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Star Trek

Over the past week, Daniel and I have been watching the original Star Trek films.  I really wasn’t thrilled about this, but he insisted that I see them.

From what I’ve seen, certainly the best one is Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.  Let me count the reasons.

An alien probe is about to destroy Earth.  The problem is that humans cannot communicate with it; the probe is communicating in an extinct language.  Kirk and his crew determine what language it speaks:  whale.  As in, humpback whale.  You’re thinking, “But humpback whales aren’t extinct!”  Star Trek takes place in the future; by the 23rd century, whales had long become extinct.  The only solution to save Earth?  To go back in time and retrieve a humpback whale, bring it back to the future, and let it sing to the probe.  I am not making this up.  This is the actual plot to the movie.

The time travel scene actually freaked me out.  It was terrible 80’s computer graphics with just a dash of bad trip.  And no, I hadn’t had any hallucinogens prior to watching this film.

The reason this film is so superior to the three before it is because it actually has a sense of humor.  They go back to 1980’s San Francisco to bring two whales back to the future.  They were operating under no pretenses that this movie would be taken seriously.  It had all of the right kind of humor (people from the future who have NO IDEA how to live in 1980’s society) with a whole lot of William Shatner’s poor acting skills.  Hello, Priceline Negotiator.  And let’s not forget Starfleet Commander Pavel Chekov, a Russian, who is going back to the 1980’s…to look for nuclear power in order to power their ship so that they can get back to the 23rd century.  You can imagine some of the hilarity that may ensue from this set-up.

It was a very funny movie.  Shockingly, I recommend watching it.  It will give you a good laugh.

Sleepy Cow at the Lilac Festival.

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Bad Weather Days

I guess this week will be more relaxing that I had initially thought.  With HR being so slow to respond to me thanks to the University of Rochester’s impenetrable force field of bureaucracy, I will be starting work next week.  So I have this week to sit home and chill.  Of course, I can’t go out and enjoy the weather since it is raining and never seems to get above 45 degrees F.  It has been like this for 2 days now, resulting in the cancellation of the Lilac Festival.  I hope the festivities resume tomorrow.

I recall specifically asking them to not get a picture of my feet, since I had taken off my shoes. But I'm not exactly sure who to blame for that.

The Lilac Festival

Every year in mid-May, Rochester holds its annual Lilac Festival in Highland Park.  It’s a pretty typical festival, but with lilacs.  This morning was kind of a crappy day to go because it kept drizzling.  We couldn’t stay very long because Daniel had to be to the comic store by noon to work.  But we wandered around and watched the parade for a few minutes.  I’m a big fan of the marching bands…because I used to be in a marching band.  But our marching band was pretty terrible (except for me, of course), so it’s much more enjoyable to watch other marching bands.

We are going to try to go back next weekend.  I think Daniel wants to go on Sunday.  I made the mistake of saying that the Joan Osborne Trio will be performing.  You may remember her hit song “One of Us”.

When I told him that Joan Osborne was coming, his response was something like “I’m sure it’s a different Joan Osborne”.  What he fails to understand is that she had one hit song 20 years ago.  So basically she’s the perfect type of performer for a festival like this.  Also, I looked it up; it’s the same Joan Osborne.  I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  Daniel is definitely excited to go see her.

Daniel at the Lilac Festival

It’s Friday, Friday

I’m a little bit jealous of Daniel.  He got to go see Thor today while I was stuck at work.  I suppose I shouldn’t be that jealous since this weekend kicks off SENIOR WEEK!

Here are some of the events that I plan to attend:

Saturday 5/7:  Senior Night Bar Crawl???

This is so convenient for me because all of the bars are around East and Alexander.  So just a few blocks away from my place of residence.  However, it is also Free Comic Book Day at the comic shop, followed by poker at Matt’s and Jessica’s house.  So I’m torn.

Monday 5/9:  Finger Lakes Wine Tour.

It’s what it sounds like.  They are going to provide buses to various wineries for 250 lucky members of the senior class.  Those 250 people will definintely be drunk upon their return to campus.

Monday 5/9:  Movie on The Quad: The Hangover.

I love this movie.  Everything about it was hilarious, but I knew the whole time that he was on the roof.

Tuesday 5/10:  Museum Tour.

I will be skipping the George Eastman House, but I do plan to visit the Strong Museum of Play one more time, as well as the MAG.

Tuesday 5/10:  Senior Night??? 

Still undecided.  It’s on a Tuesday and I have work the next day.

Wednesday 5/11:  Senior Picnic.

Free lunch!

Friday 5/13:  Slide Show and Commencement Rehearsal.

Well, I mean…this is mandatory, so I can’t miss it, right?

Friday 5/13:  Rush Rhees Tower Tours.

In my 5 years at the University, I have never been to the top.  This is truly my last opportunity, and I don’t want to miss it.

Saturday 5/14:  Lilac Festival.

This is another event that I have somehow avoided for the past 5 years (although not purposefully).  I’m excited to take my family the festival, I think they will enjoy themselves.

Saturday 5/14:  Family Night Dessert Reception.

I might have to drag them to this one, since it might be past their bedtime.  I’m not being sarcastic.

Sunday 5/15:  The 161st College Commencement Ceremony.

I can’t wait!  We so excited!

This was taken last night. The Bradford Pear trees are in bloom, beautiful, and stinky.

10 Things I’m Getting Excited About (Spring Edition)

Spring is coming…eventually.  Here are a few things that I’m looking forward to doing here in Rochester as soon as the weather allows for them.

10.  Taking a stroll around Lake Ontario.

Okay, not all the way around it, but we live less than 10 minutes away, and it’s the closest thing to the ocean we have in Rochester.  Although I would never go swimming in it and it’s not nearly as exciting or fun as the ocean, it is still a gigantic body of water that is practically sitting in our backyard, and there are lots of trails nearby that are great for walking.

9.  Bike riding through Genesee Valley Park.

This year Daniel and I are lacking bikes, but that won’t stop us from walking along the river.  I can’t wait to see all of the wildlife that comes out when it starts to get warm.

8.  Visiting High Falls on a warm day.

I’m sure that you’re noticing a theme.  As soon as it gets warm, the goal is to be outside as much as possible.  I believe this is true for all Rochesterians.  High Falls is a great place to visit because of its bizarre location, right in the middle of downtown Rochester.  I think it is one of those things that you definitely must seek out, because you will only find the falls after ducking down various side streets downtown.  They are not obvious until you are standing in front of them.  I love taking people there for the first time, because they are always surprised.

7.  Exploring the Public Market.

The Public Market is pretty famous around here.  It’s huge, and when the weather is warm it’s practically a weekly festival.  I’m looking forward to purchasing fresh, inexpensive, locally grown fruits and veggies.  But the Public Market has so much more than your typical farmer’s markets.  They have everything you could imagine, and house various vendors where you can grab a quick meal or a cup of coffee.

6.  Strolling around the Park Avenue neighborhood.

I have forgotten what the big, beautiful houses around here look like in the sunshine.  I’m so excited about taking nightly strolls with Daniel and enjoying the warmth (if it ever comes).  Eventually the restaurants will open up onto the sidewalks and we can walk past people dining and smell the delicious aromas of the various restaurants in the neighborhood.  This brings me to number 5.

5.  Eating a gyro on the patio at Sinbad’s on Park Ave.

This is one of Daniel’s and my favorite places to go for a date night.  The food is delicious, but inexpensive, and the service is always good.

4.  Having a few (too many) drinks and one last “Hurrah!” on Dandelion Day.

D. Day.  A true University of Rochester tradition.  I have so many fond memories of previous D. Days, and I’m sad that this will be my last.  So I have to make it count.

3.  Attending the Lilac Festival.

I have never been able to attend the Lilac Festival, but this year I am making it a priority, especially since my family will be in town for my graduation.  They boast over 1200 varieties of lilacs, as well as live performances, art, and food.

2.  Having a picnic in Mendon Ponds Park.

Daniel and I love to pack sandwiches and snacks and go for a hike in Mendon Ponds Park.  Although for a couple of years we had searched, last spring we finally found the Devil’s Bathtub.  It is actually a kettle hole, which, according to Wikipedia, is formed by retreating glaciers.  In addition to interesting landforms, they have a large variety of wildlife throughout the park.  (My least favorite are the snakes.)

1.  My college graduation.

It’s approaching really quickly which is both scary and exciting.  I will officially have my degree in molecular genetics.  All of my hard work will have finally paid off.  But, it will also mean that I will have to say goodbye to this place, to which I have become very attached in the past 5 years.  Also, I will certainly miss my friends.

Rush Rhees