In Buffalo, the competition in the department of Strange Things You Get Paid To Do is always keen, but actor Dave Lundy surely scores high in this category. He spent five hours on Sunday, starting at 7:30 a.m., running around with a shovel, fighting imaginary alligators.
He was a paid extra in "Alligator Apocalypse," being shot Sunday next to the Hotel @ the Lafayette. (A corner of the hotel is apparently standing in for the Empire State Building. Buffalo plays New York.) Another alligator fighter was the stellar jazz pianist Kevin Doyle. We have Kevin Doyle to thank for this action-packed shot, which we snatched from the jaws of his Facebook page.
Lundy has appeared in some arresting dramatic productions. And Buzz, who has admired him on stage at Shakespeare in the Park, had to ask: In "Alligator Apocalypse," when he was in the teeth of battle, where did he get his motivation, so he could look believable fighting imaginary beasts? Did he brandish his shovel westward and imagine directing his wrath against various government officials?
Lundy said no.
"They told us to look serious and not smile," he said.
Now that had to be tough. You have to admire actors. They are not like the rest of us.
We bet when he said goodbye to the filmmakers he did not even say "See you later, alligator."
Buzz, being a mere mortal, would not have been able to resist!
You know those guerrilla signs you see taped to telephone poles? They are a way of life in Buffalo. Anyway, we have seen a classic, posted on the corner of Washington and Exchange streets. It says:
"LEARN TO FIGHT LIKE BATMAN."
And there is a picture of a bat, sort of like the Batman logo pictured above, followed by phone numbers and stuff.
Alas, it was too cold, and Buzz was too bundled up, to take a picture. If you do not believe us you will have to go and see for yourself. These signs are never taken down. So don't worry, by the time you get around to it, it will still be there.
... having never cracked Top 40 Radio, Shane had no idea who he was. He said no.
The gentleman then asked, "Have you ever been told you look just like him?"
"No," said Shane. Never at a loss for words, he hit them with a swashbuckling torrent of them: "As a kid heard Eastwood, then I heard Crocodile Dundee everywhere! Lately I hear a lot of Jean-Luc Picard, but I don’t know your guy, sorry.”
This new video has been making the social media rounds.
Josh Potter of 103.3 The Edge has Tweeted: "406 reasons to love Buffalo... 403 are Food Reasons, the other three are Sabres, Bills & St Patrick's Day. I'm moving."
Ha, ha! It is pretty funny when the video goes into high gear, inundating you with picture after picture of wings and beer and beef on weck, Fat Bob's and Gigi's and the Olympic Restaurant. It is like a food fight. Splat! Splat! Splat!
Speaking of which, here is something we can all agree on. Someone, obviously a Buffalonian, writes on YouTube:
"it would be better if you didnt have a seizure from the pictures going
so damn fast. Slow the damn thing down and it would be 100X better."
The smoking saxophonist Tomoka Nomura, who went to City Honors and UB and played in a number of Buffalo jazz bands -- including one with Buzz -- now lives in California with her husband, trumpet ace Jeff Jarvis.
She was playing a gig last night for the Hawn Foundation and Goldie Hawn was there.
"I was pretty excited," says Tomoka, pictured above. "The event was for her foundation and I end up getting an autographed copy of her book. She was elegant and seems very nice. She was very petite and had a
beautiful figure. I saw her close but she can easily pass for early
50s. Her son Oliver and Kurt Russell was there, too."
Wow, this is a far cry from back when Tomoka and Buzz and our band mates played 57 weekends straight at the Holiday Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard! Buzz cheers Tomoka's supremacy in the jazz world.
Hawn cheered it, too.
Tomoka says: "Goldie Hawn gave me a hug and told me I could blow!"