I heard a rumor that the now defunct Starlite Music Theatre was going to be demolished.   The former concert hall has been essentially abandoned since 1998 and is almost invisible from it’s location off Rt. 9 in Latham.   Starlite has warm memories for me, I remember seeing my first concert there, Smokey Robinson.   Starlite was also the location of my parent’s first date.   I always smile when I drive past, and when I heard it was going to be knocked down I decided to visit one last time.   There’s no greater photoset of the Starlite than Sebastien Barre’s, this is not a serious photo doc (hello I’m using an iPhone) but more so a little account of what I saw:

Outside of the ampitheater

And the most amazing part(s) inside the ampitheater

I can’t believe 14+ years later the rigging’s still there

One of many empty buildings

A collapsed open area



I had heard the last event that took place at the venue was Shaker High School’s 1998 graduation.  Imagine my surprise when I found this, (I’m still sanitizing my hands)

Not sure when the demolition will start, but glad that I got one last peek.



20 years? no way!

Manfriend and I were watching something on AMC the other night and a promo came on announcing a celebration of the “20th anniversary of The Addams Family.”

Our reactions went like this:

“Wait, did he just say 20th anniversary? ”

“He’s gotta be talking about the original tv show right?  Not the movie, whoa he he is talking about the movie.”


I wanted to believe that it was a mistake, but I did the math in my head quickly, yup, 20 years.   If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, I think we automatically assume things were from the 70’s or 80’s when we hear about movies or shows or events from 20 years ago.   Nope, we’re on the 90’s now.

Some other fun mindf*cky stuff from 1991

Beauty and the Beast (so Belle is now in her forties?)

Silence of the Lambs (still creeps me out)

I can’t say the bad music from 1991 shocks me with its age.  The 5 biggest songs in 1991 (I’m thankful I don’t know most of them)

1. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, Bryan Adams
2. I Wanna Sex You Up, Color Me Badd
3. Gonna Make You Sweat, C+C Music Factory
4. Rush, Rush, Paula Abdul
5. One More Try, Timmy T

That also means that 90210 is not 20, but 21 years old.

20 years, wow.

i’ve been in the kitchen

It’s actually been a lot of fun.    My little jump into the world of vegan cooking last week got me on a bit of a roll.  I’m not saying I’m a vegan or will ever become one, but I’ve been kind of   eating like one for the last week and a half.   I say kind of because I’m sure not all of the recipes I used are 100% vegan, but I’ve eliminated animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) and it’s not nearly as awful or difficult as I would’ve thought.  I’ve been heavy on the salads, tons of fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and beans.   I like to cook something at night and I’ve come across a lot of really easy and delicious recipes. Some notable faves:

Herb Roasted Winter Veggies (although I only used sweet potatoes, carrots, green peppers, and cauliflower with rosemary and thyme) over brown rice.

Lemon Mint Pasta (I subbed whole wheat spaghetti for whole wheat farfalle.)   Tasted even better with extra kale and tomatoes today at lunch:

My absolute favorite recipe so far would have to be the roasted chickpea, edamame and mint salad (no feta.)   Man this was delicious, the chickpeas and the mint and the cranberries and the lemon, it was seriously flavor explosion.  I want to bring this to Thanksgiving dinner but I know my family would hate it:

I even found a  debatable vegan hot chocolate recipe, debatable because sugar and salt are in it, but whatevs.   Never would’ve guessed cayenne pepper would work in hot chocolate but it does!   I scored found this gem, soy whipped cream!

I don’t know how long my little experiment will last, I was only going to eat like this for a week, but then I stumbled across this documentary, Forks over Knives, on Netflix.   It scared the crap out of me:

If you have Netflix instant I definitely suggest you check it out.

for real?

I saw a few friends post pictures on Facebook of a game they had spotted in stores called DOGGIE DOO, basically a game where the objective is to collect dog poop.

Yup.  Because sometimes I have the mentality of a 12 year old I decided to do some research to find out what was up.    My intense research (aka Google) brought me to this.   What’s greater than a game about dog poop? The commercial for the game about dog poop:


If your jaw is just sort of hanging open or you’re laughing hysterically than I think this commercial did its job.