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Three Things That Brighten Up This Gray Day

Gray

Above is the view from the Buzz desk that displays pretty well today's 50 shades of gray.

This is one gray day!

However, three things that brighten it up ...

1. The aroma downtown this morning of roasting coffee. Of all the industrial smells in the world we lucked out with this one. And today we needed it!

2. Hearing of a crowd of Japanese tourists getting chilly on the jet boat in Niagara Falls. We love the jet boat but this is not the day to be on it! Just reflecting on the fact that we were not on the jet boat warmed us up.

3. The sight of the Miss Buffalo, with its canopy and its bar, plowing merrily down the river, carrying a crowd, no problem at all.

Gotta love the Miss Buffalo.

Rain, what rain?

West Side Warning: Put Down That Flower, Punk

Petal to the metal!

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The sign is protecting a window box on Connecticut Street.

Hands off those marigolds!

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Former WBEN News Chief Finds New Employment

Cichon

Buzz misses hearing Steve Cichon on radio's WBEN, but now that he has cast off those shackles, it is great that he has made himself available as a round-the-clock resource.

The Bow-Tied One, pictured above in his former habitat, devoted his first free afternoon to settling questions on Facebook pertaining to Two Guys and Twin Fair.

Apparently someone had called him asking where Two Guys used to be. Cichon responded with this picture...

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... adding smoothly: "That is why it's convenient to have a 1979 phone book."

The discussion proceeded unhurriedly throughout the long afternoon, moderated by Cichon, about where these stores used to be, what stores followed, how you can spot an old Two Guys, what Twin Fair commercials used to say, etc., etc., etc.

It went off on tangents.

"Hey, can you look up Wisniewski, William for me," one woman asked. "I wanna see where I, or my father was living at the time." Cichon provided the Buffum Street address and went on to describe his admiration for the Fotomat that used to sit on the corner of Buffum and Seneca.

We are starting to understand Steve Cichon's new business.

He is the History Hotline!

Public Artists Make Powerful Statement At Amvets

Scrawled on the walls of the ahem, fitting rooms of the Dick Road Amvets is, let us be honest, a lot of dreck. In its midst, though, we admired an oasis of high-minded ideals.

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Got to love, especially, the Tolkien-quoting nerd, taking time out from Middle Earth, or whatever it is called.

We hope he scored a good haul!

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