Last month I saw an ad for a dog to a good home. I replied and got the new dog, Lucy (Ali's and my dog), and Pumpkin Pie (my gray American short-hair cat, named by a crazy cat lady) all together and they seemed to get along acceptably — I know things would be rough, but the behavior of the new dog was key.
So last Monday the 23rd I got "Tieson" (the etymology of which I still haven't inquired about). He's a Jack Russell terrier who's 9-year-old (as of today, actually).
The first day I had him his behavior was better than I could have expected. Pumpkin was very patient and only a few skirmishes broke out. His previous owner said he had bladder issues when home alone, and I presumed it was due to separation anxiety. In fact, when I went to Genesee Bakery (1677 Mount Hope Ave.) for all of 10 minutes, he soaked a pillow pretty good. He only had one such "accident" so far.
That night, I let him sleep in my bed. During the night, I noticed he started to intensely regard the vacuum cleaner. After an hour or so, he decided that it was, indeed, an infernal machine and must be barked at. I turned on the light and he was startled to see me, transferring his agression to me. Before I could get him out of the bedroom, he managed to bite me pretty hard on the hand. Being kind of aggressive, I have learned this particular Jack Russell is happiest if he's kept in his place (e.g. lower than eye-contact with people.)
The next day went well as well. I learned some things he didn't like and mostly avoided them. However, when returning from a walk, I expected him to get bite-y when I toweled off his wet belly so I put on leather gloves and, when he inevitably did snap at me, I pinned him down firmly to show that I was "alpha". I didn't like doing it, but it didn't hurt him, and I had to do it again later when he snapped at me on my bed. I gather it's not harmful, per se, especially if used sparingly, but I don't want him to have an "alpha dog" relationship with me. It should help that I signed him up for obedience class at Dogs At Play (75 Howell St.)
By Thursday we were running together in the morning. Jack Russells are known for their speed and endurance: he kept up for all 4 miles or so. During the day, cat-dog relations had a setback when I picked up Pumpkin to pet him and Tieson, apparently jealous, seemed curious to see what I was doing and then he decided it was a good idea to bite Pumpkin's tail. I ended up with a couple scratches on my face and on my hands from the ensuing body launch.
Today he was thrilled to "go for a ride" and was even thrilled to visit the vet at Penfield Veterinary Hospital (1672 Penfield Rd.) for all his shots and more. Now he's all set for his dog license, so he gets to be a real little dog.
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Le Havre starting at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "in the French port city of Le Havre, Marcel Marx (André Wilms) is a high-spirited, bohemian shoe shiner who enjoys a glass of wine or two at his favorite bar before returning home to his lovely wife and dog. When his wife falls ill and a young African immigrant shows up at his door, however, the previously blasé Marcel enlists the help of his working-class community to shepherd the boy to London, hoping for a miracle. A political fairy tale for Sarkozy's France that blends influences from Tati, Melville, and Carné with Kaurismäki's trademark humor and bold cinematography, Le Havre is a warm, humanist delight."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Der Himmel über Berlin(Wings of Desire) starting at 8 p.m. in which "Damiel and Cassiel are two angels tasked with observing the lost souls of West Berlin. After his gaze falls on a lonely (and lovely) trapeze artist, however, Damiel longs to become human and shed his immortality."
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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Fortune starting at 8 p.m. in which "second-rate scam artist Nicky (Warren Beatty) works his way into the heart of millionaire heiress Fredericka Bigard (Stockard Channing), convincing her to marry his best friend Oscar (Jack Nicholson) so that they can cross state lines without violating the Mann Act. When the trio arrives in California, the con is on, but Fredericka proves to be a worthier adversary than previously thought. Nicholson — always a reliable comic actor — really gets a chance to shine in this underrated screwball farce from director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Adrien Joyce (Five Easy Pieces)." Eastman House members admitted free.
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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, February 2, 2012 (Thu, Feb 2, 2012, 2/2/2012, or 2/2/12) Friday, February 3, 2012 (Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 2/3/2012, or 2/3/12) Saturday, February 4, 2012 (Sat, Feb 4, 2012, 2/4/2012, or 2/4/12) Sunday, February 5, 2012 (Sun, Feb 5, 2012, 2/5/2012, or 2/5/12) Monday, February 6, 2012 (Mon, Feb 6, 2012, 2/6/2012, or 2/6/12) Tuesday, February 7, 2012 (Tue, Feb 7, 2012, 2/7/2012, or 2/7/12) and Wednesday, February 8, 2012 (Wed, Feb 8, 2012, 2/8/2012, or 2/8/12).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.