Brian and Chrissy

Lady-Killer Says He’s a Changed Man
Vanessa in Latham writes:
I've been dating a guy for a few months and we're the talk of the town. He's 25, pretty successful, no kids, and very handsome.  But something in the back of my mind is telling me to be careful because his reputation is that he's a bit of a "player."
Almost every gi…
Finally, The Ol’ Barber is Back Doing What He Loves
Back on March 21st, a man who had only known one profession his entire life, was told he had to shut it down.  For this longtime Albany barber, who had been cutting hair since his early 20's, the shutdown was his most difficult cut ever.   It was a decision that came at the hands of CDC officials an…
Open Letter To My Son About Life and Times in 2020
Dear Brody,
You were a bit too young to remember what life was like during the coronavirus pandemic that swept through the world in 2020, some 13 plus years ago.  Hard to believe it's been that long. Thankfully, we survived these very uneasy and uncertain times and and you are a grown-up now.  Soon e…
Beloved Albany Kitchen Closing It’s Doors
Debbie's Kitchen, a landmark cafe-style deli in Center Square Albany, is closing its doors on Saturday ending a run of great food and even better people that started in the mid-80's.  It breaks my heart to see this proud place go down- another local business casualty of Covid-19.  If you know anythi…
Haunted By The Moments Before Helicopter Crash
I keep telling myself to stop obsessing over what may have happened moments before the helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his beautiful 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the 7 other passengers on board.  While their names and faces may not resonate with us like Kobe and GiGi they too…
For This Ol’ Barber, Shutdown Is Toughest Cut Ever
A long-time barber in Albany reluctantly cut his last head of hair on Saturday due to the government mandate closing the doors on barbershops, salons, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops and quite frankly, he's not happy about it.  Despite the urging of family, that at age 78, he was in the high risk…
My Big Fat Greek Pandemic Shopping Experience (Video)
I have two very good friends with elderly parents and wisely, these folks are not spending much time outside of their house during the pandemic.  They're a close, wonderful, Greek family, but this COVID-19 stuff hasn't been easy on them.  One of the sons lives in Boston and the other lives in L.A.  …
Family Zoom Reveals
A family Zoom conference on Sunday led to an incredible discovery about my Zayde (Yiddish for grandfather) that I never knew. Turns out I have heroes blood piping through these veins.  In 1964, he jumped out of his car and saved 2 young children trapped a Schenectady fire.
Ah Chute! Local Family Rigs Porch for Safe Trick-or-Treating
As a result of social distancing recommendations offered up by the CDC, Halloween in the Capital Region will look a little different on Saturday.  Some area homes are simply leaving their lights off in an attempt to keep trick-or-treaters away this year, while others are creating ways to keep t…
Probing the Purple Pumpkin’s Purpose
We've all heard of the Purple Heart, The Color Purple (great movie starring Oprah), Purple Rain, The Purple People Eaters, and even the less popular (and quite painful) purple nurple.  But this Halloween, if you see a purple pumpkin on someone's porch, it doesn't mean they've had it out so long that…
Coworker’s Confession Leaves Quite the Impression
Megan in Rotterdam writes:
I may have slightly flirted with a colleague of mine after I had a few drinks recently.  A group of us went out after work and he and I started talking, joking and things got a little touchy-feely. At the end of the night I gave him a little peck on the cheek.  No big deal …

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