I lost count of how many times I was told to “Get out of here” after college. “Here,” in this example, means Buffalo. People always acted so militant about it. “Get out of here, you won’t find a job, trust me.” Wait. I won’t? Then what are you still doing here? That phrase was thrown at me most during my senior year of high school, when all I wanted to do was go to college and party. Later, I decided that I would be open to moving away if something opened up. Since I graduated, I’ve enjoyed living in the City of Buffalo. A number of my friends have moved away; some love it their new surroundings, some miss home.
This thread was created on Two Bills Drive, a fan forum for the Bills. I am going to play Devil’s Advocate and stay neutral over the divided opinions. I will say that the responses to the original question are very interesting. Almost everyone who has moved describes how much they miss Buffalo for the food, the people, and the Bills and Sabres. Some people want to come home, others are glad they moved and allowed themselves the opportunity to experience new places and all the things that come with it. Everyone who has stayed seems to defend their decision by claiming the weather’s intensity is overexaggerated and they feel Buffalo is simply the right place for them. How can either side be wrong if they’re happy with where they are currently?
Perhaps personal perception is the key. I have several friends in New York City. Some love it. Some hate it. The tipster that sent us the thread link noted that “The pain and the passion in the exchanges is remarkable.” And I think you’ll agree. What is it about Buffalo?
Have you moved? What’s good or bad about it? If you stayed, why?