It's a hallmark of life here in Western New York: We bite off more than we can chew.
That's what happened to us here at The News, striving to complete our list of 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once.
Several weeks ago, we asked for suggestions of additional ideas for the list. We needed two more, because there were two of our 100 that had proved impossible, at least for now.
The Buffalo Sabres didn't make the playoffs, so we couldn't watch the playoffs in the plaza of KeyBank Center. And tobogganing at Chestnut Ridge would have to wait, because it didn't snow when we needed it to. (Desperate, we made one last try the last time it looked as if we might get enough snow – on May 6. That's Western New York for you. But alas.)
We put out the call. To our awe, to our delight, a Niagara Falls of suggestions poured in. We sat down to choose two, and –
And that's when we realized things weren't so simple.
Impulsively, we grabbed one of the ideas, the Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride, and ran with it. But we got so many other irresistible suggestions that we could not make one more single solitary decision.
The Arcade & Attica Railroad, it's like our own personal Short Line, out of the Monopoly game. There was no saying no to that. Catch a set at the Colored Musicians Club? That, too, is a vital part of our heritage.
Who could refuse the proposal from News Food Critic Andrew Z. Galarneau to eat a perfectly ripe Niagara County peach over the sink? But that would have to wait a few months. And a Facebook acquaintance, Rebecca Cooke, suggested: "Collect fossils and beach glass on the Lake Erie Seaway Trail." Such a simple, and essential, pleasure.
Other things beckoned for their sheer uniqueness. The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park is part of the heartbeat of Buffalo. And the Griffis Sculpture Park – where else in the world will you find anything like it?
End result, as we say here in Buffalo, we had to make this choice easier. And so we asked rhetorically: Why limit ourselves, when our area has so much to offer?
Instead of two things, we're choosing to keep going until – if – we run out of ideas. We can call it 100 Plus things every Western New Yorker should do at least once.
In the winter, we'll have another chance to catch the Chestnut Ridge tobogganing. And if the Sabres don't make the playoffs next spring – well, we'll have other things to keep us entertained.
Join us as we embark on our new voyage. Here that whistle blow? It's the Arcade & Attica Railroad.
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