Turn That Frown Upside Down

PhotoIt’s almost November 1 again and even though we don’t celebrate Día de los Muertos in my office, the mood grows ominous as the holiday approaches. Why? It marks the beginning of the annual vacation calendar circulation. I should rejoice, not shudder. Through retirements, involuntary terminations, and sheer fortitude, I’m at the top of the seniority ladder. Whee!! But, until last year, I would pass the calendar down to the rung tenant below me without choosing any days.

My co-workers would happily gobble up the “good” times:  the Fridays and Tuesdays surrounding Monday holidays; the span between Christmas and New Year’s; July; August. By the time I entered their dates on the dry erase calendar, I was left with a couple of Thursdays in February and a week in early December. And I had no one to blame but myself. Continue reading

On the Heels of the Horseman: A Visit to Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy HollowThe little boy in the front pew threw one hand up as the other hand frantically waved a Headless Horseman picture book while hollering out his question, “Do you know THIS GUY?” The docent in the Old Dutch Church replied, “I’ll get to him in a minute,” and calmly continued to describe the church-going habits of Lord and Lady Philipse.

Since trailers for the new Sleepy Hollow television series were interrupting my football game every 3 1/2 minutes, I decided to head over to the actual town and check out a couple of the area landmarks, including Washington Irving’s home and the Old Dutch Church and Cemetery. It’s an appropriate time of the year to visit because this part of Westchester County has embraced Halloween and schedules many popular events, like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Continue reading