What is Western New York Like?

April 27, 2010 at 7:35 am | Posted in Misc. | 3 Comments
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Ever since I announced my plans to move back to upstate New York (or WESTERN New York, as The Other Sister prefers I call it), I’ve been inundated with questions about the region.  I’ve found you can learn a lot by perusing the local police blotter.  And The Other Sister was kind enough to send me the link to the Best of the Blotter ’09, a compilation from the community newspapers serving the Buffalo region. 

Lest you be confused, I am not moving to Buffalo, but Rochester is about an hour east of there, so there are some similarities.  At any rate, The Other Sister lives in Buffalo, so you can at least get a feel for the shenanigans she witnesses on a regular basis.

For example, police responded to a call about a caged dog in distress at a pet store. Patrol located a stuffed animal, which appeared to be fine.  This tells me the locals are concerned about animal welfare.

Police were called to the home of a man who couldn’t control his son.  The 13-year-old refused to eat his vegetables or go to church.  Nutrition and religion are important in this community.

A resident said he was outside yelling because the Buffalo Bills lost and the neighbor from across the street came over and punched him in the face.  Passionate about the same sports teams I love.

Peruse the police blotter if you need some laughs.  Or if you’re concerned about my welfare.  You’ll see that all I have to fear are people stealing my Sabres gear and chicken.



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  1. That about sums it up.

  2. Oh my goodness.. this gave me a laugh attack!! I imagine that your experiences dodging Bruins and Celtics fans at North Station have prepared you well for anything the local Buffalo Bills fans might (literally) throw at you.

    I can’t help but wonder whether by “stuffed animal” they meant like a teddy bear, or like the natural history museum version of “stuffed.” Because I’d be in distress if I saw that at a pet store.

    • Yan, you’re a riot! 😀 XO

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