On Thursday, I went to dinner with my friend, Diana and her sister and brother-in -law. We were met there by a couple of other friends. It was a great time and even though it wasn’t in Philly, I had one of the best cheese steaks ever! Thank you to Bob and Shari for that night out, it was a great time!
I left the Pittsburgh in the middle of he next morning. Since I was headed to Buffalo, it didn’t make sense to back track to Pittsburgh. I figured I would spend the entire rest of the day in Buffalo and the next day, go up to Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, that is not what happened. Yes, I made it to Buffalo. I even had done some research and discovered a permit was needed along with photo IDs. I didn’t realize a passport photo was necessary. Of course, everyone I know just happens to carry one on them all the time. The lady told me there was concession stand or something, that has a camera “sometimes” to take a picture. It would make more sense to me Buffalo, to have a camera there and charge $24.50 for the permit instead of $10.50 and running around. That is just my opinion. It was Friday night and I knew I had to get out somewhere. I called the Niagara Falls clerk and got info for there.
It was 3:20 and I was in Buffalo. City Hall in Niagara Falls, closes at 4pm. She told me I wouldn’t make it. I had to try! I was almost there and GPS cut out on me at a critical moment and I got lost for about 10 minutes. I was kinda hoping when the woman heard the desperation in my voice, she would wait a little bit past 4. I got there at 4:06 and the janitor was already cleaning the office and everyone was gone, 6 lousy minutes! She did warn me though, they close promptly at 4pm. So I walked pitifully back to the van and had to think.
It was still kinda of early, so I thought I would head to Rochester, NY. It is relatively close by, so I went for it. They have a “Best Busker” contest in April, so I figured it would be a good stop. I actually didn’t play Friday night. I just couldn’t find a place that I felt safe in. My friend Ed told me to go to the pier by the Lake Erie. I got there and found I couldn’t play there because of a live band. So I just hung out right there. I saw a beautiful moon rise, followed by the sun the next morning, when I was awakened by the sweet songs of the seagulls! A good ending to a night followed by a great start!
What brought me to Rochester was a blog entry I read http://www.erogerscello.com/1/category/busking/1.html I wanted to go to the Rochester Open Market. I got there very early- 7:30am and it was already packed. Parking is free- if you can find it. Fortunately, It didn’t take long. The rules are exactly as E. Rogers said it was- 1. You must sign in and out. 2. Only a 2 hour spot, once a day, and 3. 3 buskers at a time. I was playing my first hour in what I thought was a good spot. I was doing okay. Another busker, waiting to play, came up and told me to move right into the middle of the people. There was a bracket there and it was a great spot, no doubt. I did better there and I was grateful for him telling me. He even threw in a dollar! When my time was up, I decided to just head out to Albany. I wanted to be in a place early enough on a Saturday night in hopes of an awesome night! After tonight, I will be in New England. I am looking forward to that!