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January 24, 2014

ADAMCZYK: Off-balance is the new balance

Tonawanda News — With the possible exception of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his ability to parallel-park a camera-assisted Buick (that’s him in those television commercials), I am not someone with a lot of envy in him. It bothers me sometimes that, at age 37 and the grand old man of football, Manning could be my son, but that’s another story, with no envy in it.

You may not grow wise as you grow old, but like it or not, you gain perspective, and despite being parked on Buffalo’s northern border all my life, instead of wandering the world looking for SMERSH agents or something, I’ve somehow obtained my share.

I watch the generation or two younger than I, in search of opportunity, and smile blessedly. They think they’re worthy of opportunity, first of all, and will exhaust many methods of obtaining it. (Somehow I feel like much of my formal schooling was dedicated to simply making me employable on Buffalo’s northern border. Never being one to allow school to interfere with my education, I’m convinced you gotta fight for your right to learn things.)

Having a full-time job was something of a status symbol where I came from. Show up on time, do the work, walk away, come back tomorrow. Steady, predictable stuff. I didn’t starve, but rarely heard the knock of any opportunity.

The employed and semi-employed with whom I consort these days do not live like that. Three part-time projects are preferable to one retirement-track job, as well as more interesting, less by-the-book and more likely to provide a “big break,” as they say. They tend not to be able to tell success from failure, triumph from disaster and “tend to treat those two imposters just the same,” as Kipling wrote.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

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  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

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  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

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  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

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