Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Before We Start Any D.C. Snowstorm Talk, A Buffalo Trip Postscript Entry with Additional & Supplemental Pictures

Allen Street and Mariner Street, Allentown neighborhood, Buffalo, N.Y., 3:32PM January 17, 2016.

The large building is called The Buckingham, and I believe it contains either rental apartments or condos.

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Gary and I departed Buffalo earlier today, and tonight I'm back home in my wee dusty efficiency somewhere in Washington, D.C.

I'm actually home at the 9PM hour tonight (as I start this entry) rather than at the gym or in one of my regular (or non-regular) bars because I got in a full gym workout at the YMCA between 4 and 7PM, and I do not want to go out tonight in the very cold and blustery January night.

That's partly a function of being low on money until Friday (more on money issues in a bit), but it is also partly a function of the fact that I want to post two entries AND get to bed -- back in my own -- at a reasonable hour.

Yours truly in morning sunlight, room 413, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., 8:18AM January 19, 2016.

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The two entries I want to post including the following:

First, an entry containing some additional Buffalo trip pictures that I took since my previous entry as well as some supplemental / miscellaneous other ones I took on Saturday and Sunday that I did not already post.

Second, a weather-related entry on what APPEARS at this time to be a MAJOR WINTER STORM (mostly as a snowstorm totaling overall 1 to 2+ feet) for the D.C./Baltimore area starting on Friday morning and lasting into Saturday.

More on that in a subsequent entry (or entries).

For my two previous Buffalo trip-related entries, see here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Gabriel's Gate, Buffalo, N.Y., 9:54PM January 18, 2016.

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Following my second entry that I posted, Gary and I went to dinner at Gabriel's Gate in the Allentown section of Buffalo (where we had gone the previous day). The night was bitterly cold (around 15F) and gusty (wind chill about 0F) and the 5 to 6 inches of snow on the ground where not plowed hadn't gone anywhere but was blowing around.

However, dinner was sort of ruined because I thought I had lost a substantial ($60) amount of money that turned out to be in a pocket in one of my corduroys back in the hotel room. (I'm very low until I get paid on Friday as this trip was timed with a rent payment period, and I was unable to get an unsecured credit card and need to do a secure one later this year to start rebuilding my non-existent credit.)

Gary later remarked this is one of the "money mismanagement" episodes I have on all our trips.

I'm just putting this info "out there" so that Wall-P -- through a Staff report, no doubt -- can feel morally superior in its cash-laden way. That's the upside of being a Toshiba mini-vacuum cleaner-sized stooge-bot ...

... handsomely paid for dutifully doing the bidding of the corporate oligarchical overclass while living in a 57-room gilded cage (each painted off-white) and with a décor that mixes Velvet Elvis paintings with ginormous pieces of coral dynamited from distant tropical seas that it purchased online with some stupid app.

"Eh. Eh. Eheheh. I've shown myself to be an urban sophisticate in my tastes, and I am a morally superior entity that equates money and power with higher forms of existence in my otherwise solipsistic universe."

For his part, Gary had a money super-management episode with his roulette winnings over three short visits at a nearby Native American-run casino. I took a picture of that cash but I probably should not post that ... (As it is, piggybacked onto that to win a total of $50.)

The enormous Buffalo City Hall building as seen from Lafayette Square, Buffalo, N.Y., 10:51PM January 18, 2016.

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After we returned to the hotel, and I found the missing money, we went back out to go to the Hotel Lafayette bar where we had gone on Saturday. However, the place was closed and downtown Buffalo was, as it often seems to be, a decrepit ghost town of aging Art Deco and ugly modernist skyscrapers. So we just walked back to the Hyatt and joined what was now a raucous gathering at the lobby bar.

A group of folks at the lobby bar, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., 11:43PM January 18, 2016.

The fellow T.J. (see below) is in this picture.

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The hotel was hosting a conference of some sort involving the giant wholesale technology products distributor company Ingram Micro. We stayed there for about an hour. I actually stayed later as I got into a nice conversation with a fellow named T.J. who lives in South Carolina.

Before I went up to the room, I was showing him specific geological and continental crust and ocean basin features on that giant glass Earth globe in the lobby.

Ascending from Buffalo Niagara International Airport over Buffalo, N.Y., 11:31AM January 19, 2016.

There was a smudge or line of some sort on the window that looks like a weird shadow.

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This morning, we got up and got ready and headed to the airport in the rental car we quickly returned. It was all no-muss, no-fuss, except for a minor "paperwork" delay with the jet involving, I believe, a flight attendant call button above one of the seats. (Oh, yes, I was subjected to the usual pat down / borderline group by the TSA officer because I always quietly and with no outward sign of disrespect refuse to put my hands as far over my head as instructed, pretending I cannot, when going through that morally offensive body scanner.) Anyway, the flight back was fast and uneventful, except it got a bit turbulent coming into the D.C. area owing to gusty northwesterly winds.

I had a spectacular fly-in view of the entire D.C. area, as well as up towards Baltimore, and we landed on the shorter cross-runway into the wind.

Descending into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with a spectacular view of Washington, D.C., 12:14PM January 19, 2016.

Of note, I could still see the Baltimore area from about 3,000 feet up over, I estimate, Suitland, Md., and I could easily see the ginormous steam clouds emanating from the Brandon Shores Generating Station in Anne Arundel County.

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I took the Metro to Dupont Circle, went to the bank and shopping, and came home for a while before going to the gym, and now I am home writing this blog entry.

The remainder of this entry just contains some miscellaneous pictures from Saturday and Sunday in Buffalo ...

The Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y., 2:52PM January 16, 2016.

This was the most number of people we saw in downtown Buffalo on the entire trip.

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Downtown Buffalo (Theatre District, I believe), 4:14PM January 16, 2016.

The snow came the next day.

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The Hyatt Regency Buffalo lobby with bar, Buffalo, N.Y., 6:09PM January 16, 2016.

At this point, the hotel was overrun with suburban teenage boys on some ice hockey convention and their parents (not to mention their equipment).

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The historic and ornate Hotel Lafayette bar, Buffalo, N.Y., 9:20PM January 16, 2016.

This is the other side of the bar (the "newer" one from the 1930s).

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Snowy view from the street-level gym in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., 12:32PM January 17, 2016.

It was just beginning to snow in earnest as a lake effect snow band crossed the city courtesy a favorable wind orientation and the proper "lake response."

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Gary looking out at the snow from the gym, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., 12:43PM January 17, 2016.

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Snowy view from our room in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., 1:19PM January 17, 2016.

It was literally whiteout conditions for a short period of time and the moderate-to-heavy snow overall lasted about 4 hours.

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Blurry picture inside The Alley Cat, Buffalo, N.Y., 3:45PM January 17, 2016.

Again, a shout out to bartender M.J., who was wonderful.

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Park Street, Buffalo, N.Y., on a snowy late afternoon, 4:58PM January 17, 2016.

The streets along this part of Park Street were all numbered in what D.C. would be called a "unit" block (1-99), but I don't think it necessarily works that way there. City Hall appears to be the center of the street address grid, at least on the main thoroughfares. The side streets may not be so numbered.

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OK, that's all for now. Weather entry -- at least a brief one -- to follow. I really want, need, to be in bed by midnight. For tomorrow, after work on a non-gym night, I'm meeting Gary at Trade after work to talk about the weather. Actually, I'm hoping to meet Nick and Gary will join us.

--Regulus

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