I wrote this here yesterday on Facebook—>
This is something I thought about tonight…it was brought up by my favorite DC based preservation type person Meagan Baco a few weeks back…here I am at almost midnight working wrapping up some work for the Broadway Market, next I am moving on to putting together a series of ads for Corpus Christi Church…all volunteer stuff…and that is just today. Us preservationist and activist types just don’t show up when a building needs to be saved…we are here at all hours of the day supporting and working on a lot of the behind the scenes things to help preserve and protect the places in Buffalo we love. All of this while trying to live and manage our lives. Can I have an amen?
Sometimes people only see us preservationist dummies when a building has gone conditional critical. Let me assure you, we are always around. You don’t see us because we are the ones working heavily behind the scenes ensuring that a lot of places don’t go condition critical.
I know it may seem silly to some to see people fighting to save a building ravaged by time and the elements. But come on, how can you not appreciate their efforts to save our past for the future. Without them, Buffalo would have lost a lot more of its architectural wonders.
Gun Debate White Noise
A tough thing to do is get past all the white noise out there on the gun control debate. Whether it be social media or traditional media, there is a lot it. What you have to do is look past it and find reasonable debate on the issue.
From the post:
I do not accept that there is nothing we can do about this. We simply must look at our gun laws. I recognize there are more factors in this complex equation like violent video games, movies and books, and songs that glorify violence.
This is a hint as to the type of conversation and debate we should be having. But what happens is what usually happens when matters like gun control take center stage…it becomes a politicized mess of us versus them.
The Collaborators and Non Collaborators
One of the biggest things I have learned in doing volunteer work in Broadway-Fillmore is that collaboration is everything. Unfortunately, I have also learned is a lot people have a tough time collaborating.
What I try to do now before I take on assisting in new projects is examine the collaboration factor and try to determine if people inside of project will be able to collaborate effectively. When I develop a new project myself and seek out help, I come up with a simple collaboration strategy. Part of that it is bringing on people who I know will work well together in getting things done.
New Sports Radio Station in Buffalo
If you haven’t heard it, you should check out Sports Radio 1270 – The Fan. Most of their shows are national programming from CBS Sports Radio…but it is a nice alternative to WGR on the AM dial. Simply said, it is good to have a choice.
Their one one local show features Rich Gaenzler from noon to 3 pm talking sports. Buffalo did not have any local sports radio in this time slot and it is a welcome addition to the airwaves. Gaenzler was a regular on the Buffalo Bills Radio Network when WGRF 97 Rock was the flagship station before Bills left for WGR. He brings a fresh voice to local sports talk and I enjoy listening to him
This first extended blast of frigid weather has been tough to get used to. But what can you do…it is part of life in the B-lo.