Weekly Rochester Events #264: Sadist of Them All
Thursday, January 29, 2004Ok, last things first: it's the last weekend of the month, so we'll be going to Ming's I (1038 S. Clinton Ave.) for lunch on Saturday. I've been waiting to drop this one since last April when I stopped in and realized it'd be an awesome place to go if it was really cold. This weekend it won't be absurdly cold, but it will be cold, so hot bowls of noodle soup are just the thing. Please note that this is Ming's I (1038 S. Clinton Ave.) not Ming's II (1132 Monroe Ave.) nor Ming's III (831 South Clinton Ave., former location of Lorraine's Lunch Basket)—especially Ming's III which is just down the street.
Another thing before I get rolling: allow me to bring you all to a bit of a downer for a second: February 1, 2003 was when Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart on re-entry. If you want to be all somber and well-informed, there's a great article titled Columbia's Last Flight in The Atlantic. [Yeah yeah ... it was written a few months ago. Quit yer bitchin'.]
It's been a long time since I bought commercial software, but I finally decided I needed a spreadsheet so I bought
So far it's worked adequately, but nothing spectacular ... it's pretty easy to get it to crash, but at a quarter the cost of Microsoft Office (and as best I can tell, without anything that sends information back to
about what I'm doing) it's, well, adequate. The real reason I bought it, though was that I went to
(400 Jefferson Rd.)
to test drive it a bit since it's preinstalled on many of the
computers these days. Anyway, there was a file saved in the word processor titled "Love Letter." I opened it, and it said:
I mean, how much more of an endorsement do you need?
I almost forgot that I can now talk about the gift I got my brother last year for his birthday. Adam took a trip a couple years ago to Phoenix ... mostly on a whim, but it turns out it happened to be during the Phoenix Film Festival. He got a chance to see Jane White Is Sick and Twisted and meet the husband-and-wife producer-and-star team of David Latt and Kim Little.
I rented the movie at one point and it's worth checking out. It's essentially a road-trip story of a girl, Jane White, who was more-or-less entirely raised by television. The story is told from her world, and basically everyone in the movie is or was a TV star ... it's pretty funny, but if you watched a lot of TV in the last 20+ years, the cameos make it that much better. There's even a campy desert sequence in the movie which was expertly constructed to look like one from daytime television. Among the things in there is a plastic owl that appears several times all over the place.
I checked out the website, and among other things, they're auctioning off the props for the movie—and as of the middle of 2003, they were planning to auction off the owl.
I thought this would be a great gift ... I checked with Adam and asked if he had the DVD and he did, but that got him talking about the movie and he specifically mentioned the desert scene and the owl. Now I had to have it. I waited and waited, but they didn't put it up on eBay. As my brother's birthday approached in October, I sent an e-mail explaining my predicament and asking if they'd put the owl up ... they said they would put it up next.
Well, "next" came in the form of a "couple months later," but I can't fault them because they just had a kid (David and Kim.)
I kept telling Adam that his birthday gift would be "really cool ... I just can't get it yet." Finally, they put up the owl on eBay in December. I thought there would be tons of bidders, so I was expecting to pay a lot. My luck held out (at the expense of theirs) and nobody else bid on it, so I got it for cheap. They signed it for Adam and shipped it out.
I gift wrapped it without a box (with the paper snugly wrapped around the ears) and added a note to the card that he would probably guess what it was right away. I packed it in the box it came in and shipped it out. He called me as soon as he got it and asked if it really was the one from the movie—I don't think he's ever been that excited to get anything before.
That was friggn' awesome ... I'm glad he liked it so much.
On Wednesday I stopped by Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) for a bit of Open Mic Comedy. Unfortunatley, it's been somewhat ruined. See there's this one guy who shows up and his act is primarily his sex life—not so much humor as an opportunity to swear a lot on stage. The owner didn't really like all of this, so the solution was obvious: tell him he's got to clean things up. Ha ha ... not so fast, Slick. That would be a reasonable solution that would require backbone. Instead, they decided to make a new rule that people couldn't talk about sex. "Huh?" you say? That's right: they've created the paradox of "open" mic comedy where you can't talk about sex, the bread-and-butter of the comedy world (or perhaps "head-and-udder" for you Cockney fans). Yeesh.
On a whim, I was glad to have stopped by Starry Nites (696 University Ave., formerly Moonbeans) on Thursday and got treated to Dreamland Faces. They're great ... one of them plays an accordian, and the other a standard crosscut saw with a violin bow. Oh, and they sing, sometimes with a little megaphone. The whole experience sounds like the 1930's ... all the stuff is mechanical, by the way, and the saw remarkably approximates the sound of a Theremin. I guess they play there every Thursday so check them out if you get a chance.
On Saturday I finally got a chance to check out Curley's Saloon (511 E. Ridge Rd.). The place is pretty good ... this particular night it was quiet (except for the people to see the band) because of the weather. It's well lit, and they've got a good stage, but it's a bit out-of-the-way. Anyway, I caught a bit of Tom Foolery and the Shenanigans who do a good punk-rock style with a bit of fiddle thrown in to make them Irish. More exciting, though was that I got to work the sound board for both Burning Snella and FMGreen. Burning Snella, by the way, does an acoustic-compatible rock and also has a fiddler for a couple songs, and FMGreen is a punk-rock band with a grinding edge. Tim from Burning Snella was very happy with the sound, even though I'd changed a lot of the settings on his mixing board. It's good to know that I still have mad skills to make small bands sound good.
Tuesday found me out again (despite wanting to go see several things on Monday and simply forgetting to check until it was too late.) I got to The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) to see the bands there, and I opted to bring my camera along to snap some pictures. First up was Keith Parkins who was doing some solo acoustic stuff written by a friend of his. Next was Sneaky Dragons although stripped down to just Otto Hauser this time. I was glad I brought the camera because (1) Sneaky Dragons' music puts me in a good state to take pictures, (2) I've always wanted to get pictures of Otto because he's got such an interesting stage presence, and (3) he sits really really still which is perfect for long exposures on a dark stage. Finally up was Kelli Hicks who I finally got to meet ... she does this airy, metaphoric acoustic solo stuff and is really quite good at it, even if she's a bit timid about the stage.
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