Posted by: David Giacalone | June 24, 2009

my NiMo sunset

. . . “attractive nuisance” at the end of Washington Ave. attractive nuisance at the Washington Ave. deadend

NiMo Sunset - safety cone National Grid was formerly known around here as NiMo — Niagara Mohawk Power — a name that we Upstate natives recall fondly in retrospect (no matter how often it came out as a four-letter epithet during power outages in decades past).  This week, National Grid is “enhancing the infrastructure” on Washington Avenue here in the Schenectady Stockade by burying new cable/tubing, and banning parking from 6 AM to 6 PM.  At the end of the workday yesterday, the NG crew left some of its large construction equipment at the end of the block, at the deadend that overlooks the Mohawk River.

NiMoSunset - cab3 Although I was born much too soon to be a Bob the Builder tyke, the huge yellow vehicles constituted for me what tort lawyers call an “attractive nuisance” — “a hazardous object or condition on the land that is likely to attract children who are unable to appreciate the risk posed by the object or condition.” Thus, I found myself at 8:30 yesterday evening, climbing on and closely inspecting a couple of back-hoe-ish and asphalt-ripping pieces of heavy equipment.  Since I brought my Canon PowerShot along, the result was a NiMo Sunset that took advantage of my new toys and props.  To wit:

. . . . . .  NiMoSunset - cab view1 . .

NiMo Sunset - #5 . . .  NiMo Sunset - #2

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NiMo Sunset - cab#6

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NiMo Sunset - cone view

NiMo Sunset - #3

NiMo Sunset - cab7

.NiMo Sunset -along the Mohawk 23June2009 . .

NiMo Sunset - in between . . . NiMo - no men at work . .  So far this morning (as of 10 AM), the National Grid crew has not made an appearance.  That probably means the Washington Avenue deadend will be a little boy’s construction site playground again tonight.  And, I’m going to have to work hard to resist the temptation to enjoy yet another Niagara Mohawk sunset.


  1. […] Nonetheless, another type of orange glow was again visible yesterday down the length of Washington Avenue, and especially right out my window at the intersection with Cucumber Alley.  [click to see the actual view through my window screen]  It was the Safety Orange hue of the cones, signs and shirts brought to our block by a National Grid work crew, which was installing new gas pipe on our street.  (see the post last week, “my NiMo sunset“) […]

  2. […] the return to Washington Ave. of the utility crew we told you about in June and July, in “my NiMo sunset” and “a different orange glow.”   More precisely, the return to the corner of […]

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