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drat.

23:38 Feb 28 2010
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It got up to 42F here today - sun remained all day and the Powderkeg festival was rocking. The wait for the tubing run was over an hour and the kids don't have the patience for that.


So we solved the worlds largest ice maze, took in some sights and headed back home for some continued outdoor fun without 2,000 of our newest friends around us.


A good time nonetheless. Buffalo needs to do more of this stuff, on a more regular basis.


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Haiku
Haiku
23:41 Feb 28 2010

Buffalo is a great place. My dad was re-married at the Italian Garden





Morrigon
Morrigon
01:47 Mar 01 2010

Buffalo needs to become known for the non stop winter partying. Definitely.





birra
birra
02:35 Mar 01 2010

It should be a non-stop party.



Most of the country already thinks it's winter here 365 days a year. We should make the most of it.





 

YES!

17:14 Feb 28 2010
Times Read: 920


37F. Fresh snow. Sun is shinning.


This is a good day to go tubing on an off-ramp!


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Isis101
Isis101
19:21 Feb 28 2010

58 degrees today. Sunny.





 

Crazy time of year...

03:05 Feb 28 2010
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...it must be an early March or something. Aside from St. Patty's day and the drunken jocularity that surrounds it, I've never liked the month of March... the weather is wacko and nothing is on TV, sports wise, but college basketball.


But days like today are typical and much the reason for not liking it.


It is too warm to snow... yet, it does. All day. Wet, heavy snow. It's like rain that piles up.


Bizarre.


But... Morri and I are going to make the best of the warm temps and go have fun in the snow. Maybe build a fort in the front yard and throw snow balls at cars.


Or maybe just at each other.


Tomorrow is the Powderkeg Festival. I want to take the kids on the sledding run.


That is my goal tomorrow.


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faeriemoon
faeriemoon
05:59 Feb 28 2010

Only Buffalo would shut down an exit ramp to a highway for snow tubing. :)





birra
birra
13:57 Feb 28 2010

And it's about damn time!



Who needs that ramp, anyway?





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
14:27 Feb 28 2010

*jealous*





Morrigon
Morrigon
16:32 Feb 28 2010

Aww that ramp is closed often enough anyway. This is nothing new :P





 

Cool!

13:24 Feb 27 2010
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Batskins is over and Temptation101 won it. Congrats to her! Maybe it was predestined?


Won, oh, won?


Get it?


Ok, I'm a total nerd before coffee.


But congrats to her! On to the next contest!


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temptation101
temptation101
21:20 Feb 27 2010

Thanks Birra!!





 

Awwwww. :)

13:53 Feb 24 2010
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Morri made breakfast for me before I had to leave for Albany this morning. A nice big'ol breakfast burrito full of sausage, eggs, onions, peppers, mushrooms and pepper-jack, in a spinich-pesto tortilla.


She knew I'd hit the road without eating if she didn't.


I could go on and on about how sweet and kind she is but then people would stop being afraid of her around here.


She does have that mystique to keep... :)


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
14:07 Feb 24 2010

Yes she does. :)





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
16:52 Feb 24 2010

hmmm, a breakfast burrito with eggs, onions, and peppers?



oh, she's undeniably EVIL.

wait until the flatulence kicks in.



Just sayin'





birra
birra
22:34 Feb 25 2010

Well, I was in a car by myself for 4 hours... just sayin'.





RedQueen
RedQueen
22:42 Feb 26 2010

I make mine with eggs, cheese, potatos, red beans, and Miracle Whip...



Good thing we ain't BOTH in that car.



I'm just saying too....





 

Are you kidding?

18:55 Feb 22 2010
Times Read: 991


You know, Microsoft... not everything you create has to be proprietary. Sticking to normal industry standards once in a while IS OK to do.


Sheesh.


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Go USA!

03:31 Feb 22 2010
Times Read: 998


Miller is the MAN! USA was outshot by Canada 45 to 22 and still managed a 5-3 win. Huge win in the tournament for them!


I wish I could stay up and watch Sweeden vs. Finland... on too late for this east-coaster.


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ThothLestat
ThothLestat
19:13 Feb 22 2010

aw rats... I was watching Ice Dancing last night.

Fap-a-riffic.





birra
birra
21:05 Feb 22 2010

Yeah, Hockey isn't as fap-a-riffic, but there are more fap-a-riffic things than ice dancing too...





 

Dammit...

04:42 Feb 20 2010
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...I'm freakin' out, man...


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FiliaOfAbyssus
FiliaOfAbyssus
06:17 Feb 20 2010

Yes, you are freaking out...man...





Valentine
Valentine
06:22 Feb 20 2010

I told you not to drink that water lol





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
18:29 Feb 20 2010

MOTHER OF GOD.





madamefate
madamefate
02:48 Feb 21 2010

I wasn't even supposed to work today!!! :P





 

Bats in the brain...

22:01 Feb 18 2010
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...what's up with the dot above the society menu?


BTW, if you're batty with this new contest and trying to find the last three... members in my mentorship get some clues.


Just saying...


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Ready for some FUN?

17:01 Feb 18 2010
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You know it sistah! WOOT!


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Damn chips...

04:18 Feb 17 2010
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...these veggie chips are too damn tasty for their own good...


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Garbage Pail Pizza...

23:12 Feb 16 2010
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...on tortillas... is there anything better?


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Bones
Bones
23:19 Feb 16 2010

Clam cakes?





birra
birra
03:11 Feb 17 2010

Well, crab cakes.



But tortilla pizza is pretty damn easy and tasty.





 

Weird...

03:27 Feb 15 2010
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...I just received an email from an address I don't recognize, containing a picture of me in my office...


*ponders*


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WallFlower
WallFlower
03:30 Feb 15 2010

...I'd probably call the cops, but that's just the kind of person I am, you know, overly paranoid and all. haha.





Xzavier
Xzavier
03:53 Feb 15 2010

I love you ;)





birra
birra
04:31 Feb 15 2010

I'm sure it's someone that I know. Just can't put a finger on it.



And, yes X.. I love you too.





Xzavier
Xzavier
05:43 Feb 15 2010

*blushes* but that wasn't what I was meaning. I guess you breeders just don't get all the jokes :P





birra
birra
14:24 Feb 15 2010

Sometimes the jokes don't translate without body language and inflection...



But hey, it was Valentine's day. I have love to give, man.



*hugs with a manly back thumping"



But not too much love... :p





Nedra
Nedra
20:28 Feb 15 2010

Stay away from the windows............just in case.





AlexandraAshes
AlexandraAshes
22:30 Feb 15 2010

If you meet a creepy man at a party, who tells you to call your office from a cellphone, don't do it. :-S



It is likely that he will answer the phone at your office, and the both of him will laugh in a very creepy and confusing manner...



After this, things will just get plain weird.



Know any David Lynch fans?





sahahria
sahahria
18:13 Feb 16 2010

Ahahahahaha! :P





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
20:26 Feb 16 2010

I would give the puppy a pat down if I was you. ;)





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:50 Feb 16 2010

Excuse ME......pat me down for WHAT?



There are no hidden cameras in my collar, thank you very much, and besides- the Otter would bite me for it...lol





 

My unwrap...

02:17 Feb 13 2010
Times Read: 1,137


...my wrap just fell apart.


Yes, my journal is going to turn into nonsensical facebook and twitter quality updates.


Of course, the wrap totally reminds me of something I would have gotten while travelling somewhere... honey and orange glazed salmon with humus and homemade guacamole on a spinach and pesto tortilla...


...I need some tequila.


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Morrigon
Morrigon
02:29 Feb 13 2010

Yes, it's a good wrap, you may have gotten something similar while on the road, but I bet you it wasn't as delicious.





And it won't make you poop liquid later.





birra
birra
02:38 Feb 13 2010

Never a good thing....



...well... rarely a good thing.





 

Sometimes, even a small change is needed...

03:41 Feb 10 2010
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...hopefully this one will not escape the masses.


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faeriemoon
faeriemoon
05:22 Feb 10 2010

Aw, I kind of liked the other names. :p It's the science geek in me. I can't help it.





Nedra
Nedra
16:00 Feb 10 2010

I got it!!!!





RedQueen
RedQueen
19:35 Feb 10 2010

So did I- but I guess it is infinitely preferable to changing your profile name...lol





birra
birra
21:08 Feb 10 2010

As Popeye said, I yam what I yam.



I just assume leave VR as change my adopted fake name...





 

The Who

01:53 Feb 08 2010
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Best half-time show, ever.


And not even the threat of seeing a nipple...


...although Pete Townsend's belly-button might have actually been more offensive.


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Guardian
Guardian
16:46 Feb 08 2010

I agree! It was a kick butt show and I was wondering how everyone else felt about the belly show too. Unfortunately, it only made me realize their age....and for that matter, my own too, lol.





birra
birra
03:22 Feb 09 2010

They still rock. Their age is merely more evidence that they were a pioneer of their genre. Look at some of their production over the years, the messages in their songs.



And they PERFORMED.



Not like the wannabes the half-time show usually books that lip-synchs to a pre-recorded studio track because they're afraid to have their real singing voice heard...





 

Comment to Isis...

03:02 Feb 06 2010
Times Read: 1,200


...I bet you do.


See, and that's the thing; every area shows the ways the Earth likes to recycle... whether it be earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados or blizzards good'ol mother nature just like to recycle.


My deal is though... that was about as bad as it can get. We've had other storms - a freak autumn snow fall in mid-October '06 that crippled the area with detroyed trees and power outages... 72-inches in 72 hours in December '01.


But generally, a blizzard... you see it coming. And if you're smart, they're not that tough to survive. No evacuation necessary, just camp out in the house for a few days with some beer, or wine, or... whatever.. preferrably with someone you can snuggle and get warm with.


Come to think of it.. blizzards can actually be kind of fun. Heh.


So when people give me shit about how much it snows in Buffalo (which on average is less or about as much as than other metro areas in the Northeast) I think.. yeah.. we have seasons. It snows here. Big whoop. On average, I think our weather is pretty darn nice. :)


Now if we could just kill all the politicians in New York, we'd be getting somewhere...


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The Blizzard of '77

16:29 Feb 05 2010
Times Read: 1,223





I have in the past shared pieces of myself through my poetry and the images I’ve captured through photography. This is a part of my life that stands out in my memory.


They are someone else’s images but my memories of this event are pretty vivid for it happening when I was 5 years old.


I think the introductory slides and the slide show that follows explains it all well enough. And I’ve told this story to Morri… much like my father, I feel like I’m getting in the habit of telling her the same stories over and over. Heh.


I remember the day clearly. As the slides indicate, it was a beautiful morning for January. My brother and I went outside with our Grandfather as we often did to “help” him working in the barn, but our attention as usual turned to playing in the snow. Building a fort, digging tunnels… whatever game we decided to play.


We sensed the weather starting to change, but like most kids of that age, we were too preoccupied with what we were doing to think much of it. What I remember most is how quickly the day went from pleasant to frightening. The snow started to fall… within seconds, literally seconds, to storm front was upon us and the barn, a mere 40 feet away was no longer visible, at all. My brother, only feet away from me, was a dark blur through sheets of white blowing viciously at us. We had a sense of which direction the barn was but I think we were both too shocked by how quickly the weather changed and how blinded we were in the white-out.


My brother and I got close enough to see each other but stood in still silence. Very soon, a dark hand emerged from the white that surrounded us – my Grandfather found us and led us back to the barn. We waited there for a while until the first wave of the storm front passed and visibility improved slightly; at least enough to see some features – cars, trees, shrubs that were more than 20 feet away. It was enough to be able to follow a path and trudge through the deepening snow to the house that was made invisible by the storm.


The days that followed were difficult – no power, limited heat, limited phone service and being virtually trapped in the house by towering drifts of snow. As you can see by the photos in the slide-show, cars, busses and even houses were completely buried by the storm.


Although I was young, it was a time I will never forget.

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imagesinwords
imagesinwords
16:52 Feb 05 2010

Telling stories over and over has a charm, that's how we know what makes a person- the things that stand out in their memories and and pop up more than anything else.



My son was 5 here during Hurricane Katrina. I supposed he'll recall it much like you do with this memory. He also played and acted his age during a very scary time- even though he still remembers it was a dark period. At 5 he told e that all I had to do was believe that everything would be fine, and it would be.



By the way, love the Abba ;) And I had no idea there was an Orleans county in NY.





imagesinwords
imagesinwords
16:52 Feb 05 2010

At 5 he told *me that...



Guardian
Guardian
18:53 Feb 05 2010

Yes yes! So when we say something like "when we were kids there were REAL winters", we know what we are talking about.





Isis101
Isis101
22:17 Feb 05 2010

I recall the news surrounding that blizzard...it was alien for me, being a Californian.

Anyway, it must've been terrifying for a five-year old!





Isis101
Isis101
22:18 Feb 05 2010

I got some Quake of '89 stories - LOL!





CarnelianMyst
CarnelianMyst
03:27 Feb 06 2010

I just realized I'm old enough to be your mom. *slinks off in a funk, my erotic daydreams shattered*





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
12:08 Feb 06 2010

I was ten at the time and remember the news of this, seeing the images, thinking how great all the snow was. Too be so young and stupid. Wow- sure see it different at this age.





PandorasBx
PandorasBx
06:42 Feb 10 2010

As much snow that we get up here I have never been though anything like that, quite amazing...





 

....justified.

18:39 Feb 04 2010
Times Read: 1,235


Right or left?


Ah, center it and expand it to the margins.


Justification for all!


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Morrigon
Morrigon
19:03 Feb 04 2010

*poke* Don't get too geeky, I'll need someone to pull me back after all of this web design.





 

Maybe...

16:48 Feb 04 2010
Times Read: 1,237


...just maybe.


Maybe I've found some of those elusive answers. Only time will tell.


Time and patience. I guess for now I'll just bite my lip and do what I have to do.


Just keep swimming... just keep swimming. Heh.


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