Weekly Rochester Events #437: Bumpkin the Shrub
Thursday, May 24, 2007
So last Thursday my parents came to visit and we went to The Lilac Festival. It was a great day to do so and we even got a chance to drive through Mt. Hope Cemetery (791 Mt. Hope Ave., the North Gate) for a bit. That evening we went to Sticky Lips Pit BBQ (625 Culver Rd.) with Ali. We got seated in the irritatingly noisy, small, and busy downstairs seating area but otherwise had a very good meal. I headed back out late and hung out at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) for a bit.
On Friday, before their trip home, we got lunch at Open Face (651 South Ave., right by the corner of Hickory) As always, the food is excellent and a proper meal-sized meal despite looking small in contrast with the American oversized meals we've become accustomed to. That afternoon I went out to The Distillery (1142 Mount Hope Ave.) with the MEETinROCHESTER people. Despite success on the last visit, I discovered that the quesadillas are excellent but most of the other appetizers are quite poor. Someone else ordered the pizza and I described it being "like Red Baron — only not as good."
Saturday I hitched up the bike trailer and headed to The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) I had a chance to dawdle around since I wasn't planning on meeting anyone for lunch at O'Bagelo's (165 State St.) It's actually been a few weeks since I've been there, and I think this coming Saturday is the Memorial Day Weekend so I don't know if it'll be open. Anyway, I ran into a couple friends and had some coffee then headed to Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St.) for groceries. I had a bit of luck at Goodwill Fashions (451 South Clinton Ave.) after that — I found a USB extension cord, a 12-volt cord splitter, and a DLO I TransPod® device that lets you transmit audio to a car stereo.
That evening, Ali and I got a late start out the door but amazingly made it from my house to the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) in 10 minutes. They were showing The Pervert's Guide To Cinema which features a psychonalayst/philosopher who lectures about most of cinema, punctuated with demonstrative film clips ... with particular attention paid to Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. That and Freudian analysis of the whole thing (who knew the Marx Brothers represented the Id, Ego, and Super-Ego?) In all, it had long stretches of being absurd and boring, but interspersed generously with rather humorous, surprising observations.
While we were there we met up with my friend Rich and we all headed to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) where I got to also meet some of his other friends. I thought Tom Foolery and the Shannanighans (not Shenanigans) did a really excellent show — their fiddler is now really prominent in their otherwise hard-hitting punk music. I ended up chatting most of the night and completely missed Jason Bennett and The Resistance who sounded pretty good from the other room, and I did stop in to see The Blastoffs with their new guitarist — still an excellent punk-rock band. Ali, Rich, and I headed to Mark's Texas Hots (487 Monroe Ave.) for plates afterward.
Sunday I checked out Goodwill Fashions (376 Jefferson Rd., in Jefferson Plaza) and spied a Commodore-64 in the original box for $5 but passed it over. Ah such memories ... Anyway, that night Ali and I joined Stacie, Scott, and Kate at The Lilac Festival for one of the last performances: the good bar-rock/cover-band Blue Jimmy.
Monday I took a crack at that barefoot running. I've been walking on-and-off trying to toughen-up my feet and it's been paying off. However, my calves are apparently not nearly strong enough because after just a quarter-mile or so of running (which, by the way, felt really good) I ended up with sore calves for the rest of the week. It'll be a slow progression but I think I'll make it.
Anyway, to finish up, that night Ali and I biked to The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) to see Geva Comedy Improv perform on the lawn. It was a pretty good show although their audio system needed a lot of help. On the way home we stopped at Grandma's Ice Cream Parlor (793 S. Goodman St., formerly Microworx) for a cone. It's a nice place and I hope they do well.
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About the title ... According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (1992, Houghton Mifflin; 1994, INSO Corporation) the first recorded use of "bumpkin" is in 1570 referencing "Batavus" meaning "Dutchman." From there, the dictionary goes on to say, "bumpkin may come from either the Middle Dutch word bommekijn, 'little barrel,' or the Flemish word boomken, 'shrub.'"
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