August 7, 2013 - 11:54 AM
It is humiliating to admit but Buzz is addicted to CVS's Magic Coupon Machine, pictured at left.
Every few days we just have to check to see if it has new coupons for us! Sometimes it gives you freebies, like pop or nail polish or something. Other times it offers some kind of discount but you have to strategize a little in order to get something free or at deep discount. You know those little games you play that brighten your day? This is one. It is like Soduku only you wind up with pop or nail polish or whatever.
So. This morning we stop at CVS. And there is this guy sort of loitering in the parking lot. Perfectly normal, this being within the Buffalo city limits. And he holds the door open for us and says good morning and smiles at us, not unusual because we are wearing a bright Hawaiian shirt and a yellow skirt, plus green nail polish we got courtesy of the Magic Coupon Machine. People have been smiling at us all morning!
Then he says: "Your name is Mary, isn't it?"
"Yes," we said, thinking: Aha, so he recognizes us from the super-popular Buzz column and Buzz Blog! Perhaps he even read it this morning!
Then he says: "You work here, don't you?"
Hahahahaa! Hopes of local celebrity, dashed.
"No," we said. "We just come here a lot."
God knows how he knew our name, you know? That is one question we have not answered.
On the other hand, this is Buffalo.
August 2, 2013 - 11:30 AM
The Eden Corn Festival gets big by thinking small!
They have at the festival, this year, the World's Tiniest Woman ...
... And the World's Smallest Horse.
Bet you did not know that. You had to read the small print. Sorry, had to crack a corny joke!
Speaking of which, Eden's corn is so great that, as an Eden friend points out, the festival has no need of corn pone, corn fritters, corn dogs, corn chips, corny pick-up lines or the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Just corn on the cob!
Those "Leave it to Beaver" puns -- it turns out they are most appropriate!
The headline on The News' picture page today, in the print edition, is "Leave it to Bieber."
Someone has to point this out: "Bieber" is a variation of "Biber" ...
... as in the wonderful German composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber ...
... and Biber is, yes, German for "beaver."
See, now if you run into Justin Bieber in person, you will have things to talk to him about.
Be an informed Belieber!
One thing that remains (besides the five extra pounds)...
Airborne Eddy, jumping out of a cake!
"You should be wearing less clothes," remarked one woman, obviously a fan of Eddy, comedian, Off Beat Cinema host and co-founder of Forgotten Buffalo.
A gentleman says: "How disappointing for everyone!"
As promised in today's Buzz column, here is the rare picture of deejay Anita West looking stressed, included in Phil Pantano's photo exhibit.
The way we are used to seeing Anita:
As Buzz promises in the paper today, Phil Pantano's exhibit is a rare chance to catch Anita West looking downcast. Clearly Phil Pantano is a man of genius.
Catch the exhibit while you can!
This cute video shows the new public pianos placed at various locations around Buffalo.
Catch Annie Philippone, boogie pianist, rocking out on a vintage Kurtzmann. And Mark Weber, who organized the piano project, playing an excellent "You Don't Know Me."
The News reported about how at the pianos' dedications, Buffalo State College public speaking majors would be giving the introductions as their final exam. Is there anything Mark Weber has not thought of?
Apparently not! He writes on Facebook:
"I would like to open up 'Mark Weber’s Pianotorium' as a tourist attraction in Buffalo."
We can't forget our trip to Fantasy Island! In the Buzz column today we describe the unforgettable Toilet Bowl.
And then there was the surprise sight of a Model T mysteriously off the antique car tracks and offroading.
As one Season Pass holder said: "That's not something you see every day."
We caught up with the car -- this isn't "The Fast and the Furious 6" -- and took a picture of the driver.
Bye bye, Model T!
You usually don't find a water park as freewheeling as the one at Fantasy Island, where we took this picture on Sunday. That is Buzz's sister lounging against the sign.
What a permissive park! Bring in your beer!
It is surprisingly easy to miss that "NO."
Especially if you are not looking for it!
Sorry this picture is a little fuzzy. We took snapped it out of the window of our cute little Model T Ford, Sunday at Fantasy Island.
The darling antique cars are a highlight -- Model T Fords painted yellow or basic black, fitted out with real gas motors, rolling around on those skinny wheels.
Those gas pumps are darling too and we are guessing that they are original to the park, which opened in 1961.
Talk about nostalgia!