Weekly Rochester Events #336: It's "North That Will Borrow." Enunciate, You Hick.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
First off, I didn't make it. I couldn't pull off getting the The Bike With 2 Brains together for the ARTWalk (University Ave. from Atlantic to Merriman) Muse-a-Thon on Saturday morning. See, it was supposed to be Tuesday night last week that I was going to finish up the frame, but as the completion time slipped from 4 p.m. to 5 to 6:30, I realized I wasn't going to get to Austin-Spencer Collision (2433 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd.) until Wednesday morning.
Compounding the problem, they underestimated the amount of time to hit all the odd angles and facets of the frame (i.e. way different from the big, flat car-body-panels they're used to) so come Friday afternoon, they were still painting at the end of the day. One of the owners was coming in on Saturday when they're ordinarily closed and he called me around 9 a.m., but by then I realized I'd never finish by the end of the ARTWalk (University Ave. from Atlantic to Merriman) event at noon, much less be there for the beginning. I gave up and said I'd let the parts dry some more and get them on Monday.
Despite this, the rest of the week was sort-of light on shows. Thursday I got to see Mikabomb do their really good, high-energy pop-punk-rock at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) On Saturday I was there again, and the highlight was the chaotic stage antics that went along with the good high-energy classic-style punk of Destrux.
With the rush to get the bike project gone, I spent Sunday doing nothing. Well, goofing off anyway. I bought one of those mini-refrigerators at a garage sale a few weeks back. I'm going to use the Peltier cooling system for a personal air conditioner, but I messed around with converting the refrigerator itself into a portable mixer/amplifier setup. Nothing like having spare parts lying around. So I guess that's not "nothing," right?
Anyway, I got the bike parts on Monday morning — it's now a navy blue color (in its synthesized state — so orange it is, then. All right.) It took about 15 minutes or so to get all the masking tape off things and to touch up the spots on the eyes that got sprayed-through. Worse, though, was that it took almost 2 hours to get the front wheels reassembled and trued. If I had attempted this on Saturday, starting at 9:30 when I would have returned with all the parts, it would have been 11:45 by the time I finished just that stuff, and the event ended at noon. I feel somewhat vindicated, but it's too bad I couldn't make it. There'll be a next time to bring this out again. In the mean time, I might just get the website updated with all this stuff.
I did want to get back to that "respect" idea I was talking about last week. [Also, I think I'm going to largely drop the technique of trying to integrate the essay into the week's events — I'll save it for when it obviously will work, not forcing it in every time.]
It hit me the other day when I was riding the tall bike around. (No, not a bird, but congratulations on following the references.)
I passed a house on South Avenue where a bunch of people were hanging out on the porch. A girl said, "wow, that's a big bike." Then some guy said, "that bike is huge," doing his best Tiny Elvis impression. Another guy piped up and asked, "what is the purpose of being up that high?" and I (having had some practice giving quick answers to people due to the bike) took a split second to reply with, "... so people will yell at me."
But enough bragging. Later on I was hollered at with, "pop a wheelie!" I didn't have a witty retort at the time, but I realized later that I really hate having orders barked at me: it's disrespectful.
And it's this kind of "respect" that I'm talking about. Don't bark orders at me ... I mean, you might as well yell out "A-button! A-button!" to dehumanize the situation even further. I'm beginning to think "respect" is just the unspoken introduction, "I respect that you are a person with your own projects, needs, and problems, but may I ask, ..." before making a request. (For those who have problems with "people not doing their jobs," or "not being helpful," try chewing through that before you utter your first word to another human being.)
I blame our consumer culture, and especially the nature of large corporate retail stores and restaurants [ok, who's surprised by that?] The gist there is that you can order people around — the workers there are essentially slaves at your beck-and-call and no longer people to whom one makes requests. I mean, what ever happened to asking for something? Many people go into McDonalds and demand, "give me a Big Mac." While I think the "may I have ..." or "would you ..." is unnecessarily formal, I keep the sentiment that I'm making a request with something like, "could I get ..." or "I'd like ..."
I'm pretty sure we're screwed, though.
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