Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

Tag: Upstate NY


Hometown favorite Mrs. Kasha Davis was eliminated in last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.  I could tell she was in trouble from the opening of the challenge production (“The DESPY Awards”), and no redemption was coming.

This feels like seeing your home team miss the playoffs as a result of the last few games of the season, and I guess it’s no different to feel this way about a drag queen than about a baseball team.  A little more so when you know and like the queen.  Perhaps it’s as if you regularly hung out with many of the members of the team?

What’s odd is to think about how this feels to MKD (Ed Popil).  She’s known for months where she got eliminated; the episode we saw from last night was filmed sometime last fall.  Strictly forbidden to talk about any results, she’s been watching her local fans’ excitement build knowing that it would all continue for only five episodes.

Sports results (assuming they are not fixed, of course) are at least immediate, so friends and family and the players themselves can all react to them and process a loss together.  In this case, as with any reality show, the player knows first.  Then there’s a long delay in which the player is still “in”, as far as the public knows, and the suspense has to be maintained.  Finally, everyone knows: but that can be months and months down the road.

I’m not sure which is better.

Letchworth Ice Fountain

We headed out early Saturday morning before the temperature was able to move off the overnight low.

-23° C

We arrived at Letchworth State park, and stopped on the grounds of a hotel called the Glen Iris Inn. (Google Maps link).   As we parked there, we saw this sign:

In other words, don’t be an idiot
What’s not to climb?  This is not to climb.

That is a 35-foot (11M) fountain of ice.  I estimated its height based on the photo of me in front of it, below.

I have also seen it referred to as a volcano, which is an apt comparison.  Think about how a volcano forms: molten rock coming up and solidifying into a conical formation centered around the source.  That’s exactly what is happening here, only with water in the role of lava.

Zoomed in on the top, you can see the water flow is continuing.  The formation will continue to grow.

Here is the obligatory shot of me standing by it for scale.

photo by Jill Frier

For scale, and to get a decent estimate of the height.  Not at all touristy.

We didn’t stay there long.  By the time we got there, the sun had been up about an hour and the temperature had risen to a balmy -6° F (-21° C).  It doesn’t take long, in that temperature, to realize you need to be going somewhere else in your nice warm car.

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