Sunday, September 28, 2008

Broderick Park in Buffalo NY

I took a short walk to Broderick Park at the foot of Ferry St.

It is a small park located on the land where the ferry to Fort Erie was located at the south end of Squaw Island.

This is the view from the Ferry St bridge as you enter the park.

This is a view of the Niagara River and Canada from the park.
The water in the Niagara is moving quite rapidly in this stretch.

A view of the park with the Niagara River on the left and the Black Rock Canal on the right.

This shows the entrance to the Ferry Street Bridge and the park refreshment stand. The stand is a very nice place to have a quick lunch.

The Ferry Street bridge over the Black Rock Canal. My father-in-law worked on the bridge. Grandpa would schedule a 'test lift' for the kids so they could see the bridge go up. The bridge has to be tested daily because of its importance.

This is a view down the canal toward the Black Rock Lock.

This is a view toward the Buffalo Harbor showing the Peace Bridge. The Bird Island Pier that separates the Niagara River and the Black Rock Canal and makes navigation possible is seen toward the right center. That is a hike for another day...

The park is quite busy with people fishing, people going to hike the pier and bikers riding the Riverwalk bike path between downtown Buffalo and the Tonawandas.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Just saw the cardiologist today and he says the stress test looks very good and there don't seem to be any other problems.

Just have to get some regular blood work for cholesterol and I go back in 6 months.

In spite of how I got started, with the bypass surgery, I do like seeing him. He is a very busy person with offices spread around Erie County but he always has the time to make sure you are well taken care of. It is a nice experience rather than a stressful one.

I guess everyone is stuck with me for another year or so if I don't get hit by a car or something.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Annual Stress Test

Since I had bypass surgery in 2000 my cardiologist has been sending me for a cardiac stress test annually.

I guess if I get good marks I am given about a 99% chance of taking the next one. How many other people have odds that good?

It is a very long morning though.

You start by getting injected with a slightly radioactive tracer. They even tell you they will give you a note so Customs will not hold you up at the border. The Canadians don't care - a lot of the people crossing are going to the slots at Fort Erie or Casino Niagara so they make money off you. The US Customs returning actually can and does check that you are not carrying anything harmful and they pick up the tracer.

After you sit for a while they take pictures with a camera that is sort of like a couple of big, rotating boxes and takes about 15 minutes to take a series of pictures around your chest. These are the before pictures taken before the test.

Next comes another wait. This is for the doctor's office.

They check your medications (I was told to skip blood pressure meds and no caffeine for 24 hrs) and they ask if you have eaten (no food for 4 hrs).

You get wired up for an ekg and they put in an iv for the test. You get a shot during the test, through the iv.

The test is simple and effective. You are on a treadmill that they increase from slow to medium to high while they monitor you on the ekg. Your heart is moving fast enough so you can feel it pumping away. The test is well named.

They take off all the patches from the ekg but three. They are constantly asking how you feel.

After that, it is back downstairs for the final series of pictures and to remove the iv.

Next week I go to see the cardiologist and we will discuss the results. Here's hoping for good marks - it's not quite like school.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Zoom of first WTC hit 9/11

I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing for the Kennedy assassination and for this:

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Latest on Hearing Aid Batteries

A couple of weeks ago I noticed Rayovac hearing aid batteries size 312 for sale for $12.50 for a package of 16 at Dollar General. I had used up all the cheap, short lived, ones I had and was wondering if I should look into mail order or something.

$12.50 seemed like a reasonable price for a store so I bought 16 to try them.

This is the brand my audiologist said I probably would have the best luck with. The ones her place supplies with their name on them are actually re-labeled Rayovacs. The manufacturer also re-labels Rayovacs.

I have gotten 8 days from each of the first three I have tried. These are definitely a keeper.

This is exactly what I have been looking for. If I want to, in the future I would not hesitate to buy these in larger numbers online to get an even lower price.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Sunday like all Sundays

If I admit it myself, today was really undesirable in the weather department.

It did not rain hard all day, just much of the time.

I wanted to take a walk to the store around noon and never realized until I had walked a little way down the driveway that I was getting wet. Talk about the brain shutting down for the weekend! It was a little chilly too.

No dumb weather is going to keep me tied down though so on went a jacket and I grabbed the umbrella.

Funny thing is, it turned out to be pretty nice walking weather. All I had were a few sprinkles and I never even opened the umbrella. Everything is nice and green this year - my garden is like a jungle.

I really was lucky though - the monsoon started a little later. I was driving to go to the store for someone else and actually considered pulling over because it rained so hard.

Monday, September 1, 2008

It's Over! - Almost

I walked by the Kenmore pool this morning and IT'S EMPTY!

Where has the time gone? I am not ready for this.

I really noticed the other night when I was driving home at about 8:15pm that it was almost dark out.

We have had a little more rain than usual this summer but all in all, it has been a moderate, comfortable one.

The garden has grown like a mini-jungle and I have had a great time with it.

Actually, what we have coming up is one of my favorite times of the year. I just love getting out in the fall. The colors are great. And as the season moves on, the weather takes on a crispness that is just great to experience.

...I did really enjoy this summer though and am not ready to give up on it yet.