Such a greeting Buffalo gave those tall ships. They come here with booming cannons, and we respond with booming thunder. Monday, one of the ships hunkered down in the Buffalo River, the wind out of its sails, looking cold and miserable. Not only that, but the Cotter came steaming up, spewing water at it. Poor tall ship! But there was a bright spot: What fun it was for downtown workers, in the middle of an ordinary afternoon at their desks and in their cubes, to hear cannon fire! When a co-worker asked, “What was that?” you could say casually, as Buzz did: “Oh, probably cannon fire.” And yawn, and go back to work. Priceless.
The fall that wasn’t
Advance to the holidays! Do not pass Go, do not collect 200 pumpkins and gourds! Here it is, technically still summer. And yet. Halloween decorations are so last week. Announcements are out for the Turkey Trot. VIP tickets to the World’s Largest Disco are sold out. Plus, a few days ago – when it was 90 degrees – WBEN Radio was giving away tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s performance – on Dec. 30! Depressing? Not to Buzz. As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, peel them, candy the peel, and use that candied peel to bake a big, yummy fruitcake. Christmas: Bring it on! We’re ready.
Rare and well done
Life’s lessons are learned at Lupas Meats at the Broadway Market. Buzz always remembers the first time on a crowded Saturday that we took a number, jockeying for place among old Polish women, youths in baseball caps, nuns, screaming babies and all the rest of humanity. Saturday, Buzz’s brother George picked up wisdom along with his pork chops. George has a loud voice and was able to enjoy a conversation with Petru Lupas over the din. Lupas spoke of how he wanted to travel and have adventures in the many years he has left. He said: “I don’t want to be the richest man in the cemetery.” Well said, sir. Wonderful words to chew on, along with your oxtails.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra starts its season Wednesday, and Curtain Up! takes over the city Friday, all of which raises the question: What’s in your glass? Cool Drink o’ the Week: the Lifeboat, which a colleague points out is being served up at a book launch at 5 p.m. Saturday at East Aurora’s Roycroft Campus Power House. The launch – tickets are $20 – is of Lockport author Mary Akers’ book “Bones of an Inland Sea.” The Lifeboat was created by her daughter, who was a mixologist at a swanky Saranac resort who made cocktails for stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, who thanks to “Titanic” knows a thing or two about lifeboats. It involves vodka, coconut, lime juice and – and! – Pop Rocks. We quote: “Sprinkle with a few Pop Rocks to mimic the underwater sounds of the ocean around Dominica.” And, perhaps, the sound of your stomach at 2 a.m. But it will be worth it.
Make theater sets, not war! A friend forwards this Facebook post by Chris Noble, who used to make sets for Studio Arena but now lives in New Paltz. He writes: “Playing chess with my 3-year-old daughter. She puts her knight next to one of my pawns and instead of taking my pawn she says, ‘I’m going put mine right next to yours so they can be friends.’ More people should play this way.” ... Beam us to the Screening Room! At 9:15 p.m. Saturday and 5:15 p.m. Sunday, it’s “Earth Versus the Flying Saucers.” ... Funniest thing about ongoing construction: watching workers moving a Port-o-Potty. One onlooker said: “I wonder if there’s anyone in it.”
“Ask the Women who Sew With Vogue!”
– Retro ad uncovered on the back of the AM&A’s building