My reference to the "exotic wilds of Upstate New York" was tongue in cheek; I'm actually staying in my mother's hometown. Indeed, right now I'm in the front room of what was once my grandmother's house, and now belongs to my Aunt Annie. I do not think y'all are hicks, and if I did, I sure wouldn't say it within 250 miles of Aunt Annie.

Thanks for the invites and the advice on tourist spots, but this is a flying tour. However, I'll be back up at Christmas if there's any interest in a Rochester or Syracuse AI reader meetup (I'm in between the two).

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