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Take Them Out to the Ballgame… & Hope They Don’t Get Lost

Going “down to the city” to see the New York Yankees has always been a big deal in the Bunt house. I’ve been a Yankee fan since 1965- listening to games out on Long Island on a warm summer evening on Grandpa’s transistor radio- I worked quite hard to bias my three daughters toward the New York Baseball nine during their formative years and managed to bat .333, as Jackie is an ardent fan.

Jackie told me she was taking me to the new stadium in the Bronx this year and bought a pair of tickets for this past Saturday. We drove a couple of hours to the train station bright and early and then headed south, arriving at the ballpark just in time for the game. We took a few cell phone snapshots to share our afternoon…

Goodbye Old Friend, Hello Old Friend

“And now the sun’s coming up, I’m riding with Lady Luck, freeway cars and trucks,
Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade
Just a-wishing I’d stayed a little longer,
Oh, Lord, let me tell you that the feeling’s getting stronger.”- Tom Waits, ‘Ol 55

Rod: Despite my best efforts, and the conviction that THIS was going to be the vehicle that stayed with me forever, at 110, 945 miles my Chevy van failed inspection the other day. To anticipate state regulations,  I packed and sanded globs of  Bondo into rusty holes in a fender and rocker panel, but couldn’t patch the cancerous abscess in the engine block that was leaking coolant at an alarming rate. Feeling like a battlefield scavenger, I stripped the electronic EZ-Pass tag, license plate and registration from the Venture. Another untimely death of a Bunt automobile.

Big Things Poppin’ in North Adams, MA (9/24)

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The final DownStreet Art Thursday of the season includes a full schedule of gallery openings and special events on September 24 from 6 – 9 p.m. on Main, Holden and Eagle Streets. “Out of the Box”, will be held at the North Adams Artists’ Co-Operative Gallery at 33 Main with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m., held concurrently with all other DownStreet activities.
http://www.naacogallery.com/

The Refractive Kinescope by Boston-based Kinodance Company culminates with three multi-media dance performances at MCLA Gallery 51 Annex, also on September 24 at 6,7 and 8 pm. Call 664.8718 for information.
http://www.kinodance.org/artists.html
http://www.downstreetart.org

Big Things Poppin’ in North Adams (9/16 E-Zine)

This octopus hangs in one of North Adams' many art galleries, and was taken at the first Downstreet Art opening.
This octopus hangs in one of North Adams' many art galleries, and was taken at the first Downstreet Art opening.

The North Adams Director of Tourism and Cultural Development, Rod Bunt (otherwise known as Dad), has spoken! Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a listing of all upcoming events in North Adams, the city of dreams. You can expect an update like this once a week, so check it out!

On September 16 at 7 p.m. the Bascom Lodge at the summit of Mount Greylock, will host Lauren Moffat, PHD, speaking about sustainability at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The talk is free- there will be a fixed price dinner afterwards. Call 743.1591.

http://bascomlodge.net/

http://www.mcla.edu

On Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m. Northern Berkshire Community Television Corporation holds an open house for adults interested in helping with television coverage of local school events.

http://northadams-ma.gov/index.php?nav_id=8&cal_id=2591

Our dad used to be called “The Copper Snake”

Ahh, young love. Rochelle describes (some of) how she and Rod got together. Bunt history like you never dreamed of! Or maybe you did.
This is how we picture our parents' courtship.

Several weeks ago, John Travolta was thrown into the spotlight when his son Jett died suddenly from what turned out to be a seizure. The media and the public couldn’t wait to place blame for the tragedy on the Travolta’s belief in Scientology and the apparent rumor that they refused the medical treatment that may have saved their son.

I have no idea what happened or what the truth is. I do know that every religion has beliefs that those outside that religion question and see as odd. I also know that losing a child feels the same in any religion and they are suffering. Money and fame are meaningless at times like that.
That being said, I have to tell you I feel a special closeness to John Travolta.

Answer Me These Questions Three

The presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 4. Whoever is elected will hopefully dedicate themselves to the task of running the country. Whatever their approach (don’t get me wrong, hearing John McCain talk about the “surge” and honor and victory in Iraq gives me flashbacks to the American Nightmare in Vietnam), I’m hoping that the new president will have more character and intelligence then what I’ve seen for the last eight years. Having somebody–having anybody–at the controls might slow this country’s swirl down the drain.