The Italian and English language Mass-goers place the priest facing the people, behind the low altar.
The folks who go to the Tridentine Mass in Latin, when they pass by, turn him around so that he faces the same direction as the people, behind the high altar.
It is an ongoing battle. Father faces this way. He faces that way. He does the Hokey Pokey and he turns himself around. The above picture Buzz snapped, if you want to blow it up and look at it closely, shows the priest in Latin Mass mode.
The guide smiled and sighed: "The Latin Mass people have gotten at this again."
Buzz misses hearing Steve Cichon on radio's WBEN, but now that he has cast off those shackles, it is great that he has made himself available as a round-the-clock resource.
The Bow-Tied One, pictured above in his former habitat, devoted his first free afternoon to settling questions on Facebook pertaining to Two Guys and Twin Fair.
Apparently someone had called him asking where Two Guys used to be. Cichon responded with this picture...
... adding smoothly: "That is why it's convenient to have a 1979 phone book."
The discussion proceeded unhurriedly throughout the long afternoon, moderated by Cichon, about where these stores used to be, what stores followed, how you can spot an old Two Guys, what Twin Fair commercials used to say, etc., etc., etc.
It went off on tangents.
"Hey, can you look up Wisniewski, William for me," one woman asked. "I wanna see where I, or my father was living at the time." Cichon provided the Buffum Street address and went on to describe his admiration for the Fotomat that used to sit on the corner of Buffum and Seneca.
... is going to be at the BPO's performance on Wednesday in New York City. Jennifer Gliere is a soprano and originally thought she could not be there because she had a rehearsal of Bach's B Minor Mass. But she has been sprung from the rehearsal -- alleluia! -- and so will be able to go.
Buzz caught up with Miss Gliere while she was sitting in traffic, which is what you do when you live in New York.
One thing we asked her about was the folk hero Ilya Muromets, the legend that inspired Gliere to write his outrageous, rarely performed symphony. Ilya Muromets is a warrior who chalks up all kinds of victories before -- fatal error! -- he defies God and is defeated by the heavenly hosts.
Jennifer Gliere said Russian kids grow up knowing all about this mythical figure.
"What would be our equivalent?" we asked. "Would he be like Robin Hood?"
"More like Bigfoot," she said. "Only not as nefarious."
In the Buzz column today we lament the loss of Dorothy Malczewski, a legend of the Broadway Market and a woman who was free with her knowledge of food.
Other people are telling us Dorothy brought the butter lamb to
Buffalo, as detailed in that marvelous vintage video above. Our chief
memory of her centered on the time she told us how to roast duck to
impress Howard, the guy we were dating, and whom we eventually married
(the duck worked).
There were a couple of surprise details we had forgotten. One was
that the duck had been Dorothy's idea! Buzz had confessed we were making
dinner for her boyfriend, and she picked up that we hoped to impress
him. "How about a duck?" she said. And we said OK, even though we had
never made duck before.
Another detail we love is that after giving us the recipe, Dorothy
sized us up, like an artist appraising her successor. "I can see why he
likes you," she said solemnly. "You're a good cook."
Thanks to her! And now, the recipe everyone is waiting for ...
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.
One thing led to another, as these things do, and we wound up looking up a few things about Crystal Beach, such as when it opened (1888). Then we looked up the Cyclone, the old roller coaster that was there before the Comet. That is the Cyclone pictured above in an old postcard.
Buzz used to love the Comet but our dad always told us that he rode the Cyclone and next to him we were in the kiddie pool.
Now we see what he meant! Because we found this account on Wikipedia by a Canadian soldier named Ed Mills who wrote the Cyclone in 1943.
Every once in a while you stumble upon someone who has a real way with words. This guy did. He puts you right on that Cyclone. You feel as if you are there! Try to find time in your day to give these couple of paragraphs your undivided attention. It is suggested you put down your coffee first.