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02/10/08 12:27 - 33ºF - ID#43265

The Genesee Hotel Suicide 1942

I've been intrigued by old photographs of the area for years. I love anything having to do with the Pan American Exposition from 1901 and finding out the background information on photos and maps of the way things used to look.
I recently found this picture.


I was amazed when I saw it and at first thought it might be a fake. I think I stared at it for a full 5 minutes without realizing it.
Needless to say, I was compelled to find out more about it.

An acquaintance of mine posted it with only the information, "NY, 1942, accidental shot". I figured it was from NYC, so I started trying to look it up there. I quickly learned that it is a famous picture from 1942 by I. Russel Sorgi, who worked for the Buffalo Courier Express. It is known as "The Genesee Hotel Suicide" or "The Despondent Divorcee."

I continued searching and found an explanation by the photographer:

"I snatched my camera from the car and took two quick shots as she seemed to hesitate...As quickly as possible I shoved the exposed film into the case and reached for a fresh holder. I no sooner had pulled the slide out and got set for another shot than she waved to the crowd below and pushed herself into space. Screams and shouts burst from the horrified onlookers as her body plummeted toward the street. I took a firm grip on myself, waited until the woman passed the second or third story, and then shot." Sorgi 1942

After learning about the situation surrounding this captured second in time, you begin to notice details aside from the main subject. Notice the police woman (maybe a meter maid?) running in the front door of the Hotel. Notice the man sitting in the window of the coffee shop, wondering what is going on. Imagine how his life changed the second after this picture was snapped.
It's crazy to think about.

I found that The Genesee Hotel sat at 530 Main Street from 1882 to 1922. Not sure what is there now. Knowing Buffalo and all the wonderful architecture here, it's probably looks quite similar to this photo. Anyone know? Maybe I'll remember to check when I'm in the area.

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01/15/08 09:45 - 28ºF - ID#42901

Paul: Don't look.

This is my new mixer:


I <3 my mixer. :D

It makes fabulous dough for wheat bread, as seen here:


And then today I had the bright idea to make these w/ my new mixer:

^^in pans for the second rise

^^Lots of cinnamon rolls

^^Cinnamon rolls on macro. :)

I had one..and it came back up. Stupid me--it's only been 5 years since stomach surgery. One would assume I would know how to eat. . Duh.

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01/03/08 07:12 - 21ºF - ID#42741

Happy's been almost a year

I just realized that I haven't posted to (e:strip) in a while. "A While" in my world being almost an entire year.

So what has happened in this almost-year?

Not much. :)

Still in school full-time and getting awesome grades. yay!

Still working in my soul-sucking swing shift job that pays WAY too well, and therefore, retains employees. However, I am planning on quitting after this coming semester is over. I will have the last 2 classes I need to get my Teacher's Aide certificate, so I will be able to get some experience in my field while completing my degree.

Hmm... Made it out to a few concerts over the summer and saw some (e:peeps), think I made it out to one or 2 PMT get togethers, went to NYC last May and was ready to go back the minute we left. (you really can't beat staying on the Upper West Side, 1 block from H&H Bagels)

Got together with friends far too little. Yet another side effect of working swing shift. :( The dinner at J.P. bullfeathers tonight is a prime example. meh.

Err...Hmm... My daughter was finally diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder, after years of incorrect diagnoses. I fought w/ the school system/Committee on Special Education for months and finally had to get a lawyer before they would listen to me, but she's finally in a setting where the teachers work with her instead of against her.

Several friends/acquaintances had babies, effectively turning up the volume on my own biological clock at a very inopportune time. :p

Spoke to a mortgage broker (last week) and am *hopefully* going to start the home buying process shortly.

Yep....that's my "year away from posting to (e:strip)" in review. :)
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03/03/07 12:17 - 34ºF - ID#38335


It's my first day off after a 7-day stretch (+ school Tuesday and Thursday) and I am stir crazy and want to do something SOOOOOO bad, but 3 days ago a pesky cold bug decided to take up residence in my head and my head feels like it's going to 'splode. :(

A few tips for this lovely cold/flu season:

  • Don't bother taking Airborne if you already have a cough. --I usually take it at the first sign of a cold, since (e:theecarey) got me turned onto it a year or two ago. I haven't had a full-blown cold till now. unfortunately this time I was too busy to notice the symptoms and caught it too late. :

  • Don't bother taking DayQuil caps. They suck now. --Thanks to the backyard/basement/closet/trunk of the car meth lab retards, DayQuil removed any trace of a working decongestant from their product. Had I known this yesterday, I wouldn't have spent $7.00 on a box of it, only to be stuck at work till midnight with a 'splodey head. :

  • You pretty much have to go through a body cavity search to get any product with pseudoephedrine in it now. --At Rite Aid you have to take a slip of paper to the pharmacist and they need to see your license, get your name, address and phone number and then you have to sign a form. (I was expecting them to request a stool sample next.) I finally got my illicit drugs and now I feel marginally human, though not well enough to spread my plague about town. :(

Hope you all have a better weekend than mine!! (I'll be asleep on my midnight shifts.) :)
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02/02/07 01:11 - 27ºF - ID#37963

Johari Window

We were talking about The Johari Window today in Communications class. Since it is supposed to be ever-changing, I thought I would try it again.

If you know me a little or a lot please go to the following link and fill this out for me!


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02/02/07 12:52 - 27ºF - ID#37962

Quiet, Err. I'm transmitting rage

I'm sorry, but this is the funniest thing yet this year.

And, of course, the next logical step is that people would take these devices and sell them on eBay....

They're now going for upwards of $1000.

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01/10/07 01:41 - 24ºF - ID#37627

School daze...

As of today I am officially a college student again. My stomach is in knots. I don't know if I'm more nervous or excited.

More later.. doctor time.
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01/02/07 01:09 - 39ºF - ID#37507

Ahh, Buffalo...

I saw this on CNN today. Lovely story out of Cheektowaga.

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12/27/06 01:52 - 33ºF - ID#32954

It's my ____ in a box!

^^This one was posted on You Tube by NBC, so hopefully it will stay up and they won't delete their own content!! lol

This is the uncensored version, so beware!! ;)
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12/27/06 01:42 - 33ºF - ID#32953

The holiday with pictures!

^^Pretty pic of my emaciated tree :)

Edit: Forgot to post my most favorite present!!!
^^From Steve. :D

^^Pengie salt and pepper shakers from my daughter
^^The Sims 2 Pets
^^Poker chip pinup chickies. Yum.
^^Steve and the Hanukkah gift card holder bear my sis got for him.
^^10 qt. Faberware stockpot (I actually asked for this)
^^Panini maker.. I love new kitchen stuff!
^^My camera wouldn't focus on it, but this bottle has a little fairy on top.
^^One of my gifts from (e:theecarey). A folk art kitty and birdhouse light. I <3 it!!
^Fire opal ring from my seeester
^^Mr. Orange in his new hideout

Hope you all had a great Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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