Buch, all over the map

It’s time for my views and observations from around the valley.

So, as the old movie line goes: Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

City of Dayton leaders

I know we had other pressing issues – not sure what those were – and some are being replaced, but can the men and women in uniform who protect and serve the City of Dayton please, please drive something a little better-looking, and safer, than 15-year-old police cruisers that look ghetto?

My parents would call an old car a jalopy, my generation, a “hooptie.” Today’s kids would refer to it as a “beater,” but whatever term you use, if you can’t replace them now, how about “better get Maaco”?

The hoods of the automobiles have no paint; that’s so embarrassing. What is the hold up?

Or maybe it’s the city’s way of thinking, “Well, we do have some poor neighborhoods, so this fits right in.”

Come on already! How about I buy a couple cases of white spray paint? Anything would look better.

This one is an #epicfail.

Dale Huffman is back

After some recent health issues, one of which was very recent, it was good to see former Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman back among the living.

Dale entertained and informed a group of folks at Wright State University while accepting the Dayton Daily’s Living Legend Award. I’m told Dale was his old self, telling war stories of his 50 years in the business. The crowd left laughing and crying. He’s still got it. Keep on keeping on, my long-time friend.

This traffic report brought to you by Buch

Now, I’ve complained about this before, but here we go again.

Who in their right mind set the traffic signal pattern on Main Street at I-75? Was this in an office in Columbus? Or from a skyscraper in Manhattan? Regardless, it doesn’t work.

There is no reason whatsoever to stop at every light from Miami Boulevard to the I-75 northbound entrance ramp. It seems to me it’s set for rush hour, but rush hour is just that: an hour.

And for hundreds of thousands of vehicles. We don’t have that here!

They are all timed so you don’t have a continuous green light, which makes no sense – because if you’re trying to master traffic flow, it ain’t working.

Is there anyone in power that can do a traffic study? Or, better yet, can the out-of-towners who designed this disaster pay us a visit? Does anyone else feel my pain?

Random kid comments

It’s funny to see lots of people my age and older discovering Facebook. They’re so proud when they can master the social media sharing site, but what’s even funnier is how kids’ parents hate that kids can see their Facebook comments and pictures. It’s a great way to keep an eye on them. That is, of course, if they’ll “friend” you.

So, just to stay one step ahead, kids are smarter than you think.

Here’s a recent conversation with my 14-year-old daughter.

ME: Hey haven’t seen you on Facebook recently. Do you have nothing going on in your life to share to the masses?

DAUGHTER: Dad, Facebook is so 2012.

ME: 2012? Wow! Am I behind.

You see, when they know you’re spying, they move to the next technology, hoping you won’t figure it out. It’s Vine, Snapchat, Instagram and others.

Guess I need to go back to the drawing board.

Festival time coming up

It is amazing how time flies.

Here we are in the middle of August, school is starting (YES!) and one of the biggest festival weekends is right around the corner. Always the weekend after Labor Day, the Greeks and Italians pull out all the stops.

First, the Italian Fall Festa kicks off Friday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. through Sunday at 8 p.m.

It’s a wonderful weekend of Italian music, food and beverages, all on the spacious, shaded grounds of Bella Villa on County Line Road near The Greene. Admission is always free.

At almost at the exact same time, the Greek Festival takes place – with music, dancing, food and fun at the Greek Orthodox Church next to the Dayton Art Institute. Admission is $2.

This really is my most favorite time of the year, especially with the kids back in school. (Oh, did I already mention that?)

Well, see you all next week. In the meantime, I’m going to figure out this Snapchat deal if it kills me.



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