June 24, 2013 - 12:33 PM
... when you open The Buffalo News and see a headline reading:
"Rogue Priests Preside At Subterranean Services"
It is on page B2 of the print edition today (Monday).
The story is about the parishioners at St. Ann's Church ...
... trying to keep the place from closing. "Ousted Parishioners Cling On In Basement," runs the main headline.
This story is heartbreaking.
But the headlines are great!
June 14, 2013 - 1:57 PM
Eddie Brady's, on Genesee Street in downtown Buffalo, is so charmingly 19th century.
The menu is called "Bill of Fare" and is just a few things printed on a chalkboard. Everything is the same price, $6. Except for the Soup du Jour, which is $2. The Soup du Jour, and we love this touch, is available "in season."
A portrait of Eddie Brady's grandfather sits over the bar in a stentorian oval frame.
Today at Eddie Brady's, eating a tuna sandwich, Buzz watched idly as a woman dressed in lawyerly fashion greeted Eddie. "Hey, Eddie," she said.
Eddie looked up from making a sandwich. "Hi, honey, how you doing?" he said.
So old-fashioned! So comforting! But today, Eddie Brady's finally got with the times.
Eddie himself lifted a broom handle and moved the hands of the bar's Iroquois Beer clock, visible over the door in the above picture, an hour forward. The clock went from 10 minutes till noon to 10 minutes till 1.
Daylight Savings Time, better late than never!
June 6, 2013 - 8:09 AM
Petal to the metal!
The sign is protecting a window box on Connecticut Street.
Hands off those marigolds!
June 3, 2013 - 10:54 AM
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.
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!
May 22, 2013 - 4:53 PM
Buffalo being the birthplace of air conditioning, let us toast this hot afternoon by conferring an award that shall surely turn out to be the first in a long and distinguished series.
It is an award for prominent and strategically placed window air conditioner!
With pride we present our first awardee.
This is, of course, St. Mary's School For the Deaf.
It is possible we are starting at the top. St. Mary's sets the bar very high. The building is stately, beautiful and architecturally significant. It boasts several prominent window air conditioners but the one that really nets the school the award is the one perfectly, gloriously located, right over the cross placed over the grand front entrance.
Congratulations, St. Mary's School For The Deaf!
Very, very cool!
May 8, 2013 - 11:25 AM
Tuesday, a lot of ticket holders for tonight's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall were invited to a party at CNN's studios.
It was actually CNN's cafeteria. And it has a great view, pictured above in a picture ably snapped by BPO communications director Susan Schwartz.
"What a great view that is," Buzz fell into the habit of saying, buying time as we scribbled in our notebook.
Then we said it to the wrong person! This Buffalonian, who does not want to be named, met our "What a great view" comment with a dismissive shrug.
"You should see my view," she snapped. She went on to discuss her home in Buffalo -- "It's like you're looking out at the countryside" -- and her home in Florida.
Then Buzz began bragging about the view from The News' cafeteria.
"You see grain elevators, and the river, and --"
We couldn't help it!
That is the Buffalo way. Nobody has it better than we do.
May 3, 2013 - 11:43 AM
Buzz went window shopping in Kaisertown and saw this sweet sight in a Clinton Street shop. It is a Kaisertown Ode to Spring!
How much is that Tyskie in the window?
That Tyskie is a penny or two!
March 18, 2013 - 10:40 AM
Quick, which image is more hallucinogenic?
This one, snapped by Buzz's colleague Charlie Lewis at the St. Patrick's Day Parade?
Or this one ...
March 6, 2013 - 4:02 PM
The Tonawanda whale of a sale Buzz just reported on got us thinking of the other Tonawanda whale -- the Big Blue Whale car wash!
That whale was there when Buzz was a little kid and we used to beg our dad to take the car through it. The whale's name was Willie. We never knew that!
We are not the only one affectionate toward that whale. This scholarly Flickr page has pictures and letters -- click on them -- that were published about the whale over the years. Buzz got a kick out of a letter from a Tonawanda killjoy who found it "monstrous, ugly and completely distasteful." Hahahahaa!
Alas, the Save the Whale campaign failed.
And you wonder why so many cars are dirty this time of year.
This is why!