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Shout Out to Shakti and East Meets West!

Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant Street

Shakti Yoga, 133 Grant Street

In last week’s issue (v14n8), we overlooked one of our favorite yoga studios. Shakti Yoga is a wonderful Vinyasa studio in a great location on Grant Street.

Additionally, we printed the wrong location for East Meets West Yoga Studio. They won best yoga studion in the Artvoice Best of Buffalo Awards for five years running. The correct locations of their two studios are: 1738 Elmwood Ave. (Buffalo Foundry), and 162 Mill Street, Williamsville.

Be sure to check them out!

East Meets West

East Meets West

In Memory of Ted Reinhardt

Filed under: Obituary, Uncategorized
Reinhardt (center) with Rodney Appleby and Joe Mahfoud. (photo: Cheryl Gorski)

Reinhardt (center) with Rodney Appleby and Joe Mahfoud. (photo: Cheryl Gorski)

There is a musician joke that goes like this:

Q: How is a drum solo like a sneeze?

A: You can tell it’s coming, but there’s nothing you can do about it.

We all know it’s a funny joke because a badly played drum solo is one of the most unpleasant experiences a member of a live audience can endure.

But anyone who ever had the pleasure of seeing Ted Reinhardt play live knows how engaging and entertaining a great drum solo can be.

There’s a lot of sadness in the Buffalo Music Community after the news of his death in a plane crash with two friends. Here’s the story from Lou Michel of The Buffalo News.

And here’s Reinhardt playing a solo with Gamalon from 1988…

And here’s another from December, 2011…

Reinhardt is being remembered as a great musical talent, and a really cool guy.

Snowed: Why Can’t We Handle It?

Ever since the Ice Age, it has snowed regularly in Western New York.  Every governmental unit which deals with snow removal has extensive plans, staff and equipment to deal with snow on the Niagara Frontier.  Yet every year snowfall and removal are treated like a novelty/disaster which only happens once every 100 years.

Poloncarz_Cuomo Blue Jackets


Elected Officials Please Take Note:  We expect you to do your jobs and get our streets and sidewalks cleared in an expeditious fashion.  Stop wasting resources going on TV in your little blue jackets and advising us against unnecessary travel.  We have income producing business and personal activities to conduct. Everything we do is necessary and we pay you to facilitate our activities.  The only unnecessary travel is your trip down the the opulent and expensive disaster/terror/crisis centers where you hold your press conferences.

Private Plow

Private Snow Removal Operators:

It is illegal to dump snow on public property in every local municipality.  That includes the median between the road and sidewalk.  We cannot expect public plow crews to plow all the snow which falls on our roads and the snow which falls on every driveway.  Private snow belongs on private land, including front and back yards.  Should your customers design their properties so that this is impossible, that is their problem, not mine.  If you are backing into a driveway, you are getting ready to violate the law and your plowing permit should be revoked.

As you drive about the area start counting the number of times impossible situations for the highway crews have been created by private contractors who have illegally dumped snow into the streets.   There are hundreds and thousands of examples.   Obeying the law is a cost of doing business boys.   Time to pony up.

Walkable Hipsters

Goat track

Green Code Walkable Hipsters:

It ain’t “walkable” if you can’t walk there.   Many of North Buffalo sidewalks look like mountain goat trails and are only traversable with crampons and an ice axe.    What happened to the walkable Nirvana we were all promised?   Maybe new urbanism only works in Southern California?

Snow Blower

God Bless the Snow Blowers, Tiny Tim:

Blessings and gratitude to my fellow snow blowers for we have deposited our snow harmlessly upon private lands where its rich moisture can harmlessly nourish the soil.

YAK Car Pic of the Day

58 dauphine uncleFrom an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., here’s a nifty 1958 Renault Dauphine, which was pretty much France’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. Was watching the show last night on WBBZ, (a different episode from the one with the Renault) which was part of the station’s tribute to Leonard Nimoy. He played a Russian baddie in a 1964 Season One episode titled “The Project Strigas Affair,” which also featured William Shatner and Werner Klemperer. A star-studded cast indeed!

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow

YAK Car Pic of the Day


One of the advertising slogans for this 1947 Plymouth Deluxe coupe was “Plymouth Has It!” From the looks of this car’s rear end they might have been referring to trunk space. The rent for an apartment that size in Manhattan would go for about a grand these days. Saw this one last summer at the weekly cruisin’ night at The Texas Roadhouse in Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow

YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Sometime next summer we’ll look back at this one and laugh! Maybe by then we’ll know for sure that under that snow is a nice, two-toned 1957 Chevy 210 station wagon. Too bad it was too dreary of a day to enjoy that nifty Canyon Coral and Black paint scheme. Perhaps we’ll get back to this lot in Youngstown once (if) the snow starts to melt away. 

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow

After 83 years Mr. Spock Has Boldly Gone

Filed under: News


A Washington Post alert reports that Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy passed away today from pulmonary complications. Without Spock captain Kirk would have been too boring to keep that series alive. Women loved him and boys wanted to be like him. Live long and prosper Spock in whatever universe you now occupy.

YAK Car Pic of the Day

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I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this Lincoln Town Car (circa 2000) is parked because it’s not exactly a great winter ride. Do you suppose Bridgestone even makes a Blizzak to fit those rims? Spotted yesterday in Youngstown.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow

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