Weekly Rochester Events #293: The 470 Nanometer Room
Thursday, August 19, 2004I've had some essay ideas and I think I'm going to run through them in the coming weeks, so this might be the last one day-to-day one for a while.
This weekend had a couple odd turns. First, on Friday, I went to Daily Perks (389 Gregory St.) and saw two very cool bands and got a chance to lounge about and have some tea and cookies. The first band, Urknee and Bjürton is this peculiar trio that do vocally-exaggerated spoken-word poetry over avant garde ambient music. It's really quite different from anything else you've heard. The other band was The Blood and Bone Orchestra who do this free-form experimental jazz. Also something quite unique.
Afterward I went around the corner and stopped at Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) but apparently it was old yuppie night or something. The few people I did know were just repeating, "who are these people?" so I headed out to Monty's Krown (875 Monroe Ave.) I ran into these two women who were doing an art project as part of The Burning Man Project: they wanted everyone's underwear. I guess they're going to make "Panty Palace" (I think that's what it's called) that exudes the pheromonal funk of unwashed underpants. I talked with them a while and I figured when I finished my beer, I'd head to the bathroom and donate to the cause. Unfortunately, they had to take off just as I was finishing up. As luck would have it, though, their car got towed so they had to get a cab to go fetch it, and I had a few extra minutes to help them out. I now have one fewer day between laundry days.
On Saturday I wanted to have a garage sale for all the extra junk I had from the last two sales, but I really didn't want to spend any time on it. I set everything up around 11, and put up the sign that says, "Take whatever you want. Leave some money if you want to," and put out a can for money. I added a sign, "you are being trusted," and headed out to lunch. By the time I got home, though, there were a couple things that were gone. I let it run throughout the day until around 7 or so. I got out and cleaned it up, putting some things in a pile at the curb and just throwing away others. I also checked the money can. The grand total: $4.25.
To be honest, I was just glad people took stuff. The next day, my neighbor said there was a lot of confusion and people weren't sure if they could just take things.
On Sunday, I got home from some errands and saw this Chihuahua-Doberman looking dog, and I recognized it from the "lost dog" sign I saw. By the time I parked the car, though, the dog was long gone. I saw it again when I went to get food at Thai Taste (1675 Mount Hope Ave.) so I called the number on the poster. A little while later, these two women showed up with another dog and started looking for — get this — "Poop."
I helped them look for Poop all over. We pointed to a spot where I saw him last and had the other dog sniff it, but it didn't work — I think Poop's in the dumpsters behind the restaurants nearby, so the other dog might not have been able to smell through the garbage. In the end, we didn't find her Poop — the one woman said she lost her Poop a few weeks ago when she got in a car accident nearby and he went flying out the window. He's still around here, though, and I hope she finds him.
The important lesson here is that if you lose your Poop, it's a lot harder to find than you might think. Too bad the dog didn't have a strange name because that would have made the story funny.
Aren't you glad I'm going to switch to writing essays in the coming weeks?
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On this day ... August 19
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Rochester Music Coalition
Rochester Goes Out (D&C)
Rochester Punk Rock
WGMC Jazz Calendar
Delusions of Adequacy
Mystery and Misery
Kids Out and About
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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, August 19, 2004 thru Wednesday, August 25, 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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