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Ode To Trader Joe's

Though others flock to Trader Joe's,

With Buzz they're out of luck!

We'll stay away, until the day

They carry ...

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Two-Buck Chuck!

(May be sung pompously to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne.")

 

Brown Booby Frustrated In Efforts To Spot Rare Human

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From the Brown Booby's human-watching journal:

Awk! Awk! I really must be as stupid as they say.

I make my once-in-a-lifetime human-ing trip up to Buffalo and all I see is the same darn people I've been seeing back home in Florida!

Buffalo Bills fans! They are down in Florida too. I added the Buffalo Bills Fan to my life list when I was still a chick. You can't fly 10 feet without running into one of those.

The Tufted Backwards-Baseball-Cap-Wearing Youth, he is so common!

It's my first time this year for the Tweedy UB Professor. But it's not as if he's exotic or anything. As a matter of fact that professor quoted in the story about me in The Buffalo News, I saw that exact same guy in Florida, looking right at me.

No goal! That is a quaint expression I hear in this Great Lakes town. 

Why are rare humans so hard to spot??

Rare Photos of Jacquie Walker Surface On Internet

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As Jacquie Walker celebrates 30 years with Channel 4, she is being toasted and roasted.

Steve Cichon, former news director for WBEN-AM, helpfully posted the picture above. He says it dates to the late '80s and features, left to right: Van Miller, Jacquie, Bob Koop, Carol Jasen and Ted Textor.

The gracious Jacquie herself posted this picture which we hope she will not mind us sharing.

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Colleagues are chiming in.

The perpetually youthful and stylish Doris Jones, who like Walker is a member of the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame, writes: "Congratulations to one beautiful lady... inside and outside. You look as young as ever -- always perfectly groomed and a real talent." 

Shane Brother Shane, the greet deejay, writes with his trademark eloquence: "Wish I could have been with you, every step of the way, Chipmunk."

And speaking of eloquence, the great Mike Randall, who in August celebrated 30 years with Channel 7, wrote his congratulations, adding: "30 years at one station!?! what are you nuts!!"

Downtown Deli Responds To Government Shutdown

Airborne Eddy of Forgotten Buffalo snapped this picture at City Hall.

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Big Improvement at Kleinhans Music Hall

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What with all the excitement surrounding the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening gala Wednesday, one piece of good news went unmentioned. And it should be mentioned.

The size of the lower-level Ladies Lounge has been doubled!

That is the entrance to the Lounge pictured above on this esteemed Buffalo architectural website. The hall was flush with rumors before the concert even started. "They knocked out a wall," someone said. Buzz, zipped precariously into a skin-tight evening gown, went tripping daintily downstairs to see what we could see. And lo, it was true.

Most mysteriously, the additional, ahem, stalls looked as if they had been there forever. As if the lounge had always been this way!

Oh well. It is like a Mozart symphony.

God knows exactly how it was constructed but we rejoice that it is there!

Tall Ships Under Fire on Buffalo Waterfront

Remember the Tall Ship sitting beneath Buzz's window?

This morning it was under fire!

It was challenged by Buffalo's historic fireboat, the Cotter. The Cotter, in what Buzz could only assume was a show of strength, came trundling up with all its water jets going full blast, just the way it was in this picture from the Dyngus Day website, only way worse.

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As we watched wide-eyed, the Tall Ships were obscured by mist and spray.

You got to love the Cotter for guarding its turf against other antique ships.

That is so Buffalo!

Find the Hidden Tall Ship

Here is not the best picture but the most unusual picture you are going to see of the Tall Ships visiting Buffalo. Well, it is one of the Tall Ships. It is hunkered down in the drizzle.

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Can you see the ship? If you click on the picture you can see it better.

It is like playing "Where's Waldo?"!

Here is a hint. The ship is on the river between the second posts of the Skyway (counting from the left) and the orange crane.

It is the view from Buzz's window. Yesterday we heard cannon fire and that was how we knew when the Tall Ships arrived.

And this is funny: A co-worker heard the big booms and said, "What's that?"

Buzz, busy snacking as usual, said without really thinking, "Cannon fire."

Then we both went back to our work.

Party like it's 1799!

 

Pasta Party Screams 'That Is So Buffalo!'

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The 90th anniversary party at Chef's, pictured above in a photo by The News' Harry Scull, shows this town's greatness more eloquently than any art or architecture could ever do. 

First, the street is blocked off! A pasta party that needs to block off a downtown street demands respect right off the bat.

The faithful gather. Owner Lou Billittier tells The News: "We've got about a thousand people."

The cake is so big and so elaborate that it has to be protected by dry ice.

The lectern is an ice sculpture.

Fireworks are set off by hitting a "detonator."

AND ....

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Rare Photo of DJ Reunion

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Buzz's new friend "Doctor John" Bisci, voice of Club 747, passes along this picture of himself and his fellow disco DJs gathered for a charity reunion, the Hustle for a Cure Charity Event at First Niagara Center on Friday night.

Priceless! If this is not a clip-and-save picture Buzz does not know what is.

This explains Doctor John's stealth flight into Buffalo.

Thing like this do not happen by accident!

Paul Crapsi's Sling Shot

Today's Buzz column continues the saga of the adventures of Paul Crapsi, candidate for Family Court Judge.

Here is the exclusive picture of him in a sling.

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Fine with us if it gives him a shot in the arm.

He's earned it!

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