Weekly Rochester Events #449: The Elizabeths Start Counting
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday was Ali's last softball game of the year so I went to that. Although her team lost, she did score a run, hit a double, and snagged two pop flies. Afterward we went to Tom Wahl's (2510 Rochester Rd., Canandaigua) for dinner with a couple of her teammates. For a fast-food joint it's still got all the national chains beat hands-down in quality. I got back home and went out to Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) for some wine, hanging out with the regulars there.
On Thursday I was dying for Chinese food so I ordered a decent meal from The New Number One Chinese Restaurant (1925 South Ave.) ... my only advice from there is to avoid the beef because it always disappoints me. Afterward I headed to Eastmoreland Commons (Eastmoreland Dr. at Shelbourne Rd.) and helped set up for National Night Out — postponed from the "national" day of Tuesday because of rain.
I hung around long enough to get some ice cream and then ran off to Verb Café at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) for the meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society. I believe it was David White who hosted the discussion. He talked about Russell's political views, particularly the idea of "Guild Socialism" which is about replacing corporations with democratically elected cooperatives. That way, rather than an organization hiring a person, people would decide to join a guild. Another thing of note was that people whose growth is restricted tend to view their environment as their enemy.
Overall I was unimpressed. I thought the theories were better than average, but relied on people acting smartly. It may be effective, but we need to fix the education system to create people who know how to debate and such.
I went to Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) after that and joined the crew from Drinking Liberally. At first it was an ordinary light crowd, but as the night went on, I think about 35 people attended. It was remarkable.
On Friday I got up and earned my self-made "I'm a MySpace winner" T-shirt (you cannot buy one at JayceLand's CafePress Store) by canceling my account with them. That night Ali and I went to Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) for an excellent dinner before heading to the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Sacco e Vanzetti (Sacco and Vanzetti). The film was an adaptation of real events of Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco who were anarchists in 1920's, and who were framed for murder because of it. It's just as current as today: where people believe that sometimes their ideals are more important than the lives of others, and that they'd rather protect their "system" over the lives of the innocent. Although it got off to a slow start, the tension builds toward their inevitable execution.
Once again I'm confronted with anarchism — some of Bertrand Russell's ideas being the earlier example. And worse in this case: the ultimate nightmare of becoming a martyr without consent. Unfortunately I have little faith in humanity's capacity to behave responsibly as a group — as individuals, I rely on it, but once in a group, well, refer to the previous paragraph for an example of how bad dishrags-with-power can get. I do believe, though, that we can grow to a state where group behavior is enlightened. For now, it can be done only in small groups of wise, caring people. Whenever I come to such a conclusion, I'm resonated back to Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged in which the people who believed in such a code of ethics found their own land to excel, leaving the rest of the world to wallow in their incompetence and petty competitiveness. I suspect that someday I'll end up thriving in such a place — more likely accomplished by a double-standard of behavior with those I trust and those I don't.
I guess it goes back to my issue with "authority" — that authority is granted by each individual rather than being attained by one. As I've said before as an example, I grant police the authority to issue me a citation for violating the law; the police do not "have" authority to do so. All problems come from people who believe in claimed authority. Whether it's a king or an angry driver, it's their belief in their authority over others that causes all of society's ills. For if everyone was equal and one needed authority to be granted by the oppressed, then man would have no reason to be angry at another man.
Good luck with that one in your dog-eat-dog world.
Anyhow, on Saturday I did my usual bike ride to The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) I had a great coffee from Java Joe's (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #1 in the Public Market) then a cheap-and-good breakfast sandwich at Scott's II Original Food Stand (Public Market at Railroad St.) I dawdled around at garage sales on the way home and got a few deals and in a stoke of serendipity, I happened to meet the brother of Roger who runs Freewheelers (1757 Mount Hope Ave) who was having a sale of his own.
When I got home I tinkered around with stuff on the computers (unsuccessfully trying to get Windows NT to recognize USB devices) and finally came up with a way to fix an SD memory card formatted on my Macintosh computer so it would work with my digital camera. What worked for me was to format the card for DOS with no Mac OS 9 drivers, then to go to the Terminal, cd /Volumes/UNTITLED and then remove the ".Trash" files with rm -fr .Trashes. You know, in case somebody wants to know.
That night I went to Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) because they were having a fundraising event for a new film by Discreet Charm Productions called Sleep Shift. They were playing some clips of writer/director Neal Dhand's other films and I recognized Maze which I had seen at The Emerging Filmmakers Series at The Little (240 East Ave.) back at the end of May — it was one of the films I really liked from the whole series. Anyway, I guess Dhand now has a mostly-completed script and he'll be shooting in Rochester. I was pleased to note that everyone involved seemed to be on the ball — not like some films where there's some question of the talent of the writer/director, or that there's some key player with an issue with blowing all the money up their nose. It seems to be on the level and good to go.
Also, the band Dhand uses for his films, Night Gallery played. I liked them with their good, somewhat atmospheric, mostly down-tempo rock. It's too bad they were so loud while it was light outside. I have this theory that when it's dark out, it's comforting to hear someone be loud for you because an instinct somewhere says that loud creatures at night are very powerful. During the daytime it's just annoying.
Afterward I headed to Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) and got to check out The Police who did good noise-rock cacophony. Next I headed to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and really enjoyed Tiger Cried Beef — their perfect-rock style is really just that. And technical. And well constructed. Next was The White Devils who, like I expect, do a technical perfection of the bluesy power-rock style. I was getting tired so I only stayed through part of Gaylord who were really tearing it up.
Sunday Ali and I got together and headed to The Akropolis Family Restaurant (4025 Route 5 and 20, Canandaigua) for lunch. We both had the lasagne, but realized that we were eating late and that her friend Stacie would be cooking dinner for us. We went there and lounged in the pool, had cocktails, and an excellent dinner before heading home.
Monday night I was back at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) for another show. This time I had another great smoothie: hazelnut ... just hazelnut flavoring. Mmmm. Baby Shivers Boutique put on a great "unplugged" set and then Dustin and the Furniture played. The band is really just one guy and he does a quirky version of folk-rock; and tonight, he included a couple successful sing-a-longs. I decided to head home for an early night.
Tuesday Ali and I once again headed out to dinner. Although both of us wanted to go to Magnolia's Market and Deli (366 Park Ave.) I had a coupon for this The Roadhouse Grill (830 Jefferson Rd.) for $10 off a dinner of $20 or more. Aside from the wine, it was awful. The food was like buying single-servings of items from your grocer's freezer aisle, reheated in a generic, professional kitchen. It was also expensive: the wine came up to $6 per glass and the total was $58 before the coupon — $40 in crappy food that only cost us $30.
To add insult to injury, the slogan on the coasters is "Real American Food. And Proud of It." Go fuck yourselves, Roadhouse: real American food is made by Americans in a kitchen, not some corporate factory. The only time Roadhouse's food is touched by human hands at all is probably when it's picked/herded, and then when it's reheated in the kitchen by some disaffected drone working minimum wage. And "proud" — just exactly who is proud? I saw no pride demonstrated by anyone employed at this establishment — perhaps it's just cashing in on a slogan to draw in morons who look no further than a randomly placed call to jingoism.
So if you enjoy paying gourmet prices for Denny's-grade food, this may be your kind of place. If you like the "romantic" (a.k.a. wussy) concept of the roadhouse, but dislike true rebels and chain-link fence implemented as thrown-bottle-guards in front of the kitchen, this may be your kind of place.
But if this kind of experience makes you sad beyond belief that you should have gone to Magnolia's, your only consolation is ice cream at The Corn Hill Creamery (290 Exchange Blvd.) which successfully cheered us up. Somebody please eat at Magnolia's so we can be forgiven.
Anyway, that's it until we get back from vacation. I added events through September when I supposedly will pick things up again. I also didn't really highlight anything to go see. You'll have to choose your own adventure.
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