SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" then please stop reading now.
My partner, a friend of hers, and I traveled from New York City to fine Rochester New York to attend an erotic arts festival. The festival itself was an interesting event, dare I say spectacular, organized (I do believe) by the wonderful Susie and Otter, among (I presume) many other individuals. The event was hosted at the Radisson. I think that Otter more resembles a beaver, although he is rather hairless (aside from his head), so perhaps I would consider him to be more like a naked mole-rat, but many might consider that comparison to be offensive or otherwise in poor taste. I must say that Otter is a wonderful person, and in the interest of giving him a hand, I will instead compare him to an African male lion with a heady mane.
On to the hotel. First, I will begin with the criticisms. The wall paper in our room was rather boring. It even lacks description as a color, since its blotchy appearance confuses the eye into believing that the soul has died. I would probably say it was tan colored if a gun was pointed at my head and/or genitals. The room ceilings were plastered with the traditional white stucco, which I primarily associate with the interior designs of midwestern U.S. homes built or re-finished in the 1980s, or with the homes of serial killers, because their twisted minds tend to find patterns in such inane random assortments, such as butterflies or dinosaurs. Needless to say, this had me on age, but copious amounts of alcohol and unnecessary calls to the front desk helped keep me calm.
The highlights of our stay were the restaurant, LEGENDS, which had in its employ a wonderful and spry woman named Bonnie. Bonnie is well-deserving of comparisons to heroes of literature both classical and of antiquity, such as Tristan, Beowulf, Odysseus, and perhaps even Gwynplaine, although I find that last example to be a bit grotesque and though Hugo a bore. Also, 'The Man Who Laughs' is a bit contemporary to be described as 'classical'. Nonetheless, Bonnie slayed our hunger yet satiated our appetite for human contact with nice people. She served us both for breakfast and dinner, all the while providing us with pleasant conversation and free refills. Although the relationship between her and us was based in monetary compensation in exchange for food and service, I feel that Bonnie was a joy beyond her duties and deserves high accolades for both professionalism, her friendliness, and above all, her humanity. I wish her the best.
Another highlight of the stay was a large Phillips brand high definition flat screen television placed in our room, which was tuned most frequently to AMC for both a John Wayne movie marathon and three consecutive showings of The Shawshank Redemption. When not attending aerial dance performances, genital piercing classes, fisting demonstrations, or observing the quite tasteful display of erotic artwork (it was all quite wonderful and eye-opening, I must add), 'The Shawshank Redemption' was a welcome respite. We were shocked when Andy was relentlessly beaten, we smiled when he befriended Morgan Freeman, we laughed when the state legislature finally tired of Andy's letters by providing a full library for the prison, we cried when it seemed that his last hopes of leaving prison evaporated in a single assassination carried out personally by the evil warden, and we cheered when Andy was freed (and smiled at the warden's comeuppance). We were especially happy when Morgan Freeman reunited with Andy in Mexico, especially on the third viewing. The excessive amount of Mad Men commercials made me somewhat of a madman myself, especially because EP and showrunner Matthew Weiner leaves so much ambiguous doubt! I suppose that is his job...
Overall, great stay, and I highly recommend the Rochester Riverside Raddison. Please visit LEGENDS restaurant and visit Bonnie! She is excellent and wonderful!
Also, our toilet was broken at one point but promptly fixed by the hotel within less than ten minutes of calling it in to the front desk. "Mad props" to the hotel for that.
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