A friend dragged Buzz to the Broadway Market to partake in the pre-Easter hysteria. Normally we avoid the market at this crowded time of year. It is Amateur Week! But we went. We are happy we did!
It is great, we admit, to see the crowds. And the additional stands, the stands that are not there the rest of the year, selling tea and wine and chocolates and painted eggs, pictured above.
Waiting our turn at Petros Lupus meats, we were fascinated by the action behind the counter. It was hard to take a picture because everyone was always in motion. Lupus runs a tight ship and the line moved fast. One staffer had the job simply of standing at a microphone calling out people's numbers.
Then there were the fights. We always love the Holy Week fights!
Buzz was selecting collard greens from Lewandowski Produce (99 cents a bunch, cheap!) when the girl at Lewandowski snarled at a Lupus customer for being in the way.
The Lupus shopper snarled back: "Well, where am I supposed to stand?"
At that point Buzz could not help it. We turned to the Lupus customer and said sweetly, "Come back next week, there'll be a lot of room."
That is one of them up above! By the way Buzz was fascinated to learn that you can get vanity debit cards with your photo, your kids' artwork, whatever. Imagine the possibilities! But surely none cooler than the Dyngus Day cards.
Writing about Gary Crosby, on the front page today, reporter Melinda Miller confessed to Buzz that although she likened him to George Bailey, Jimmy Stewart's character in "It's A Wonderful Life," there was a detail she wished she could have added.
She wished she could have included that in fact he looks a lot more like Christopher Walken!
There is no mistaking a certain resemblance. Buzz alluded to it back in, let us see, spring 2008, when Crosby was chief financial officer of the Buffalo Schools.
And Crosby got in touch! He told Buzz he was well aware that he had that Christopher Walken thing going on.
"I had a guy in the Elmwood Pet Shop tell me that he did security for Walken when he was in Buffalo for the Modigliani exhibit," Crosby wrote.
"He looked me over and said, 'You could be him.' "