There is a roofless Seneca Lake farmhouse that sits by a yard full of abandoned cars. And an asylum built in 1869 in Willard. Got to have an asylum in there, you know? People are always picking on asylums, especially writers who cannot use apostrophes correctly. (As we say here in Buffalo, we are just saying.)
There is Bannerman Castle in Pollepel Island, N.Y. How can we not have heard of this place?
City Hall Station in New York City is beautiful.
So is an abandoned Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn.
Other sites include Pripyat, Ukraine, abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and a scary-looking hotel in North Korea, just so you see what we are up against here.
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."
It is humiliating to admit but Buzz is addicted to CVS's Magic Coupon Machine, pictured at left.
Every few days we just have to check to see if it has new coupons for us! Sometimes it gives you freebies, like pop or nail polish or something. Other times it offers some kind of discount but you have to strategize a little in order to get something free or at deep discount. You know those little games you play that brighten your day? This is one. It is like Soduku only you wind up with pop or nail polish or whatever.
So. This morning we stop at CVS. And there is this guy sort of loitering in the parking lot. Perfectly normal, this being within the Buffalo city limits. And he holds the door open for us and says good morning and smiles at us, not unusual because we are wearing a bright Hawaiian shirt and a yellow skirt, plus green nail polish we got courtesy of the Magic Coupon Machine. People have been smiling at us all morning!
Then he says: "Your name is Mary, isn't it?"
"Yes," we said, thinking: Aha, so he recognizes us from the super-popular Buzz column and Buzz Blog! Perhaps he even read it this morning!
Then he says: "You work here, don't you?"
Hahahahaa! Hopes of local celebrity, dashed.
"No," we said. "We just come here a lot."
God knows how he knew our name, you know? That is one question we have not answered.
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."
All about how we are a vernacular, indigenous kind of place? That is a combination of adjectives we love, vernacular and indigenous.
We have just been laughing watching this video's country cousin.
There is so many things funny about this "other" Buffalo video!
The warmongering voice. The accusing beginning: "People see Buffalo as the end of the line." Etc. Then the shot of wildfires. "We don't have wildfires." And "We have neighborhoods. Try to find that in Phoenix."
Some Buffalonians got a lot out of their systems putting this together.