Weekly Rochester Events #365: Days or Weeks
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Ah yes: the end-of-year update, or at least the essay wherein the year changes.
Last Wednesday I decided to get out of the house, which in itself isn't unusual at all, except that instead of selecting a destination beforehand, I tried getting directions from myself in a more intuitive way. I deliberately occupied my conscious mind with driving and received instructions from my self: "turn right," "follow that car," "stop following them now and turn right," "keep going," "turn right," and "here; yes ... stop here." I ended up at Carroll's Bar and Restaurant (1768 E. Main St.)
It was a little unnerving going in — since I had no ulterior purpose to being there (i.e. there weren't any musical performers that I knew of.) Well, I guess it was rather exciting to walk into a new place, even if it's just a really nice neighborhood pub. Once I got in, I serendipitously ran into an acquaintance from O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) who regularly hangs out there. Consciously I had no idea that she did, although I had probably overheard a mention of it now and then.
The weird thing was I was actually more receptive to new things than usual. It was like when you go to a city on vacation and you meet all kinds of interesting people — they're often the same kinds of people right under our collective nose, but we're too wrapped up in our established patterns to notice. I wondered if I had intended to visit Margaret, or to meet new people, or to talk with the attractive black woman I kept being drawn into eye-contact with.
Alas, nothing dramatic transpired, but it was a new and fun kind of thing to do.
On Thursday I headed out a little early to get a snack and read some more of Affluenza. I ended up at The Little Theatre Café (240 East Ave.) and had one of their quite tasty (but getting rather expensive with the recent price increase) chicken panini sandwiches and a glass of nice and dry Via Firenza Chiante.
After that I joined the small group of folks in the Drinking Liberally group at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) I've come to find out that they're far more interested in current events and the liberal-versus-conservative analysis thereof than I had first suspected. This coming week the local founder is expected to return from holidays/vacation so I'll get a better feel ... hopefully it's more proactive than I expect.
I stopped by The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) after that. I finally got to see Skull who's this great (i.e. accurate) one-man guitar/synth-drum stoner-rock cover band. I also noticed that Eddie Nebula and the Plague is more fun to watch and more interesting to listen to if you're way up close to the stage — the closer the better. It was also the CD release show for Gaylord and I enjoyed them as much as ever.
On Friday I went to The Animation Show and it was nice to refresh my memory of some of the great animated shorts since I saw it back in April. F.E.D.S. by Jen Drummond is an amusing documentary about "Food Education Demo Specialists," the title of the people who give out samples at the supermarket. It's additionally unique because it's entirely animated using the same techniques as for Waking Life. On the other hand, I think this is the third time I've seen Don Hertzfeldt's (also at Internet Movie Database) The Meaning of Life and I still don't get it. Let me qualify that: I don't get it when I heard someone tell me they were "moved to tears" by it. I just can't muster anything but passing empathy for goofy-eyed stick figures; maybe I'm just prejudiced.
On Saturday night — New Year's Eve — I went to a friends house and had a pleasant and fun evening of wine and homemade sushi. However, they were heading out and althought I felt drawn to join them, I decided to continue with my original plans of going to Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave.) Maybe it was for the best afterall ... along the way I started feeling some form of the flu coming on. When I arrived, it was much busier than I had expected and hoped. Alas, I missed out on champagne and was saddened to be among the things overlooked by an overworked friend with whom I thought I was less overlookable.
The lesson here, I think, is to stick to instincts and intuition: if you're heart tells your head that your plans are about to go to hell, you should probably listen.
I mean what if "waking life," like in Waking Life is what the waking life is all about? What if it is just bending ideas so you can construct stupid sentences? Er ... no ... I mean, what if it's all about turning your "real" life into a "dream" life — to let yourself call the shots the way it does in your dreams? That's to say, assuming your dreams are in fact manifestations of things in your own mind (i.e. not composed of things outside your own mind) then why not let the leash out on that part of your mind?
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