The City of Buffalo hosts a free concert on Lafayette Square every Thursday afternoon during the summer. "Thursday at the Square" (or TATS as I will henceforth call it) is a weekly celebration of affordable musical acts, Labatt’s Blue Light, and muffin top. This is not the sort of event I naturally gravitate towards, but now that I have a bike, I’m willing to expand my horizons. Activities involving large crowds are so much less annoying when you can easily coast in and (more importantly) out, without dealing with parking or public transportation. I heart my bike.
Let’s explore the strange, and wonderful world of TATS, shall we? The following is a step-by-step guide to your Thursday at the Square experience.
Step 1: Acquire beer. This can be accomplished at one of the fifty thousand beer stands.
The City of Buffalo makes it nearly impossible to stay sober on Thursday afternoon. I’m sure that the easy availability of refreshing Blue Light is a large part of TATS’s success, but come on. Is it really a good idea to get everybody in Buffalo between the ages of 20-32 drunk, ON A SCHOOL NIGHT? No. No, it is not a good idea. It is a fun idea, but still, not good.
Step 2: Begin to observe and mock your fellow Buffalonians. I am a Buffalonian. These are my people. And yet……I must make fun. How am I supposed to resist the urge to mock when faced with cutoffs so short they require a bikini wax? These girls are wearing MATCHING COWBOY BOOTS. They are also wearing matching cowboy hats, but for the sake of decency I have chosen not to include their empty, vapid heads in this photograph. Outfits like this make me glad I am thirty and not twenty. TATS is filled to the brim with girls like this, and each one of these ladies baffles my old withered mind.
But let’s not pick on the ladies, because the male Buffalonians have their own set of problems. Sigh. It’s not the belly that I mind, it’s the general disarray surrounding the belly. As far as I can tell, TATS is a man’s world, but this man is carelessly squandering his advantage. On behalf of all the girls in cowboy hats, I find this carelessness troubling. It took those girls a long time to find the right pair of cowboy boots, why don’t you show them that you care by putting on a shirt you didn’t wear to bed last night.
Step 3-5: Repeat Step 1
Step 6: Realize you actually love the cowgirls and the rumple shirt guy. It takes all types to make the world go round- right? Suddenly you are just glad that there is a place for everyone to get together and be themselves. Hell, your outfit isn’t so dynamite either. We are all just doing the best that we can. Buffalo is the BEST.
Step 7: Discover the existence of The Stanley Cup Guy.
I am not the only person in town with hockey fever. The Stanley Cup Guy has found a way to turn our hockey fever into gold. He has taken a large picture of the Stanley Cup and made it into a big stiff poster, which he then sells for $10. As you can see, his Stanley Cup looks pretty good in pictures. There were many people wandering around carrying big fake Stanley Cups- and I pretty much loved these people. Thank you Stanley Cup Guy!
Step 8: Decide you have to pee. This is a sad decision as it leads you to one of the fifty thousand Port-a-Pottys (one Port-a-Potty for every beer stand- it’s NY state law). Eww. Now you are so sorry you drank all that beer.
Step 9: Wait in line for the privilege of using the disgusting Port-a-Potty. This is a devastating step in the process. This is where you begin to imagine peddling away from TATS.
Step 10: Emerge from "toilet" disturbed and desperate to leave TATS.
Step 11: Convince all necessary parties to leave TATS and bike to the trashiest bar in Buffalo, which is conveniently located ten steps away from your apartment.
Step 12: Eat clams casino and drink more beer at trashy bar.
Step 13: Be at home knitting by ten o’clock.
All in all, I would say that Thursday at the Square is a pretty fun afternoon, but I wouldn’t want to go every week. The musical act yesterday was Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, but they were definitely secondary to the fantastic people watching.
A typical Buffalonian enjoying Thursday at the Square:
The following people need bikes: Amelie, Bradley.