The motions of cutting and slicing, of moving from stove to oven to sink, are like a ballet, one that makes me lose myself in the sensuality of aromas and touch. As I worked, worries about the economy evaporated with the steam from the tea kettle, and even concerns about my boys faded away. They were out playing, yelling like
savages, sweating beneath the bulk of their outerwear and in spite of the frigid air. This is what kids are supposed to be doing, playing unsupervised in the great outdoors, instead
of being stuck inside with an electronic gizmo.
The Times Union had another story about the swingers' club in Schenectady this morning. Although we love swingers, the city doesn't -- at least not when the swingers are swinging in a non-industrial zone, per the requirement of an ordinance passed last year. The gall!
The latest quarrel has to do with allegations that the city secretly checked the license plate of a woman who visited the Union Street inn.
The woman produced documents she said she obtained from the
Department of Motor Vehicles that show attorneys in the city's
corporation counsel office on Feb. 15 twice ran her plate number
through the state's database for vehicle registrations.
"They had no legal reason to run my plate. I was parked on private
property. My vehicle is registered, inspected and insured," said Jill,
who spoke on condition that only her first name be published. The woman
found the data search through a Freedom of Information Law request.
According to the city's counsel, however, if the city did run the plate -- and he's not saying that they did! -- the city was within its legal right.
The city attorney leading the effort to force inn owner Bob Alexson
to move his swingers' club to an industrial zone declined to say
whether the city has run the plates of Alexson's guests.
Counsel L. John Van Norden said the city is legally allowed to do so as
part of its ongoing investigation into whether Alexson is running an
adult business in violation of the city's zoning rules for such
"I'm not going to discuss the auspices under
which we may be trying to identify people who are patronizing Mr.
Alexson's business," Van Norden said, suggesting the city might run the
plates of Alexson's guests to find "potential witnesses" for their case
against the B&B.