The $130 Left Turn

I wasn’t going to rail about this, but it’s starting to look like a good idea to exercise the demons.

With an unexpected bit of afternoon off thanks to Friday’s snow storm, I set about being a good dad. I scooped up my lovely daughters to take them to get their new glasses. We meandered our way up Elmwood down Amherst St, with an eye to Delaware to better take Delaware Rd out to Sheridan. At 4 on a Friday, this seemed better than hopping on the 90.

Apparently, you cannot make a left turn from Amherst Street on to Delaware Ave from 7AM to 7PM during the week. This is news to me, and apparently the two cars that got busted doing the exact same thing right behind me. I’ve never noticed the now prominent sign alongside the road telling you this about Amherst St. Seeing as it isn’t in the main thoroughfare category of Delaware, Elmwood or Main, I can’t help but wonder why it has that designation.

Given all the people making turns off those streets during morning and evening rush hours, I couldn’t help but wonder if Buffalo’s finest weren’t better spent say working the intersections by Utica. Perhaps they wore, as the demeanor of the gentle fellow who stopped me didn’t scream customer friendly. My kids were in the car, so I led by example, even asking permission to open my glovebox.

Office Krupke was not amused. Seeing how I was guilty, I took the punishment like a grown up (paid the fine this morning, after whining to my mom last night).

Reading the complexities of the back of the ticket makes me think the whole exercise is at the heart of what is leaving New York State emotionally exhausted and morally bankrupt. The fine includes a $20.00 processing fee and a $60 handling fee. I’m pretty sure the machines doing that processing and handling aren’t in need of such upkeep, that by screwing up and ignoring what looks like a recent sign, I actually donated to Pedro Espada‘s pension fund to a degree.

What a world


You had me at Perreault

Watching the press conference introducing Terry Pegula as the Sabres new owner, I fully empathized with his hero worship of Gil Perreault. Old enough to having seen him play a bunch of times, when he got the puck to start a rush, the Aud would developed its own buzz and heartbeat in a way HSBC Arena never has.

Especially in the French Connection years, the show he could put on was something to see.

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When the reunited line skated out on the night of Pegula’s first game, yeah, it took me back too. That sound was typical of their days.

Fun, yeah


Have you ever wondered why our great grandparents all had such fond memories of their youth?
Well… I’m surprised they remembered anything at all !!!
Forget Tums & Tylenol.
Forget Aleve & Benedryl.
Look at the cool stuff they had back then!

A bottle of Bayer‘s  ‘Heroin’……..
Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.
It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough.
Coca Wine, anyone?…
Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market.
Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal  treatment.

Mariani Wine……..

Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it’s time.
Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.

Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York .
It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should only take half a glass.
A paperweight:

A paperweight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ).
They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.
Opium for  Asthma:……

At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet. It didn’t cure you… but you didn’t care!
Cocaine Tablets  (1900)..

All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to ‘smooth’ the voice.
Cocaine drops for toothache……..

Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!
Opium for newborns…….

I’m sure this would make them sleep well.  (not only the Opium, but also the 46% alcohol)
It’s no wonder they were called,
“The Good Old Days”.
From cradle to grave…    everyone was STONED !!!

Snow Mo Fo

From today’s Buffalo News, this is tiresome. The skiing conditions on Delaware Ave were optimal, nice packed powder as plows were a myth. It’s snow, it’s Buffalo, yada, yada, yada.

The lack of any real thaw and the ongoing bumfuzzlement about clearing of the streets I think have added to winter fatigue. I like the seasons, just fine, but the level of cold since Christmas and the ongoing series of hyperventilating weathermen trumpeting the “storm of the season” for a given week, every week, makes a person weary.

That makes folks crazy. I’ve seen people take some silly chances with the snow. Perfectly dry sidewalks and folks still walking in the streets. A guy, in a pickup, sped up around me this morning to get back into the far right lane. Since there was nobody in the far right, I couldn’t help but wonder why he just didn’t stay put.

The cold of the first part of February and pretty much of all of January made us all windbreaker wearers if we can get out of the 20s, we get two days over 40 and the flip flops will come out, usually on the last person you want to see flip flopping (always some dude who shouldn’t).

Truthfully, that will be worthwhile, after bundling, making car repairs in sub-zero weather, and knocking myself silly on the ice last week, it will be pretty sweet.


Sabredance, the Wrath of Khan

Pegula! Say it again. Pegula! Say it and you smile a little.

While it was a little creepy to see him cry at the sight of Gil Perreault, it was also kind of awesome. The Sabres‘ new owner is saying all the right things. I know what you are thinking, we’ve heard comments “getting the tools” needed before, but there was a lot to like about the passion Mr. P showed and you hope that gives a good shift kick in the pants to those on the roster and those in charge of building the roster. The Golisano years were pretty good despite some of the curious dealings in recent seasons and I’m curious if Darcy Regier can rediscover the mojo that he had that brought Doug Gilmour, J.P. Dumont and Daniel Briere among others to town while shipping the likes of Chris Gratton out of town.

I’ve been a fan since almost the beginning too and it was good to see that Mr. P wants to recreate Buffalo as a destination to want to be to play hockey.

So, this is all well and good, but as they say, Rome wasn’t burnt in a day, so it will be interesting to see events in the coming days more so than the press conference.

It’s a good start, the new boss says the gloves are off. I worked the Bandits game on Saturday night and watched that underpaid bunch play with passion that would make the Sabres worldbeaters if they could summon it.

Good Start, Mr. P

Rough Month this week

Yay, brief thaw!

We never got one in January at all, just lung-crushing cold, putting the area psyche in to a deep freeze. Stuff doesn’t come without some peril. I usually have decent traction but took my first major spill in sometime on the ice in front of the house formally known as mine. It was a nice streak of dexterity that came to an abrupt end.  Oh well.

While helping in the clean up from a major work benefit downtown, the conversation turned to how soon it would before you saw the first soul daring the shorts and flip flops. I have nothing against either, but the first person to take the plunge when the temp cracks 40 is usually one of the last people you want to see garbed that way. The Dude by the co-op should have known better.

A few other thoughts rattling around in my bruised brain: While the level of activism in Wisconsin (of all places) is nice to see on the passion side, being asked to kick for your health insurance to the tune of 12% doesn’t seem that big a deal compared to those who aren’t working (which is the alternative).

Speaking of government oddities, I’d like our Speaker of the House & Sen. McConnell to stand for something other than the opposite of what the President is advocating. If those were my representatives in Congress, I’ d be in even more perturbed as it appears they have nothing to say. I have no doubt that they and their lackies love America, they just hate half the people who live here.

And still, why was it okay to spend money we didn’t have on the questionable war in Iraq, but not okay to help folks here?

On the news tonight, a hit and run accident was shown where a truck blatantly mowed down a pedestrian on Seneca St. and kept on going. Police told television reporters it was being investigated as “an accident.” Now, one of the disturbing things I see from pedestrians is crossing the street whereever they choose, jutting their hands out “Heisman Trophy” style to repel any car. It looked the pedestrian in question in this accident pulled that very manuever, but for the driver to hit and keep going?? Ain’t got words on that one.

Everybody in the Sabres division is wheeling and dealing, even with each other. As I right this, our heroes are listlessly walking through a game with the Blues. I don’t know how Ty Conklin got so in their heads, but he is there. Darcy, I ask you, what is there to love about this inconsistent roster. If I’m the prospective new owner, I’m seething at the deals done and the lack of foresight from the current GM.

Crossed Swords

If I need somebody to wear a yellow tuque on a regular basis, I’m calling Patrick Lalime. He does it well, but apparently that ain’t enough. So, either make Enroth the permanent backup and either cut LaLime loose, ship to Portland or do something crazy like play him every third or fourth game to keep Ryan Miller‘s prime from going up in smoke. Yeah, he’s made a couple of interesting choices on the giveway front, but everybody does. Perhaps had he played more, the Sabres as a whole might not completely lose their sense of self when he does start.

Other Icy thoughts:

Why, oh why, are semi-normal adults following the daughters of owner in waiting Terry Pegula on Twitter? That just smacks of too desperate for a brush with greatness or fame. Love all the perks of social media and so forth but there is a line there too and for many they have to look behind them to see it.

I’m not hating the rumored first hire of the Pegula adminstration. Ted Black helped right the ship in Pittsburgh. Hopefully he is your team president and a clean slate of GM relieves Darcy. I think Lindy, if for no other reason than he didn’t want to slip a Jauron like extension past people, should be retained.

I kind of want to see the rumored list of who could be dealt and who shouldn’t be.

With each succeeding hat trick, I’d wager Drew Stafford‘s price at the end of the year is getting higher. Um, Darcy, this would be a good time to step up.

What is it about this year’s New York Islanders that the Sabres keep confusing with the late 70s Montreal Canadiens? It happens every season or so, that there is one team that seems to have their number, but the Islanders?? That ain’t right.