Weekly Rochester Events #246: Death of the Eighty Degree Boiling Point
Thursday, September 25, 2003I almost forgot ... this is the last weekend of the month. I decided we should go to Skippy's (742 South Ave., formerly Slice of Life) on Saturday. I went there on Wednesday for lunch. I had their "Meatless Ball Sub" which if someone had told me it was made with tender balls of miced turkey meat, I wouldn't have considered they were actually made of soy. They also have Jarritos mandarin soda (also in grapefruit) which is made in Mexico and contains real sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup! Sandwiches and entrées range from about $6 to $12, so it's a bit more expensive than average for lunch.
Last week was the first time I deliberately went junking. That is, sometimes I'll pick stuff up that people are throwing out, but last week was the first time I hitched up the trailer and deliberately sought out junk that people were throwing out. I was specifically searching for dishwasher parts—mine broke, and although I had ordered the parts (one incorrect gasket, and a second order hopefully with the right parts) I figured it would be fun to get one for the gasket and all the nifty things on it like switches and the water valve. I didn't find one, but I did get one of those equpipment lifters. It has a long hydraulic jack that lifts an arm. This one seemed only to need more hydraulic oil and it lifts about 750 pounds from 2 feet to about 7 feet. On Saturday I used the lifter to pull out some small trees I've been meaning to get rid of. The first one caused the lift to spring about two feet and almost hit me in the head. I was more careful on the other two.
I kept looking for that dishwasher.
I've been going to Lori's Natural Foods (900 Jefferson Rd.) instead of Pittsford Wegmans (3195 Monroe Ave.) because they played that "bait-and-switch" game with Mount Hope Wegmans (1411 Mt. Hope Ave.) Earlier this year Wegmans said they were going to remodel the Mount Hope store, which was great news for the area. A few weeks ago, they said it would be closed forever before Thanksgiving because it wasn't profitable. I figure they knew about its profitability and decided to power-play the city into giving them money to improve the store to "save the neighborhood." Me (and hopefully others) took this kind of behavior to be un-neighborly and started shopping elsewhere.
Well, someone mentioned to check out Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St.) since that's where they go—they said they'd check out Lori's. Well, it's better lit than Lori's and the selection is not the same but comparable in scale, and the aisles are wider. I do find it curious that with all the things done with soy, Betty Crocker makes Bac-Os out of it, and it seems that there's no organic equivalent. I can't find it at either store. I asked someone at Abundance about it and they only had the un-flavored textured soy, but nothing that's similar but also vaguely bacon-flavored. She felt it was necessary to tell me that soy is good for you but bacon is bad for you.
I didn't say anything about it then, but I was rather taken aback. I realized later that bacon is in a special category like alcohol or candy—not something you'd eat all the time, but it tastes really really good. Well, as long as you think it tastes really really good. I bet if you swallowed a quarter-cup of uncooked rice, you'd need surgery to have the blockage removed, and therefore I should say, "well, you know rice is bad." Maybe I will ... at least after I confirm that gastrointestinal obstruction theory.
Oh, but the important part was that right around the corner on Broadway, someone was throwing out a dishwasher. I picked it up the next day with the trailer. I used my apparently keen junking instincts and found a house in South Wedge where they were throwing away, among other things, a bike frame and dishwasher parts—including the precious pump assembly. I got all my loot home and stripped some of the electrical parts off the dishwasher (and took the bottom rack because it was better than the one in my dishwasher.) I managed to get the scrapped pump assembly apart and rescue the gasket I needed. Well, it wasn't the same size or anything, but it did fit, and upon reassembling my dishwasher, it didn't leak. Of course, in flipping it upside down, I managed to get some crud in the contacts that turned on the water valve which took an hour of messing around to get working, but I did get my dishwasher working again. Hooray!
That night I didn't sleep too well. I had this weird dream:
I think most people would read into this pretty far, but it's just boring stuff from my past creeping up. The antique shop is the one by Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) which I stopped in during the Artwalk event a few weeks ago. The girl is a composite of several women I know. The tablets with the edited words is my view of the Bible and how it's been edited over the years. The book and the children's game was a reference to Hudson Hawk. The part about glass sticking together was something I discussed with a guy at work. The guy with the weird legs was a cross between Kenneth Branaugh's character from Wild Wild West (he had no legs and had some contraption that he strapped into) and virtually any image of an upright goat-like creature. I'm not so sure about the screwdriver in the mouth thing. Most people would point to some gay theme, but it was more like dealing with those guys who fake a punch to see if you'll flinch.
So, ha! Completely unremarkable.
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