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Hello Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Evan meets Dr. Sanjay Gupta at UB on March 26, 2014.

Evan meets Dr. Sanjay Gupta at UB on March 26, 2014.

Natalie and Caroline meet Dr. Sanjay Gupta who said to do something everyday that scares you.

Natalie and Caroline meet Dr. Sanjay Gupta who said to do something everyday that scares you.

The best advice that Sanjay Gupta has ever received is to do something everyday that scares you. He knows it doesn’t always work out; “you might get fired from your job and the girl might say no but just give it a go.” He went on to say that we should try to become comfortable with pushing our limits and in forcing ourselves to become familiar with unfamiliar situation. That is the best way to get to know yourself.

Dr. Gupta talked about his mixing medicine and media. He still works as a neurosurgeon each week and still preforms surgery.  His first TV experience was scary, “which meant it was perfect for me.” He admits to not being very good on camera until his wife suggested he talk to the camera like it is a patient with the same words and expressions. Media and medicine are alike in many ways. They both require constant homework, both have the potential to improve and lengthen people’s lives, and both have credibility. He related how, on assignment for CNN in Afghanistan, he was called, in very primitive conditions, to save a life of a Marine whom had just been shot in his head was going to die. Dr. Gupta switched roles and immediately utilized a tent pitching drill and a sterile IV bag to remove the bullet from the soldier’s skull. Six months later, back in the United States, Dr. Gupta tracked down this marine, and they met again– in a poignant moment, while the Marine and his family thanked Dr Gupta for saving his life. When you have to save a life, you save a life.” Dr Gupta said later of his priority at the moment.  He added a fun fact: profession with the highest trust rate is nurses with 89%, doctors 69% and politicians 8%.

Much appreciation to UB for bringing in the good doctor for us to hear and be inspired. He was happy to pose for pictures and was fit and trim with a beaming smile to boot.

 

Sing Me Something Irish

My dad wasn't going to sing this song when his daughters were growing up but now since we are older "what the heck."

My dad wasn’t going to sing this song when his daughters were growing up since our mother would not allow those kind of songs sung, but now since we are older “what the heck.”

Folks, if you are lucky to grow up with loving father of Irish decent, you no doubt heard him sing the songs “Danny Boy” and “Irish Eyes Are Smiling” countless times. But there are a lot of Irish songs and ballads out there that I have never heard. So, I decided to ask my dad to sing me an Irish song that I don’t know…he joked that my mom would never allow it. Oh what the heck dad – go ahead- let me hear just one. Here we go – The Lady in Red song by my dad – Dr. Joseph Mattimore.

The actually words to the “Lady on Red’ – my dad was pretty close.

‘Twas a cold winter’s evening,
The guests were all leaving,
O’Leary was closing the bar,
When he turned round and said
To the lady in red,
“Get out, you can’t stay where you are!”

She shed a sad tear in her bucket of beer
As she thought of the cold night ahead,
When a gentleman dapper stepped out of the crapper
And these are the words that he said:

“Her mother never told her
The things a young girl should know,
About the ways of college men
And how they come and go.
Age has taken her beauty,
Sin has left its sad scar,
But remember your sisters and mothers, boys,
And let her sleep under the bar.

Celebrating the Ladies

In this past year, I have enjoyed, relished, appreciated the simple joy of enjoying a meal with some lovely ladies in my life. Friendship and laughter go hand and hand. A beautifully set table with flowers are an added finishing touch. Chances are a question is asked (advice on something, goal for each person, summary of the past season etc) and setting aside an intentional time to get together is really the best memory we can keep in our memory bank. Don’t make it a fundraiser! Good golly we all get invited to too many of those. Maybe it’s a birthday, engagement, or simply a “let’s do lunch” invitation – time together is the best medicine in enjoying life. Cheers my friends- Cheers!

Check out his fabulous menu at the Saturn Club in Buffalo. Fillet of beef with mushrooms, vegetables and greens. Notice the flowers and cookies.

Check out his fabulous menu at the Saturn Club in Buffalo. Fillet of beef with mushrooms, vegetables and greens. Notice the flowers and cookies. This was certainly a ‘die for” lunch but why wait – enjoy the company of your lady friends.

Hosting a gathering in your home is one way to get your to clean and adds a personal touch and comfort level.

Hosting a gathering in your home is one way to get your house clean and adds a personal touch and comfort level.

Fuss a little. Pull out the wedding gifts. Cheers to our friends and family. Life is so busy. Pause. Enjoy each other's company.

Fuss a little. Pull out the wedding gifts. Cheers to our friends and family. Life is so busy. Pause. Enjoy each other’s company.

 

 

Chill Buffalo

Chill Buffalo owner Anton Wopperer and manager Carolyn Ehmann.

Chill Buffalo owner Anton Wopperer and manager Carolyn Ehmann.

Chances are you would not have selected this winter to open a frozen yogurt shop. But on January 24, 2014 – Chill Buffalo opened at 2860 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. Owners Anton and Lisa Wopperer had the gumption to research all the ins and outs of the frozen yogurt business and decided they had the courage and the spirit to open their own shop. They could have gone with the tried and true franchises but realized they could localize the whole operation. Whoa, that’s a lot of work. Selecting the logo, colors, the furniture, lighting, tiles, flavors, toppings, menu; that’s a lot of decisions. Perry’s is the local distributor of the yogurt. Anton also owns a commercial roofing business so don’t expect him to have any free time this summer. He and his wife are also parents to 3 lively kids. It’s a great place to go after a sports game. Tonight I enjoyed a toasted coconut and carmel sea salt twist combo with chocolate sauce and a variety of nuts. The blue polka dot cups filled with the good stuff were averaging about 3 to 4 dollars each. Chill man. I was chilling and digging. I know we are have been chilling a lot this winter but this chilling was in a comfortable white chair and I was digging into all the tasty flavors.

Manager Carolyn Ehmann helps a fellow Allegheny College graduate how the yogurt flows.

Manager Carolyn Ehmann helps a fellow Allegheny College graduate how the yogurt flows. Carolyn is friendly and professional and so is her customer. Go Gators.

Another look at the blue tile. A unique look found at Chill Buffalo.

Another look at the blue tile. A unique look found at Chill Buffalo. Not a franchise. A look the owners created.

 

 

Ambush Makeover

In Ambush Makeover, producers search for a lucky lady to re-do who is kind and giving with no time for herself. This lovely lady typically has not kept her appearance up because she is too busy giving to others in need. The loved ones are always surprised when the selected lady appears with fashionable clothes, highlighted hair and beautifully applied make up. As a special treat, today we have selected 2 very lucky ladies indeed. Rory, a 3 year old pedigree standard white poodle and Lucy Marie, a 1 year old cockapoo. Both ladies have neglected their looks during this long cold winter and have not properly brushed their coat. They had other things to do; for instance– barking at the mail carrier. Let me present to you the before and after pictures of the lucky ladies.

Rory and Lucy Marie age 3 and 1 neglected their beautiful coats due to the long and dismal winter.

Rory and Lucy Marie age 3 and 1 neglected their beautiful coats due to the long and dismal winter.

After a lovely day in the poodle salon, the ladies are cleaned and brushed and waiting for Spring weather.

After a lovely day in the poodle salon (aka Petsmart), the ladies are cleaned and brushed and waiting for Spring weather. Rory immediately removes her bows upon exiting salon. Please accept out apology, she is not a bow dog.