seen in upstate new york

Something for all your needs, plus excellent alliteration. Down the road in Mohawk territory, in the North Country region of New York State, we saw this:

Many generations of Mohawks have been ironworkers. Many of the great New York City skyscrapers were built by Mohawk labour.

We didn't have a camera with us; these were just taken on my phone, the better-than-nothing emergency camera. Which made us think, with two cameras at home, why don't we always take one along, as a matter of course?

A portion of the drive to Vermont is very scenic. Once you get off the 401 and cross into the US, it's rural routes through farmland and lakeside villages all the way to Burlington. Lots of autumn colours, lots of cows, horses, small main streets with the occasional stone church. Some of it is picture-book autumn in rural New England, and some of it is sad and run-down. At its best, it looks kind of like this (not my photo).

On the other hand, it's also eight hours of driving, and we're not inclined to add to that with a lot of stopping.


Jere said...

You gotta love "ECT."

johngoldfine said...

Man-o-man, Jere, with student writing, I see ect. a thousand times more than I ever see etc.--maybe because my students don't say 'Etcetera' as they speak but instead substitute 'Yadda yadda' or 'Blah blah blah,' or 'Whatever.'

BTW, that's the kind of thing I do not have time or inclination to worry about with student writers--other ignorables are 'defiantly' for 'definitely' and 'barley' for 'barely.' I blame spellcheck for those..

Laura, for the seriously sad side of New England (and by extension, the Land of the Free), you cannot do better than Fred Wiseman's 'Belfast Maine.' (Another good reason to hunt it down: Jean G. has a few seconds on camera.)

laura k said...

Oh btw, I took a picture of the sign because I thought it was excellent. I was excited to see outspoken resistance from people who live on the border, especially from Native Americans.

Spelling etc ect is no biggie, IMO. I used to do that myself.

laura k said...

you cannot do better than Fred Wiseman's 'Belfast Maine.' (Another good reason to hunt it down: Jean G. has a few seconds on camera.)

Yes, it's on my list from a previous conversation of ours. I love Wiseman and of course I want to see Jean!

Also on the sad side of the region, I recommend the early works of Carolyn Chute: The Beans of Egypt, Maine and Letourneau's Used Auto Parts.

Although Chute has become an object of literary ridicule because her politics fall far outside the literati norm, she is a wonderful talent with an acute eye and ear.

johngoldfine said...

Those first two Chute novels are pretty fine. Her politics are not (for me) the issue with the later books: what put me off is the shaggy plotting and the saggy style and the tendentious tone.

laura k said...

Yes, I concur. I only recommend those two books, but I did really like them at the time. I read the next one, then pretty much gave up on her.

Still, I hate when an artist of any calibre falls out of favour based on their politics. Reviewers forgot to review her books, they were too busy bashing her lifestyle.

impudent strumpet said...

Guns and banjos!

laura k said...

All roads lead to Eddie Izzard. Even North Country route 122.

Gunner said...

Heh, gas, groceries and guns. I remember the first gathering I went to in Vermont, I overshot the turnoff I was supposed to take and had to drive through town. I stopped off at a gas station to get a coffee and coming out of the store I saw a sign across the road advertising gas, licquour and guns. I had to pause a minute and then think, yep I'm in the states.

Gunner said...

Ah, but then again we still have homo milk.

laura k said...

Heh, gas, groceries and guns

Gas, groceries, guns, guitars! Don't forget the music!

People on this blog told me about homo milk before we moved here, but I've yet to see it or hear anyone say it. A grave disappointment.

impudent strumpet said...

Neilson Trutaste 2% milk (which can be found in the dairy case at Loblaw's) has a red callout that says "Tastes like Homo".

I also remember seeing a carton that said "HOMO" in great big letters in an organic dairy case recently. Don't remember if it was Loblaw's or Noah's and don't remember the brand since I wasn't actually shopping for milk.

Oh, Google Image Search comes through again! It's PC Organics. So if your Loblaw's has an organics section, you can see homo milk!

allan said...

I do most of the shopping, and I see homo milk.

laura k said...

It's true Allan does most of the shopping, but I've bought plenty of milk in our years here. And we use organic milk! So I guess I don't look carefully enough!

I must be too busy reading the French. I've learned so much French from food labels. Too bad my pronounciation is as crappy as ever.