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Category: politics

04/10/08 05:27 - 52ºF - ID#43974

So Many Years Ago

I recorded this from the radio so many years ago. It is so obviously a lie now. Bush clearly knows exactly why the people were saying it.





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Category: hiking

04/07/08 10:45 - 57ºF - ID#43947

Niagara Gorge and Topless Terr(i/y)s

We went hiking at Niagara Gorge on Sunday. It was s o nice to get outside in a teeshirt and run around. Here it is from the top, we hiked down to the bottom.
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It was cool to touch the ice when you are all hot and sweaty from hiking in the sun. If only it felt like that in the winter.
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Apparently, they are having some issue with New Zealand Mud Snails
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We were with a guy who had a broken arm and walked with a cane. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to take him on a frozen cliff path hike. I guess he survived so it was good.

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The water was so pretty.
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Check out the waves
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We finally got down to the shore
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At one point we found the last pieces of ice and chucked them in the water to take out our winter aggression.

(e:terry) caught this one right out of the water. Yes, this is how people get swept away and die.


Then the ice boom broke or something because all of a sudden there were a million icebergs, some of which were a good 10 feet long.

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Once we sat own in the sun, off came Terri's top. She is the most unbashful woman I ever met, I think it is cool that she exercises her right to be topless. The visitor center viewing area about 200 feet above quickly field with dude's watching her from above. It wasn't remove enough for me to take anything off - next time we will have to go to Zoar Valley, lol.
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This is Dave's cousin Pat.
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On the way back up, the other topless terry was playing Karate Kid.
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Here are Dave and Otsi.
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And (e:matthew), (e:terry) and I
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I took this picture for (e:jacob). It is the new indian casino. I thought the design was pretty cool and he would like it.
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On the way home I took some pics of the river overlooking Grand Island. It looked so beuatiful. Too bad it is so disgustingly polluted. I remember working at this factory on that road for a day (as a temp computer specialist) where their primary business was burning formaldehyde to make other chemicals. The woman I worked with was covered in growths and their was a yellow line on the floor that separated the clerical staff from the workers that had protective gear on. I quit after one day despite the secretary telling me that an air purifier would help make it safe.

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Then there is the oil refineries at River Road. They smell so freaking bad. That whole area should be moved somewhere more remote and away from the water.
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Category: food

04/07/08 10:43 - 57ºF - ID#43945

Garangelo's on Hertel

Garangelo's at 1197 Hertel between Delaware and Colvin is pretty tasty. I had the very best Italian Sausage sandwich I have had in years there.

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However, I did not like drinking tap water out of plastic cups, not being given complementary bread and then being charged when we asked for it, or their calamari appetizer. The appetizer was made with the weakest excuse for calamari. They were so tiny and had no meat to them and this is coming from someone who has written 24 journals about Calamari. I didn't even bother taking a pic of it.

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The italian wedding soon was really good.
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The stuffed artichoke looked delicious but I was too full to eat one. I tried to bring (e:enknot) and (e:jon) there for lunch today but they are not open for Lunch anymore. That kind of sucks because honestly, I thought it was more lunch quality ambiance.

When we realized it was closed we tried Kabob house on Hertel and it was closed, then Romeo and Juliet's and it was closed too. Hertel might be cheaper than Elmwood but it was virtually dead at lunchtime unlike Elmwood and A-town which are both hopping at lunch.

We ended up going to (e:enknot)'s house and (e:megan) cooked us some fine home cooked spaghetti for lunch.

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Category: antiques

04/07/08 10:29 - 57ºF - ID#43944

Gothic City

As per (e:leetee)'s suggestion we decided to stop at Gothic City Collector's Cove this weekend. It is located at 1940 Niagara street right by the giant porn store where Niagara meets Military. They have a lot of stuff but most of it is in a better state of being sorted than at Horsefeather's (e:paul,43525) I would suggest anyone interested in antiques and collectible stop by. Even if you are not a collector it might be fun just to check out.

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I am not sure what the building used to be but I think it was a church of some sort.

They had these two giant devil pillars for sale. Both were identical. I wonder where they came from. They were huge and iron.
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Here is their card and website which is just an ebay store
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Category: linwood

04/05/08 01:41 - 39ºF - ID#43913

Amherst Refinishing at 24 Linwood

The guys from Amherst refinishing are almost done with refinishing our wood floors. They are going to recoat the foyer one more time on Wednesday, but other than that - it is done. If you have them do your floors after reading this, tell them paul from estrip.org is where you found out about them. The floors generally look amazing. Way better than I ever thought they could. The living room, dining room, office and stairs look sensational. When we bought the house two years ago, all this wood was carpeted with nasty indoor/outdoor carpeting that the cats peed on (e:paul,32610)

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Stairs Before
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Stairs Sanded
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Stairs Shined
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Dining Room
Dining Room Before
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Dining Room After
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Living Room
Living room before

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Living room sanded
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Living room after
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Office
Before
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This is the best repair job that they made. There was this awful section of parque floor added and the floors were so scratched up.

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Office After
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Check out the whole thing.
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Foyer
The foyer does not look as great as the rest of the rooms but it is because the floor was previously so damaged. From afar it looks great.

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Below is a pic of where the old bathroom used to be, in the before stage. Can you believe these floors could ever be fixed? The first stage of removing the modern bathroom added under the stairs was me ripping out the moldly linoleum. It was so bad it was bubbling. (e:paul,32720) The second stage was (e:paul,43489) when pat did the deconstruction of the structure.

This left this to deal with.

Foyer Bathroom Damage Before
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Foyer Bathroom Area After
The bathroom is the most complicated repair. unfortunately, they told us the way our sub floor is made, it was impossible to lay down the floor stippled, as they did in the office, so the fix is more obvious but honestly - anything looks better than the giant shit hole in the floor from above, lol.

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But upclose the foyer floor has a lot of damage from years of neglect. I think someday I will just have it totally replaced as I really don't like the way it looks compared with the rest of the house.

The mold spots got darker way darker and greener. Here they are before.
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These spots are from this moldy marajuana grow room that the previous owner had in the basement directly under this room. It was full of sinks, dirt, fertilizer, dead plants and a dead pet turtle that wandered in and created a maggot extravaganza.

We had the entire room demolished and removed (thanks Pat) shortly after buying the house. It still had pot plants all molded to the floor, and smelled so terrible of mold when you opened the door to it, that you could taste it afterwards for hours. I remember one time (e:theecarey) and I drank a bunch of gin to try and kill the taste, the first time we discovered the room.

Too bad it happened that way because as Keith from Amherst Refinishing pointed out, the floor is amazing in that the boards are solid oak and span the entire room in most cases as a single plank. He said it would be impossible to get that nowadays.

Here is the good side of the foyer afterwards from two angles.
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And here are the damaged areas after they were fixed. The black stains are form cat pee, water damage, mold.
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Around this vent was really moldy and rusty when we bought the house.
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I think the previous owners would put their shoes on it in the winter. That caused the furnace pipes to rust which ate a giant hole in them. We had those replaced, which stopped the problem (thanks again Pat) (e:paul,32742)

The one thing I was not sure about were these faint lines. I don't remember them in the before pics but maybe the moldy marks spread or stained when the machines went over them. They are hard to see in this pics but they span across the foyer.
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Conclusion
All in all I am very satisfied with the work of Amherst Refinishing and would recommend them to anyone. Our house had some particular challenging spots and overall it looks 1000% better.
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Category: linwood

04/02/08 09:15 - 32ºF - ID#43878

Post Traumatic Polyurethane Disorder

Did you ever see the movie, The Mist? That is what it is like right now in my house. The smell, polyurethane, is downstairs in the living room, dining room and drawing room and it is slowly creeping past our plastic boundaries toward us. I was standing in the shower with the window open to try and get some air. Eventually, it will consume me.

I can't believe I am going through this again (e:paul,31499) The smell is giving me Post Traumatic Stress Flashbacks to those days (e:paul,31500)


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Category: buffalo

04/01/08 03:34 - 45ºF - ID#43862

www.rent4buffalo.com sucks

I tried calling rent4bufflo today to rent an apartment for one month for (e:terry), (e:matthew) and I, as it is cheaper than the Hotel Lenox on North and includes more. I wanted to support a local business before I looked into the corporate solutions near the airport. I found this craig's list ad for rent4buffalo.com

Accept under the desperate conditions of having the floors redone in toxic oil drama and needing a place right away, I would never suggest renting from rent4buffalo.com , somewhere so out of the way.

So I called and the old guy who answered asked if I was familiar with Buffalo and I told the guy we lived in Buffalo and were having our floors redone and wanted a place to stay while that was going on. He then asked how many people and I said three for one month. Their ad said it could house 2-3 with contracts as short as one month.

He then said we don't do 1 month rentals and that "we would be unhappy and he would he unhappy." How does he know that he would be unhappy. He is right though I would be unhappy in their ghetto ass apartment building. Look at the tinfoil laundry room.

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You know what - fuck you liar. Your ad says you do one month rentals and that you can fit 2-3 adult so why say you can't. Are you just not willing to do it because it includes utilities are we are three people? Then don't advertise that you can handle that and waste my time.

I hope that your apartment business fails. Seriously, who in their right mind would ever rent from someplace so far out in the nasty of post-industrial wasteland if it was for a longer period of time than a month. If you were going to go with a longer rental you would be far better off with a real apartment anywhere else in the living part of the city.

Whether you are being transferred, or on temporary assignment,we offer you a "HOME-like" environment. Fully-furnished 2-bedroom home/office in downtown Buffalo close to waterfront, major highways and all transportation.

Your choice of short or long term lease to suit your situation. One year lease at $900./month including ALL utilites.

Shorter lease (1-3 Month) is negotiable.

Fully furnished and decorated, including the bed linens, soap and towels. Full kitchen w/ utensils. In-unit washer & dryer, folding table, ironing board. Computer desk w/ high-speed internet. Cable TV/HBO DVD/CD. Central station alarm system. Safe Parking

NO SMOKING ALLOWED. No pets. Security deposit required. Our hope is that you'll feel welcome and excitement in downtown Buffalo.
See our photos and more contact information;


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Category: linwood

03/31/08 10:26 - 44ºF - ID#43841

The Floors Being Redone

I am at home today while the floors are being redone by Amherst Refinishing. It is amazing what a difference it makes. The guys from the crew are really friendly. I took before shots of each room.

The previous owner had so many cats that pissed everywhere. I didn't think they would be able to get all the cat pee stains from the last owner out but the sanders completely fix everything.In fact they had the liter boxes in the dining room - who doe sthat. Multiple ones.

I think that is one of the reasons the house was such a bargain - because the previous owners didn't really clean it up much when we saw it. With a little bit of work I think they could have got a lot more of money out of it.

I wondered if the stains would come out. This is a shot of the living room before with stains
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Here we are half and half. Look how dirty they had gotten.
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Here it is afterwards. Notice the total lack of stain on the floor.
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Category: food

03/31/08 12:01 - 47ºF - ID#43837

The Elmwood Village Market

We stooped at the new Elmwood market at the corner of Elmwood and North after a trip to the park with Gaylin. She was working on a project for school about using parks as learning environments for children.

They don't have beer yet ;( but they do have a broad selection of food stuffs. Very similar to Wilson's Farms but with a little more variety. E.g. more non dairy choices including tofutti brand products. There is also a Deli.

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The ceiling is lined with historic pictures of Buffalo. (e:matthew) get a sub.

Who the hell eats Pork cracklins. They make me so sick to even think about. Imagine the nasty factory full of bolts of skin awaiting the deep fry process.

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mmmbarf, barbeque
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Category: buffalo

03/31/08 12:00 - 47ºF - ID#43836

A trip to the park

While on a little tour of Park Side we went to the Golf course section of Delaware park so that Gaylin could take some pictures for her project. I think it is the first time I ever made it out to this rock. As a side note, that park is filthy, disgusting filled to the brim with dog shit. I never saw so much in my life. This makes me sound like an idiot but never having had a dog I always thought the plastic bags full of shit everywhere were so weird.

I didn't realize they were from dogs till way late in life and thought that humans, who couldn't make it to bathroom were shitting in grocery bags and leaving them outside.

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The ground was so soft at the park, you could see mud everywhere instead of frozen dirt.
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We also saw the progress on the Darwin Martin house. It is coming along great. I love the style of the house. At the same time with the Fence around it, it kind of looks like a prison camp gun tower.
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And for a totally unrelated ending. We were at the research library at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society the other day and I saw this section of Buffalo phonebooks. Look at the style explosion that is the row which represents the 1960s.
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You can see how advertising is changed forever with the addition of color print. What you can't see is the rise of the electronic phonebook.
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