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Exeunt January 2016, pursued by the Weird....

Just two days in, and this month keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.

I had court at 9 this morning downtown.  Bankruptcy Court here is not in the big fancy new federal courthouse, nor did it move back (as some suspected it would) to its former home in the old one, now vacant and being considered for various retrofits.  It's in the shorter of two Towers in a private office building a few blocks away.  Much of the rest of the building has also been home to gummint, including the local FDA as a longtime tenant.  Today, though I saw that the Judges have a new neighbor on the ground floor:

An attorney's lounge? Some sort of massage place?  Or is it an incarnation of one of the latest Geek Things Going?

Like this?!?

Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Some games include sub-plots. The games are based on "escape the room" video games in which the player is locked inside a room and must explore their surroundings in order to escape. Players must be observant and use their critical thinking skills to escape the room. Other inspirations include adventure board games and movies.

Weekend or day event escape games have been held in the United States, Europe, Australia and a number of Asian countries. In the 2010s, real-life room escape games became popular in the United States, Japan, Taiwan and mainland China. Each game integrates local concepts or original themes to settings. For example, some games require you to escape prison cells, space stations or werewolf villages. Some games may contain special sounds, lighting or other effects.

Why, yes, that's exactly what it is. From last month's fishwrap:

Another escape room game company is coming to Western New York next month.

The Great Escape Room, an entertainment chain that originated in Florida, will open a location in the Olympic Towers building at 300 Pearl St., Suite 125. It will consist of two interactive escape rooms that can accommodate up to 12 people each. It also will host birthday parties.

Teams have 60 minutes to find clues in the room, solve puzzles and escape. Less than a quarter of participants find their way out within the allotted time, according to the company.

It has other locations in Rochester as well as in Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

The games are aimed at teens and adults, and are often used for corporate team building.

The Great Escape Room will join Lock & Key Escape Room on Elmwood Avenue, Trapped on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, Perplexity Escape Room on Main Street in Williamsville and Escape Room Buffalo on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda.

All of which is lovely, but I do have to question throwing this into the tenant mix in this particular building. People going to Bankruptcy Court are nervous, scared, subject to full-body searches and barked orders and made to feel like criminals- and that's the lawyers.  I somehow doubt there will be parties of debtors and their attorneys running around in dark rooms after their hearings are done.

A Portland friend of ours saw my post from yesterday about the hipster backlash on Portlandia, and wished all the show's publicity on someone else's home town. I told her that Buffalo is starting to get a bit of a fedora-and-free-range-chicken rep itself, between all the local food trucks, craft beers, statues of mermaids lying in canals, and now, this.

The good news is, we'll be able to put a bird on it.  The bad news is, it's likely to just be a common tern.


Court went well, I escaped the buiding without incident, and headed back to the office for more weirdness.

Last Friday, I successfully settled a case against a former client of one of my offices.  He claimed a loss of some money which he thought should have been deducted from his bill; he was wrong and admitted it.  But he did ask if we'd look into whether he still had a chance at getting that money back.  By the end of Friday, I found out, no: Dude had hired a separate lawyer to do that without telling us, and they lost the case at three different levels.  I did get the name of the lawyer who handled it for him, so he could find out what happened and why.

I googled the lawyer.  He came up on the website of a local firm best known for its DWI defense practice.  On his own page on the site, I saw just two things: the briefest of bios (schools attended and former job with the DA), and this quote:

Everyone I've shown that to, including co-workers (several) and spouse (just the one:), broke out in a collective WTF.  The only thing that makes sense is that a web developer just stuck that line there as a placeholder until he came up with something better; the other lawyers I checked on the site have much more extensive and conventional bios.

Still. If you're going to push "publish" on something like that (and, as greenquotebook pointed out, not even get the song lyrics right;), who knows what he's doing when he's pushing the "send" button on cases?


Come back tomorrow, when we're likely to encounter our first rabid groundhog of the new month.

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