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April 18, 2013

From Beaver Street to baseball

The Daily Star

---- — While we think there can be little doubt that the road work being undertaken on Walnut Street causes any number of inconveniences for both residents of the area and the students, as well as their families, who attend Cooperstown Central School, the construction seems to have been a plus for those of us who travel Beaver Street on a regular basis. It seems that the construction has resulted in the elimination of parking, at least temporarily, on Beaver Street.

We have long thought that Beaver Street is not wide enough to allow parking on one side and still maintain two lanes of traffic. In fact, from Fair Street to Susquehanna Avenue parking is prohibited on both sides of Beaver Street. Yet from Susquehanna Avenue to Chestnut Street, parking is allowed on the north side of Beaver Street, some of it limited to two-hour parking and some of it all-day parking.

As a result, where parking is allowed, especially where all-day parking is permitted, it is normally virtually impossible to travel up and down Beaver Street without having to wait for traffic going in the opposite direction to clear. This is particularly true when a Bassett shuttle bus, an OPT bus, a truck or an ambulance is traveling on the street. Thus the current lack of parking on Beaver Street has been not only most pleasant but also safer for those of us who drive the street regularly.

Of course, we suspect that parking will, unfortunately, return to Beaver Street when the Walnut Street construction is complete. Yet we would argue that, in the interest of public safety, not to mention in the interest of ambulance access, a prohibition of parking the entire length of Beaver Street is definitely something the village fathers and mothers should consider.

Our roving reporter in Austin, Texas, has informed us that various television stations there have been airing commercials which tout the fact that New York state is open business. We must admit that we are not exactly clear as to which New York state ad is running there but we gather it does mention the 2 percent property tax cap as well as New York’s economic zones. We must say we find it somewhat puzzling that such ads would be shown in Texas, especially as we can’t quite see what the benefit to New York state might be. In fact, we would be more tempted to think that running such ads would be doing little more than draining hard-to-come by money from New York state coffers. But we could be wrong and so will keep our eyes and ears open for any new business that decides to leave Texas and set up shop here.

We recently were sent a link to a website that will calculate one’s age in days instead of years. For some unknown reason the sender of the email said they thought we would find this to be pretty funny. But we must say that when we tried it, we thought it was bad enough to be 65 years old without knowing that we were also 23,866 days old. How depressing is that especially when one considers being 23,866 days old means that one has had to deal with eating, if not always preparing, more than 70,000 meals. It is no wonder we don’t like cooking.

However, much as we were not all that keen on calculating our age in days, we did think it has its upside. The sender of the email is about one year, 13 months to be exact, older than we are. And being just one year older doesn’t seem like a lot although we continually maintain that it is. But now it sounds much worse, and we like it much better, to think that this particular individual is actually 392 days older than we are. In such cases, bigger numbers are always better, aren’t they? The number of days old calculator can be found at

Not long ago we were lamenting to a friend that we hated to see the college basketball season end as it is a rather long time before the football season starts, leaving us with no sports to follow for a while. For whatever reason, we have never really managed to develop an interest in baseball. However, we were told that actually baseball is the best sport to follow as it is possible to tune into the game and then read until something of interest happens in the game. Now this was an aspect of following baseball that we had not considered. But it did not take us long to decide it was something we should at least give the old college try. After all, how could we not like something that would give us even more opportunity to read.

We must say we did receive a bit doubt about our plan from our sister who thought we could just read more without worrying about watching a sport. Besides, she really felt that if we were going to watch baseball, we had to pick a team to follow and could not just watch any game willy-nilly.

We hastened to point out that if one were to actually follow a team, it would probably be necessary to follow a team whose games were actually broadcast with regularity on the television here. And this would probably limit us to either the Yankees or the Mets. And we knew full well that if we picked the Yankees, our step-mother would reach from beyond the grave and get us. As an avid Detroit Tigers fan, her dislike of the Yankess was legendary in the family. Nonetheless, we decided we would plan to audition both the Yankees and the Mets for the rest of April.

Our plan, of course, met almost instantly with the seemingly insurmountable problem that the two teams tend to play at the same time. But we plowed ahead, once we discovered that our first opportunity to view the Yankees was a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers. Surely there could be no objection to watching that, especially since the Tigers won the series 2 to 1. We then watched the Mets against the Phillies before turning back to a series between the Yankees and the Indians when we discovered that baseball was canceled if it rained, something which rarely happens with football or basketball. In fact, we did not get too far into our watching baseball before we realized we have much to learn about the sport, something which may prove to be problematic if we become so engrossed in our reading we forget to pay attention to the game.

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