Weekly Rochester Events #392: The Dutch Block
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Well I had a busy week ... a lot of it spent with Ali since she was on vacation. Anyway, on Thursday she and I went to The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) to check out the exhibits there. In the relatively new Rochester Biennial, I really liked the glass sculpture by Michael Rogers. I saw him speak at a "Networking Event" earlier this year at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) and he showed slides of his works that are now on display. I also enjoyed Robert E. Marx's Considering the Voluntary Absence of a God which was quite evocative. From there we had a great lunch at Magnolia's Market and Deli (366 Park Ave.)
That night we headed out to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see the Star Trek stuff there. First was the episode from the television series Star Trek, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" which was tremendously corny. I was disappointed but not surprised they were showing it off DVD rather than the source film stock. Star Trek: The Motion Picture was of course on film and as Trek-fan-centric as possible with those unnecessarily long shots of the exterior of the Enterprise. Not to mention, the laugh-inducing Shatner moments when Kirk implores, "Bones! ... I ... need you. I ... need ... you," and later the same for Spock. At least we got popcorn.
An amusing touch to our visit to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) afterward was that the friendly dog that came over and laid at our feet was the same one we saw at Magnolia's earlier in the day ... we never got to meet the owner, though.
Friday I decided to check out some tents I picked up curbside last year sometime. One was this stinky-but-functional canvas pup tent, but the other was a monstrous 7' x 9' nylon one with about 6' of headroom. It smelled a bit like an attic so I left it outside but I figured it would be a great primary tent for Burning Man (The Man, Black Rock City, NV) ... I still have the one I bought last year too. I also recently picked up a "Saw Table" curbside that allows you to put a circular saw upside-down and use it as a table saw. I've been meaning to get one and once I got it set up I didn't like how brutally dangerous it looked. I had a bunch of scrap lumber lying around and I cut it all up in short order.
After that I decided to work on a full-size mockup of how I wanted to attach joists to beams for my friend Sondra Carr's Facing Our Fears project she's doing for Burning Man. Well, the first cut was to rip a 2x4 in half, so I fed a 6-inch piece into the saw. Unfortunately, it bound against the bar at the back of the table so I had to adjust it. I think I turned around to look for a tool or something when I managed to stick my finger into the business-end of the blade.
I was fortunately wearing leather gloves (and if you know about table saws, doubly fortunate that I had a block of wood in there so the glove didn't snag and drag my hand into the hole) but unfortunately the gloves were no match for 2 horsepower of spinning steel. I cut my finger pretty bad. It hurt a lot, but not to the point of debilitation ... I yanked the glove off, ran inside and grabbed a big gauze pad and wrapped my finger up then went out and threw the tools in the garage and house. I got my wallet, keys, and cell phone and found a neighbor to bring me to the emergency room at Strong Memorial Hospital (601 Elmwood Ave.)
Now when I tell people, "I cut my finger on the table saw" what they (so far) always hear is, "I cut my finger off on the table saw." I did not cut my finger off. Without showing gruesome pictures, look at your left hand and make a line across the tips of your index finger and middle finger. At about that angle, I chopped off about a dime's thickness on my middle finger.
So Ali rushed over when I got hold of her and we spent about 5 hours in the emergency department. I didn't get any stitches because there's nothing to stitch. I replace the bandages daily and have a little splint on it to keep me from bumping it into things, so I had to learn to type with three fingers on my left hand — or ls vrything I typ woul hav look lik this, I guss. It's healing up pretty fast and I'm hoping to be able to switch to smaller bandages by next week.
Anyhow, after that we went to Veneto Woodfired Pizza and Pasta (318 East Ave, was 330 East) for a delicious dinner and then went to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) to see some bands and wait for her friend Stacie. Unfortunately, the intensity of the day's events left us too exhausted so we just went home and crawled into bed early.
On Saturday we got together and went to The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.), O'Bagelo's (165 State St.), and Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St.) together ... it was quite a bit of fun. That night we headed out to this private party for some friends of mine way out in the middle of nowhere in Macedon near the Erie Canal. We were having a pretty good time but decided to cut things short and meet once again with Stacie, this time at Vertex (169 N. Chestnut St.) It's the end of their joint vacations so it was high time to party late.
So on Sunday I got up and had a bit of black tea: my first caffeine in a week. I figured I'd give it a good old "reset" as I was up to about 8 proper (6-ounce) cups of coffee each day and it wasn't having any effect. The tea actually had an effect for a change. I guess those three disfunctional days and the mild but unstoppable headaches were worth it.
That afternoon, Ali, Stacie, and I got together once again and went to The Corn Hill Arts Festival (Frederick Douglass St. and Edinburgh St., in the Corn Hill Neighborhood) We got some food at the food court and were both disappointed and a little scared of it. I got chicken fingers and fries and discovered the ketchup had fermented while sitting in the heat. Yuck. Ali's Indian food tasted a bit off ... probably [retrospectively, definitely] not bad. I also thought the festival was much smaller and attended by far fewer people than last year. Odd.
On Tuesday we went to the Dentifit show at The Eastman Lounge (109 East Ave., at the East Avenue Commons apartments) and got to see Gaybot bring a bit of craziness to the place and then The Earl Cram Revue rock things up a bit. We didn't stay long and called it an early night once again.
Well, I'll cut it short this week [I should probably watch how I phrase things] and get some other stuff done around the house.
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