Archive for March, 2006

the terrible twos

March 31, 2006

I'm not sure, but I think my 2.5 year old, Sammi, has hit the terrible twos.  She seems to have selective hearing and memory.  And when she throws a fit, it's the kind of fit that would put Ryan Leaf to shame.  Hence, I have had no peace for three days.  Combined with a roughly 4 week old baby, that's enough to cause blurry vision, eye baggage, and a very serious sleep deficit that's not likely to get any better…



March 31, 2006

Free lunch FRIDAY!!!!  We were treated to rigatoni and salad.  And it was OK.  But the price must be paid.  Anyone got any Tums?


March 31, 2006

It's the last day of the quarter here at work.  The stage is set.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of orders are just waiting to be shipped.  Production is cranking.  Management's nervous.  Sales people are apoplectic.  The whole of the world's progress rests on the warehouse's ability to ship everything they possibly can.  So what is the most important thing that my boss, the warehouse supervisor, could possibly do?  Coordinate operations?  Get on people's asses to hustle? Well, not exactly.  See, his bosses decided he could help the process the most by….

Going to Wegman's and picking up a couple cakes for someone's retirement gathering.

Absolutely.  Freaking.  Stupid.

tmorrow’s fry-day

March 30, 2006

Tomorrow will mark the first time of the lenten season that I will get my fish fry from the Big Tree Inn.  They have never disappointed me.  Here's hoping that it's all good.

The Big Tree is a favorite hang-out of mine.  Right down the street from where I work, it's always good times there.  The food is good, the people fun, and the atmosphere is that of a quality sports pub.  The sports memorabilia alone is worth a visit.  Drop in sometime.  You never know who you'll run into!

sabres lose

March 30, 2006

Again with the crying.  It was another rough night for my little girls as there was much to be upset about:  dinner wasn't mac & cheese or string cheese or mandarin oranges (Sammi) and Mommy tried to actually have .19 seconds to herself (Erin).  So it was tough to keep an eye on the game.  In a completely uninspiring game, one thing stuck in my head and drove me absolutely insane.  For some reason I drew a connection between Scott Gomez the New Jersey Devils forward and Gomez Addams the creepy dude in my dysfunctional brain.  So every time that Rick or Jim would mention Gomez I had this flash of The Addams Family On Ice-capades.  It was rather disturbing.

Oh yeah, and the Sabres lost 3-1.  Bummer. 

more parking? like a hole in the head

March 30, 2006

There's always something funny in the Buffalo News.  And it's not exclusively in the comics.  The Buffalo Common Council is expected to approve the sale of a Court Street parcel to Carl Paladino in order to build an 11 story office tower.  There are a few almost comical lines in this article:

But the leasing director for a major downtown landlord urged the Council to delay the vote until Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps releases an updated parking study. Eric S.P. Lefebvre of the Main Place-
Liberty Group, which offered $1.25 million for the site to build a 600-vehicle parking ramp, said downtown clearly has a parking problem.

Ummm, yeah.  But not the one you're thinking of, Mr. Lefebvre.

"How can they make this kind of decision on parking without knowing what the study is going to say?" Lefebvre asked.

South Council Member Michael P. Kearns said he doesn't need to see a new study before casting his vote.

"Downtown doesn't need more parking," he said.

I think that's well said.

white tube socks?

March 30, 2006

Today officially opened "shorts in the warehouse" season.  More than half the guys wore shorts to work today, and if they stood in a row their legs would look like a whitewashed picket fence. 🙂

Today is gorgeous so far, so get out there and enjoy it!  Especially since my ass is stuck at work.

sabres break out

March 29, 2006

Buffalo won tonight, beating the Boston Bruins 4-3.  Good looking game, although it was tough to concentrate with two small children crying and or whining.  The fun of fatherhood.  Wouldn't trade it for the world. 🙂

Anyhow, I thought Tim Connolly looked good in his return from his injury.  J.P. Dumont appears to have gotten the message from Lindy Ruff and played another excellent game.  Maxim Afinogenov is just a dazzling puckhandler, and his passing seems to have improved tremendously over the last half of this season.  He still does some really stupid things, but I think he's playing quite well.

It's one win, but I've seen steady improvement over the last few games, so I'm thinking they may be back on track.  I hope.

cat under house arrest

March 29, 2006

I love stories about cats.  I have 3 in my house, so I can understand a lot of the stories.  But this one is really out there.  It seems that this cat is under house arrest and has been issued a restraining order.  Lewis has attacked several people with his six-toed paws brandishing needle-like claws.  He even got the Avon lady.  Maybe he's not so bad after all.

The cat's owner was arrested for reckless endangerment and violating the restraining order.  Sweet Jesus, that's funny.  Go Lewis!

more casino news

March 29, 2006

The Seneca Nation has asked the City Of Buffalo to improve infrastructure around the Buffalo Creek Casino site.  To the tune of $6,000,000.  The letter on this was dated the same day that Barry Snyder, the Seneca Nation's president, took the Buffalo Common Council to task for asking for assurances that the Nation was done acquiring land in that area.  This article in the Buffalo News goes into some of the details, but there is one line that strikes me as interesting.

Seneca Niagara spokesman Philip J. Pantano said the city must weigh the major investment that is being made in a part of Buffalo that hasn't seen this scale of investment before. The Seneca Nation is willing to pay for all design work associated with the road improvements, a cost that could approach $800,000. In addition, the tribe said it would be willing to foot the $720,000 tab for some work if the city is willing to abandon a portion of Fulton Street to the Seneca Nation.

I don't get it.  The Senecas would have us believe that their $125,000,000 investment in the casino is, in effect, philanthropy.  Oh, so they're investing.  Well, I would guess that they're going to get their money back, right?  They're not going into it to lose, right?  So if they feel that the improvements are necessary, do a deal.  Sign that paper regarding no more land grabs in downtown that the Common Council wanted you to sign and also give up a little more in revenue to the city.  The Seneca nation is getting a great deal.  It's not up to the city to sweeten it even more for them. 

David Franczyk has said that the state ought to pay for 80% of those improvements, since they're getting a bigger chunk of revenue than the city is.  And I'll tell you what.  If the state can find the money for that, they might want to make sure they're parked VERY legally around their offices in Buffalo, because I would guess Bob Meegan would have something to say about that.

Edit 3.31.2006 – Look to Buffalo Pundit for more commentary.

yeah, there’s a great idea

March 29, 2006

I'd like to thank LC Scotty for bringing this up on his wonderful blog.  Sometimes I wonder if Joel Giambra is nuts or stupid.  I especially enjoyed a roll of the eyes when he suggested that we emulate our European and Canadian friends in the area of nationalized health care.  I'm no expert, but I've talked with a number of Canadians that deal with my employer.  They unanimously tell me that they'd rather pay their own that get taxed to death like they are now.  I've heard about long, and I mean long, waits for any surgerys or other hospital visits. 

This begs the question:  Does Joel Giambra have any future in politics?  Or is it OVER?


March 28, 2006

I am bummed out that I had to miss the "Cocktails With The Coalition" get-together tonight, but with a sick kid and me just getting over a cold I had to rest.  It looked like a fun time.  I'm sure Buffalo Pundit and BuffaloGeek will have a round-up over at their places, so make sure to take a look!