Tonawanda News


June 5, 2013

DUVALL: On running, with dogs and otherwise

Tonawanda News — A random assortment of thoughts have filled my brain today. You get them in no particular order:

Marathons have been in the news quite a bit lately but the Buffalo Marathon — in which I had several friends running — got me again this year.

Every year I seem to forget they close down my street for several hours that Sunday morning. And though I’m far from a morning person, every year I seem to get stuck in my house unable to leave.

Such was the case again this year when my Sunday morning softball game was nearly missed. I’ve never wanted or needed a helicopter more. Thankfully I was able to hoof it a few blocks and catch a ride with a teammate to the diamond. 

Congratulations to all those who trained and completed the 26.2-mile run. And congratulations, also, to the hearty Buffalonians who threw a big party at the corner of my street, beers in one hand, noisemakers in the other, cheering on the runners at 9:30 a.m.

In Buffalo, there really is any excuse for the party.


Speaking of running, I’ve noticed an uptick in people who jog with their dogs. 

An observation: The dogs always appear exponentially happier to be running than their owners.


Starting to wonder when the NT Democrats are going to announce their candidates. Not that I’m in a hurry to get into campaign mode or anything, trust me.

One of my favorite election season rites of passage: The North Tonawanda-off. Candidates trip over themselves in interviews to note the number of generations that have called the Lumber City home.  I once had a candidate profess ancestry living here before North Tonawanda was even an incorporated city.

I couldn’t tell you what that has to do with running for a common council seat, but whatever makes you feel good.

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    July 17, 2014

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