Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Tuesday morning thoughts ...

It's the "Phyllis Green Show" Part 2 today. There's a huge part of me that wonders if it's just goign to come off as a repeat or if there's anything new to be heard. I guess we'll find out.

One of Phyllis' contentions for not hiring firefighters is that "it's a wash." To me, that's a good thing. If we can get five more firefighters - a higher level of protection - and not lose money on the deal, how is that bad? It's not like the fire union will actually work to save the city money anyway. Actually, that always bugs me. When they whine about "public safety," and you can tell they just want cash money. I hope I'm never that self-serving.

You might notice that there's a new menu option at ScottLeffler.com. Music. It's part of my side project to promote music in this part of the world. Every band that sends me their info will get a bio page with a photo and a link to their web site. I'm also going to do whatever I can to uplift the local music scene, which already rocks out loud.

On that note, plans for Saturday's concert are coming together nicely. I'm really looking forward to it. Hope you are, too.

Remember Katherine DeBrecht? The children's author? She has a pretty cool auction going on on eBay. You can win a walk-on role in her next book, basically. And your job in the book? You get to arrest Hillary Clunkton, the congresswoman from New York. Check the auction.

That's it for now. Hope you're all well. TTYL.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Just stuff ...

Hey all.

For some reason or another, people actually read this. I've yet to really figure out why, but ...

I don't have much to say today, but thought I'd check in and let you all know that I'm alive.

I went out with Jasper last night. We went to the Icon in Buffalo to check out a band. Ended up checking out two of 'em. They were both very good. I apprecieted the invite and that they took care of my cover. I've never been to a bar before where I was on "the list." You know when you go someplace and there's always some pretentios looking person going - "I'm supposed to be one the list!" Well, I was that person ... minus the pretentiousness.

Anyway, Left of Oblivion and Standard of Living ... both very good local bands. By local I mean Buffalo. Some in Lockport might not call that local, but we are all in this together in WNY. Buffalo is one of us fo sho!

Speaking of local bands, Jasper and I are putting on a concert next week at the UAW. Four local bands (all from Lockport) for just $5. Show starts at 7 p.m. and goes til ... 11? There will be cheap beer and pizza. Maybe cheap women if you're lucky. Maybe cheap women who buy you beer and pizza if you're REALLY REALLY lucky.

That's all part of my new side project which I've been somewhat secretive about. I'll spill some of the beans. Can't spill all of 'em. Not here. You want to know the rest? email me. I might tell ya. :)

Anyway, I've been working with local bands for "The Interview" and now for this concert that Joe and I are doing - (we want to do one a month, BTW, so expect another in May).- and I'm working on a website that allows me to promote bands, both with booking and PR, etc.

Western New York has such a great music scene and I love music. I just want to get involved. As such All WNY Music was born. A website and more details will be forthcoming. But for now, enjoy the concert and the interviews on WLVL.

Looking for a band to play a party? a picnic? a barbeque? You name it, I can find it for you. Want more details? Let me know. I'll work the network.

Other than that, not much going on ... oh ... except.

I got a friggin' speeding ticket last night. 62 in a 40. Ouch. I think I'm going to plead not guilty and go for a reduction. Any advice? I have until April 14th to decide. 62 in a 40. On New Road in Amherst. There's NOTHING THERE!!! Why is the speed limit 40 miles per hour?

One more thing real quick. Went to the dentist yesterday. It's a new dentist so I had to fill out medical paperwork. It was asking about medication that people take ... do you take ... aspirin ... muscle relaxants ... inhaler ... alcohol or cocaine ... errrr, what? Alcohol or cocaine. That's one question. So I had to say yes. But I felt real dirty doing it. Why the hell would alcohol and cocaine be one question? Weird. The dentist said that's just the way the form is. And everyone asks why it's worded as such.

Alright. I'm out. Later.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Poor Bob ...

I got an email today informing me that Bob Rooney updated his crappy web site. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. But apparently, it included a little something about me. Aw, Bob. How thoughtful.

"I was talking with one of our city leaders a couple months ago and he was telling me how one member of the local media had taken to airing nasty smears against me over the radio."

A couple months ago ... the LAST time Rooney updated pieceofcrap.com, I was complaining about his shady fundraising efforts. Mr. Rooney is claiming that it costs him $4,000 to run his web site for a year. And unfortunately, people were buying into it, but according to his new post (click here for the whole thing), his fundraising efforts are flailing.

While I'm not typically one to stand in the way of someone elses success, if that success depends on the fleecing of people who don't know any better, I'm happy to stand in his way.

Of course, Mr. Rooney will paint this as David and Goliath ... and of course I'm Goliath. (Just like Congressman Tom Reynolds constantly tells people that he won't come on my show cause I'm mean to him.) But back to Rooney. When his website only sucked 1/2 as much, his postings were daily smears of the Sullivan administration and the Democrats in the county legislator.

Rooney can lie in the bed he made. He just can't lie to the public anymore without getting called out.

Sorry, Bob. Your free reign is over. But I'll have a pity party for you.

Poor Bob.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Spring fever ...

Blogging was on my list of things to do for the day. I don't want you all to think that I've disappeared or stopped blogging ... but I've noticed that some people have ... if you're reading this, you know who you are ... RJ ...

Despite my lack of blogging, people keep checking it out. That's good, I think.

The reason I've been writing so infrequently lately, by the way, is that these side projects are consuming all my free time. And I have less free time, too, cause I've been picking up shifts at my part time job so that I might be less poor some day.

I Gazelled two miles this morning in 21 minutes. that's almost six miles per hour. Might not seem like a big deal, but it's a pretty good pace. I wanted to get another mile or two in this afternoon, but instead Jackie and I went for a walk out in Amherst on the bike path that runs along Tonawanda Creek Road. It was so nice out.

Apparently, though, we burned too many calories, cause we both had a craving for ice cream ... so we went to MarLyn's Eatery on Saunders Settlement. 99 cent cones, baby!

And to make matters worse (or better?) we're having burgers for dinner. Maybe I should Gazelle some more, huh?

Watched the end of the Sabres game. They rock. We took the lead wth 4.6 seconds left in the game. Man, that's demoralizing for Philly. Good for them.

I see Phyllis Greene is back in the news again for her absence. Been there done that. I wrote that story four years ago. And the people keep electing her. They get the representation they deserve.

I know I had more I wanted to mention, but my mind is blank. Oh well. I'll think of it later ... when I'm no where near a computer.

So ... have fun. Talk to you later.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Please don't call me Bob Rooney ...

My appologies for not posting to the blog in a while. A couple of side projects that I'm working on have got me very distracted. Unfortunately, they probably will for a while. Fortunately, they're really cool. Unfortunately, I can't tell you about them ... at least not yet.

Some catching up ...

I thought Jason Wilhelm sounded real good on "The Interview" yesterday. The best part was the way he blew through the songs. Got six done in the 22 minutes we had together.

The Faso interview from Thursday, however, was a bit disappointing. It reminds me why I don't have guests on all the time. He didn't say much different from when he was on two months ago. Oh well. We'll check in with him again, for sure. Just not so soon. Or maybe not for so long.

That being said, I'm having another Interview guest back after a short while and it should be interesting.

You may recall that the first Interview was actually with my daughter, Emily. I interviewed her about a "childrens book" she had read for me. The book was called "Help Mom, There are Liberals Hiding Under The Bed," by Katherine DeBrecht. It went well and then I took Emily's take on it to interview Miss DeBrecht.

Well, she's got a new book out, "Help Mom, Hollywood is in the Hamper," so I had Emily read it again and I interviewed her again. That will air on Monday (along with the old Emily interview so you can catch up). And then I interview DeBrecht again on Thursday. Looking forward to it.

The First Amendment bit from Thursday still shocks me. I understand not knowing all of it. But you should at least know, "free speech, press, and religion." I was really disappointed in Joe Public.

Rooney finally did a real update of his page. Some fun stuff. The most telling thing is that he continues to collect money in his absence. I don't get it. I had to scream and shout to collect $250 for the Polar Bear swim (and $50 came from one person), which is a good cause. Rooney just types a couple stories here and there (or doesn't, rather) and people send him $3,000?!?!?!? Color me lost.

I was driving down Main Street last night and saw this ...



In case you don't know what you're seeing, that's garbage in front of the County's Social Services Building on a Friday night. Why is that a big deal? Because the city is allegedly cracking down on garbage violations ... and who's violating? None other than Niagara County. Hmm. Very interesting.

That's it for now.

I'm going to shuffle off to Buffalo to do some drinking and listen to a live band or two. Then tomorrow I'm goin' in the lake. *sigh* I'm really not looking forward to that part. But the rest of the day (bus ride, drinking, debauchery) ... that'll all be fun.

Til next time, I'm Scott Leffler. Actually even after next time, I'll still be Scott Leffler.