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Periscoped Rails to Trails Walk
periscope aroundbuffalo
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I've been itching to produce more live content to the web since exposing myself to the comedy performance circuit back in 2014 (read: I took a 6-week workshop, a few open mics at a single joint in the Village, and managed my way through a graduation class performance). I took on the idea fully understanding I completely suck, I mean at an inherently organic level, in verbal communication of any kind. Unless I take steps to mitigate it in my various narratives I sound "nasally". Dental work, a partial I wear in particular, make nearly all words coming out of my central orfice "mushy", unless, again, I take pains to mitigate. And, I should point out, I have yet to find a truly effective method of mitigation.

So these things like Ustream, Livestream, or more actually for my purposes, Periscope or maybe the upcoming mobile YouTube streaming service, are actually quite useful at honing down my faults. Being "live" forces someone like me to do it right in real-time and not be so hooked on edits to clean things up or to bury bad performances. I have to articulate, organize a narrative and yet try to do both while remaining animated and interesting.

The difficulty is in livestreaming consistently and densly enough to build on improvement, what with work and everything else going on. That's why the little opportunities and digestable livestream projects count, such as the embed below of me walking the Buffalo Rails to Trails. I am settling into Buffalo well enough now that I should be able to crank out little things like this more and more, with each getting better than the last for the sake of "performance creativity".

(Don't worry, only the thumbnail is sideways - it plays right when it starts).

Follow The Green Paved Road
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Entrance to Buffalo Trail

The Buffalo Main Street entrance to the Tonawanda Trail, situated next to the NFTA Metro Rail Station.

Found The Soda Jerk
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Buffalo is like many cities experiencing a life resurgence. The now well-worn phraseology is that younger people are flocking back to cities for a more portable and casual life, which seems accurate by my impression. I hear my old stomping ground of Tampa isn't doing too badly either.

Picture of me eating my ice cream sunday.

Me under the picture of a real soda jerk.

While strolling around down there we happened on Jerk's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream which had not officially opened despite allowing in customers. The owners were there were figuring out the cash tendering system and fighting an apparently weak Wi-Fi signal among other minor speed bumps.

Made no difference though - they were shelping out the sodas and sundays (that's how I spell an ice cream sunday because that's how you're supposed to) and we tasted and enjoyed. They seemed to be the only sweets shop on the strip and while in there ourselves couldn't help but notice the steady stream of customers.

I think the folks running the Jerk's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream joint are off to a great and likely profitable start!

Me with the two owners and operators on their operating test day.

Kitty On a Leash, It Can Be Done
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We didn't get their names but this woman and her social feline were delighted to be strolling through the neighborhood.

Picture of Woman Holding Cat on Leash

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