Today, I did a lot (and I do mean a LOT of walking). It being the first Saturday of the month, I did not have my usual game group and Ben's off to visit his parents. So I decided I was going to do something I have not done in a long time - well, two somethings, although it's been longer on the first instead of the second.
I was watching "Titanic" for the 80 billionth time the other day and it reminded me - I kept meaning to go down to Forest Lawn
and find Edward Austin Kent's grave. For those of you not familiar with Mr. Kent, he was an architect
who moved to Buffalo at the end of the Civil War. He was part of a writer's group that included Colonel Archibald Gracie
and assisted Helen Churchill Candee into lifeboat 6 before losing his life.
I had done some research after watching "Titanic" when it was first released and knew had a headstone somewhere in Forest Lawn. However, I had no idea where. Today I decided to go find the grave. Unfortunately, by the time I was able to catch buses down to the cemetery, the main office had closed. So I figured I'd just try and find the grave anyway. Now, I honestly didn't expect to just wander and find it as Forest Lawn is HUGE. But I figured I'd get some exercise and if nothing else, I'd go visit Millard Fillmore's grave, as I knew where that was located. Once I got into the cemetery, I just wandered in whatever direction felt "right". Imagine my surprise when I actually happened across said grave! I sat for awhile (partially due to needing to stop walking for a bit, partially out of sheer surprise I found the headstone), picked up some garbage around the grave and then walked over to President Fillmore's grave site. Total walking time: a little over 1 and a half hours.
Afterwards, I caught another bus down to where the Taste of Buffalo
is. Now, they moved locations a few years ago (I don't remember when, exactly) and I haven't been since they moved. The location is very nice - instead of it being along one street, it goes around a square, so there's plenty of places to sit and eat as opposed to trying to find a corner to wedge yourself into and hope you aren't jostled to death. I decided to say "to hell with the diet" and had the following: Rouladen, a crab cake & bruschetta combo, Sabzi Pakora, Chicken Makhani with Basmati Rice, Strawberry Shortcake (mostly the strawberry part as the biscuits were super dense and rather bleah), Machiatto Cheesecake, a tasting of wines and a couple of berry wine coolers. Except for the strawberry shortcake, everything was mega tasty and very filling. Most of the portions were actually fairly small - like 1 individual rouladen, 1 small-sized crab cake, etc. Except for the strawberry shortcake (comprised mostly of the giant dense bleah biscuits) from the sponsor of the festival. Their other option, which I did not get, was Seasoned Steak, Bacon Cheddar Cheese or Chili Cheese PLUS Pasta Fiesta Salad, Delmonte Fruit Naturals AND Carrot Sticks. That is a heck of a lot of food for 7 tickets. The shortcake was only 3. :) So I spent about 25 bucks (mostly cause the booze was also 7 tickets at $.50 a ticket), heard some horrendous cover bands, ate some great food and had a good time. Then I went home and took a nap. :) Tomorrow I go back to trying to keep to about 1500 calories a day.