Thursday, May 17, 2001

JayceLand's Weekly Rochester Events #123: Years Since We Last Saw Helen's Ash

Ok, first off the first picture. I've had this basketball net in my yard since I got the house -- it was on the garage but I immediately took it down. Flash forward to the other day, when I thought I'd make it into a little social experiment.

I put an envelope on the net with a twist-tie through a piece of tape that said, "For Sale $5. Please put money in envelope and put envelope on the porch." It wasn't attached well but it hadn't blown off between the morning when I put it out and when I got home. Well, while I'm off abusing myself, this person stops by, apparently reads the envelope, then takes off with the net. So that's the picture. Either society failed, the tape failed, or the twist-tie did. Oh, or they'll be back later with some money. We'll see.

As for abusing myself, I found out that my pictures of The Purrs will probably not be used in The City paper for the story on them. I was kind of bummed ... they apparently hired a portrait photographer. Hopefully they won't go the route of making a gritty up-and coming all-girl band into some bubblegum pop icon with some campy shots ... but I digress.

Basically, I came within about three inches of my life on Tuesday.

All bummed out, I decided to see if there was a way to go straight across the meanders in the Canal Path around Pittsford. I figured I could get off the path near Schoen onto Route 31, head to Ayrault, and see if I could make it the quarter mile to the Erie Canal where Ayrault turns into Aldrich. I ended up missing the turn at Schoen so I took the canal all the way to Ayrault, then to Aldrich, then tried to get to the Canal through the woods.

Well, you can't do it. Not unless you want to cross a swamp. I spent about 20 minutes following a little trail only to end up trecking through a new housing development and back out onto Aldrich about 100 feet from where I started. Doh! My other option was to try Lyndon road about a quarter mile from the end and take the bridge across the canal to the side where the trail is.

Well, you can't do that either. They've got the bridge across the canal all taken apart. So, I turned around and headed back home. Mind you this was already a 16 mile trek out so I was pretty beat, especially handling the hills on Ayrault (huff huff huff wee huff huff huff wee, etc.) Oh, and this is important: I was wearing sunglasses with plastic lenses that have gotten kind of foggy over the past couple years. I didn't think much of it although it was hard to see into the sun, wherein lies the problem ... also that I had missed the turn earlier.

See, just after I passed the canal where I had entered Ayrault earlier, I got to go down another steep hill so I figured I'd haul ass and see how fast I could go. I could see pretty well down the street with the sun in my eyes, but when I entered the shadow of a tree, my vision cleared and I realized I was going 35 miles per hour straight at a pile of branches.

Ten feet in front of me.

Fortunately, I managed to swerve in time and just miss by 3 inches. That was a rush. Anyway, I crawled my way back home, exhausted after a 29 mile ride. Whew. I'll be ready for that Corporate Challenge yet. (You can ride bikes, right?)

Oh yeah, and the second picture -- it's what Highland Park looked like on Mother's Day. Basically, it looked the same as the Lilac Festival except without it being the Lilac Festival and without any form of traffic control.

Stealing a basketball hoop Society, tape, or a twist-tie fails the test as this person takes the basketball net without paying for it
Highland Park, Mother's Day 2001 Highland Park on Mother's Day

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  • Angel Eyes - A cop must reconcile her tragic past before trying to proceeed in a relationship with a guy with a similarly tragic past. I swear, if one of them is back from the dead and doesn't realize it ...
  • Shrek - An evil ruler banishes all the fairy tale characters and an ornery orgre, a smart-ass ass, and a princess must deal with the realities of this world.

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Checked personally by Jayce Tonight at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is the Members-Only Archives Open House from 5 to 8:30. I've been to this before and it's quite a fascinating tour to see all the behind the scenes stuff.

Checked personally by Jayce The Mondo Exploito series of movies continues at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) with I Was a Teenage Frankenstein starting at 8. The tag line says it all: "Body of a Boy! Mind of a Monster! Soul of an unearthly Thing!"

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Mountain Mojo, the really excellent Astronomical Unit and Flava Country starting around 10:45. It should be a really groovy show. Really groovy.

Checked personally by Jayce I haven't heard of Beachbob before but he/they is/are at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30. If you're reading this sentence, it means I didn't find out if this was one of Will's lame surf-pop picks.

Checked personally by Jayce Today at 8:30 and at various times through the weekend is Kevin Burke with Keith Lenart and Ralph Tetta at the Milestone's of the comedy world, Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.) Check out their website for more details ... it looks like this one could be a good show.

If worse comes to worse (whatever that means) you can always see, hear, and/or otherwise participate in Karaoke with Sugar Bear at Drinks by Mary Dawn (535 S. Clinton) starting around 10:30.

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Checked personally by Jayce If you're not trying to kill me, I might be having dinner at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) Check out the Fish Mail for the special rolls this week.

Checked personally by Jayce Lilac Festival begins today.

Tonight's best venue pick is The Roof of The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) with the colorfully named Face in a Jar starting around 10:15. Of course you'll have to fight through the Lilac Downtown Alive at Five outside with The Park Avenue Band, Brass Taxi and Atlas from 5 to 11.

This evening at the Lilac Festival is Derelict Brew at 5 and 11 Foot Seven at 7 at the Lilac Stage near Highland and South.

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Fly the flag today.Armed Forces Day

Checked personally by Jayce O'Bagelo's, 165 State Street, noon.

Tonight at the remarkably cliquey The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Ember Swift with Michelle Austin Band starting around 10:45. I have a feeling this will be a good show, but I don't know why.

O'er at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) is The Hi-Risers starting around 10:30.

Listed under Funk in Freetime Magazine is Sanja Royal and Melanie Post at Java's (16 Gibb St.) I would guess they start earlier ... eight, maybe?

Probably the preferred pick for the evening would be Jomama and The Soultrane with South Central at Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) starting around 10:30.

If you ever wanted to check it out but were afraid to ask, The Sugar Bear and Meghan will be at Elixir (938 South Clinton Ave.) doing their Karaoke thing.

For the venue of venues, assuming the weather holds, Uncle Plum will be on the Roof Deck of The Centers at High Falls (60 Brown's Race) tonight starting around 10. Like last night you'll have to fight again -- this time through The Lilac Country Concert with Ricochet, Richard Marx, Marshall Dyllon and Josie Waverly from 5 to 11.

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In case you're not seeing Sting, The Big Hair Reunion with the unstoppable Sluts will be at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) tonight starting sometime between 7 and 10:30, I guess.

If the weather is nice and you want to head out to the lake, the party-bar Pelican's Waterfront (566 River St.) will be hosting Perfect World from 4:30 to 8:30.

Checked personally by Jayce I finally did get to talk with Sugar Bear and apparently The Blue Room (293 Alexander St.) lost their entertainment license for a while. Karaoke should return in a couple more weeks, though.

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Trivia Quiz continues at The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) I've keep going and we still haven't won. We've been within a couple questions of winning, but so has everyone else.

If you're up for it, Johnny's Smoke Free Bar (1382 Culver Rd.) will have a DJ playing Barenaked Ladies tunes.

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As of a few weeks ago, Java's (16 Gibb Street) still has open mic poetry downstairs starting around 9:30.

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Shrek will be shown at Theater on the Ridge (200 West Ridge Rd.) at 8. This is a special screening for Kodak employees and their friends and families. Ask around if you really want to see it.

I stopped by Richmond's (21 Richmond St.) last week, and apparently The Eastman Jazzmen 3 are not devoid of ego. The bartender said they left the TV's on last week for the hockey game and the band decided to not come back this week. Perhaps (hopefully) we'll see them at another bar. In the mean time, Richmond's falls from grace as a good bar for music.

Weekly karaoke contest with Sugar Bear, at Comix Cafe (3450 Winton Pl.)
 
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