Weekly Rochester Events #447: Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Well, it's been a super busy week.
On Thursday I went to visit Ali to celebrate her getting approved for a mortgage on a house in the city. Then on Friday I started out at the gallery show at The Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery (137 East Ave.) I thought the show was okay — not bad, necessarily, just ... well ... done before. Like all the artists are practicing technique which is obscuring their own voice. From there I headed to Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) for some wine. I finished off at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) to see The Isotopes. I didn't stay long — they still put on a great show. However, I got a chance to check out the new performance-space side of the place. They've about doubled their size and now have big windows that face the corner of Alexander and South Clinton for a wild show of live traffic.
On Saturday, Ali and I took our station wagon to North Star Auto Sales (1127 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo) for the WagonFest. There wasn't anything at the shop, but we called the number on the building and thankfully Fred's painter told us that it was at Seneca Lake State Park (Park Rd., Geneva) so we headed there. Ours was wagon #58 and all told there were about 60 that showed up. We checked out the customizations that people did. We both got a kick out of the one that was a chopped-top convertible.
We left around 5 and headed back to Rochester. The goal was to get to BoulderFest at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) When we arrived, Snmnmnm was just setting up. I was so happy to hear their geek rock once again. Seamus tried to kick me out for requesting Garbage Sleeve (one of their earliest songs) but Matt responded to the same comment with, "Hey, Old School Jayce is here!" Ah, to be remembered. Anyway, they played a great set and then we hung out for Eddie Nebula and the Plague. Once again, they're fun if you're close to the stage but kind of unremarkable if you're far away. Heck, it's catchy bar-rock/punk-rock with a bitter but playful edge — it has to be loud and in your face. And later, Ali finally got to see The VEiNS who did a great job with their technical, heavy rock.
On Sunday we headed to Ali's parents' house for a family reunion. From Saturday's excitement, I was already weary from meeting new people so I kept to myself a little more than usual but had a good time nonetheless. On Monday it was my turn for family. My brother Adam had been living in Denver but he has longed to return to living in Washington, D.C. In the middle of July, he heard from a friend living there about some jobs and started looking for work there. He started putting things in motion and found that if he left before August that he wouldn't have a rent penalty in Denver so he packed everything in his truck and headed out, stopping by to see me on Monday. Heck, just before the middle of July, Ali and I were fully expecting to crash on his couch on our way to Burning Man.
Anyway, we stopped by On the Rocks (1551 Mount Hope Ave., formerly Michael's and before that Trios) so he could get something to snack on. We had some acceptable chicken fingers from the crummy bartender. Well, I shouldn't say that: I think she just expected us to be dumb-jock hit-on-her-because-she's-female and didn't realize that we weren't going to be like that. It's not like we weren't a bit spacey as well — Adam had just finished driving from Columbus and we hadn't seen one another in a year. To make matters worse, though, was that the bar was apparently physically out of pint glasses — as in they only had a couple left — so we were given beers in small plastic cups instead. At least there was a 2-for-1 special.
So later Ali got to my house and we all headed out to Hogan's Hideaway (197 Park Ave.) for dinner. We all avoided the pasta which I tried sometime back and didn't like and everyone was happy with their respective meals. From there we went to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) for a pint or two. I hadn't been there for a while but some of the old regulars were still there along with my old bar-staff pals. Next we stopped at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) for another drink and to shoot some pool before calling it a night.
Tuesday Adam and I went to O'Bagelo's (165 State St.) for lunch. It's still an excellent choice with hearty, tasty sandwiches. Adam's a fan of iced chai tea so we went to Java's (16 Gibbs St.) for that. When we got back home I put together The Bike With 2 Brains so he'd have a chance to see it and play on it. We had fun with it but bent the back wheel on the curb — thankfully it was fairly easy to knock it back into place.
For dinner we went to California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) for some quite good sushi and $1 Sapporo's. Adam had been asking about the singles scene and I couldn't think of a good place, but I figured Park Avenue would be pretty good so we went to Café Cibon (688 Park Ave.) for some drinks. Although it was a Tuesday night, there were a lot of women in his age range to check out. From there we went to check out things on East and Alexander but it was completely dead around 9:30 — we stopped at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) for a drink. Just to finish things off, we decided to go to Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) and we ended up having the best time there because it was a light crowd but friendly enough to have a big group chat.
Anyway, he left on Wednesday and got to D.C. in the afternoon. I then realized it was August already and started to get that twinge of panic about getting ready for Burning Man.
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