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Buffalo Tour Of Homes by Ian MacDonald
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Re: Liminal Rest Stops

This actually reminds me of a place I stopped in while driving from Bucks County to Erie in Pennsylvania.

It was a hotel up on top of a hill, with a little diner across the parking lot. There were very few cars besides mine, which I thought was odd since it was the middle of the day.

I went into the diner and ordered a coffee, just to refuel for the next leg of the trip, and…out of nowhere, I got really nervous. The place was too quiet. No patron chatter, no waitstaff talking to each other, not even kitchen noise. The piped-in music was very faint, and it kept fading in and out.

I asked for my check, making up some excuse that I had just realized I was running later than I thought. The server, a young woman with really bright blue eyes, tried to convince me to stick around “just a little longer,” maybe order an entree, or some dessert. “Try the cherry pie, it’s homemade, and it’s really good!” When I politely refused, she frowned and disappeared into the back for my bill.

Ten minutes later, with no sign of her (or any other staff), I left cash on the table and booked it out of there. I didn’t feel right again until I was a good ten miles down the road.

On my way back, I looked for the exit again, just to convince myself that I’d been scaring myself. No exit, no signs for the hotel, no nothing. Thinking about it, I couldn’t even remember the name of the hotel, or the diner. I haven’t been back that way since.

I’m still not convinced that I didn’t wander into some sort of weird slip-space or something. I’m just glad I left when I did. And that I didn’t order the pie.

Syracuse By Moonlight by Johann Culverhouse (1871) – “With the construction of the Erie Canal, Syracuse became a booming center of industry and commerce. Downtown Syracuse was built around the Canal which bisected the city.  Born in Rotterdam, Johann Culverhouse (1820-1895) was a successful painter who began working in the United States in 1843. He established himself in New York City, where he painted charming scenes of people at work and play. His work is in the Dutch tradition of genre painting made famous by Vermeer.“  Original painting is part of the Onondaga Historical Association.

Niagara Square and Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

One last “full building” shot before I start in on the shots of the front facade, including the columns and the incredible frieze. This is obviously a shot from the fountain looking up. Naturally there’s a Canadian flag as Buffalo is right on Canada’s doorstep. (In fact as you’ll see later, there’s a big mural in the lobby highlighting the city as a bridge between the the U.S. and Canada.) 

deathly beautiful. last i heard, 7 have died in this storm so far, one i went to high school with. where i live, the snow is above my head, plus even higher snowdrifts up to like 10 feet, probably higher. most of us are trapped in our homes. some without power & no emergency help available. roofs are caving in. cars are abandoned & completely buried on the roads. if you need to get somewhere you have to attempt to walk or snowmobile. necessities running out. nearly every store & road is closed. i am feeling cabin fever coming on. i need OUT. 

So I don’t know how much any of you know about what happened in NY recently but as a resident of NY, let me tell/show you.
Look at this map, Hillary won NY despite Bernie taking over most of the state.

SO here are some facts:
NY is a closed primary. You can only vote within your registered party. If you’re an independent, you’re out of luck. This really sucks because I know so many independents and republicans even who wanted to vote for Bernie. My hometown (Erie County/Buffalo), Hillary won by 300 votes. That’s just about .30%, that’s NOTHING. But because of the closed primary, that’s how it was.
But it doesn’t stop there.
 
The ballot was worded poorly. It said you can vote for 7 delegates, not UP TO 7 delegates. Bernie only has 5, so if you voted for 7, you unknowingly threw Hillary 2 votes.
 
The city of Brooklyn just went through some tremendous shady business. If you don’t vote within (I believe) 8 years towards a major election, you’re counted as an inactive voter. That counts for about 10,000 people in Brooklyn.
But somehow, over 50,000 democrats were turned away, because they had been mysteriously switched to registered independents.
Bernie grew up in Brooklyn, he went to state college there. Prospectively, had those people not been stripped of their actual registered party, Bernie would have won NY State by about 20%. NY is a HUGE state in the election, we are one of the largest democrat votes other than California.
As of now, I don’t believe there are any plans to review or overturn any of these things.
 
Do you want to know how many people I know who could have voted tell me “the primaries don’t matter”? Arguably they’re MORE important! Sure, NY will be a Dem vote either way. That’s why it’s important to choose WHICH Dem our state is voting for?
 
I haven’t seen a single thing on tumblr about any of this- so here it is: Go vote. Read your ballot carefully. Make sure you are able to vote. Don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t matter.