Where: Rochester, NY
Between Meeting: Back Home After a Business Trip
Rochester is known as the “Flower City” but it’s a misnomer. In the 19th century the area was known as the “Flour City” due to the many flour mills in the area. Since flowers are easier to celebrate and easier on the eye than flour, the Flower City name stuck.
In keeping with flowers vs flour, Rochester has an annual Lilac Festival. One year, immediately after I got home from a long trip, my daughter said we should go and I reluctantly agreed. So I tried to make the best of it and noticed that many things were painted a lilac color including the portable toilets. Those who know my work would not be surprised that I soon was hanging out by the purple porta-potties.
When a woman wearing a color that vibrated against lilac headed for a leaning toilet, I was very happy that my daughter convinced me to check out the festival.