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I Am An Insider Here

Something a traveler doesn’t get to experience very often.

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For those who don’t yet have a clear picture of the rites and rituals of Bills Mafia, take a look at this story on The Ringer.

I watched this dude going about his work and was like, man, that’s probably how I look when I’m out working. To get a story like this you need to embrace your outsider status, become a blank slate, and ask all the questions. I can’t do that with the Bills — I’m from WNY, I’m an insider here.

Not being the outsider is one of the things that I appreciate most about coming to these games. It’s something different from how I’m normally positioned, and it’s a good break from continuously being on the fringes.

Outsiders have this social levity about them, they have distance, a lack of expectations — ultimately, they’re irrelevant, and there is a certain freedom in irrelevancy. But insiders have the feeling of being a part of something — which after decades of travel is something you really start to crave every once in a while.

Filed under: Buffalo Bills, New York

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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3656 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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