January 24, 2014 - 12:29 PM
Deep South, meet Deep Freeze!
Last night at E.B. Green's in the Hyatt, Buzz met a lady and gentleman from Mississippi who are here to judge Cheersport, the giant cheerleading competition taking place Saturday at the Buffalo Convention Center.
They are Niel Parker and Cheryl Farris and while they are used to judging summery competitions like the one pictured above, now they are up here in the Arctic. They confessed that just the thought of flying to Buffalo had made them shiver.
"We were afraid our plane would land on ice," Cheryl said.
Niel added candidly: "We were hoping our flight would be canceled."
But they fell in love with Buffalo! "The people are so friendly," they said, and proceeded to list all the friends they had made, from the pilot of the plane up through the staffers at the Hyatt, whom they reeled off by name. They had tickets to "Wicked" tonight at Shea's.
Niel and Cheryl are encouraging Buffalonians to come out and watch the cheerleading competition. The Convention Center site says admission is $10 with kids under 10 admitted free. It sounds like quite a show. There are about a zillion cheerleaders from all over the state and beyond. And the judges say come late, because the competition gets more advanced as the day wears on.
Cheerleaders converging on the Convention Center, what fun.
Let's go, Buffalo!
January 10, 2014 - 11:07 AM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Our recent blizzard is not all that distant and so all the ballots are not in. Early results, though, reveal a strong contender for the winner in the keenly competitive category of Most Frivolous Violation of a Driving Ban.
It is a woman who, in a feat pictured above, drove through the teeth of the blizzard to go to the gym. Southtowns Fitness, we are talking about, so you know we are not making this up.
What's so special about that, you say. I went to the gym too in the blizzard, you say. However.
She drove to the gym TO TAN.
The gym happened to be open because the owner was there to see to a broken furnace, is what Buzz heard. Says our source: "He could not believe she showed up to go tanning. In a blizzard!"
Hey, that's Buffalo. That is what makes our town great.
You go, girl!
December 24, 2013 - 10:41 AM
As a Buffalo Athletic Club member, Buzz has a particular concern -- our only concern, actually -- regarding the club's sale to L.A. Fitness.
We are worried for the downtown location.
The BAC at 69 Delaware has an august history. Buzz's uncles have told us what it was like decades ago when it was an actual club. Gentlemen stored their clothes there and drank and dined -- and, yes, smoked -- in its dining rooms. Buffalo native Leonard Pennario, the internationally renowned concert pianist, used to ascend the club's marble steps when he was in town and go there. All kinds of important men did. It is one of the last surviving venerable Delaware Avenue clubs.
Even in recent years, the downtown Buffalo Athletic Club had a kind of exalted nature that lingered in spite of the crummy music and the cheap membership specials. You could walk on a treadmill and listen in as judges and lawyers discussed their cases. Buzz has rubbed elbows with all kinds of interesting and influential people including Judge Penny Wolfgang, Judge Curtin (he was in our Pilates class a few years ago), community activist Samuel Herbert and the artist and attorney LeRoi Johnson.
There is also that beautiful pool, left over from more luxurious years.
This is the kind of brand that even bone-headed marketing has not been able to kill. It will be a shame to see this club lose its name and forfeit its history. It is a loss to the town.
Oh well. It seems something at the BAC has turned upside down.
The dumbbells are now in charge!
December 7, 2013 - 12:40 PM
The Medaille Reindeer Run in Delaware Park this morning drew a big crowd -- of runners, and of cheerleaders.
This was our favorite cheerleading squad. Love the opaque sign on the left, and then the sign in the middle with the picture of the Metro Bus.
September 23, 2013 - 5:08 PM
Buzz has usually weighed in on the Buzz Blog long before now but the day got in the way.
It is Terribly Monday!
That phrase came from our Pilates teacher at the Buffalo Athletic Club. The class is only 45 minutes long but they pack a lot into it and today there was a lot of grunting and groaning, mostly on the part of the gentlemen. (Ladies tend to suffer in silence.)
The teacher described the day as terribly Monday! And later, when we were all lying on our mats like dead people, we were all quoting it to each other.
"It would make a great name for a band," one woman spoke up.
"I think so too," the teacher said.
Presenting ... Terribly Monday!
Luckily we hear it only once a week.
September 8, 2013 - 7:00 AM
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!
September 7, 2013 - 12:38 PM
Adding sparkle to this rainy Buffalo weekend is "Doctor" John Bisci, the DJ of the long-gone disco Club 747, immortalized in the above video. Bisci now lives and works in Las Vegas and he was in town on business.
Doctor John is not to be confused with the bluesman Dr. John! Originally, Bisci told Buzz, he worried when he was told to take that name, because the New Orleans bluesman already had it.
Then he reasoned that the musician Dr. John's real name is Mac Rebennack. In any case, Dr. John from New Orleans has been gracious and has never protested.
Bisci had to take a nickname, he said, because all the deejays back then had nicknames. There was Charles "Captain Disco" Anzalone, Charlie "CC" Cimino and someone else he mentioned to us who went by General Mills, hahahaha!
We liked how Bisci, who is now pretty dapper (he's at right, under the banner, in this pic)...
... sees the humor in the situation.
He said: "The first night I announced I was Doctor John, I was laughing so hard."
Because, unlike some of our public servants ... it tells the truth!
Buzz saw this sign on the wall of HSBC Center when we were on our way to Tim Horton's.
Ha, ha! we chortled.
Good luck with that!
We continued on to Tim Horton's where we noticed for the first time a new doughnut called the Cheeseburger. It looks like a cheeseburger but it tastes like chocolate.
Just what is needed on a Monday.
That trail can wait till tomorrow!
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!