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Musing about what amuses and bemuses

Some notes collected while considering whether there's such a thing as too many Reese's peanut butter eggs:

Have you been to the supermarket lately? I saw some lawn chairs and tiki torches and beach umbrellas and s'mores displays in one the other day, and Memorial Day is more than a month away. Man. It seems like they keep pushing summer on us sooner every year.

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Why do all the fights about plaza driveways seem to happen in Clarence?

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Transcript of a conversation last week among my son and two of his buddies:

Son: "Where did you guys go?"

Friend 1: "Our moms took us to the Broadway Market."

Son: "What's that?"

Me: (Eye roll.)

Friend 2: "It's this place in Buffalo that opens every year for Easter."

Me: "It's actually open the whole year."

Friend 1: "Really?"

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Loved the comment last week by Joel Thomas, wildlife administrator for the SPCA Serving Erie County, about the not-super-bright deer trying to jump the Williamsville Cemetery fence even though they could walk through the wide-open gate. "They're not going to go, 'Guys, the gate's open! Come on.' "

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There's nothing quite so sad as driving past the Brighton and Sheridan golf courses on the 290 in late April and seeing no flags in any of the holes and no golfers on any of the tee boxes. (It also means that there are a lot of retired guys out there getting antsy.)

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Note to self: When preparing to use the restroom at an establishment with which you're not very familiar, closely examine the door to see if it says "MEN" or "WOMEN" before entering. Not after.

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Thank goodness that street signs are being changed so they are now written in capital and small letters, as opposed to all caps. I kept thinking the old signs were yelling at me.

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If you heard that a community around here was considering making little flags available to pedestrians so they could hold them up and drivers would be able to better see them as they attempted to cross a main thoroughfare, wouldn't you immediately guess that community was East Aurora?

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I wonder if the people expressing outrage about the price of gasoline skyrocketing over the last three months and the related jump in food prices have ever met the people who speak at budget hearings and say they don't mind paying more in taxes to keep everything just the way it is.

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Nothing strikes fear in my heart more than these three words: Peep-eating contest.

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There should be a word for the pleasant surprise of seeing that your tax refund has unexpectedly shown up in your checking account.

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The Kenmore-Tonawanda school budget proposal would raise taxes by nearly 6.7 percent, cut instructional staff by more than 56 and support staff by 17, and increase class size. This is happening even with more than $1 million in concessions from the district's unions. If residents are outraged, they're doing a good job hiding it. Two School Board seats are available, and only two people are running for them.

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