One of Buzz's good friends made the thankless trip to Toronto yesterday to witness the Bills' loss. She joined up with friends who live north of the border. They drove to Aldershot -- there is a name you would never find in Buffalo, eh? -- where they caught a GO Train to the game.
The train was full of tons of people, all bound for the game, all having a noisy great time. The conductor even came out and congratulated everyone. He said, "I've been driving this train for years, and I've never seen a train this packed, even at rush hour!"
Fast forward to a few hours later.
Buzz's friend and her friends, unable to bear watching the game to the bitter end, left early. They had to wait for the train back to Aldershot. The Canadian system had not taken into account that anyone might want to leave early. The station was full of Bills fans, staring at the arrival and departure board, silent and miserable.
On the train, our friend said, you could hear a pin drop.
Oh, for crying out loud, this is breaking our heart!
1. Free 5
oz. of beer whenever you come in! The historic tavern on Hamburg Street in
the Old First Ward promises, and we quote: "Your very own etched 21 oz.
mug that you will
be able to fill for the 16 oz. price." Club membership is $100 so you can occupy yourself on your barstool by figuring out how soon it will pay for itself.
2. You can drink that free beer at a bar so old and righteous that your glass tilts slightly, as shown in the News file photo above, taken on location.
3. You get an invitation to the grand opening when McCarthy's opens its brewery-in-progress.
4. You get the inside track on a special events.
5. You will have the honor of knowing you helped build that brewery. "Beer, like money,
does not grow on trees," point out the tavernkeepers. "Unless you are
making kriek [with cherries])." Far be it from us to leave McCarthy's up
Why say plain vanilla "M&T" when you can say "Manufacturers and Traders"? Buzz uses the bank's full name at every opportunity.
With which, a toast to the Manufacturers and Traders trees.
With a view like this it is easy to believe there is snow even when there is not.
And it was easy to imagine that the St. Joe's Swing Choir ...
... was singing Christmas music even if they were not. What was with these kids? They had the final, coveted noon slot in the Manufacturers and Traders lunch time caroling series, today at noon, and yet Buzz, hanging around for half an hour, heard not one Christmas song, at least not any we recognized.
Not so much as a "Deck the Bank With Boughs of Holly." Unbelievable!
The song is front and center on the new Christmas CD by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, culture barometers that they are. A co-worker heard it at Wegmans and Buzz heard it somewhere else, at Budwey's maybe?
Guess it yet? Give up? It's ...
Buzz likes this square old version. We are a Johnny Mercer fan!
Oh, no!! We are looking at the comments under the YouTube video.
There is an argument going on with people insisting the song is about date rape! Someone writes: "Terrible song about rape. Society has come a long way..."
Then people argue. And someone else writes: "The song IS about rape. Don't try to sugar-coat it."
To quote "A Charlie Brown Christmas," good grief!
We've had, as we said, plenty of opportunities to listen to this song. And there are lines, now that we think about it, like "What's in this drink?" And "I oughta say no, no, no...." But we never saw it as ominous! And on the new Travolta/Newton-John CD, for what it is worth, they do it the other way around. It's the girl pleading with the guy to stay.
Oh, well, whatever. There is no use arguing with some people, is what we are learning.
His sense of humor, anyway. Buzz loves it. Once, we saw on Twitter that someone had seen a toddler walking along singing, "Hurt by a car? Call William Mattar!" Ha, ha! Even funnier, the Tweet was re-tweeted by William Mattar.
Now, we hear that in honor of the holidays, Mattar has a new jingle.
It's "Hurt by a sleigh? Call us today!"
The news of this comes from Cheryl Raffel of Wheatfield. "As much as I get tired of the commercials, that made me laugh," she says. "So now we have
to watch out for speeding sleighs!"
How does that Joni Mitchell song go? ... It's comin' on Christmas, they're cuttin' down trees, they're puttin' up reindeer and singin' songs of joy and peace ... oh we wish we had a river we could skate away on ...
Especially if it's the Niagara River!
Because then we could feast our eyes on the pretty Peace Bridge. In the News file photo up above, it's splendid in deep blue, but last night when we looked, it was all lit up green and red for the season.
Buzz takes at least part credit because years ago we suggested this move.
"The Peace Bridge already enjoys a modest dose of white light, but a bigger
dose would tell the world that it's important and majestic, no matter what
some people say," we wrote, yikes, way back in 2005.
Would that all our suggestions were this smart, you know?