Weekly Rochester Events #286: That's an Old Sandwich
Thursday, July 1, 2004Ok, so since it's Jan and Shannon's wedding this weekend, I'm calling off our regularly scheduled trip to O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) Not only that, but the place happens to be closed all weekend so there's not much point in going anyway.
I finally have some philosophical crap to spread around ... I was talking with a friend of mine about how I tend to live my life to impress my "future self." I hate the idea of looking back and finding a life wasted, so I kind-of live in fear of a judgmental future-self. While I don't think that'll be the case, I think I'll be happier later if I try and actually do lots of things now. It sort-of works, except that instead of living in the now, it seems I'm living in the tomorrow. Or the 25 years-from-now.
There is something valid about it, though. It seems so wrong to live in a goal-oriented way as is recommended to everyone these days (i.e. basically any seminar about getting your live in order or getting rich quick revolves around the goal-oriented approach.) Through high school and college, there's constant pressure to decide what you're going to do for the rest of your life—as if when you get out into the real world that you are stuck with that decision until you die. From the perspective of the age when you're creating goals it seems to be a valid solution: you set goals for yourself then attempt to reach those goals.
All this breaks down once you actually start living, though. First, you can get trapped trying to meet your goals—all difficulties are to be perceived as obstacles to overcome, whereas your time may be better served by avoiding an obstacle through changing your goals. Worse is that you're living life based on decisions you made in your past. Consider some situation or problem you face today: do you really think that your self ten years ago would have made a better decision than you would today?
Doesn't it then make sense to reevaluate your goals as often as you want? In other words, keep your goals in flux and alive, and constantly assess what you want to do with yourself in the future. As your goals change, adapt and head in a new direction. Every day you're smarter than the day before, so theoretically, who you are right now is always most qualified to make any changes.
Ok, so enough of that.
This past week was a mixed bag. I have largely been wrapped up in my own project related to the wedding: I'm editing the video footage and photographs from the bachelor party into a short film—nothing that most of you will see, so don't even bother asking. It is fun practice to use iMovie (well, the free version that came with the OS, anyway) and QuickTime with my Digital8 camera ... maybe someday I'll take money to do this kind of thing for other people.
I did get out a little bit, though. On Thursday I went to the Fleet Party in the Park at High Falls Festival Site (Browns Race and Commercial St.) and managed to stay for about a half-hour of The Commander Cody Band who do crowd-safe bluesy country-rock. It was also a "Hog Rally" and I was feeling like an outsider mingling with such a group of conformists. On Saturday, I was happy to get to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see Suran Song in Stag again with a new multimedia show ... still in the style of a politically-charged punk-rock band but with just bass, drums, and vocals. The Paybacks played afterward and they're a very good, standard, loud, rock-and-roll/punk-rock band. I guess I liked them but I had just heard their kind of music before.
Way ahead to this past Wednesday I made it back to open mic comedy at Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) and it was about as I remember it. Paris did a great job hosting and Rene Rose (whom I guess was new to open mic comedy ... at least at this stage) finished things off with a pretty funny routine.
In completely unrelated but otherwise cool news, there's this company/product called SawStop which I read about on Slashdot.org today. Basically they combined some existing technologies with some new ones to modify table saws so you can't cut your fingers off. It works by sensing when the blade touches the human body (like those touch-lamp dimmers) applying a brake and dropping the blade—all in 5 milliseconds. The videos are unbelievably impressive: basically you go from the possibility of losing several fingers to getting a modest cut on one finger. (They use a hot dog to demonstrate, leaving the worst of images to the masters at Rotten.com. You really don't want to click around on that site.)
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Internet Movie Database
On this day ... July 1
Store at CafePress
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Rochester Music Coalition
Rochester Goes Out (D&C)
Rochester Punk Rock
WGMC Jazz Calendar
Kids Out and About
Movie links courtesy The Internet Movie Database. Map links courtesy MapsOnUs. Some movie synopses courtesy UpcomingMovies.com
About the title ... John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, is credited as "inventing" the sandwich and was born 286 years ago in 1718.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, July 1, 2004 thru Wednesday, July 7, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
The musical styles listed can include punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
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