Weekly Rochester Events #287: For the Hard Math
Thursday, July 8, 2004This past weekend was nothing but wedding (for Jan and Shannon for those with short attention spans) and partying. If I wasn't engaged in some proper part of the wedding (i.e. ceremony, reception, Sunday picnic) I was playing tour-guide for all my out-of-town college friends. Overall it was lots of fun and I think everyone had a good time.
Unfortunately for you, loyal readers, this means I didn't get to do much else to amuse you with. The only time I got out was on Thursday to see Upsilon Acrux at Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) who do this rapid-fire melodic/harmonic cacophony. I kind-of liked it, but felt that it sounded too much like the middles of songs (i.e. no introduction and no finish.) I guess it's yet another cutting-edge sound that will probably gain popularity for a little while. Of course, the broader category of sound is not brand new: both Gaylord and Dimitri Gurevitch Quintette did it before, just slightly differently.
So I'm stuck making stuff up. Well, there is one thing that's concrete: we'll be back at O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) this Saturday. In light of having zero "free weekends" since sometime in June, I'm going to forgo the trip to my cousin's housewarming party on Saturday and take some time to settle a bit. I have some projects around the house that I want to finish and I want to get a bead on some business ideas I have.
My latest unrealized idea is to be a general contractor in the most general sense. Sweep floors? Ok. Make websites? Ok. Organize art exhibitions? Ok. The only limit would be if I like the people involved, and I want to figure out what that means. I think it's something to do with the willingness to spell things out beforehand or if the people I work for at least understand what they want and what they're asking for. Something like that.
But back to general things. Once again I feel stuck in a rut going out to see bands and do things around town. I don't feel very motivated to really find new things, but doing the "old" things again isn't working either. I sometimes feel like I've completely depleted this town as far as things to do. When it comes to being a passive participant in entertainment, I think I have—and not just for Rochester, but "things" of that sort in general.
At present, I have been avoiding the theater because it's so expensive—typically $20 or so for one show—an investment I'm reluctant to make since I can often see three bands for as little as $2 ... or even for free. Not that I don't understand: theater is expensive and difficult. It's just that I don't want to burn through my remaining cash reserves very quickly. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra shows are similar in that they're also expensive, except that I have as little interest in them as I do in any of the similarly priced "big name" performers that come through town. I just don't really like seeing someone perform exactly as they're expected to perform, so I like stuff either with fewer expectations or with more chaos.
But the money thing gets back to the employment thing. I guess if I could pick up some well-paying work here-and-there, I wouldn't feel so bad spending money a bit quicker. The other thing is I'm kind-of holding my breath until after The Burning Man Project at the end of August. I've just started to get myself mentally prepared for that one. Mostly, though I'm getting acclimated to the idea of doing some traveling and to be away from home for several weeks. How odd to think of that.
Of course, the other surprising thing for me is that we're already into July. I seem to have misplaced the entire month of June ... has anyone seen it? Heck, by this time my car was supposed to have been repainted and my house should have been well on its way to the same. At least I have the Wolo Challenger truck air horn back in the car and this time with a compressor and tank setup. Now I only have to figure out why it leaks so much.
I'll leave the rationale of tucking a 120 dB, 13-inch air horn behind the front grill of a Honda Civic as an exercise for the reader.
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About the title ... The 80287 coprocessor from Intel, commonly known as the "287" provided fast floating-point arithmetic functions for the companion 80286 processor.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, July 8, 2004 thru Wednesday, July 14, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
The musical styles listed can include 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.
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