Friday: Arrived around 8, took her, classicbri and their friend Conrad to dinner at a steak place called the Roadhouse. It was possibly the best cooked steak I've ever had. Then we went to the little on-campus carnival that was going on and I won her a Doriamon posessed by demons. We wandered campus, went through the tunnels and sat at the whispering wall. It was fun and good exercise!
Saturday: We began the day at an actual diner with a very grumpy old couple in the adjoining booth and members of the Campus Creepy Christians (or whatever they're called) at the next table. After breakfast, we dropped classicbri at the apartment for sleep.
aidosaur and I went to around 10 garage sales where we bought almost nothing. We were amused by finding oddities such as:
- 4 different New Kids on the Block video tapes
- A yard filled with 4 riding lawnmowers of various vintages, a cement mixer, a riding snowblower, a regular snowblower and a ping pong table. They also had a canoe, but that wasn't for sale, the kids were playing on it. When we pulled up we both simultaniously said "Is that a cement mixer??"
- An 8 foot tall lighthouse with a sign on it reading "Best offer wins the Lighthouse" and it was next to a wading pool, also for sale.
- A garage with a wall full of hair care products and wicker baskets. On the other side was a large stack of hat boxes.
- Many, many VCRs
- An Original Sony Discman. Sadly you almost need a backpack to carry the thing and that wasn't included.
- A Batman Where's Waldo-like book (purchased) and a Batman Animated Series sticker book (not purchased)
There was also a sale where the highlight was the woman running the sale. She had some books about independant film-making and documentaries. All three of which were hopelessly outdated. She asked aidosaur if she was an RIT student and said she had been as well, also in the Film and Animation major. She went on to lament how she'd never done anything with it and how she'd wanted to go to LA and work in film instead of being stuck in Rochester as a Tupperware salesperson.
When I said someting along the lines of sympathy, her response was "Oh that's fine, my Husband is a computer genius and he brings in the money."
This made me think "Great, another moron who's code I have to fix", but I was surprised and said "Oh, really? There's computer work here in Rochester?"
Her response was "Oh sure, he makes A hundred thousand a year and that suits me fine" with a little smug smirk on her face. Amazingly, I didn't say anything mean in response. We left soon after. aidosaur and I were both a little surprised at that last comment as you don't usually blurt salary information to strangers. Ah well, I suppose she's suffered enough without my mocking her.
After the garage sales, we went to one of those giant, transitory remaindered book stores. This one was in an abandoned Media Play building. I found a bunch of SF to purchse. After this, we headed to the local Anime store. There was nothing there I could think of that I wanted, and then aidosaur pointed out that it was Free Comic Book Day! We left that store, grabbed classicbri and headed to a comic store only to arrice 1 hour after it closed. No matter, there's another we can go to and that went much better. We arrived only 1/2 hour after that one closed.
Having failed in our comic attempts, we drowned our sorrows in Sushi, followed by ice cream. The rest of the evening was spent meandering and apple-ing. We found Conrad again and I very briefly met their roommate John. Well, he was there for awhile, but only awake for brief moments.
Sunday: We began the day with sandwiches! Yummy sandwiches. Mine was Roast Beef, Corned Beef and Salami with Swiss and mayo. They made them strangely with the veggies in the fold of the roll and the meat on the outer part. Sadly, on the way to the deli, aidosaur was shanghied by an Anime Club meeting. We brought her a sandwich which she ate on the way to the comic shop! The glorious comic shop that was closed the day before. We arrived and... it was closed. However, there was a sign saying "I might be out back", so we went out back and there was the proprietor. A genial man who opened up for us, played Pete Seeger songs on the sterio and was polite and patient while we looked about. It was a really good comic shop and he may be moving from his 800 sq. ft. store in a bad neighorhood to a 5000 sq. ft. store near the school. I hope he can.
After comics, I dropped aidosaur and classicbri at their apartment and headed home. She sent me off with around 2/3s of a 2 litre bottle of Diet Coke and 1/2 my sandwich from earlier. This would have been wonderful had it not been for the idiocy of NY State. They closed I-81 South and shunted all traffic onto Rt. 11, a one lane each way highway with no rest stops of any kind. It took me 2 hours to go the 20 miles of the detour and most of it was stop and go. My bladder was quite upset.
I'm looking forward to visiting again in the fall and hope to bring kaisilverwolf next time though she'll have to make her way to NJ for the trip.