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07/13/10 10:46 - 75.ºF - ID#52163

Allentown Athletix Group Discount

Hello friends! I thought it was a shame for (e:james)' hard work to go to waste, so I used my "time to renew at Allentown Athletix" appointment to discuss with Bill, the manager, the possibility of reinstating the (e:strip) group discount. The answer is YES but we need people to sign up! ((e:fing) this applies to you too so don't get angry or anything just yet).

The more the better, but it looks like the magic number is 5. If we can get five members of (e:strip) (myself included) to sign a one-year commitment, the group rate would be $309 per person (a savings of $170/year over the regular rate).

Anyone who previously was an (e:strip) discount group member at AA ( and who was told the discount was over but recently signed up for 180 "dollar days" is eligible -- with the group discount and a one-year commitment, the $180 already paid would be credited toward the $309 annual fee.

The big issue of course is coordination and getting enough people to commit. I'm willing to do the coordination part, but only if enough people express a SERIOUS willingness to sign on the dotted line. Not to be a bastard, but I don't want to waste a lot of time and effort if folks are just going to flake out at the last second.

So, if you're thinking about getting a new gym membership, or are a 2009 (e:strip) group discount member coming up for renewal at AA (and not moving to Portland), and you are SERIOUS about making the commitment, then please contact me. If not, please don't.

Anyone who does contact me, I will be in touch. If we reach critical mass, we'll talk about the next step. OK?

Thanks for reading and I look forward to replies.


P.S. Sorry that I have neither the wit nor charm of (e:james). Curse my wretched sense of humor and lack of appreciation for polite society!
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06/06/10 10:42 - 55ºF - ID#51810

Dyke March and Pride

It was really great to see so many (e:peeps) at the Dyke March celebration Saturday night! Weather stinks today but hope to see some of you at Pride too.
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Category: music

04/20/10 11:36 - 52ºF - ID#51423

cigarettes and chocolate milk

Rufus at the Albright-Knox! The National opens. Can't wait for Friday, June 18!


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02/07/10 07:59 - 20ºF - ID#50986

Brunch at Left Bank last Sunday

Brunch last weekend at Left Bank was soooooo good. The pictures don't quite do it justice. And of course you can't hear the jazz duo playing great music in the background.

Hot coffee, spicy Bloody Mary, shrimp bisque

Breakfast bruschetta (w/egg, sausage, and cheese; foreground)

Breakfast tortilla bowl (egg, chorizo, beans, salsa, with homefries)

This morning's homemade breakfast wasn't bad, but just couldn't measure up. Wish we could afford Left Bank every Sunday...

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Category: rant

01/30/10 02:34 - 8ºF - ID#50942

Memo to YOU, parking genius!

Memo to the genius who parked on the wrong side of the street on North Pearl between Virginia and Allen yesterday afternoon: THANKS for RUINING it for everybody.

For once, the City actually sent a plow up our street to clear all the parking spots. But because YOU parked your Ford Explorer illegally (in violation of the clearly posted alternate side of the street parking regs) directly in the path of the snowplow before it came up the street, the plow had to swerve out to avoid your SUV and left a long trail of snow and ice slanting from the curb to where your truck was parked.

Now there's a huge pile of chunky, heavy, icy snow ruining three or possibly four parking spots in a part of the block where a lot of residents need on-street parking, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

P.S. I couldn't help but notice that you moved you truck to a clean spot on the other side of the street last night or this morning. Well played. You are a master of self-centeredness and disregard for your neighbors.

P.P.S. Are you also one of the geniuses who treat PMT's driveway as if it were a public parking lot? --see ((e:paul,47906)) and ((e:paul,50830))
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Category: food

01/21/10 07:46 - 29ºF - ID#50875


Can I just say how much I love Guercio's? I know their produce isn't as pretty as that supermarket chain that starts with W, but I freakin love the fact that I can pop over to Grant Street, load up on produce, Italian cheeses, extra virgin olive oil, and all manner of goodies and walk out of there with an enormous box of great food for what I would spend on two plastic bags of stuff at the big store. Man alive I love Guercio's!!!
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01/19/10 08:55 - 30ºF - ID#50861

Otis pics

Our new pal, at the city shelter.

And at home, post-op and still a little woozy.

He's a good boy, even if he did poop on the rug this morning. Yes, the rug that really tied the room together.
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01/17/10 09:12 - 37ºF - ID#50839

new addition to the family: Otis!

Tomorrow we pick up Otis, our new dog, adopted from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. We can't wait!!!

We looked around a lot trying to find the right dog for us and our 2-bdrm-apt-in-Allentown lifestyle. We're optimistic that Otis is that dog.

He's a little Chihuahua mix, black with white fur on his chest, muzzle, and paws. Unfortunately tomorrow he gets the ole snip-snip so he might not be himself for a couple of days.

We looked at a lot of dogs at the city shelter and at the Niagara SPCA (never made it to Erie during adoption hours) and also on and I have to tell you there are so many great dogs that need a home.

More to come on Otis, but in the meantime, consider adopting a dog or cat from the city shelter. (I know I want to take home like 5 or 6, and I wish I could!!!!)

Some really special dogs that have been at the shelter for a while and need (and deserve!) a good home: Blossom (so sweet, and there since October 2009) and Merlin (super friendly and eager to please, there since November?). Also Conan (not for the faint of heart at 160 pounds! but super mellow and a sweet fella).

The people who work and volunteer at the shelter are great. If you're thinking of opening your home to a new dog or cat, definitely make it your first stop.

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08/14/09 04:14 - 86ºF - ID#49536

Pilates, yoga ... help!

Does anyone out there have advice/recommendations/cautions about yoga (not hot) and/or Pilates classes in Buffalo? I appreciate any/all responses.

Much obliged...
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Category: rant

07/31/09 01:32 - 75ºF - ID#49426

just say NO!

How to make the clunker debacle ((e:chico,49418)) worse: throw good money after bad.

(Well, "good" depends on your opinion of government stimulus spending.)

From the Wall Street Journal Online:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) told Democratic lawmakers that a bill to transfer $2 billion in emergency funding from the economic stimulus plan to the program will be voted on Friday, according to a senior Democratic House aide.

The legislation would shift $2 billion from the $787 billion stimulus plan to the clunkers program, which appears to have exhausted its $1 billion in funding after just one week.

While the House, which is set to begin its August recess, will vote on the bill, the Senate is unlikely to do so until next week, according to Sens. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) and Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.). The Senate is in session next week.

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