Weekly Rochester Events #426: Get Your Honey Dew Ugly Mug to Washington Street
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Well, it's time for another computational panic. See, on August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the "Energy Policy Act of 2005." This Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks, so it will begin on the second Sunday of March (rather than the first Sunday of April), and end the first Sunday of November (rather than the last Sunday of October). What this means is some computers — newer ones in particular — will update automatically on the new, correct weekend while others will be waiting for April.
I doubt this will cause any significant problems, but it's really not known. Lots of work was done prior to January 1, 2000 to ensure that nothing went wrong and nothing did go wrong, much to the dismay of everybody. This time nothing is being done to ensure a smooth transition, so we'll see if anything is a problem. All this talk reminds me to try using E-ZPass on the first Sunday in Novmeber: I wonder what would happen if I got on the Thruway at, say, Exit 41 in Waterloo at 12:59 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Sunday, November 4, 2007 then travelled 58 miles and got off at Exit 47 at the west end of 490 an hour later at 1:05 a.m. Eastern Standard Time — would I be ticketed for an average speed exceeding 500 miles-per-hour?
Anyway, last Wednesday I got out to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) They started off the evening with the short Mama's Little Pirate with the "Little Rascals." It's a fun short if you can avoid looking at the overt racism for what it is, but I think it was selected to enhance the difference between the 4:3 ratio (the same as the 16mm Rascals short) version of The Goonies as it's shown on television and its cinematic, 2:1 CinemaScope widescreen version which we then got to watch. It was definitely fun to see again although I didn't catch much new — maybe aside from how goofy the bad guys were, something I missed when I saw it at 15.
I headed to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) after that and caught Bee Eater rocking out, despite admitting they hadn't practiced together for a while. The Charms also did a great job with their power rock — I noted they seemed less synth-pop-ish than the last time I saw them which is probably just perception on my part.
Digging into March, Ali and I went to High Fidelity (170 East Ave., formerly Milestones) to check out the show there. The atmosphere is definitely different from Milestones, improving on it greatly in my first impression. The rail along the side opposite the bar is now large enough to accommodate drinks and coats, the bar itself seems more open to the bar staff, and the area behind the sound board now has couches in a lounge configuration. Our only complaint was that the house wine is awful — I would not doubt it if the bottles say "wine with natural and artificial merlot flavoring".
I found Space Agency to be a decent groove-rock band. Personally I won't seek them out because I'm not a fan of "decent groove-rock": I find the whole genre to be so bland that I can't tell if I'm watching a performance or a bad satire. However, the headlining groove-rock band (for lack of a better categorization) The BuddhaHood came through and, although I thought they played a rather subdued set, they still showed their range and filled the music with surprises.
On Friday I was back at the Dryden to see Crispin Glover present his new film. Presumably to establish an audience mindset for receiving the film, he started with Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show which was a strange anti-knowledge recitation. I liked it because it distracted my rational mind to let me experience its abstractness. The film is called What Is It? Plot-wise, it follows a guy who acts as a god-of-snails as he goes out in the world, falls in love, and tries to return home. Glover notes that's the basic "hero's journey" — a thematically common plot. The first twist, though, is that except for Glover himself, an actor in blackface, nude women in monkey masks, and a man with cerebral palsy, all the actors have Down's syndrome — despite playing people who don't. The imagery is things we're not supposed to see, look at, or gawk at, so it's rather an uncomfortable movie to watch. In the extensive question-and-answer period afterward, Glover said that he started the film as a short to demonstrate Down's syndrome actors in non-Down's syndrome roles to get corporate studio funding, but ended up with a full-length film. It's so far over the top at times that I asked if he had deliberately added elements to ensure it would never acquire any corporate sponsorship, but he said each were valid, subtle additions to the story. I still have my doubts.
Saturday I had a windfall day at Big Lots (1100 Jefferson Rd.) Ordinarily I wouldn't brag about buying stuff that comes from manufacturers with questionable human-rights practices (i.e. three things in particular: "Made in China") but it was such a steal I couldn't resist — plus, it's stuff on closeout meaning I'm justifying my decision by assuming my purchases are not part of the primary revenue stream for such manufacturers. I needed a new flannel sheet set which I managed to pick up for all of $10 — and that for a queen-sized bed. It's pretty nice, too. I was also looking for an electric blanket, or preferably a mattress pad. After shopping and finding prices around $100 for a queen, I was thrilled to find an electric mattress pad for $20. I've been playing with trying to save money on energy and this is one good way to do it. I had been using an electric space heater and kept the bedroom quite cool but that averaged about 300 watts — the mattress pad keeps the bed toasty warm with an average usage of only 50 watts. Saving 250 watts over 7 hours a night is about 1.75 kilowatt-hours a night, so it saves me nearly $7 each month in electricity.
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About the title ... In separate trips I had the occasion to visit both Honey Dew Donuts and The Ugly Mug. They located at 426 Washington Street although Honey Dew is at 426 Washington St., Boston, MA and The Ugly Mug is at 426 Washington St., Cape May, NJ.
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