Not bad for a fat girl




photo credit Derek Gee

photo credit Derek Gee

Poor, poor Buffalo. No matter how many great things happen in and around that city, it will always be located exactly where it is, and that particular spot on the planet happens to be a perfect place for snow.

My Buffalo connections downplay the role that weather has on the region, but I think they only do it as a coping mechanism. After all, they can’t ALL leave the area, can they? Someone has to stay there.

And there are many good reasons to stay there. It has the nickname “the city of good neighbors” for a reason. People in Buffalo help each other out, just because that’s what you do. Especially under difficult conditions, like during snowstorms.

Buffalo is also affordable. Considering you have to pay New York State taxes when you live there, it’s still a good deal. And let’s face it, those tax dollars are used for things like education. Just saying.

Buffalo also has a lot to offer. Honestly, a ton of options await anyone with a desire to get up and do something. There’s theater, concerts, sports, family events, museums, festivals, and more. The local paper publishes a separate section each weekend just so you can keep track of everything going on. And if you like to eat and drink, well, Buffalo has something wonderful for every taste and budget.

The city’s history provides an interesting backdrop for its architecture, landscapes, and neighborhoods. Garden walks are popular, and so are tours of historic old buildings, like Buffalo City Hall.  While the city is ever-changing, it holds on to its hard-working, hard-playing traditions.

If you want to visit a place with loyal sports fans, check out Buffalo. If you want to celebrate Dyngus Day or the feast of St. Joseph, Buffalo’s your place. If you want to enjoy great outdoor concerts for free all summer long, head to Buffalo.

In case you weren’t sure, I love Buffalo. I just wish the weather was a little warmer, sunnier, and dryer. Oh, and a little less snow would be nice too.