All articles by Jeff Kramer

Mescal Musings: ¡Ay Caramba!

The pricey liquor, Mescal, wins the heart of humor columnist Jeff Kramer

This summer I’m cutting back to one column every other week. It was a difficult decision but the right one for this stage of my life. I want to spend more time with my... mescal?



Urban Renewal, Take Two

Innovative ideas provided for an urban renewal

Sometimes the negativity around here can be overwhelming. Syracuse wins a $1.35 million grant to launch an Office of Innovation, and how do the cynics respond? They laugh and laugh. They roll their eyes. They post smart-alecky comments to the effect of: Isn’t that why we have local politicians in the first place -- to innovate?



Flapjack Finale as DeWitt IHOP Checks Out

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Life on the East Side will go on without IHOP. The DeWitt Wegmans will continue to be rearranged every few months for reasons not even Wegmans understands. Oil trains laden with super-combustible Bakken crude will still rumble through East Syracuse. Nesting Canada geese will still attack joggers on the Erie Canal towpath.



Continuing the Hirsute Pursuit

Jeff Kramer won’t give up on his plea for hair

What a town this is! There are walks and runs for every imaginable malady and cause. There are pancake breakfasts, fish fries and bake sales. High school kids stand on corners, hawking car washes to pay for band trips and sports programs.



Questionable Content = Evasive Answers

There’s no such thing as a stupid question?

Billions and billions of years ago, Carl Sagan asserted that there’s no such thing as a stupid question.



A Hair-Raising Experience

The first publicly owned hair transplant in American history

A few weeks ago, I announced that I’d be visiting the Great Doctor Kim, who operates an amazing, new (to this area) anti-baldness machine. Good to my word, I have since consulted the Harvard-educated healer and his crackerjack staff at the Natural Face Center in East Syracuse. Suddenly, my future looks shiny and bright.



Pedal Pushers Born to be Mild

Kramer takes on the Five Boro Bike Tour

Way back in February 1977, a small group of New York City cycling enthusiasts had a dream. They would launch a ride across the city that would become so popular that a Marriott in the Financial District would be able to gouge guests $20 per night to store a bicycle in a nearby garage.



Searching for the Hair Apparent

Give Jeff Back His Hair!

As I watched the Bruce Jenner interview, I felt happy for him. Finally, Jenner can be the person he knew he always was. I only wish he’d outed himself as a transgender person sooner, for his sake and the sake of others.



A Dip Celebrates Earth Day

Proving to the world that Onondaga Lake is safe for swimming

County Executive Joanie Mahoney said she’d swim in Onondaga Lake.



Poetic License to Kill

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, but before you stop reading, just hear me out. A lot of poetry is actually interesting. Or, barring that, here are some recent news events in our area that I’ve turned into verse in an homage to National Poetry Month: