Weekly Rochester Events #443: Calvin's Gone but Presbyterianism Lives On
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I put some of the stuff that didn't sell at the garage sale up on Craigslist for Rochester, NY to see if it would sell there. Well, lo and behold, I've made almost as much as I did at the garage sale itself. I was surprised that people were interested in the things I had when they failed to sell for one tenth the amount at the sale. I also went around at night to check out junk piles. I ended up picking up two vacuum cleaners. One was really fancy with HEPA filters and a light that says when the floor was clean. When you turned it on, smoke came out of the brush motor. I wondered if it was jammed so I tried turning the brush with my hand and that fixed it (at least temporarily: later I had to get the hair out of the bearing that seized it and build a new plastic mount for where it melted from friction). The other seemed to be perfectly fine. I was going to keep it but I liked the dirty/clean light on the fancier one; plus the hoses fit the Electrolux attachments I already have. I decided to put it on CraigsList along with all the other stuff I still have for sale (some beer growlers, a soft-sided tool case, a ladies bag, some ceramic insulators, an equipment rack, and a coin-operated mechanism).
Anyway, on Thursday I headed to Ali's for the early evening. We went for a walk then went to Charlie Riedel's (3140 County Road 10, Canandaigua) for dinner — they sure make some great greasy, sloppy burgers. Afterward we stopped by The Muar House Cafe (169 Lakeshore Dr., Canandaigua) for some excellent gelato. I headed back to the city and joined Drinking Liberally already in progress at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) I got to meet Eric Massa who's running for Congress in the 29th District. I thought he was a decent guy. I was amused that he came in with his political game-face on but softened after a while and talked like a normal person.
On Friday Ali came over and we biked out to The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) to try and catch up with the historical bike tour. We arrived about 20 minutes late and whoever was there had left already. Fortunately they had a map, albeit an annoyingly stylized one drawn almost-to-scale and almost-to-angle. Worse, though, was their first stop was at Mt. Hope Cemetery (1133 Mt. Hope Ave., near the South Gate) so we must have passed them on the way — had we have known, we would have just hung out at the cemetery until they arrived. Alas, we decided to try and catch them at the second stop at Main and Exchange. We had to pass through The Taste of Rochester (1 E. Main St. to St. Paul St.) which kind of annoyed me.
At the corner we just hung out for a while. There were cops directing traffic. At one point a guy came along the sidewalk on Exchange on one of those "pocket bike" mini-motorcycles. One of the cops scolded him that it was illegal to ride it on the road or the sidewalk and insisted he "get out of [his] sight" with it. The two cops chatted with a some people on regular motorcycles, but didn't appear to scold them that they weren't allowed to operate a motorcycle "equipped with an exhaust device without internal baffles, known as 'straight pipes'" — odd because they seemed to know a lot about what the DMV has to say with the other guy. I wondered if it was because the first guy was black and the second white, or maybe it was poor versus rich, or maybe the little bike just looked gay to them.
Anyhow, we waited until 7 — an hour after the event started and decided to head back to Rochester Contemporary. From there we started the course in reverse, figuring we'd meet up with the other cyclists coming the other way. We never did find them. Instead we had some snacks then headed to Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) for some excellent-as-usual hot dogs. We ran into one of Ali's college friends and the three of us headed back to my house for some wine and hors d'oeuvres.
On Saturday I hit the usual grocery shopping places then stopped by the relatively new New Health Café (133 Gregory St., formerly Saint Aubyn's House of Soups) for lunch. The food was quite good and I'd recommend anyone check it out. That night Ali and I just headed out for drinks at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) with friends. Sunday morning we met up with Rich and his friend at Flour City Diner (35 Chestnut St., formerly Danny's East End Café) which has moved across the street. It's excellent breakfast food, placing it easily in the "best" category: top-notch food at diner prices.
That afternoon I worked on the finishing touches for a fully automatic bike light for Ali's bike — it only goes on when it's dark and when the bike's being ridden. I published a detailed description of how I did it at Instructables.com.
On Monday I got the house cleaned up for a picnic on the 4th of July — it looks a lot like it's going to rain that day. Afterward I stopped by On the Rocks (1551 Mount Hope Ave., formerly Michael's and before that Trios)— I hadn't been there in a while and it was a low-key night so I rather liked it.
Anyway, to fill people in on the barefoot-running front, I managed to run a mile last Thursday then started timing it and increased it to 1.4 miles on Friday. I used the GPS and estimated that I was running an 8-9 minute mile. On Monday I went again, this time with a stopwatch and the GPS for more accuracy and estimated almost exactly a 10-minute mile over 2.1 miles. Hopefully I'll be doing 5K's soon.
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