I did a double-take when I passed this 1959 Panhard sitting in a side yard off Rt. 219 in Salamanca, N.Y. a while back. The first look was one of those "...what-the-heck-is-that?" looks, while the double-take was an "..I've-never-seen-one-of-these-in-real-life" looks.
The Panhard, if you're not familiar, was manufactured by the French carmaker Citroën, and even when new was rarer in this country than hen's teeth. This particular car looks like it's in the middle of a restoration, and it disappeared from the yard shortly after I snapped the photo. I don't imagine it will reappear, if ever, until winter passes. If it does I'll have to stop and chat with the owner and find out the story behind how it ended up in Salamanca.
When was the last time you spotted one of these on the road? I came across this 1957(?) BMW 300 Isetta sitting in an Elma, N.Y. parking lot recently. Although its cute factor is high, I'm not sure how safe I'd feel driving a car that included my feet and legs in its crumple zone!
In the 1957 book Treasury of Foreign Cars Old and New, author Floyd Clymer included this caption under an Isetta photo: "The Italian Isetta distributed by BMW is one of the smallest and most practical of cars and is increasingly part of the American scene." Boy, ol' Floyd sure nailed that one!
A 100-year-old pedophile? Yuk! I imagine when they sent him to prison nine years ago they figured that was the end of it. What they should do with this guy if he violates his parole, is lock him in a room full of mirrors. Leave him naked, and let him wake up having to look at that every day!
It was especially good to read that the woman paid back the money she stole from the Buffalo Bills. Rumor has it that's the exact amount owner Ralph Wilson has in mind to pay a new head coach. Let the search begin!
The first thought that came to my mind when I saw this sign was "I wonder what the bathrooms look like!"
Luckily this Youth Camp, just north of the Village of Cassadaga in Chautauqua County New York, was named after someone (Robert Gross, an industrialist and Banker in Dunkirk, New York. Gross donated part of the land for the camp back in 1929).
I'm sure the guy who placed the following want-ad in today's Buffalo News wasn't too happy when he saw it:
"DECOYS Paying $2000+ for wooden (ph. no.)"
I don't imagine he got too many calls if readers read on to the very next ad:
"DECOYS: I will pay highest prices $5000+ for all duck decoys! (ph. no.)"
I'd say these ads were placed mallard-droitly! It really drakes the cake! The editor must have been on quack! I wonder if the first guy disputed his bill? Perhaps there were some web-footnotes at the bottom of the page in the internet version!
Frank Sinatra Jr. was in town the other night, doing a gig at the casino in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and the the next morning's Buffalo News ran a review with a photo. The caption said, in part, "Frank Sinatra Jr. bears a striking resemblance to his late father, but his voice was really more like that of Mel Torme..."
Now I didn't see the concert, but I did see the photo. I'm not sure what he sounds like these days, but to me Frank Jr. looks more like Mel than like Frank; maybe not the hair, but check out those chins!
The Buffalo News photo of Junior is even less flattering than this one. He looks more like the offspring of a wacky marriage between William Shattner and Mickey Rooney. Click here and check it out.
I guess you could call it "The 12 Days of Christmas" meets "The Longest Day." The Buffalo FM radio stations WJYE and WTSS have once again started playing nothing but Christmas music. Two weeks before Thanksgiving is way too early guys! By the time Christmas rolls around, the Buffalo listening audience will be praying for both Program Directors to get run over by a reindeer. Or two.
Sometimes I'm a bit dense. It took me a few looks to realize this wasn't trying to say "4 extra-large oser." I guess the Bills' logo should have been a clue. Spotted just down the road apiece from the Buffalo/Niagara Airport, on Dick Road.
Well, I typically spend more than five or six hours a day driving. That gives me a lot of idle brain time, which I use to soak in the scenery. I notice things. Some of them are funny; maybe ironic; and every once in a while downrightstupid. Sometimes while driving aroundit'll finally sink in about something I read in yesterday's paper or maybe heard on the radio. Or maybe I just imagined it all...
Also, as the automotive columnist for the Buffalo newsweekly Artvoice, I have more than a passing interest in cars. Armed with my trusty camera, I'll be taking photos of the more interesting ones I see — either on the road, in the parking lot, or off in a field somewhere. You can see the car pics on the ArtvoiceDaily Blog page, under You Auto Know, by clicking here.
In the past I've written weekly humor columns for Metro Community News (Corbran's Corner), the Tonawanda News (Twin City Grins), and Buffalo Beat (Buffalo Things).
Hopefully you'll stop back often to see what I've seen, or heard... or whatever!