Weekly Rochester Events #416: Coverings for Individual Legs
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Last Wednesday morning I dragged myself out of bed and went to do the radio show at WITR 89.7 FM at 7 a.m. ... I guess it's officially called The Coalition of the Shrill, in mocking reference (according to Tom) to the way right-wing talking-heads question "why are liberals so shrill?" We haven't really become very shrill, although for half the show people were listening to my voice through a microphone that was a few feet away. I think we end up being pretty funny although some stuff has been falling flat. At least Tom and Jen are pretty well informed ... I go as sort of a voice of the uninformed. At least this time we had lots and lots of coffee, allowing us to go for almost 2 hours.
That evening I had a pleasant time once again at Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) — I was there, in part, to check out Casual Conversations hosted by The Rochester Young Professionals (RYP). I ran into some friends from around town and ended up staying for a while ... long after everyone else left, in fact.
On Thursday I stopped by Drinking Liberally at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) to talk about the radio show a bit, then off to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to catch up with Ali, her friend Stacie and Stacie's sister from out-of-town. We caught the last song of Blue Jimmy and I got a taste of Burning Daylight — I liked when they sped things up and drifted into punk-rock territory but thought they otherwise did just good bar-rock. From there we went to Muther's (40 S. Union St.) for the Drag King Show featuring the drag-king alter-ego of the woman who set up Ali and I — both Maurice and Adam Andr-O-Matic were terrific. Their rendition of Hall and Oates was lip-synched spot-on and hilarious.
On Friday I headed out to Mex (295 Alexander St.) around 8 to participate once again in The George Bailey 5K. This year was better organized in some respects — we had lyric sheets for the carols, for instance — but it somehow lost some of its "familial-ness", so-to-speak. Maybe it was because were packed indoors to stay out of the rain, or that I didn't get very aptly dressed, but whatever the reason, I went on the run, sang some songs, yelled a lot, had a good time, sang at the churches, stopped at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) for egg nog, then just headed home. Maybe I miss the run through The Old Toad (277 Alexander St.) or the return to Mex for the singing of Auld Lang Syne. At least there were 80 people this year — in the rain, no less — which was more than last year's comparatively pleasant cold weather.
Afterward I stopped at Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) once again ... apparently my new favorite bar despite being (theoretically) just out of my price range. I figured I would stop in for a couple glasses of wine then head out. Well, I got done with a couple glasses when a friend of mine came in and bought me some more. So when they all left I was getting ready to go when a second group came in and I had some more. I didn't end up getting home until 1:30.
Then on Saturday morning I got before 7, picked up some bagels and coffee, and headed to Ali's. We got on the road by 9:30 or so, headed for my parent's house in Schenectady. By the time we got close my parents had already left to go to my Uncle Joe's Christmas Party, so I went from the bland, mindless driving of the Thruway to navigating Schenectady via 890 from the west — the opposite direction of my normal route. I find it peculiar that I drive around Schenectady and to my relatives' houses instinctively rather than by named streets — go past the airport then merge with the street by the plaza and go until you pass Bayou Cafe (507 Saratoga Rd., Scotia, NY) and take a left after the bridge over the stream — whereas in Rochester I'm always routing based on named streets.
Anyway, Ali finally got to meet the extended family. We all had a good time and I couldn't keep track of everyone (as usual) and ate too much (as usual). It seemed everyone liked Ali and she had a good time with them as well. We got back to my parents house, stayed up chatting, then obeyed the separate-beds rule for the night. We got up on Christmas Eve and had some breakfast then hit the road, getting back to Ali's place around 6. From there we only had an hour or so before heading off to her annual extended-family party at her aunt and uncle's house. We all had a good time and I couldn't keep track of everyone (as usual) and ate too much (as usual). It seemed everyone liked me and I had a good time with them as well.
On Christmas I was getting a bit ill — for the past two days I don't think I so much as looked at a vegetable (or anything with an appreciable amount of dietary fiber) — and my stomach was refusing to deal with any more grease, butter, or cheese. It put a slight gray cloud over the gift exchange between Ali and me in that we swapped a lot of snacks and candies that I couldn't bear to eat (well, except for one pumpkin-malted ball from Sweet Expressions (169 S. Main St., Canandaigua) that I couldn't help but try.) I liked all the neat things she got me — surprisingly being more excited about the nested Santa dolls (that she thought I'd think was silly) than the much more practical electric-heated, insulated travel mug; not to mention the great scarf she knitted for me ... oh, and the vegan scented soaps (that is, made from vegetable oils) she got from Wickedly Sent (94 S. Main St., Canandaigua). She very much liked the steel camera case I made for her ... it's fitted for her new digital camera and is covered in fabric but can probably survive being run over by a car [note to Ali: don't try that with the camera inside.]
Later that day we went to her parents' house for Christmas dinner and I attempted to keep from getting more ill and keep from touching any of the food in case what I had was some kind of stomach virus. Nonetheless, by the evening I was feeling better and managed to eat a modest amount of a delicious dinner with her family. We got back home a little earlier than we would have liked to stay because of me, but the evening went very well. Heck, the whole weekend was excellent.
On Tuesday she stopped by to exchange the cross-country ski boots (part of a ski set she got from her parents) for a better-fitting size — the store was not far from my house. We stopped at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) for some dinner — she had her heart set on hot dogs. I had their Cincinati Red dog which had meat sauce and cheddar on it along with a cup of vegetarian chili. Both were very good. Ali spun her own with saurkraut, Russian dressing, chili, and yellow mustard. Hers was great too (believe it or not). Dogtown's buns are toasted and of very high quality. All around, it's as good as hot dogs get.
So that was the week in review. We still haven't made any plans for New Year's Eve — actually, the standing plan is specifically not to plan and just wing it when it happens. Kind of the opposite of the Christmas weekend.
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