Our friend Travis always calls Buffalo "The Buff."
It is quite hilarious, I must admit, when he calls and says, "Are you two livin' it up in the Buff?" or "Is it chilly, being in the Buff all the time?"
He says, at the end of every story we tell, we should throw in the phrase, "And it all happened in the Buff..." (I don't follow this advice--not a good visual.)
I must admit, it really has been freezing in the Buff this winter.
Ryan interviewed at UB a few weeks after the infamous Buffalo "October Storm" in 2006. During this unexpected and early blizzard, Buffalo got several feet of snow and, because so many branches fell, some places lost power for two weeks. It was a mess, and the whole nation heard about it. So, when I told people that Ryan was interviewing in Buffalo, the common response was, "Are you insane?? I hope you like living in a snowdrift!"
October stormWell, the truth is, last winter wasn't that bad. It really wasn't. I mean, yeah, there were a few really snowy days, but it didn't seem much different to me than a winter in Utah or Colorado (which I am used to). When the winter ended, I remember thinking, So, why all the hype? That wasn't a big deal at all.
This winter has been different: lots of snow, freezing temperatures, gusty winds. It's been cold, gray, and depressing since November, and it will probably be this way until at least March. Boo.
The newscasters are saying this is one of the worst winters Buffalo has had in 30 years. Hey, at least it will be a good sob story to tell our kids: "When we were poor students with only one car, your father walked to school every day in Buffalonian blizzards and sub-zero temperatures..." (This is true by the way. Ryan is a trooper.)
My commute into work this morning was horrible; I could barely see because of the blowing snow, I was afraid to go more than 30 mph because the roads were so slick, and I was 30 minutes late because I didn't want to lose my life by careening off the highway into a snowbank.
I hope I survive this frigid winter in the Buff...