Weekly Rochester Events #339: Years Since London Really Sucked
Thursday, July 7, 2005
That night, everything was eerily quiet around town ... almost everything was closed. I was just looking for some pasta-and-cheese style comfort food. I ended up at Veneto Woodfired Pizza and Pasta (330 East Ave.) and had a great farfalle ("butterfly" pasta) and prosciutto (ham) alfredo (macaroni-and-cheese). Even that was quiet for a Saturday, but it was nice to have the option of using the diner-style bar. Later on I went to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) I caught Hinkley again who I typically describe as a cross between ambient and power-pop — an odd qualification that I still think works. Next, I saw Kill Myself on Monday again who I typically describe as "complex, hard-hitting, mid-tempo rock with a bit of chaos-rock" but this time I added a note that they're "slightly off-balance rock." Unfortunately, I'm not some Gaylord with The Knack for comparing to other bands Anytime In July, so I really can't make one of those "three-band-lists" that vaguely identify some comparable sound to the one other person in the world who knows all the bands.
Unfortunately, I hit a point of total exhaustion and simply could not stay awake long enough to see Gregory Paul. I keep meaning to see him solo since I kinda didn't like his style last time. Oh well ... maybe next time.
On the way out I saw one of those "driving billboards" and it dawned on me that people should have balloons filled with paint — I mean, who doesn't have a bucket of mystery paint in their basement? See, in the same manner that the billboard companies circumvent the law of putting up billboards by driving them around, people who despise them can chuck paint at them, and (assuming some police officer isn't right there) the company will have no way of identifying a location from which the billboard was vandalized and will have no way to prosecute. At some point it will become cost-prohibitive to keep cleaning and replacing the billboards to keep driving them around.
Unfortunately, I can't join you all in this effort. I assume you know it's very illegal to wreck someone else's property. Very.
Anyway, I had the most bittersweet Independence Day in a long time. The short version is that Jan, an old college friend and his wife Shannon are moving away, and while it's just to New Hampshire, in the last 15 years I can only remember one time when we've been away from one another for more than a month ... so this next month will be a bit weird ... the next month after that too. However the picnic at my house went well. We had a cookout and got to play on The Bike With 2 Brains and I got to show off all my toys and stuff. Oh, and we broke The Bike With 2 Brains — I climbed on the back while Jan and Todd drove ... in the process, we bent one of the forks on the back end. Later, Jan and I spied some mysterious dog poop in the lawn (and I don't have a dog ... I sure hope it was canine-sourced) and serendipitously (I sure hope it was serendipitously) finished-off the formerly bent fork: one side of the bolted axle got free, and the other side of the fork took the brunt of the force, bending both the fork and the axle.
Thankfully I can just build a new fork — better, faster, and stronger — right now I have access to spare parts and a welder. By the way, I just upgraded to MIG. That is, I have this Hobart "Handler" 135 Welder and I just recently ran out of flux-core wire and promised myself that I'd buy the parts to upgrate to metal/inert-gas (MIG) welding. In case you're wondering, flux-core welding is a bit more forgiving but messy. I think it's because there's less metal for a given diameter, so you can take your time and keep heating the material being welded without adding much wire ... and it's really messy and sputters little balls of iron-composite beads all over. MIG is almost sputter-free, but the solid wire tends to dump tons of material onto the substrate, so you have to move along pretty fast if you want to get a nice clean bead. Either that, or you can just glob on steel scar tissue all over like I have been doing.
But as for the picnic stuff, we had our requisite hamburgers, "hots," and watermellon. Oh, and also some of the most evil and tasty southern cooking: essentially, Krispy Kreme bread pudding à la mode drizzled with rum butter-creme sauce. Oh yeah, plus booze all around. Plus fireworks.
On Tuesday I ate too many left-over hot-dogs — I'll be damned to throw perfectly good food away!
Wednesday morning on WROC Channel 8 they "reported" that there has been a surge in road-bike sales due to fanaticism about Lance Armstrong. Fuck no: it's a reaction to the fact that Monroe County banned bicycles in all parks ... what was it ... 10 years ago? People are just desperate to get exercise, and they're finding that bicycling is a great way to do it, but they can't use the parks anymore. Stupid media!
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About the title ... 339 years ago in 1666, following a devastating plague, the city of London, England experienced the Great Fire of 1666.
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