Here we are, at the corner of Clark and Kent Streets on Buffalo's East Side. What a great convergence of street names! One would expect this signpost to be in the shadows of The Daily Planet building, working place to a certain mild-mannered reporter... but no, if you look up and to your right there's Corpus Christi Church, a fascinating old historic structure which sits just a couple of blocks from Buffalo's famous Broadway Market, and almost within spitting distance (okay, it would be a long spit) of the art deco Central Terminal building.
If you're of a mind to, you can click here to see more information on Corpus Christi — even view a video of last week's mass just in case you didn't attend. Shame on you!
Yes, today is the present. Tuesday, to be exact. And four days from now, Saturday, followed by Sunday, are when most everybody's pooped out from five days of work. That's why they're called the "weak-end."
I know I've always been somewhat deprived fashion-wise, but — Marie Osmond bags and purses??! When did this happen? Is Gary Coleman working on a line of scarves? Randolph Mantooth umbrellas? How about Jo Anne Worley belt buckles? The possibilities (apparently) are endless...
(this sign was spotted in Southern Erie county, N.Y.)
I've often passed these signs on my daily drives and wondered just what they meant (this one was spotted in Elma, N.Y.). I should add — and this should have been a clue to me — that as I passed these signs I often had to close all of the car windows. If you get my drift.
Basically it means, if you decide to move here, don't plan on complaining about the slow-moving farm implements on the road, the noise from said farm implements, or — and here's where I roll up my windows — the odor emanating from the implements, the livestock, the barns, and in some cases, the farmer. These towns have passed right-to-farm laws, and unless something dangerous or illegal is going on — oh well! As one judge remarked while dismissing a case brought against a hog farmer, "...pork production generates odors which cannot be prevented, and so long as the human race consumes pork, someone must tolerate the smell."
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!