Buzz was downtown 'round midnight last night and was shocked when suddenly we began hearing muffled booms. Like an ammunitions plant exploding.
Fireworks, were our first thought. But how could they be fireworks? It was midnight. It was winter. And it was stormy. Snow was coming down and the roads were slick.
Boom, boom, boom! The explosions seemed to be coming from the direction of the river. Maybe they were blowing up ice on the lake or something? We put something up on Facebook, looking for answers, and found we weren't the only ones alarmed. One woman wrote: "Fire in the popcorn factory? I'm hearing it in Williamsville."
As the noise went on it grew frightening. We thought we saw flashes reflected in a window. Howard, the guy we married, said, "We better get out of here."
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February 27, 2014 - 12:21 PM
1. Enjoying urban vistas like the one above, pictured above in a snapshot we took this morning with our mittened hands. Scoot over, Charles Burchfield!
2. Catching the bus in the snowy shadow of Voelker's Bowling.
And finally, best of all ...
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February 5, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Allow us to introduce Gene McCarthy's Tavern, postponing tonight's meeting of the Better Beverage Society because of the iffy weather.
By the time of our next Better Beverage, we may even have our own beer as leverage!And now it's time for me to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Cuz there's always someone else waitin', tho' we'd all love you to make it!
Any person who needs a refund, simply call us and we'll give you one!
So please stay home tonight, and drink some craft beer by fire light!
Better Beverage with Hamburg will happen, on Wed, Feb 19 we'll be rappin!
The weather outside is frightful, even if beer makes us delightful!
But since it's so hard to go, we've postponed cuz of the snow, cuz of the snow!
It was signed "The Beer Poet."
Beer Poet, you are mighty fine.
Now pass, us, please, that frosty stein!
January 28, 2014 - 1:28 PM
Buttoning up our coat this morning, Buzz despaired. We felt like the girl in the picture up above. Or, as we told Howard, the guy we married, we felt like something out of the Brothers Grimm.
Howard did not contradict us as we had hoped he would. But he said: "Look at it this way, everyone else is in the same boat."
That is for sure!
And furthermore the boat is surrounded by ice. The boat is not going anywhere!
It actually cracks us up. We have to love the wit of the other people in the same boat.
Like Jeff Paterson, the head of the Community Music School. Jeff wrote on Facebook: "Pretty sure my car just swore at me when I started it."
And another friend who does not like his name mentioned wrote:
"Love the four seasons here, this current one is just being a bit of jerk."
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!
January 7, 2014 - 2:04 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Facebook plus snowstorm equals a lot of laughs! It brings out the comedian in us all.
"Gore-Tex for the Vortex." This is from Forgotten Buffalo's Airborne Eddy. Oh wait, he is an actual comedian. That is his picture we posted up above. We think it's him. It looks like his street. Well, whatever, we figure he won't mind seeing that he is used to being on TV and everything.
Eddy also wrote, on Facebook: "I had to shovel the driveway to get the convertible out but I can't get the damn top off. It's frozen!"
Another friend writes:
"The driving is bad so I am sending my mom up to 7-11 for beer and chips. My only hope is they are open, and there is beer left. Oops better call her and tell her not to forget the dip."
Good thinking. Similar wisdom comes from Howard, the guy we married.
"A six-pack isn't going to do it this time," he advised his friends before the storm even hit.
"Start drinking now!"
January 6, 2014 - 5:41 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Buzz did the Metro Bus thing today in the snow, as shown above in a Buzz file photo, and we are not sorry. While everyone else was sliding around and turning their headlights on and calling the radio saying how bad the traffic was ... we were sleeping!
And we woke up just in time to see something we've always wanted to see.
There is this corner with a stop light where a sign indicates that you should stop far in advance of the signal. It is Delaware Avenue and Amherst Street. The reason the sign is there is, the bus makes this turn. And it needs room.
People are always ignoring this sign and we have wondered: What would happen if a bus came along when someone was sitting there in the forbidden area?
This is what happened today on the snowy corner. And here is what happened:
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December 31, 2013 - 2:53 PM
... running out to our car freezing, Buzz just saw someone in shorts.
Ambling down Scott Street, la la la la la.
We quick snapped a picture and if you click on it to blow it up, you will see that it is true.
A wonderful New Year's Eve sight!
December 17, 2013 - 12:36 PM
Being picked up by the No. 20 Elmwood bus, its sign flashing "Happy Holidays," in front of Voelker's Bowling!
That was what Buzz did this morning after our car went into the shop for the second time this week. Which is fine with us. Who wanted to be driving in that rush hour this morning? The mechanic was trying to see if he could fix it on the spot and Buzz was edging out of the garage, murmuring things about work and deadlines.
Who needs the car? After the last few days?
You can keep it, buddy!
The bus was big and safe and warm. Someone got in our way and the bus driver gave him the horn. Unchallenged, we trundled down Elmwood. Buzz took pictures of the snowy cityscape. That is one of our masterpieces up above. Inside the bus, a poster advertised the Irish Festival ...
... that took place on the waterfront in August.
Life on the Metro Bus, it is like a parallel universe.
Merrily we roll along!
December 15, 2013 - 1:22 AM
Buzz's cousin was in Orlando, Fla., where it was 87 degrees and she flew back to Buffalo last night with no boots and no coat, just a cape.
This is how the Buffalo airport greeted her.
LOL, it looks like the moon!