Monday, August 19, 2013

Sake Tumi and the President?

The President of the United States is going to visit Binghamton, New York (where I work) on Friday.

Other than knowing that - we don't have many details.  Which, of course is intentional - the people who protect our President don't want to give those wanting to do him harm any more information than publically needs to be released.

So, this has led to a little bit of a game - sort of like "Where's Waldo?"  We know one place (Binghamton University) where he will be.  But rumors continue to persist that he may visit other parts of our area.
Maybe he'll come to downtown Binghamton- and if he does, I hope his drivers have better luck negotiating our downtown Roundabout than some.  (This damage has since been repaired.)

Wouldn't it be great if he got to see some of how committed people are trying to restore downtown?  For example, the Old City Hall building above is now a hotel.
The President could travel up Court Street (picture taken on an early weekday morning before traffic builds).  I know he prefers BBQ (I've been to 12 Bones in Asheville, North Carolina, where he's eaten twice) but could he honestly resist a sushi restaurant called Sake Tumi?  (OK, how many of my readers remember the 60's TV Show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In?)

If you don't, here's the skit I'm thinking of (the whole thing is funny but note 1:15 and after).

Or, he could visit our now repaired Roundabout, and (in back of the trees) our Broome County Courthouse.Or he could even visit - well, more later in the week.

Has a President or World Leader visited your city or town?    How did it affect the residents?


  1. Oh, I used to really laugh at that show! Thanks for bringing back that silly memory! Did you really remember it from way back then, Alana, or did you just happen to run across it recently? In any case, thanks for the giggle!

  2. Oh yes, I remember Laugh In from its original airing - I was already a teenager. Should I also mention that I voted in the 1972 Presidential election- or does that really date me?

  3. had the president visit Disney World where I use to work and traffic was crazy. Every time he moved all transportation around property halted. It was an interesting day.

  4. Hi Alana,

    Hope the visit from the President turns out well for Binghamton and that every one has a great time having him there. Good Luck and Have a great experience.

    I am from UBC, so nice to meet you. Come and visit me some time

    Namaste with Unity "Love" Consciousness,
    Wendy Baudín

  5. They must have had an English version of Laugh In, because I don't remember the names you mention. Back to the point. No, I've never been in a place that was expecting a visit from someone important. However, I watched the Queen (hum-hum) jump out of a helicopter during London's Olympic Games. Does that count?

  6. I have to admit that I've never watched this show, but maybe that's because I live in the UK.


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