3 Jan

1. I alternated between WBEN 930-AM, the Buffalo news station, and a Torontonian station, 680 News (CFTR) Friday morning. WBEN did the list of closings, traffic & weather, news, and featured several interviews with people who work outside, commenting on what it’s like to work outside (breaking – it’s cold when it’s cold, and hot when it’s hot). 680 went through its repetitive pattern of news, weather, traffic, sports, business news, and commuter issues. There was no talk of school or business closings. Just typical big-city news. It was a fascinating comparison. 

2. Cold feet? The warmest socks I ever owned were marketed in the US as “Swiss Army socks”. They aren’t anymore, but you can buy them online from the Swiss manufacturer, Rohner. The original is CHF 28 (about $32), and shipping is a flat $10.60 for orders under $160. I am still looking for an American retailer who carries them, but they’re worth every penny, IMHO. 

3. Even with very low temperatures, somewhere in Buffalo there will be a guy walking around today in shorts and boots. 

4. I coined a new word yesterday wholly by accident – “sloppery”. It is a portmanteau of “sloppy” and “slippery” and described the super-fine powder causing people with crap tires to slide around the roads Thursday and Friday. 

5. Speaking of which, get yourself some snow tires

6. My predictions for 2014 are contained in this article for the print edition of Artvoice

7. Trina Tardone and Emily Trimper, come on down! You’re the next contestants on, How Creepily Did Dennis Gabryszak Sexually Harass You?! (That makes 6 accusers. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; but where there’s a blazing inferno, shit’s going down.)

7. Nickel City Chef 2014 tickets go on sale today. They may already be sold out. 


5 Responses to “Sloppery”

  1. Tom Beecher January 3, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I shook my head at WGRZ repeatedly asking public works officials about overtime costs and budgeting yesterday with respect to plowing.

    If there’s one facet of governmental spending that WNYers should probably not get bent out of shape about, it’s keeping the damn streets clear November through March.

    • BufChester January 3, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      And you can bet WGRZ would be the first ones there when the streets weren’t plowed, asking why.

    • UncleBluck January 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      Surely you don’t expect an intelligent question coming from that stable of local news reporters…..

  2. Sean Danvers January 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Hopefully with the success of YNN in its 24hr news/traffic/weather/sports format Buffalo may eventually have an actual, dedicated radio news platform – ya know, one that actually provides valuable information on a consistent basis.

  3. rhmaccallum January 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I remember just one time in my life when they closed school because of extreme cold. My brothers and sister and I eagerly listened to WJTN in Jamestown hoping our school would close. We were jubilant when Chautauqua Central made the list.
    “Mom…I’m going out sled riding.”

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