Sunday, August 22, 2010

Scajaquada Bike Path to the Riverwalk

The Scajaquada Bike Path comes from Delaware Park in Buffalo. At Niagara Street it runs into the Riverwalk which runs from downtown Buffalo along the Niagara River to the Tonawandas. Joining the two was quite an engineering project involving looping under the expressway bridges and crossing Scajaquada Creek. It also goes under the International Bridge, a railroad bridge to Fort Erie Canada.

I decided to actually walk the contorted pathway to see what it really looked like. These pictures start at Niagara street and continue to the actual intersection of the two paths. There are railway bridges, expressway bridges and the International Bridge.

A view from Niagara Street of the path on the west side of Niagara running alongside Scajaquada Creek.
This shows how the path approaches the east side of Niagara Street as it comes from Delaware Park.

The old navy yard location on Niagara Street.

Railroad bridge that crosses Niagara Street.

This shows the path bridge across Scajaquada Creek ahead.

The back side of some old Niagara street buildings.

Coming up to the International Bridge.

The actual intersection with the Riverwalk is ahead. This is the end of the Scajaquada Pathway.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rush Super-Fast Delivery

I had been waiting for a delivery. It was a frozen meal to try out.

Nothing on the day I expected it. I went home for lunch Friday (the next day) and the man next door told me there was a package left for me behind the house. There it was in the back yard in the blazing sun. It was on the grass hidden by the house so I never saw it when I pulled in with the car.

I believe it did come when I expected it but got stashed out of sight behind the house. It had rained pretty hard the night before and then the sun dried it out like an oven. Probably steamed the vegetables.

Over 4 lbs of dry ice was gone when I opened it and there was no way I was going to take a chance on trying to eat the meal.

I reported the mess to the company that sent it out and they just said to write it off.

There was no note that I found telling me there was a package. I have had many packages left on my front porch which is shady, sheltered, safe and mainly visible. Security is always a problem but to leave it out of sight and exposed to the elements?

I guess I have to write it off as one of those things that make life so interesting.

Friday, August 20, 2010

More on Plantar Fasciitis

Whoever, back in history, came up with plantar fasciitis as an ailment to give to people like me should have been shot. This thing is really perverse.

Originally I thought it would take care of itself in a month or two. No such luck.

It has been a year and a half now and I have to admit that my left foot really does feel almost normal. The only time it aggravates me is first thing in the morning when I get up. There is only one problem. Feet generally come in pairs and I think the right one felt it needed some attention.

Asked the doctor and he confirmed it. Good fitting shoes all the time except IN the shower. No slippers. Do the exercises, especially pulling the towel just before getting out of bed. This one really does work wonders for me.

He even suggested that a good insole or just heel support might help. Try what works for me.

This is very discouraging but at least I know that if I do take reasonable care that I will get rid of it eventually. Why did it have to happen in the best walking weather in the year?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Morning in Riverside Park

I was early for work and stopped by Riverside Park in Buffalo and took a few pictures. It was a beautiful morning.

Feels good to be outside on a day like this.

Monday, August 16, 2010

NFTA Metro Eliminates Fare Zones

The NFTA is really making a major change in bus fares starting September 1. It should be interesting comparing it to other metro areas.

You can ride from one end of a route to the other for $1.75. There will be no zone charges adding up as you go from one end to the other like from Buffalo to the Tonawandas and Niagara Falls.

They did eliminate transfers too so if you take a second bus you will have to pay $1.75 again. If your trip involves changing buses they recommend buying an all day pass for $4. A monthly pass is only $64 and is your best bet if you ride transit much.

They still offer reduced fares for kids, elderly and disabled as well as free transfers to and from Metro Rail.

When I first started riding the bus to Grand Island I got on in the city in zone 1. I got off in zone 8. Niagara Falls was zone 10. Confused fare collection was the rule on the 40 bus. It was a major inducement to get an All Zones pass. Needing exact change really tipped the balance. Later they simplified it to the current 4 zones. Grand Island was only zone 3 then.

This is really a brave new world for Metro. I hope they can maintain the fare structure. I always hated having to pay a city fare when I got on the bus and then a zone fare when I got off because I forgot to get off at the city line. I hope use of the suburban routes goes up a lot more so they can add more runs.

Taking the bus was usually a good experience for me, even in Winter. I really have to drive right now so it really is not an option. Things have a habit of changing though so it is good seeing what I consider good ideas being tried out.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Upgrading Computer Memory

I have a second computer that I acquired a while ago. It is an Acer running Windows XP and had 1gig of memory installed when it was originally purchased. It worked ok although the fan would get noisy every now and then sort of like a smokers breathing can get. I do have it networked to my HP through the FIOS router so I get fast internet and access to my new printer which is also networked. XP and Vista can be made to work together quite well.

I have been getting memory errors so I kept the idea of adding some memory in mind - just not too seriously because there seemed to be a problem due to the noisy fan.

I did check Amazon and found I could get another gig of memory and pay for it with gift cards I get for doing surveys. Free sounded like a good price so I ordered it. Took less than a week to be delivered with free (over $25) delivery.

Googled installation instructions that actually were pretty good. Very easy to follow too. Computer is very easy to open up and the instructions were very clear. Memory went right in.

Glanced at fan on processor and it looked sort of dusty. Decided to try the vacuum cleaner crevace tool. No luck. My vacuum is not a super strong type.

It is just one of those little muffin fans screwed to the top of the heat sink so I figured "Why not?" and took the screws out. Just like the good old days back at work.

All I could think was it was a couple years of cat hair that was plugging the fan. The dirt was just like a thick, woven piece of cloth. The poor little fan just was not up to blowing anything through that.

I put everything together and figured out how to connect all the wires to the outside and the thing actually worked. Recognized the memory automatically.

You would not believe how much quieter it runs now that the fan can do its job the right way. The computer is also radically faster now that it has sufficient memory. I could kick myself for not doing this a while ago.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Quick Note on a Big Day

I was at the bank today making out a deposit slip when I realized what I had just written:

8/9/10 - How often do we get silly little things like that that catch our attention?

When I go to bed and see that it is 11:11 on the clock it is ok. When I see 12:34 I know there will be a problem getting up. 1:23 and 3:21 are total disasters that fortunately I have not seen in a very long time.

There are other things like this though that have symbolic value. The best I can think of off hand is Veterans day: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that ended World War I in 1918.