of students at the University of Bridgeport could save it.

Before it was known as Salt & Pepper, this former place of business was originally known as Conty's drive-in. Built-in 1961 and family-owned, it served burgers, seafood,…

2019 Year in Review

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The withering dying days of another year and a new decade.

I explored as much as possible this year but did not break 100 or 50 spots. So much going on in one year that time seems to melt away and before you know it its the end of the year. Work, bills, and bouts of depression mixed in. It was an upside topsy turvy year.

The biggest loss of the year was losing my DJI Phantom 4 drone. Just as I was getting into using it more, new projects in mind and learning to manually maneuver without getting into the automatic settings, I lost it on a cold windswept park shoreline near the water. In hindsight, I should have packed it up and drove home. Instead, I took it up again and pushed it hard towards the water and turned. Pushing it again, I came back to shore low and fast. Before you know it, it came in to close to a tree, reacted to the near object detection pulled up before I could throttle back hard it went up, clipped its rotors and fell into the water. I had lost my three old drone due…