Saturday, January 30, 2016

I missed my cake.

Today was Wegman's 100th Birthday !

They gave out cake all over, every store - and all sorts of different cakes too , every store made their own cake.

 This was the cake in Brockport

This was at my normal store, but I was down in Canandaugia today - either way , 
I was too late for cake

Seemed like old times

I worked with my pal Roja today over at the Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, which is just like the next town over. She throws the Indian dinners all over the dioceses to raise money for girls school in India - I was happy to lend a hand.
 I had never been to this kitchen before and darn it was nice! I've been in restaurants that were not as nice as this church kitchen. They do some sort of meal for the community every day, so that is why it is so above standard
 Just everything you could need

 I took really bad photos because after I was done being in awe of the kitchen I had to get busy to feed the people to raise money for the kiddies. I am a giver.

I brought us home some dinner of the things that we made.
Some of the things, there was more...

Damn You , Obama!

I know this is not big news in many parts of the country. But for tax happy New York to have gas for under two dollars a gallon is something else. I was way on empty and filled up for 22.12!

This was the little gas station here in Mendon , the only one for miles. While I was over in Canandgauga this afternoon it was as low as 1.95.

Theater Talk: John Irving

Thursday, January 28, 2016

for the children

damn right , everything is cool

Calmly watching House Hunters last night ( union rules ) sort of lost between tv and phone and a needy white dog , when I hear this.

and it was over before I could register what exactly I heard.

Neil and Koda both heard Chinese coming out of my mouth - so to Facebook we go :
"WOW - am I crazy or is the music in the Lexus commercial that was just on PYLON ?!?"

Quick as a wink the Birmingham BFF comes back with :

Yes, That Was a Pylon Song in That Lexus Commercial

From the little newspaper FLAGPOLE: Recently you may have noticed, during a commercial break from "Vanderpump Rules"—or whatever it is you watch after work when it's only 6 p.m. but it's already dark out and pissing rain and you just wanna dissolve into your couch with a box of Bagel Bites and a jug of Carlo Rossi and forget about life, man—a familiar song emanating from your television.
Specifically, that song might have been attached to an ad for the Lexus RX, a sleek SUV whose tagline is "MODERN. LUXURY."
The song is "Cool," an iconic tune by Athens post-punk heroes Pylon, from the band's 1980 album Gyrate.
Says Pylon's Vanessa Briscoe Hay:
Pylon didn't formally announce the commericial for Lexus, but our friends and fans figured it out. They have been very happy and surprised to hear our music in a national commercial for the most part. This commercial is not something that we actively sought out. We were contacted through DFA records last fall right before Labor Day. It was a bit difficult finding anyone in BMG's office on either coast on a holiday weekend, but I finally reached a V.P. in LA and she made the calls and got the deal finalized with the ad agency. 
The commercial spot (the song was reportedly placed by Aquarium Drunkard founder and former Athenian Justin Gage) is already drawing rave reviews, including this assessment from YouTube commenter and presumed Lexus enthusiast "Karl Borsche":
Pursuit of perfection never ends. At last good car commercial from Lexus. Not twisted and bizarre like the old ones of RC F... Lexus turns to good direction...
Hay has assembled an all-star cast of local musicians who are currently performing as the Pylon Reenactment Society. The group will play the 40 Watt Club on Saturday, Feb. 20 with Elephant 6 associates Dressy Bessy.
Hay also tells Flagpole there is more exciting Pylon-related activity in the works:
Pylon is currently working with Henry Owings on releasing a two-disc live vinyl album which will be released later this year… It was mixed by Derek Almstead from a 4-track recorded at our first final show at the Mad Hatter in December of 1983. Jeff Calder assisted Henry Owings in finding the tapes and Sonicraft restored them. It has now been mixed and has been just been sent to be mastered by someone with major post punk band mastering experience. 
A formal release date for the live LP is yet to be announced.

and another just for fun 
from Athens Ga, inside and out

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter or Not

Yesterday, getting up into the mid -fifties, all the snow went away
Koda did find one little patch to roll in

Woke up this morning to a beautiful full slow snowfall
Huge silent flakes tumbling all around us
Back warm by night fall, most all of it gone yet again. Strangest winter ever.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Rolling along.

Oddly enough, at least for me, not becoming a blur of days, at least not week one, but we did have several other things going on. Will have to see about this week. We have it down to an in and out, and just as before people could not be more nice. 

We did find that the radiation oncology department does have it's own parking lot, so we are in and out even faster with out walking the half mile of hospital hallways. ( which was by far the worst part for uber germ phobic Kyle )

The waiting game is starting to nag at me, but it is really just more of a fear of good results. We know a couple of other folks going through exactly this and we seem to be doing so much better than them. Knocking wood and fingers crossed

Sunday, January 24, 2016


For a book that I did not want to read, so I just made them snacks!

 turned out to be a full house

wishing them well

 The one that finally hit!
 Seems like predictions for blizzards happen much more often than actual blizzards, but this one landed. The rest of the country getting their Upstate New York on.
Not an extra flake fell here, if anything the storm made out weather better - using up all the energy or something.
just regular old winter for us...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Movie Day

Starting with an Oscar Update 
Red = Have Seen
Best picture
“The Revenant”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Big Short”

“Bridge of Spies” 
( comes out on demand this week )
“The Martian”
Actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Actress in a leading role
Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Best director
Alejandro Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Actress in a supporting role
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Actor in a supporting role
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Best foreign language film
“Son of Saul”
“A War”
“Embrace of the Serpent”
Best animated feature film
“Inside Out”
“When Marnie Was There”
“Boy and the World”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
Best original score
“The Hateful Eight”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
“Bridge of Spies”

Today was


Hmmm ... Im not sure about this one. A 96 on Rotten Tomatoes with Oscar buzz galore for the mother, I just think that maybe I was not the key audience. The little boy is amazing, uncanny for such a young boy. The rest, award season not withstanding , seemed a little Lifetime movie to me.

Lidia Bastianich's Gnocchi

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Day 4

We made a great discovery this afternoon - if we get there early they take Neil in early! We were headed back to our car at 4:04 today - arriving at 3:30. Does not seem like that big of a deal - but it is that much more sunlight left in the afternoon once we are back home. Will try it again tomorrow and see if it was just a fluke.

To be an Eskimo

 It snowed really hard all morning - lake effect from Ontario, as a rule does not make it this far south.
The most cotton candy of snows.. huge flakes colliding as they tumbled making silent cotton balls all around us. Very cold, and the snow stays intact as it hits the ground making the walk so very airy.

 So many people bash winter , first tip of white and they dream of sand not their own window. But they miss the point. Winter has its place, bringing you down and inward, relishing the purity of a new coat of white. Like a page, ready for anything.


 Left for the hospital a little early, had to run a few errands. 
This is the view from the parking deck of the hospital. 

 Afterwards we went to meet our pal Andy who had a photograph in an art show at a gallery.
 This nice little neighborhood there in Rochester.

 It really was a very nice photograph - it should have won one of the prizes.
 Very pretty in the clean snow
 Virgina and Brad met us there as well then we all went to get for drinks/dinner
 Part of the old University of Rochester when it was in this part of Rochester

 A great little English Pub that everyone had been to many times, so I guess its been around for a while, I had never been there and LOVED it, will be back
Bangers and Mash!