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JetBlue Flight Attendant Will Have Her Little Joke

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Buzz, earlier today, thought to ourself, sure, it's March, it's going to be cold, but does it have to be bitterly cold?

And we had to laugh, reading on Twitter about a JetBlue flight attendant, pictured above, said upon landing here yesterday.

Somebody named Paul Mitro tweeted that when the plane touched down in Buffalo, this attendant announced: "JetBlue welcomes you to Aruba....just kidding, you're in Buffalo, I was just in Aruba, it was really nice."

Hahaa! Welcome to Buffalo, JetBlue passengers!

Misery loves company!

Buffalo Mass Mob is Massive

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Buzz threw in our lot with the Buffalo Mass Mob this morning at St. John Kanty, a church we have passed millions of times but have never gone in.

We liked the painting of a dark-skinned, Eastern-looking Jesus in the front of the church, sort of visible in the picture above over the heads of the Mass Mobsters.

There were also, we have to say this, a few funny moments. There were a few priests and deacons on hand. And one of them got up to welcome the big crowd of 800 people (we are estimating). He said he was moved to see so many people from out of town, "from California, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Hamburg and Williamsville."

The best jokes are the ones with a grain of truth, and that got a big laugh. The fun continued during the sermon.

"I really feel I am preaching to the choir," the priest said, looking out at the faithful. He added: "But I will go on."

Ha, ha! Meanwhile we see our brethren at the Cleveland Plain Dealer are having fun covering their local Mass Mob, one of the Mass Mobs our Buffalo Mass Mob has spawned. Cleveland also had a Mass Mob scheduled for today. The story says too that Philadelphia also held its first Mass Mob today. 

But back to Cleveland. Bless this reporter for his bad pun.

He writes: "Many are called and pews are chosen."

Could Snow Put a Ding in Dyngus Day?

The eloquent folks over at Dyngus Day are worried about the pussy willow harvest. Their poem below, in the spare yet vivid style of the late-Renaissance Polish poet Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński:

Pussy willows put in peril by being pelted with snow?

Say it ain't so!

With this alarming picture:

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Road Salt Located In Nick of Time With School Supplies and Ant Traps

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Pssst. About that elusive road salt  (as shown in the above classic Buffalo News photo) ...

Buzz's friend Stephanie tells us that she found some yesterday at the Tops at Transit and Maple.

However! She says it is not where the big sign is that says "Rock Salt." It is the next aisle over, by the school supplies and ant traps.

"I needed a takeout person to take it to my car," she said.

Thank you for the tip, Stephanie!

You are worth your salt!

Buffalo Snubs Snowstorm

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Everyone recognizes that powerful symbol. It means "No Blizzard."

Remember what Scarlett O'Hara was told about Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind"? "My dear, he isn't received." Buffalonians are saying that about today's predicted snowstorm.

My dear, it is not received!

You cannot even buy salt in the hardware stores any more. They are out of it and they are not reordering it. Let it run out.

As far as shoveling goes there is a general strike.

There is talk that the storm will be turned away by the city's indifference.

Fiddle dee dee!

 

Geraldo Rivera Pays Stealth Visit To Buffalo, Goes Guess Where

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Geraldo Rivera is in town to speak at a job fair today at the Millennium Hotel, and the first thing he did was head to, you guessed it, the Anchor Bar.

Man after our own heart! Other people can mock him for doing the touristy thing. Buzz has great respect for the Anchor Bar and its portions and its prices. Look how many locals go there. Lots. Anyway, Geraldo joined them, and he posted the picture above on his Twitter page.

He captioned his picture: "With Founder of Anchor Bar."

Since then he has posted a pic of himself at the job fair.

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No need to rehearse your remarks, Geraldo.

Just wing it!

Rare Figure At Broadway Market Inspires Shock and Awe

The drama eclipsed the Oscars!

A photo of the Broadway Market that Buzz posted the other day captured a rare and elusive figure and took Facebook by storm.

An actual nun!

With nun shoes! (As one Facebooker marveled.)

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That is a sight you never see any more. Spotting a nun made Buzz's experience as a Paczki judge that much more memorable.

Another nun and we could have had a Mel Brooks movie. No Mel Brooks production was complete without a couple of nuns.

No Broadway Market production is complete without them either!

About Those Mysterious Midnight Explosions Downtown

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Buzz was downtown 'round midnight last night and was shocked when suddenly we began hearing muffled booms. Like an ammunitions plant exploding.

Fireworks, were our first thought. But how could they be fireworks? It was midnight. It was winter. And it was stormy. Snow was coming down and the roads were slick.

Boom, boom, boom! The explosions seemed to be coming from the direction of the river. Maybe they were blowing up ice on the lake or something? We put something up on Facebook, looking for answers, and found we weren't the only ones alarmed. One woman wrote: "Fire in the popcorn factory? I'm hearing it in Williamsville."

As the noise went on it grew frightening. We thought we saw flashes reflected in a window. Howard, the guy we married, said, "We better get out of here."

Well ...

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Diary of a Doughnut Judge

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Buzz judged Paczki today at the Broadway Market. Above is a picture of us, second from the left, looking judgmental (as the friend said who snapped the picture). 

We sat in supreme judgment! And visible to the left of us is our friend and colleague Samantha Maziarz Christmann, the Discount Diva.

We tasted and discussed and tasted and discussed and tasted some more and wished there were more. The texture of these doughnuts were unbelievable. Coated with sugar, they oozed deep, thick jam. It got to the point where all you could think about was having more.

And our friends are all on board!

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Many more of them live next door.

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And the band begins to play.

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(They are the magnificent Bison City Stompers, jamming as we ate jam.)

And the Pączki winners were ...

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TV's Jimmy Fallon Prefers Mass the Old Way

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The religious blog-o-sphere is abuzz with an interview that Terry Gross did on Fresh Air with new "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon, (pictured above with "Tonight Show" guest Will Smith). Fallon talks about the Catholic Mass and how it can be kind of, ahem, freewheeling. A very dicey subject these days!

The interview is from 2011. You can listen to it on the NPR site. Fallon is reminiscing about when he was an altar boy. He says he wanted to be a priest.

"I just, I loved the church," he says. "I loved the idea of it. I loved the smell of the incense. I loved the feeling you get when you left church. I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good. I just thought it was – I loved the whole idea of it."

Gross asks if he still goes to church.

Fallon says: "I don’t go to ... I tried to go back. When I was out in L.A. and I was kind of struggling for a bit. I went to church for a while, but it’s kind of, it’s gotten gigantic now for me. It’s like too… There’s a band. There’s a band there now, and you got to, you have to hold hands with people through the whole Mass now, and I don’t like doing that..."

"I’m doing too much," he explains. "I don’t want – there’s Frisbees being thrown, there’s beach balls going around, people waving lighters, and I go, ‘This is too much for me.’ I want the old way. I want to hang out with the, you know, with the nuns, you know, that was my favorite type of Mass, and the grotto, and just like straight up, just Mass Mass."

Good for UB grad Terry Gross for getting into this, you know?

Let's make it about religion and politics!

 

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