Weekly Rochester Events #393: End of an Olympic Era
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I think this is a new record: since last Thursday, I have seen zero live bands. None. I don't think I've done that since 1998 or so. How odd.
Most of the reason has to do with having lots of stuff to do to get prepped to go to Burning Man (The Man, Black Rock City, NV) along with lots of other things to do to. For instance, I've been needing to have a garage sale so I'm having one this weekend. I decided to do it as the "Hyperbole-Free Average-Sized Garage Sale." Without disobeying the title, I can say there will be an odd assortment of stuff out there, that's for sure.
Among the things I didn't need to have happen, on Friday I found that once again my car wouldn't start in the heat. I still have that 1994 Honda Civic, and there are generally two causes: a plugged air filter, or a broken master relay. Having read on the Internet that the solder comes loose on the relay circuit, I figured I'd give it a go. I took the thing apart but the soldering seemed fine. I pulled it apart further (breaking the circuit board in half in the process) but still couldn't see anything wrong. I patched it up and reflowed all the solder joints anyway. After an hour I got it back in and it worked fine and still does, even in scorching heat. I more strongly suspect the connector — that the process of unplugging and plugging it was what really did the trick. If I ever meet someone who has the same problem in an older Honda, I'll just tell them to look under the dash right by the fuse box (at least in the Civic) and find a 1/2-inch by 3-inch orange connector that goes to a gray box, push in the release clip, unplug it, and plug it back in again ... it might just work.
That afternoon I walked to The South East Area Coalition (SEAC) (1045 South Clinton Ave.) to see the ARTWalk (University Ave. at Atlantic Ave.) Art In Transit artistic bus shelter project entries. I thought they were all quite good and innovative, and the finalists are as good a choice as any — presumably preferred because of other hidden reasons like the ability of the artist to actually complete the work.
From there I went to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see the triple-feature. First was Spook Louder about the Three Stooges working as unsuccessful door-to-door salesmen and coming upon a "haunted" house ... it was okay, and interestingly had harsh words against the Japanese as it was made during World War II. Next was Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, which was pretty funny even if their whole routine seems a bit stale these days. It held up (as Jim Healy mentioned) largely because the monsters play it straight and scary while Bud and Lou are left to be funny. The final film was Ghostbusters. Jim felt it was the definitive 1980's movie — guys in a stuffy, liberal college get kicked out, become successful in private business based on risky investments, and are almost destroyed by the nosy EPA. The movie is still great but is somewhat dated by the pop-music soundtrack and the magazine cover montage.
Saturday night I was again back at the Dryden. This time, I was there to see Jim Finn's films. He was there to introduce them and give some background which helped quite a bit. His short called Wüstenspringmaus was a sort-of the history of the gerbil/Capitalism done as a strange musical montage. El Güero was an experimental film of motion and actions also done as a strange musical montage. His feature film, Interkosmos was an hour-long faux-documentary about a fictional space program in East Germany to colonize other planets during the 1980's. He said it was sort-of based film musicals in its construction, although it's also so nearly surreal, that aspect is easy to miss. I found that the promised love-story was revealed slowly and subtly, also making it easy to miss. In a way it reminded me of the time I tried blintzes: I know there's people who love them, but I wasn't enthralled by the taste right away and have never had a craving for them since.
On Sunday I did a ton of work outside in the heat in long pants and long sleeves — mostly because of the kind of yard work. Anyway, I drank tons of water but was getting overheated in the afternoon so I drank even more. I got in to cool off but I figured I must have sweat all of it out because I was still thirsty. I kept drinking more and more. Ali suggested that I should stop because I probably had too much. I finally looked up "overhydration" on the Internet and found that my symptoms matched. I figured a good test would be to check my weight: despite eating only a little bit, I gained 10 pounds. Yikes. I actually got that "water inebriation" effect ... I was dizzy and clumsy and couldn't think straight (although it was easier to gain focus than when drunk); but otherwise it was pretty similar to drunkenness. I eventually got my body to start pumping out the water and by morning my weight had returned to normal and I wasn't so puffy.
Monday night I was back to the Dryden once more. This time for Surprise Cinema as selected by Michael Neault. First was a short called Lark's Rhapsody which was quite clever and evenly paced: a couple old ladies on "Lark" scooters zip around while three guys lethargically lounge in a donut shop. The feature was In the Soup with a young Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel. According to Mike, it was the winner at Sundance in 1992. It had strong hype, but major studios wouldn't have anything to do with it since it's a black comedy in black and white and Steve Buscemi wasn't such a big draw yet. By the time they got to the original interested distributors, they were no longer interested and the phrase, "don't soup it" was born. The movie itself is quite good. It's about a guy (Buscemi) shopping a movie script around that nobody wants so he puts an ad in the paper and meets up with a charming con man (Cassel) who gives him a whole new perspective on life by turning it over and shaking the hell out of it.
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