Yeah, I’m being totally unfair here.  There’s actually a lot more to Rochester than this spiteful strip suggests.  My favorite things about the place include the Bug Jar (an awesome club that serves as a catch-all for local and touring freak bands, myself included on multiple occasions, and has a full living room, kitchen, and bathroom hanging upside-down from the ceiling of the performance area,) WBER 90.5 FM (a local surprisingly-popular indie station billed modestly as “The Only Station That Matters,) Geva theater, the Museum of Play, Comics Etc., the City newspaper, the Lilac festival, a few cool record stores, a couple of great coffee houses, a plethora of awesome restaurants, readily-available Chicken French, and – my favorite thing about the area in recent years – gorgeous and well-maintained bike trails that run alongside the Erie Canal and the Genesee River and through the woods on abandoned railroad routes.  I began biking to work sporadically last summer, and this year, having upgraded to a better bike, I’ve been trying to do it 2-3 days a week.

The map in this piece actually reminded me of one of the maps along the Canalway trail, which in turn reminded me that it’s friggin’ September, and that my biking days for 2011 will soon be at an end.  This thought depressed me enough to take this potshot at my current hometown.  I wrote this one mostly to amuse my wife (who has similar feelings about the coming cold) but have been encouraged by my secondary quality control division (consisting of my friends Luke Ski and Tom “Devo Spice” Rockwell) to post it, so here you go.

MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP: *raucous and moderately-malicious laughter* I really like this one!