I am going to be guest blogging here on over the next week or so as the publisher takes a much needed vacation.

For those of you who don’t know me, I have been blogging here in the B-lo for years about all sorts of things.  I also do a lot of activist work on the East Side of Buffalo.

Unfortunately, I have really gotten away from regularly posting on my personal blog over the last couple of years.  Why?  I don’t really know.  Each week, I jot down a list of things to blog about and just don’t do it.  When Marc Odien said he was looking for guest bloggers to fill the void here while he was away, I thought this would be a great opportunity to jump start my blogging career.

One of the features on my personal blog is something called My Five Cents.  It is where I write about five things in a post.  As Buffalo is the Nickel City, I liked the title.  It is what I will be posting here while Marc is gone and this is the first one.

You can also trace my local blogging roots here to  I used to write at this web address back in the mid 2000s.

I hope you enjoy my five cents.

My Idea for the Webster Block

As the City of Buffalo decides on proposals for the Webster Block down in the Canal District, I have my own proposal to share for this critical piece of land.

The Webster Experience.

It would be an interactive experience based around the television show Webster.  With the success of Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Buffalo could capture that type of feel and create a tourist draw for all seasons.

Think big Buffalo!

(I posted this on my personal blog a few months back, but liked it enough to re-post here)

Lance Armstrong say it isn’t so 

With the news that Lance Armstrong won’t fight doping charges, it is truly a sad day for all of us who loved and admired him.

From USA Today:

“It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said. “This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition.”

I know he has adamantly denied charges of doping, but this is damning.

Sad to see such an inspirational figure fall from grace.

Video: Legitimate Rape by the Renegade Raging Grannies

This video is great and this issue will define the rest of the 2012 election season.

I sincerely believe that the GOP, with the right candidate, could have beaten Barack Obama in November.

I don’t think Republicans get how ridiculous a majority of their candidates look.

Cool Buffalo type blog you should check out

Angela Keppel’s Discovering Buffalo, One Street at a Time!

Great research behind discovering why Buffalo’s streets are named the way they are.

From her blog:

So here’s the deal, the City of Buffalo has approximately 1500 streets.  I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to Buffalo history, and as an urban planner, I’m interested in discovering how cities grow and develop over time.  I take pride in knowing a lot about Buffalo’s heritage and history. I think it’s important to know where we came from in order to know where we’re going collectively as a city.  But, sometimes, I wonder how the streets got their names.  It all stems from an intense desire to know how Keppel Street got its name.

I love when people put their passion into action and words.