Weekly Rochester Events #268: Amp it up, Watt
Thursday, February 26, 2004It's the last Saturday of the month, so no O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) Now, although I usually get people to gather at some local downtown location, today I thought I'd try something different. I want to go to International House of Pancakes (556 Jefferson Rd., formerly Ciao) I've never been there and I hear there's some cool things like a bottomless carafe of orange juice and the like ... so IHOP it is.
It looked like there would be a new entertainment-oriented newspaper appearing tomorrow called Rochester Insider—the other week I saw them putting up kiosks in front of Salinger's Bar & Grill (107 East Ave.) Come to find out, this is just that "Rochester Remixed" scam paper from The Democrat and Chronicle where they try to reclaim all the infinite money in the independent press like The City and Freetime Magazine. Maybe they just don't want to be bothered with someone commenting on the news. After all, if it's in the paper, it must be true ... saying otherwise is unpatriotic.
Fear not, loyal readers, for I will wield my mighty power as an independent publisher and instruct you on the truth and arrange any all-important boycotts and other such bullshit.
While I'm at it, I might as well as complain about a couple other businesses.
The first is Advantage Federal Credit Union which set up a branch right near my house. I've currently got my money at Summit Federal Credit Union and I was concerned about having all of it at one single bank ... should something go wrong, I don't think my creditors will be so keen about any reasons I have for not paying so I thought I'd split my money up and open an account at Advantage. The problem is they've got terrifyingly bad security when it comes to personal data. The account manager I talked with had a bright, large computer monitor that was in plain view of the street-level window. Worse, as I looked across his desk, there were employee phone lists and other people's account information strewn about. The killer, though, was that he took the sheet that had my name, address, social security number, and driver's license number and put it on a pile with all the rest right next to the window. It's obvious now that credit unions are the way of the future: the "Chase Identity Theft Kit" advertised on TV doesn't hold a candle to this place.
I guess the other thing is my quest for an online grocer. Since boycotting Wegmans for their narrow-minded closing of the Mount Hope "Ghetto Wegmans" after announcing tremendous improvements (watch what you believe East Ave. residents ...) I usually go to Lori's Natural Foods (900 Jefferson Rd.) or Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St.) I still look for odd things like Windex and Bounty paper towels, and Tops is so miserably bad that I just can't stand it. I started hunting the web thinking how easy it would be to make an easy-to-use online grocery store that had any product anyone would want, shipped in reasonable time, with a good search feature. Well, nobody thought of that. Instead, people hacked together what is now NetGrocer which is hard to use, slow, has poor product selection, and when you order, they never give you a chance to confirm your total before shipping it out (there's usually that last step of "here's your invoice ... click to buy" which is missing.) The funniest thing, though, was that my order in December of 2003 was successfully delivered in early January, but I didn't receive an e-mail confirmation until February 20. I mean, come on ... two months to send an e-mail invoice? That's just pathetic.
If I do find any place that's reasonable, I'll let you know. So far Eckerd is ahead because the site's pretty usable despite their poor product selection. It's far inferior to what I'd like to see, but it may be adequate ... I have yet to order anything, though.
Now back to your regularly scheduled blog ...
Last Thursday I got out to The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) to see the lecture Information Bodies: Reconstructing Life in Bioarchaeology with St. John Fisher College Professor Kristi Krumrine which was an okay lecture ... apparently things like malnutrition and arthritis give some interesting insights into how people lived. The lecture was unfortunately not overly engaging.
On the way home I stopped by the new place On the Rocks (1551 Mount Hope Ave., formerly Michael's and before that Trios) even though only their cigar store is currently open ... still waiting for their liquor license. The folks running it were very welcoming and nice. It'll be great to have a neighborhood bar just down the street instead of the restaurant-with-bar that used to be there. Oh, and the walk-in Spanish cedar humidor was pretty damn impressive ... although I have no idea if that really helps cigars.
Friday morning I was supposed to get up very early to go to George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) but my alarm clock was all set to wake me promptly at 4:00 p.m. Oh well. I did make it over and apparently got go be on WOKR Channel 13 during Darren Mark's segment because I sorta look like Ed Norton (the actor, fool, not the one who was Ralph Kramden's buddy.) I gotta say, the guy who won tickets to the Academy Awards celebration this Sunday because he looked like Steven Spielberg really did look like him. The punchline to the whole story is that I set up to tape the show so I could see myself later, but it cut off the last 40 seconds of the morning news to start taping BBC America's World News.
That night I caught Nuts and Bolts Improv Troupe (see their site at ImprovAmerica too) at Downstairs Cabaret (172 West Main St.) for their 4-year anniversary show (I must admit, the first show of theirs I saw was their third, so I'm not as big a fan as is possible.) Their show was good—all the members of the troupe have great improv skills and their new host is great—but there appears to be room to grow.
Saturday I did an amusing excursion after O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) that I like to call "snowbank mining." I drove around to the big plazas in Henrietta and combed the snowbanks for interesting finds. I ended up with 3 left gloves, 2 right gloves, one complete pair, a pair of kids gloves by accident, two hats, and a ball-peen hammer. The clothing got run through the washing machine which magically transformed it all from filthy ice-laden cloth to clean, usable work clothes. Well, except for the solitary pair of leather gloves which I guess you shouldn't run through the dryer. Oh well.
On Monday, I skipped the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble to go to the Emerging Film Makers Series at The Little (240 East Ave.) I got there early and read The Fountainhead while listening to The White Hots along with some coffee and a piece of Linzer Torte which is somewhat like raspberry rhubarb-pie only denser:
An ordinary man saw only his hand, the fork, and the torte, but Roark saw it much clearer. The fork was beyond an ordinary tool: it was an extension of his self. He felt the firm crust cleave from the deliberately directed force he applied.Sorry, I guess all the pseudo-intellectual mental stimulation got the best of me. The moral of the story is that I probably should have been paying attention and bought a ticket earlier because the film maker show was canceled ... I guess not enough submissions or something.
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