Weekly Rochester Events #354: Just a Regular Ordinary Year
Thursday, October 20, 2005
This past week started out going quite well but then tended to fall apart pretty bad toward the end.
Thursday I got out to the lecture at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) where Jennifer Prutsman-Pfeiffer talked about "Mummy Peabody" on display. She had a chance to get him CAT scanned at Strong earlier in the year, following up on X-rays and a physical restoration done in 1991. It was interesting to note the detail in the CAT scan over that in the X-rays. The broken bones found in the X-ray were confirmed as happening long after death — and probably in transit from Egypt long ago, as the records note that it was damaged in shipping. That part constituted about one third of the lecture.
She went on to discuss two of the more interesting finds in her regular job as a forensic archaeologist. The first being an unusual unearthed grave in Webster, I think. The more interesting one was that of a skeleton recovered from Mount Morris just recently. She determined that the guy was buried in the old church cemetery from almost two centuries prior — noting a turn-of-the-20th-century article where the cemetery was moved to accomodate new construction in town. The fascinating thing was that the guy was probably a very early settler in the area, judging from the extremely harsh way his body was used throughout his life — he had evidence of all kinds of repetitive-stress injuries like ossification of his spine, hips, and knees that suggested he was involved with a variety of types of hard labor throughout his life.
Anyway, after that I got to A|V Art Sound Space (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St., formerly The All-Purpose Room) in time to see Chad Oliveiri finish his computer-generated experimental music set. Next was Autumn In Halifax who did a great performance of his (it's just one guy) effects-modified, looped, acoustic and electric guitar solo work. If I remember right, he did a few new songs that were of the same high caliber of the rest of his work. Finishing things up was Petracovich who's a soloist named Jessica from San Fransisco. She sings with her practiced and tender voice over synth-piano, xylophone, 1990's-style crunchy-synth drums (you know ... the slightly distorted synth-drum sound) and occasional use of additional synthesizer voices. One of her songs is apparently featured in The Fog (and despite bad reviews, she's certainly not to blame.) Overall, the show was great ... heck, there was even a full-house at the A|V.
On Friday my left leg started acting up and I went to the chiropractor who said it was either a muscle pull (like it felt like) or a problem with one of my spinal discs. That night I just hung out at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) and stopped at California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) to give a friend some really good sushi. Saturday I did my usual shopping at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) then hung out at O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) where I got back in touch with an old coworker who I actually got along with.
Unfortunately, my leg got worse and worse, and I was limited to walking about as far as my property extended. Pretty much like invisible fencing. I ended up going to the hospital and they suspected muscles again so I ended up with muscle relaxants and doctor's orders to take a bunch of ibuprofen. Monday I went to the orthopaedics doctor recommended by the hospital. By that time I had lost the ankle reflex (the one where they tap behind your ankle and your foot twitches) so they figured it was a problem with my sciatic nerve and figured it was a slipped disc. They prescribed Methylprednisolone (really, that's what it's called) which is some kind of wicked steroid that'll make my discs shrink back to manageable size and now I can take acetaminophen but not aspirin-related stuff like ibuprofen.
So I've been spending the last couple days not going to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Tuesday and not going to see Break of Reality at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) on Wednesday, but rather just gorilla-walking around the house (i.e. taking the weight off my spine) and watching lots of movies — thank goodness for all that extra shit they put on DVD's nowadays. I only wish Rob Reiner or William Goldman had more to say about The Princess Bride. I mean, not only was Thelma & Louise a great movie, but both the director's commentary and the writer/stars commentary on the DVD were at least interesting and at most quite entertaining.
Hopefully I'll be better for Halloween and stuff ... I have my doubts about doing much this coming weekend which is too bad because I was going to get a costume ready ... oh well. Maybe next year. Also, I'd love to see Laurie Anderson at The Egg (near Howard St., Albany) on Thursday, October 27. I'm kinda glad I didn't buy tickets yet on account of my lack of mobility.
Oh, and I keep meaning to mention that Electronic Word Preservation Guild needs submissions. They do the Inbox feature in The City Newspaper where people send in peculiar, funny, or unique e-mails to be savored for eternity in printed form.
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