February 18, 2014 - 12:27 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Your heart starts beating faster when you are on the 190 right around the Peace Bridge, and you see this dramatic flag. An American flag, on a flagpole, blowing in the wind, so magnificently tattered that it looks triumphant.
You couldn't take a picture this morning, what with the traffic and the poor visibility -- so just take Buzz's word for it, it looks just like the picture above.
All we could think of was Renee Fleming's dramatic singing of the lines from "The Star-Spangled Banner" about giving proof through the night that our flag was still there.
It starts the workday off on a high note!
January 29, 2014 - 2:20 PM
Two in one shot! Too Hot to Handel and the Chopin Bag.
These people are the Mozarts of bad puns! Wonder what they'll have next time we stop in.
We'll be Bach!
December 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM
A big Wassail Award to the law offices of Doran and Murphy at 1234 Delaware Ave. When it comes to Christmas spirit, this office has other law offices licked.
Making your columns into peppermint candy sticks is such an obvious idea, but a rare sight.
Buzz took this fleeting picture from the bus, which we took to be safe in the snow. That is the bad news for Doran and Murphy. No personal injury business from us, at least not today.
All the same, they have our admiration!
December 4, 2013 - 5:24 PM
The situation in Lancaster made it irresistible to look up the scene in "Christmas Vacation" that made the name Griswold synonymous with anyone who overdoes the Christmas lights.
It is still pretty funny.
December 4, 2013 - 1:23 PM
Let other towns settle for silent nights, for carolers singing a quiet "Jingle Bells." In the arena of Christmas celebrations, Lancaster -- pictured above in a recent News photo -- reaches for, well, the arena.
It must have started small, when the town inherited those AM&A's window displays.
But then it grew. And now don't bother knocking, Lancaster's a-rocking! A recent evening found the town's Christmasville throbbing to the beat of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with wildly blinking snowflakes and synchronized lights.
"It definitely could be heard through the walls of Lancaster Opera House during Monday's Town Board meeting," marvels one woman who was there.
Eventually her head began to pound too. "It gave me a headache and an eyeache."
Hmmm. If your ears, head and eyes are all hurting, that could actually give the burg a boost. So laughed one sympathetic villager. "He told me there's all of about three main Central Avenue businesses."
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which encourages this light-synching activity, must love this riot of rock and light. We get the idea most villagers do, too. But there are at least three people who aren't happy.
Those would be Mssrs. Adam, Meldrum and Anderson.
Surely they are turning in their graves!
November 5, 2013 - 12:35 PM
The Buffalonians shouldn't be up!
They are putting the tree up at The Buffalo News. That is it pictured above!
And at St. Vincent de Paul on Main Street, where workers were scurrying around this morning with tabletop trees and strings of lights. By the way here is a picture of Vinnie D's world-class tchotchke collection, so you may begin your Christmas shopping early.
It is never too early for Christmas as far as Buzz is concerned. For instance today we cheered the First Christmas Cookies Being Baked By a Rock 'n Roll Artist.
Election Day, the new start of the Christmas season.
You may eat!
October 8, 2013 - 11:51 AM
Thinking about Melvin Seals at the Tralf tonight got us thinking about Terrapin Station which had a poll about what was the best thing about summer. It is too late to vote. The polls are over with, just like the summer! But you can enjoy their findings.
I'm loving it all, whatever comes: 27 %.
Laughter, sunshine and gratitude: 7.4 %.
Checking out the free music everywhere: 6.4 %.
Twirling in my big skirt: 3.2 %.
Hanging out in the parks: 1.1 %.
Mixing new hookah flavors: 7.4 %.
Playing my guitar and singing: 11.5 %.
Oh, heck! Here we were all looking forward to fall and Christmas and this poll was just too funny. Now all we want is summer.
October 8, 2013 - 8:04 AM
What do you wear to the Melvin Seals concert? It is a big question and a thing to be concerned about.
Melvin Seals is playing at the Tralf Music Hall tonight.
"It's like Halloween," says one friend. "You feel you should go in costume."
Will you be able to find your Grateful Dead hoodie?
Perhaps you should call in sick to work or cut class and get crafty.
You know how Terrapin Station is always telling you to stop in and say Hi?
This could be the day!
September 25, 2013 - 8:53 AM
Jon Rosen, the Snyder gentleman who owns Jon Rosen Systems, went over to a neighbor's house to help them get ready for a move. In a crawl space in the basement they found this written on the wall:
This being the Internet age, the story does not end there. Jon put the picture up on Facebook. And the house's former owner, now living in Texas, immediately got in touch!
"I can't believe you found my note!!!" Holly Kirkpatrick Whiting wrote from Dallas. "I wrote it when we moved my mother to Asbury Pointe around seven years ago. I couldn't bear to walk out and not leave some note about who had built the house. Thanks so much for sharing!"
It turns out that her sister was Facebook friends with Jon's sister.
The house's adventures continue. Buzz hears that it has just been sold to Liesl Folks, the new dean of the UB School of Engineering.
Engineers have an eye for interesting buildings!
September 19, 2013 - 12:04 PM
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!