Let’s start with some recent local news:
Woo-hoo! New York State’s medical marijuana program is now open for business. One of the new dispensaries is in White Plains, NY, about 40 minutes south of us. I think I’ll email the story link to my doctor, who used to say that, if NYS ever legalizes pot, she’ll start her own business. I realize that this isn’t the same as legalization, but it’s a good step in the right direction.
It was recently revealed that Donald Trump had wanted to ruin summer fun for thousands of local children. It seems that, a few years back, The Donald had been interested in turning Playland Park in Rye, NY, into a residential development. Now, a little explanation is in order: when we were kids, the end of many a school year was celebrated with a class trip to Rye Playland–it was fairly close, fairly affordable, and in addition to the rides, it had a decent-sized beach on the Long Island Sound. I feel safe in saying that at least 90% of kids who grew up within a 50-mile radius of Playland has been there more than once. Not to mention that the park has been around since 1928.
I was horrified to read about Trump’s offer in our local Patch online news – losing Playland, a part of our childhood, would be sad enough, but losing it to Trump would have been so much worse. Good thing Trump’s meeting with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to discuss the possible development came to nothing:
“I could just imagine the gates of Playland with a big ‘T’ on it, you know?” a chuckling Astorino told The Journal News. “Trumpland.”
Exactly right, Mr. Astorino, and that would be SO wrong!
Next, a few pieces from The Weather Channel:
A traffic camera in Montreal caught a snowy owl in flight. The gif below is comprised of four photos the camera took, which can be seen here in TWC’s article.
Also from TWC for your viewing pleasure, here’s a series of photos entitled “Liquid Mountains”, by photographer Dave Sanford. These are amazing shots of storm-tossed waves on Lake Erie–and take note of Sanford’s apt titles (shown above the upper left corner of the photos) for each of the shots.
This is our daily Open Thread – enjoy, discuss, whatever!