Note to Self

Note to Self

A note to self:  Don’t shop at Wegman’s on a Saturday!

Well, that’s not entirely valid.  I did run in to a friend at Wegman’s, but I hate the crowds on weekends and days before holidays.  So, I’d rather not shop on Saturday’s.

To top it off, I had a list a mile long of things I need to get — all at various stores.  I stopped at Lowe’s, Staples, BJ’s, and Wegman’s.  As a result, it took me hours to get through it all.

Coupons

I hate dates on coupons.  A couple of times at BJ’s I’ve got bit because I didn’t check the dates close enough.  Well, it happened again today.  Fortunately for me, the cashier had a book that was current and found coupons that applied to other things in my cart.

The problem would be solved if coupons had no expiration date.

Garden

Elizabethe worked all day on the garden.  She enlisted a few neighbor children to help move compost from the compost pile to her tires.  They worked hard.  At the end, Elizabethe said she wanted to go out to eat.

Burger King it was.

Speaking of coupons, I like that Burger King has an app.  The coupon is only good while you are there, and it is a one-time use.  That’s okay.  You walk in, bring up the app, and decide what deal you want.  Perhaps that is the future of coupons.

 

Anxious to Get Home

Anxious to Get Home

I’m anxious to get home.  It is nice seeing friends and family, but I really dislike California.  I didn’t realize how much I disliked it until this visit.

There are just enough crazy people on the freeway that it becomes scary.  I saw two cars playing cat-n-mouse and endangering everyone in their path.  I saw a LOT of very aggressive drivers, and others who are simply rude.

Just the traffic situation makes me glad I live where I live.

Spending the Day

We returned the rental car this morning.  Enterprise gave A-1 service.

After returning the car, we borrowed the van (I figured it wouldn’t overheat going to and from the NutTree).  We picked up our See’s Candy to take home, and had lunch at Rubio’s (a Mexican taco place you won’t find in NY.)

We planned to take Elizabethe’s mom to dinner, but just before we were ready to leave, Jeff and Brenda came and invited to take us to dinner.  We ate a nice dinner (ice cream) at Fenton’s.  This is my last chance to have Fenton’s Swiss Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Fenton’s Caramel Sauce.

To the Airport

After dinner, Marilyn took us to the Sacramento Airport.  We’re on our way home.

Lunch with the Miners

Lunch with the Miners

Elizabethe and I had lunch with the Miners today.  Brent and Karen Miner work in the temple with us.  He is one of the counselors in the temple presidency, and prior to that, he was my shift coordinator.

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Brent & Karen Miner

We met for lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse in Victor.  We have a favorite waitress there who works on Fridays so we asked to be seated in her section.

Someone assumed we were coming with 20 guests.  (I’m not sure how they came to that conclusion.)  It was just the four of us.

We had some nice conversation and some great food.  It is Elizabethe’s favorite restaurant.  Plus, the chef knows how to cook a steak rare. Unfortunately, many restaurants don’t have a clue as to what rare, medium and well done mean.

We also had a couple of coupons which we shared with the Miners.

Cold Sweep

We have another cold sweep moving in, and it is coupled with high winds.  They have set up a Red Cross emergency shelter in Macedon.  Many homes are without power and that’s not good when the temperatures are dropping in to the teens tonight.  It is also supposed to snow tonight or tomorrow.

RIT Bookstore

RIT Bookstore

I was in the neighborhood and  visited the RIT Bookstore (aka Barnes & Noble at R.I.T.).  Their art department is nice.  The book selection is no different than other Barnes & Noble.

Why is it most of the creative software magazines are from the U.K?

Aside from NAPP’s magazine you don’t find any U.S. published Photoshop, Painter or artistic software magazines.  Yet, they have more publications on how to draw Manga art than any other.  Is it really that popular?

Golden Corral

I will never go to Golden Corral on a Friday night again.  It is noisy, crowded and weird.

You’ve seen those pictures of “The People of Walmart”?

They should do one on the People of Golden Corral.  The evil side of me wanted to go up to a lady and say, “Ma’am, if you can see your cellulite, then your pants are too tight.”

I had the impression I was the only person in the place who had shaved today.  I was probably the only person who had shaved all week.  All the men looked pretty scruffy, as did lots of the women.

On the drive home I said to my wife, “As I looked around at Golden Corral I had a terrible thought.  I thought, ‘Do we fit in with this crowd?’  Heaven forbid.”

I did a quick inventory…

  • Am I wearing a t-shirt 2 sizes too small?  Nope.  I’m wearing a button down collared shirt.
  • Are my pants down around my butt?  Nope.
  • Does my shirt say NASCAR, Insane Clown Posse (whatever that is), or I’m With Stupid?  Nope.
  • Did I shaved in the last couple of weeks?  Yup.
  • Am I wearing a baseball cap with some sports related logo?  Nope.

Okay, I’m a misfit at Golden Corral.  They are looking at me and asking, “Whose that clean-cut guy with a collared shirt?”

Studio Door

The studio door is installed.  It looks very nice.  When it warms up outside I will paint it green to match the studio’s trim.

 

MAG Visit

MAG Visit

I took Elizabethe for a MAG visit today.  She has never been to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, and while it isn’t her thing, she appeased me by going.

The current guest display is of Escher’s work.  I learned much of his work are woodcuts.  All this time I thought they were pen and ink.  It is impressive to see his work.

My favorite painter is William-Adolph Bouguereau.  They have two of his paintings.  Of the two, this is my favorite:

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William Bouguereau Painting

Elizabethe was so impressed with the detail she asked me to get a picture of the toes.  For a 19th Century artist, his detail is impressive.  They didn’t have cameras back then, so this young lady had to pose for a LONG time.  This was painted just a few years before he died.

While we were out and about we had lunch at Aja Noodle at 12 Corners for the first and last time.  The place was cold, unattractive, over priced and the service wasn’t very good.  (The waitress was a little curt.)  The flavor of the food was so-so.

You know, for $35 for two people for LUNCH, you’d expect to have a GREAT meal, not a so-so meal.  For $7-8 at Happiness Garden I can get noodles or rice and be quite pleased with the taste.

Senior Deals

Senior Deals

One of the nice things about being a senior citizen are senior deals.  We went to lunch at Golden Corral because we had $20 in gift cards.  We get there and we’re told we qualify for a senior early bird special.  Hot dog!  Our lunch was free.

I’ve noticed that not all stores tell you if they have senior discounts.  The age isn’t consistent either.  I feel funny asking, so I think I’ll say, “Don’t forget my discount.”

Years ago my dad was getting gas at Sear’s.  After telling him how much, the attendant said, “Oh, I forgot your discount.”

He then gave my dad a revised price.  After that, my dad would always tell him, “Don’t forget my discount.”

One day, that man wasn’t there.  My dad said to the new attendant, “Don’t forget my discount.”

The attendant looked at him and asked, “Do you work here at Sear’s?”

Not to get the other guy in trouble, my dad told him he did not.

Weeks later, the original attendant was working and my dad asked him, “Why do I get a discount?”

The man then said, “Don’t you work in the appliance department?”

Fabric

After lunch I decided to see if JoAnne’s had something that looks like fish skin.  Well, they did, and nearly $100 later I’ve got all sorts of fabric.  I should keep away from fabric stores.

I also got some black broad cloth to use as scrims.

Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory

Those who follow me know that I’m big on customer service.  The Cheesecake Factory in Pittsford ranks at the top.  Our waitress provided excellent service.

We first went to Black and Blue and were met with glares as if to negatively say, “Oh, look, they brought children in here.”

We were asked if we had reservations, and were told they are by reservation only.  They said it would be about a 45 minute wait.  (The place was about 2/3rds empty.)  We left and went across the parking lot to Cheesecake Factory.  It was a good move.

My experience has taught me when a restaurant acts like you’re making them go out of their way, chances are the rest of the service is lousy.  I’m sorry to say I will never return to Black and Blue.  That’s just not the way you treat customers coming in from off the street.

The proper way to have handled us would have been to say, “We’re understaffed right now, and there might be a longer wait than normal.”

Museum of Play

Jennifer and Spencer drove up to spend the day.  We went to the Museum of Play, and then out to dinner.  It was fun to spend time with our grandchildren.

2016 Missionary Party

2016 Missionary Party

There are about 60,000 missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving throughout the world.  These young men and women leave their homes for 18 or 24 months.  They serve at their own expense, and volunteer their time and talents.  At the 2016 Missionary Party today I had the privilege of photographing the group serving in the New York Rochester Mission.

Being away from home for Christmas, many for their first time, is a hard thing.  This little Christmas Party eases the pain of being away from friends and family.  I’m glad they do this each year, and I’m happy they ask me to come photograph them.

 

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Christmas Party Mission Picture

Elizabethe and I stuck around so I could grab a few candid photos.  Their gift exchange is always funny.  My favorite was a Barry Manilow album.   (It’s funny to me because I think he’s a cheesy performer.  I used to joke I suffer from Manilowphobia.)

Getting Ready

Getting ready for Christmas morning was the next task on the list.  One of our roomers wanted to fix Christmas Eve dinner, and asked if I’d make a dessert.  I made a chocolate mousse.

After dinner the topic of Israel came up, so they asked if I’d show them a slide show.  We spent the next 90 minutes looking at photos of Israel.

 

Have Jobs

Have Jobs

Do they have jobs?

I went shopping today figuring people would be at work and the stores wouldn’t be crowded.  Boy, was I wrong.  Do these people have jobs?

Senior

“Excuse me sir, may I ask you a question?” a young lady asked.

This 30-something young lady says to me that I’m about the same age as her dad, “Old, but not real old.”

She then asked if I thought her dad would be offended if she gave him Laptops for Senior Dummies.  She explained she was giving him a laptop, but he’d need a book to explain how to use it.  I looked at the shelf in front of us and there was the book, but next to it was a book titled Laptops for Dummies.  I pointed it and said, “This one might be better.”

Realizing the word “seniors” might send the wrong message, she grabbed the other book and thanked me.

More Stops

I had more stops to make.  By the time I got done it was dark and dinner time.  There is nothing like a $5 service station pizza to save the evening.  Yes, the Sunoco Station in Macedon has $5 pepperoni pizzas (freshly prepared and baked!)  Can’t beat that for a large pizza.

Refugee Party

Refugee Party

In conjunction with a refugee center, the Rochester Stake hosted a meal and Christmas party for the refugees.  Well attended, this refugee party packed them in.

The joke was on me when I asked a Sudanese family how to say “cheese” in Sudanese.  One of the daughters said, “Smile.”

Boy, did I feel cheesy.

People donated clothing and toys.  The refugees went “shopping” for items they need for the Christmas season.  Many of these people are from countries where it doesn’t snow.  The warm coats, blankets, hats and gloves were welcomed gifts.

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Coats for Refugees

Best Sandwich Ever

On our way home, Elizabethe and I stopped at DiBella’s for sandwiches.  Mine was the best EVER.  I decided to mix roast beef and turkey, topped it with Swiss cheese and blue cheese dressing.  I added onions, peppers (both grilled), tomatoes, banana peppers, pickles and lettuce all on an Everything roll.

Amazing.

There are two things that make their sandwiches better than Subway:  1) the bread is artisan quality bread, and 2) they will cook the meat on the flattop grill.

Free Cookies

I like how DiBella’s does their rewards program.  You simply use your phone number.  That’s a lot better than having to dig through the wallet looking for your Subway card.