I would have liked to have taken a photo of spring today on this first day of spring, but it won’t be spring in Buffalo for another month or two. I thought about snapping a shot of soot-crusted charcoal gray snow mountains in parking lots, but no.
Instead, I’m taking you on the tour of Buffalo that our son Matthew took us on today. First stop—the car impound, a squat but large brick building, garage really, in a depressed area of town—no news here. We are promptly turned away because we do not have the necessary paperwork to access or even see Matthew’s car where we hope we will find his communication link to the rest of the world—his cell phone, and his eye on the world—his glasses.
We are directed to town hall downtown, room 111.
Town hall is a pretty incredible building with large stone pillars. I think I am in Italy for a moment. The building is a remnant and reminder of Buffalo’s days of prosperity. We are pleasantly surprised that our task here is easily accomplished. The line is short in room 111, the person who helps us is pleasant enough and all is accomplished without a hitch. We are sent across the hall to the cashier where we pay the towing and impounding fee. This too is accomplished in a timely fashion.
So we take the elevator to the 25th floor and walk up a couple flights of stairs to the observation deck.
It is very cold on top of this building. I am shivering, using my iPhone as a camera and shooting through a glass window,
but I kind of like the gray grainy look of the photos. It was that kind of day.
We reverse our course, down the stairs, down the very noisy elevator, to the car and through city streets, returning to the impound where we view a large garage full of undamaged cars impounded for parking violations, and a few pieces of public art. We conduct a search and rescue mission in Matthew’s totaled automobile where we locate both his Droid and his Droid battery separately, and his eyeglasses in four pieces.
After a satisfying lunch of Buffalo Wings (I actually have a ham and cheese sandwich) at Gabriel’s Gate in Allentown, we tour a few used car dealerships then return home.
Brought to you by Tours with Matthew—the highs and lows of Buffalo.