Today I planned on doing something I would normally do. Go off on some solo adventure. I don't know if it is because I'm an only child or the fact that I just do what I do, join me or not. I'm good either way.
Anyways I went to trivia and I was telling my friends about this show I was going to see after trivia. I tried to explain the band and they looked at me like, cool enjoy. It was funny because I wasn't really sure what to expect of the show as I had only seen one of thier videos and thought it was a joke.
So our team name was "Turquoise Jeep" named after the band I was about to see. There was another team in the audience called "Teal SUV." Eventually a guy came to our table and said "who's riding the jeep?" Hesitantly I said "me." He was so excited and guaranteed I would enjoy it. He was disappointed to know that my friends were not joining me. Long of the short he had two extra tickets and my friend Bilal decided to join me. I was excited to have someone experience this with me. With some of the group member names being Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamcallit. It would be a new and interesting experience for both of us.
The show was entertaining! Their tracks are... well one of their songs is called "Lemme Smang it" so I'll let you be the judge. We had a good time and if I'm being honest I think we were excited to see a few more black people in Spokane.
After the show we went to take pictures with them. As I do when I meet most people asked "where are y'all from?" They answered various places, Bilal chiming in he was from Jersey and me chiming in saying I'm from NY... Well Buffalo. They said "oh, our DJ is from Buffalo."
Excitedly as we were exiting I exclaimed, "you are from Buffalo? Me too!" He replies "you are not from Buffalo." "What 716" I say. We exchange and I tell him what part of Buffalo I'm from. East Side Humboldt and Wholers area. He laughed and said "oh you're from the hood Ruff Buff" He told me where he was from, Broadway area. To which I say laughingly "oh you're from the other hood." We talked about what High Schools we attended and the year we graduated. He went to McKinley 01', I went to DaVinvi 00'. Our short exchange was awesome we even knew people in common! Ok one person.
This exchange and the event made my night. I've been feeling homesick lately and culturally disconnected. This moment helped to relieve some of that homesickness and bought much joy and gladness to my heart. On my drive home I was grateful for community and relationships built here in WA. And felt closer to home knowing that when I return it is like I never left. I was grateful for Buffalo, I am proud of where I come from, what I've learned and overcome.
I love that no matter culture, socio-economic status, what part of Buffalo or whatever your hometown may be. Home is home and when you meet someone from home you connect on a level that is almost sacred and special.
I miss home, I miss my family and friends and my cute little god babies (actually only one is a baby and one on the way!). I miss the food, the unique culture of Buffalo. However I know that I can always come home and when I do it is always just what I need.