Monday, May 4, 2009

Niagara Falls, it's really not that far....

Trixie in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls is spectacular! The trip on Maid-of-the-Mist, right in the middle of the falls, consumes every sense! The sight, sound, and feel of water on you is so powerful, that you cannot think of anything else.

You are reminded of presence, of where you are, at that moment. You don't think of the dozens of little things you have to do (like update a blog), the minutia of everyday life, or past stupidity.

You are at the base of Niagara Falls...and nothing else matters!

I tried to think WHY this spot was a honeymoon capital? Maybe it was Marilyn Monroe? I think it's that feeling of presence. Being at the Falls, at that moment, is a wonderful way to start your marriage! You're in love, everything is going well, you're filled with positive energy and joy in your life, and the falls brings you right into that moment.

Maybe a little souvenir can bring you right back to that moment twenty-five years later....

Twenty-five years later, when you find out that your husband has been cheating on you with your best friend, this little plate will remind you of your honeymoon, back to a time when you loved the fucking prick.
Then, you can throw it at him.

Good or bad, things change....

Economically, Niagara Falls enjoyed a time of great prosperity, but now, love aside, this is the REAL Niagara Falls, New York.

The cheap electrical power from the falls drove industry in Niagara. Chemical companies sprang up all over Niagara county....Years later, the chemicals were dumped in residential neighborhoods and left citizens with Love Canal.

From wikipedia about Niagara Falls:

"The city's importance declined in the later half of the 20th century for several reasons, perhaps the most devastating being corrupt government, high wages for blue collar workers in comparison to other areas of the country, strength of unions, and high taxes. Goods which had previously been cheap to produce in Niagara Falls could now be produced far cheaper elsewhere. Another major toll was suburban migration, a national trend at the time. The city, which once boasted well over 100,000 people at its peak, has seen its population decline by some 50%, as industries shut down and people left for the employment opportunities of the South and West.

Slow progress is now being made however to bring a new era of economic prosperity to the City of Niagara Falls and the rest of Niagara County. Local and state government officials are beginning to embrace the physical and cultural advantages that the Niagara region naturally possesses — whether speaking of the Niagara Gorge, burgeoning wine trail, historical landmarks, Little Italy Niagara or Niagara Falls itself. This move away from the city's industrial past to embrace a more sustainable tourism-based economy has led the city to reinvent itself in recent years."

Sound familiar?

What Niagara Falls does NOT have, though, are all those pesky New York- Manhattan-weekend types! Buying up real estate and restoring houses with THEIR OWN money! And paying taxes!

Damn them.

If anyone ever gives you any flack for being from downstate, you tell them to go to Niagara Falls, New York. Have them drive around for a while, then they can come back and say something.

If they come back and still have something to say, send them to Buffalo.

Or, just have them talk to me.


Love ya,

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