Today's moment of right angles

Smith Building back driveway

This is totally random, but whatever: There's a driveway that runs behind the Smith Building and every time we walk past it feels like a glimpse into some sort of world where only right angles are allowed. (A parallel world...)

Though there's something about that gate arm that's messing up all those converging lines.

Speaking of the Smith Building... The Capitol gets a bunch attention. The ESP gets a bunch of attention. The State Education Building gets a lot of attention. And the Smith Building, standing there all reserved in its Art Deco style... not so much. But that's OK. It's like that person at a party who stands off to side and maybe seems kind of boring, but once you start talking to them, you're glad you did.

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On a windy day, that exact spot is always extra windy for some reason, too. Wind tunnel

At night, that driveway looks like something from film noir.

I've always imagined this led to an underground bunker for the governor. Sort of a 'Batcave'.

Except, this being state government, the Batcave is full of file cabinets with documents containing deep, dark secrets carefully gathered over years, poised to expose the governor's political adversaries.

Until someone comes up with a better expalnation, that's my story.

Every time I walk by that stretch, I can't help think I'm in the film "Salt" with FBI/CIA/NSA guys itching to rush around the corner and come gunning for me :)

It looks like a setting from the Albany version of House of Cards

the best view of Albany is from it's observation deck....
UNFORTUNATELY, closed to the public after renovation.

QUESTION....how would one go about requesting that it be reopened???

Sometimes I walk through there. It connects to State St. I'm not sure that I should be walking there, probably not. Oh well.

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