Monday, August 30, 2010

A New Week Begins in The Big Apple

Hello my loyal and faithful readers. It is yet another beautiful summer day in The Greatest City in the World. The humidity is tolerable and the forecast is for a high of 92ยบ.


Looking forward - I hope and pray that Hurricane Danielle doesn’t cause any problems for my upcoming trip down to Columbia, SC. With the Norris Travel Curse you never know.


I am glad that the weather is good because today is Billi Pod’s usual errands day and I need to be out and about doing things and stuff.


I am so very very happy to report that my dear friend David Huddleston aka The Big Lebowski was released from Cleveland Hospital yesterday, and assuming things go well today and tomorrow, he and his wife Sarah Koeppe (who is entitled to sainthood, in my humble opinion) will head home to Santa Fe, NM, on Wednesday, thus ending an ordeal that began on August 14th. Whew!!



As most of you know, Billi Pod isn’t a TV watcher, outside of news, sports and Comedy Central. This was really brought home to me as I reviewed the results of last night’s Emmy Awards. Did I watch the show - of course f**king not. What am I talking about you are no doubt breathlessly asking? Well, there were 31 categories and out of those categories Billi Pod had not seen a single, repeat, single, episode represented by 28 of the them. Let me repeat that - never ever ever ever seen, not once. The only categories that I had watched/seen were:


Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central;


Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Betty White, "Saturday Night Live;" and,


Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special: "63rd Annual Tony Awards," CBS.


As I said, Billi Pod is not a TV person - I rest my case.


Report card on THE AUDITION-->not bad. It was only about 50 minutes in length but it was funny and very well performed by the large cast of teenagers. I think I was the only person in the audience who didn’t have either a friend and/or family member in the cast.


Before the show I watched the Yankees/White Sox game, which was a very exciting 2-1 win behind excellent pitching by rookie Ivan Nova and the bullpen.


For the evening I settled in and watched sports, alternating between the Rays/FuckSox game, which the Rays won 5-3, and the Steelers/Broncos game in order to see rookie quarterback Tim Tebow (you do remember him, I hope). Timmy had a pretty good game during his limited time on the field.


Tonight-7:05-->Yankees/Oakland.


In closing - the 2010 U. S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP begins today at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing and-->WHO THE F**K CARES????? Not Billi Pod, that is for sure. Whatever ....


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-59

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday - Billi Pod Reports-->

OK, maybe I have a bit too much time on my hands as I await the 2:05 Yankees/White Sox game. And, yes, I know, I should get my butt out of PHC and just wander because it is another beautiful summer day in The Big Apple - whatever ...


Sooooooooooooo, what that is mind, let me share a few thoughts with you, like ...


Report card on-->WITH GLEE. As I posted yesterday, this was my 3rd time seeing this wonderful cast and I have to admit that I left feeling happy and sad at the same time. I was happy that they had a long run (for an Off Broadway show on Theater Row), that the house was full, and that each performer was still spot-on. I was sad, of course, because it is closing this afternoon. I wish the cast and crew continued success in their respective careers.


I stayed in for the evening to watch the Yankees/White Sox game, which the Yankees won 12-9. CC won even though it was not one of his better outings.


I will stay in this afternoon for the final game of the series, then ...


After the game-5:45-->THE AUDITION-“A new theater teacher is bringing a production of A Chorus Line to the high school. Though the hopefuls range from shy to outrageous, and from diva-like to determined, everyone has a chance to step into the spotlight. A hilarious and heartbreaking look at the madness of auditioning and the actors who brave the process for that perfect part.” This sounds like fun and it is playing in a theater just one block away from PHC.


As I have previously posted, I have Yankee games for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then Thursday I fly down to Columbia, SC, to be with family and friends to celebrate oldest grandson Alex Falletta’s 30th birthday.


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-61

Sunday - You Know You Are A Floridian --

As most of you loyal and faithful readers know and appreciate, Billi Pod recognizes his responsibility to share his internet research with you, so that you also may become enlightened. This, of course, is done in the name of fair and unbiased reporting.


Last night I found the following materials thanks to a FaceBook posting by my friend, attorney Domingo G. Alvarez. I felt that it was important to immediately share this information with you, so ....

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Finally, a true map of Florida that explains this weird, but wonderful state. Those of you who live in Florida will recognize it, and those who don’t have been warned !!!


YOU KNOW YOU ARE A FLORIDIAN IF....


* You never use an umbrella because the rain will be over in five minutes.


* You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.


* “Down South” means Key West.


* You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.


* You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.


* Your winter coat is made of denim.


* You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.


* Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.


* You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.


* You know that no other grocery store in the World can compare to Publix.


* You recognize Miami-Dade as “Northern Cuba.”


* You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.


* You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne & Wilma...Irene...Cheryl...Rita Mary... Alison.


* You know what a snowbird is and when they'll leave.


* Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.


* You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.


* You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.


* A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.


* You've hosted a hurricane party.


* You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Withlacoochee, Thonotosassa and Micanopy.


* You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.


* You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.


* A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.


* You understand and acknowledge that The Florida Gators field the best teams in all sports within the state. (actually I just added this one).

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You are so welcome.


I report - you decide.


GO GATORS!!


Billi Pod

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Beautiful Saturday in The Big Apple

Good Saturday morning my loyal and faithful readers. It is another beautiful day in The Big Apple and shortly after posting this I will head out to wander a bit, like I did yesterday.


Yesterday afternoon I left PHC, located on 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Aves, as most of you know, and walked North up 9th Ave. to 57th Street. When I got to 57th St. I walked West two long blocks to 11th Ave and then walked South on 11th back to 42nd St. and then over to PHC. During the entire walk there was a nice breeze and it really felt great. The total distance was about 2 miles.


Baseball-->The Yankees got their butts kicked by The White Sox in Chicago last night and, guess what-->AJ BURNETT SUCKED AGAIN! Man, I am beginning to get a very uneasy feeling in my gut about the whole starting rotation with the exception of CC. The Yankees remain tied with The Rays and the FuckSox are definitely not out of the race, not by a long shot.


For the remainder of the season the Yankees have 7 games against The Rays and 6 games against the FuckSox, ending the season with 3 games in that fetid cesspool known as Fenway Park. Gonna be mighty interesting.


Billi Pod’s report card on COME FLY AWAY-->very enjoyable. My TDF ticket was in the orchestra, row P, house left. Excellent. There is no dialogue in the show, just a series of Twyla Tharp choreographed dance pieces, by an incredibly talented troupe, performed as Sinatra sings, accompanied by a live orchestra. The concept is unique, to say the least. I am glad I finally got around to seeing it.


Billi Pod’s entertainment schedule for today-3:00-->WITH GLEE, the highly successful and well-reviewed musical comedy about “troubled” male teens in a boarding school. I really like this show - seen it twice before. It is closing, unfortunately, this Sunday, so I just had to see it one more time.


Tonight will either catch a movie or stay in and watch the Yankee/White Sox game.


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday - Happy Birthday John Scott Reed!!!

A big shout-out to student/General Manager John Scott Reed, of Chelsea, who is celebrating his 24th birthday today with an awesome evening cruise aboard The Manhattan Yacht Club’s “Honorable William Wall” floating club house. Have a great time Fabson.


Your friends and family are proud of what you have accomplished in this difficult world known as The Big Apple. Congrats!!








Gosh, what a flood of memories this has brought about. Won’t bore you with them other to say that at age 24 Billi Pod (not known as that back then, of course) was a Junior at The University of Florida, pursing a degree in Industrial Management and just beginning to get involved in fraternity (Kappa Alpha Order) and campus activities. Wow! And, yes, we did have running water and indoor plumbing way back in 1958.


I also what to give another shout-out to my son Bill aka Billy Boy aka The Bill, of Orlando, on finally closing on the purchase of his new house. We both are soooooooooooo happy that this grueling process is now complete so he can begin the equally grueling process of moving. Hooray!!


Ok, now back to Billi Pod’s world of nonstop entertainment.


First a report card on last night’s DEN OF THIEVES-->excellent<--and I understand why it received such a good review in The NY Times. The cast did a terrific job with very difficult material and it was very funny. Too bad it is closing this weekend.





Tonight I am finally getting around to seeing the Broadway show-->COME FLY AWAY, Twyla Tharp’s Frank Sinatra-scored dance musical. It has been on my to-see list since it’s opening but I just kept letting other shows slide in front of it. Most of my theater friends liked it, so when I read about next week’s closing date, I knew it was a “now-or-never” situation, so Billi Pod chose “now.”


Oh, I should also report that the weather in The Big Apple for the next week is supposed to be great. I hope so since I have Yankee games scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-62


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ahhhhhh--> Sun In The Big Apple

Praise the Lord-->it is a beautiful typical late summer day in The Big Apple and, yes, there is actually a visible sun. How nice. Perhaps the next several days will make up for the barfy weather we had for the past 5 days in The Greatest City in The World.

Well, time to stop dwelling on things over which I have no control and ... but wait ... I do have to mention that yesterday was truly one of the nastiest days of the year. It lightly rained almost all of the day, but thankfully, it quit just as I was ready to head uptown to meet up with Gisela Cardonne-Ely et al.

I had a great time with Gisela, Ron Hedges and their friends at P. J. Clarke’s, a very “in” watering-hole/restaurant directly across the street from Lincoln Center.

After dinner I walked back to PHC while listening to the end of the Yankees/Toronto game, which the Yankees lost because Phil Hughes sucked. Oh well-->they remain tied with The Rays, who also lost.

The Yankees are in Chicago for a 3 game series with The White Sox and there is a lot of buzz about the possibility that next year Yankee Manager Joe Girardi will replace the recently retired Lou Piniella, as Manager of The Chicago Cubs. Girardi is from The Windy City and still has family there. Will it happen? Of course I don’t know, but my gut tells me it might-->time will tell.

Tonight’s entertainment event for Billi Pod is-8:00-->DEN OF THIEVES-“In this ba-da-bing mob comedy four unslick crooks learn stealing from mobsters leads to its own moral dilemma.” This Off-Broadway show received a very good review in today’s New York Times.

Oh, in closing-->the closing (pun intended) for Bill III’s new house in Orlando is scheduled for this afternoon. Hopefully all will go as planned. Will keep my fingers crossed until I get the highly anticipated confirmation call from him.

Think I will head over to The Hudson River Park and just wander for a couple of hours.

GO YANKEES!!

Billi Pod
“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”
BMS-63

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wednesday - More Rain

Man, it is majorly nasty out this morning. It is raining and very very dreary looking. When I opened the front door at PHC this morning around 7:30 to get the 3 daily papers (NY Times; The Post; and The Daily News), nothing was there. Whoa - they are usually delivered around 6:30. I immediately checked my email because the delivery service usually sends an email if there are delivery problems. Nothing. Not a good way to begin a nasty day.

Went downstairs to the front desk just to make sure that the papers weren’t left there by mistake - nope - nada. Came back upstairs and looked up the customer service numbers for each of the papers. Just before I began the first call I heard “thunk - thunk - thunk” outside the door. Ah yes, it was 8:00 and they had finally been delivered. Whew and triple whew.

Yeah, I know - why am I taking all of this time to write about newspaper deliveries? Because, butt-hole, it is a nasty, rainy, ugly, dreary, sucky day out and will be for the remainder of the day/evening, if the forecasts are correct, meaning I will need the papers and the crosswords. It will be the kinda day that makes you think about cleaning out your sock drawer -- ahhhhhhhhh -- no ain’t gonna do that ...

Anyway, Billi Pod wants to give a report card on last night’s IT MUST BE HIM-->A<--I really enjoyed this show about a former whiz-kid comedy writer who finds himself broke, lonely and on the wrong side of middle age. It is very funny, meaning I laughed a lot. The stellar cast, headed by Peter Sculari, is outstanding. I highly recommend this show. I believe last night was its first preview performance.

Last night the Yankee bats came alive and they hit 5 home-runs and beat up on Toronto, winning 11-5. Unfortunately, all of the bat-power happened while I was at the theater, although I did get to watch the final 3 innings.

Tonight I am meeting up with my dear friend Dade County Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne-Ely, of Miami, who is in town for several days. I will join Gisela and friends for dinner at P. J. Clarke’s located in the Lincoln Center area. Really looking forward to it.

GO YANKEES!!

Billi Pod
“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”
BMS-64

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yep, Monday Was A Blah Day

Monday was indeed a blah day, although it did clear up a bit later in the day and I was able to do a few errands.

Nothing of interest showed up on any of my ticket services or TDF, so Billi Pod stayed in and watched some of the Little League World Series games and then later the Yankees/Toronto game-->the Yankees lost 2-3. Yuck!! It was actually a very exciting game and the Yankees got good pitching from rookie Ivan Nova who was making his first major league start. The Yanks are again tied with The Rays for first place in the AL East.

On to other things-->I need to vent just a bit. Why and what about you are no doubt breathlessly asking? Well, it has to do with seemingly unending crap involved in finalizing Bill III’s purchase of a new house in Orlando. As mentioned before, his lender required a cosigner, and, of course, it was moi. Little did I/we know that the process would take so long and require me to fax a gazillion "things" to the lending agent, one at a time. After each request I was assured that it was the last requirement-->yeah, right. I have one more "thing" to fax this morning and have been promised yet again that it will be the last "thing." I f**king hope the HELL so because the closing is set for Thursday and Bill III and I are getting royally pissed off. As soon as I post this I will head out yet again to the Staples in the ‘hood.

Damn, not sure I feel any better. Oh well ...

Tonight-7:00-->IT MUST BE HIM-“Louie, a former whiz kid comedy writer finds himself broke, lonely and on the wrong side of middle age. He searches for one last shot at his own real-life happy ending.” This is playing at a theatre next door to PHC.

Let me close by welcoming student/General Manager Scott Reed back to The Big Apple following his awesome birthday-related trip to San Francisco. Glad you are back home Fabson.

GO YANKEES!!

Billi Pod
“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”
BMS-65

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday - Blah Day

Monday and a yucky nasty rainy day in The Big Apple. Forecast-->like this for most of the day/evening. Well, at least I have a good excuse for not doing the usual errands. Right!

Whoa-->Billi Pod has nothing scheduled for today/tonight. Nada on any of my ticket services or TDF. Maybe a good “excuse” to stay in and watch The Little League World Series games and then later the Yankees/Toronto game ... hum ...

Or ... might catch a movie or whatever ... blah and double blah. Later!

GO YANKEES!!

Billi Pod
“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”
BMS-66

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Billi Pod’s Responsibilities As A Grandfather

As most of your loyal and faithful readers know, Billi Pod has two grandsons, the oldest, Lex Falletta, lives in Elgin, SC, and the youngest, Topher Falletta, lives in Gainesville, FL. Over the years I have tried to mentor these two young men into becoming useful and responsible adults - not an easy task for me since they both are self-proclaimed “Rednecks.”

I know, I know ... but DNA tests have indeed confirmed that they are both my grandsons, so ....

I admit to being remiss in my responsibleness since living in The Big Apple, so today I used some of my free time to research the internet for matters that may be of assistance to them, and I came across "Martha Stewart’s Rules for Rednecks.”

I immediately knew I had to share this information with them and with those of you loyal and faithful readers who may also have Rednecks in your family.

First though I will post a picture of Lex and Topher ... Lex is on the left and Topher on the right ...



Martha Stewart's Rules for Rednecks

GENERAL

1. Never take a beer to a job interview.

2. Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.

3. It's considered tacky to take a cooler to church.

4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it is time to change the sheets.

5. Even if you're certain that you are included in the will, it is still considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home. (remember this one guys).

ENTERTAINING IN YOUR HOME

1. A centerpiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.

2. Do not allow the dog(s) to eat at the table...no matter how good his manners are.

PERSONAL HYGIENE

1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should be done in private using one's OWN truck keys.

2. Proper use of toiletries can forestall bathing for several days. However, if you live alone, deodorant is a waste of good money.

DATING (Outside the Family)

1. Always offer to bait your date's hook, especially on the first date.

2. Be aggressive. Let her know you're interested: "I've been wanting to go out with you since I read that stuff on the bathroom wall two years ago."

3. Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 10:00 PM; Others might say "Monday." If the latter is the answer, it is the man's responsibility to get her to school on time.

THEATER ETIQUETTE

1. Crying babies should be taken to the lobby and picked up immediately after the movie has ended.

2. Refrain from talking to characters on the screen. Tests have proven they can't hear you. (this is specifically directed to you Topher)

WEDDINGS

1. Livestock, usually, is a poor choice for a wedding gift.

2. Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds may get you shot.

3. For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A leisure suit with a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create a tacky appearance.

4. Though uncomfortable, say "yes" to socks and shoes for this special occasion.

DRIVING ETIQUETTE

1. Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles; Even if the gun is loaded, and the deer is in sight.

2. When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires always has the right of way.

3. Never tow another car using panty hose and duct tape.

4. When sending your wife down the road with a gas can, it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer.

5. Do not lay rubber while traveling in a funeral procession.
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And there you have it guys. You are indeed welcum. Looking forward to seeing both of you in Columbia.

With all my love,

Granddaddy

A Muggy Big Apple Sunday

It is a lazy muggy hazy Sunday afternoon in The Big Apple and Billi Pod will make this a shorter than usual report (hold the f@@king applause, please).

Yesterday’s 9-5 come from behind win over Seattle was nice even though Vazquez sucked yet again. The very bad news-->A-Rod went on the 15 day DL due to his calf problem. Age is beginning to creep into the final part of The Bronx Bomber’s season.

OK, a confession again-->Billi Pod skipped out on his second consecutive show and just chilled in PHC for the evening. My bad, I guess. The truth - gulp - an afternoon game at the hot and humid stadium takes a lot out of this 76 year old guy and I just have to admit it. Oh well ...

Today-1:05-->watch the final Yankees/Seattle game with ace CC Sabathia pitching.

Then a Fringe Festival Show-5:30-->I Don <3 U Ne Mor (translation I DON’T LOVE YOU ANY MORE)-“a musical comedy about humanity in the tangled cables of modern society ... and zombies.”

GO YANKEES!!

Billi Pod
“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”
BMS-67

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Billi Pod Must Confess


You know, sometimes you have to ‘fess up to making “bad” decisions, especially last minute “bad” decisions and that is what Billi Pod must do to you loyal and faithful readers, done in the name of fair and unbiased reporting.


What am I talking about? Well, I was booked for a show last night at 8:15. Sometime around 6:30 I received an offer from a FaceBook friend for a ticket to the Yankees/Seattle game, which I declined. Then, for reasons I don’t fully understand, as I was walking on 42nd Street headed to the subway to get to my show I suddenly was overcome with the desire to return to PHC and watch the game. Dumb, right? No way should I do that, right? Only the Devil could make me skip a show and become a couch potato, right?


Well, gasp, I did just that - I turned around, headed back to the apartment and settled in to watch the game, and ...


The Yankees sucked!! Their bats went dead yet again, striking out a mind-blowing 13 times, and to make bad things even worse, AJ Burnett pitched another terrible game. The Yankees were never in the game and they lost 0-6. Luckily both The Rays and The FuckSox lost too, so the standings remain the same.


MEMO TO AJ-->YOU ARE STILL A LOSER AND YOU SUCK!!


I have a ticket to this afternoon’s game in my usual section and I am sure most of my buds will be there.


I also have a show scheduled for the evening-->SUMMER SHORTS: SERIES A.


On a much happier note-->my dear friend David Huddleston had a successful surgery and is now on the road to recovery although he is still in ICU. Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his angel of a wife, Sarah.


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-68

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday - Get Well David!

Good Friday morning my loyal and faithful readers.


Let me start off with-->My deepest and heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to my dear friends, the actor David Huddleston and his wife Sarah Koeppe, as David begins his recovery from open heart aortic valve replacement surgery performed yesterday at Cleveland Hospital. Get well soon!!!!


Next on to baseball:


Yankees/Detroit game yesterday-->finally the mostly dormant Bomber bats came alive, exploding for 9 runs in the bottom of the 6th to insure victory for Phil Hughes, whose record is now 15-5. The Yankees now lead The Rays by 1 game and The FuckSox by 7.


This was my 38th game of the season and The Yankees record for those games-->24 wins - 14 losses.


Roger Clemens-->the former Yankee ace was indicted yesterday for allegedly lying to Congress regarding his use of performance enhancing drugs. Well, all I can say is-->he brought it on himself because he “demanded” to appear before the Congressional Committee in order to “clear his name.” Dumb asshole.


Report card on AN ERROR OF THE MOON, a fictional portrait of the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth-->B+. I found the staging, direction and acting to be outstanding. The story line is a bit iffy but none-the-less, it was an excellent theater experience and I highly recommend it.


Tonight I am seeing SUMMER SHORTS 4: SERIES B-“the acclaimed series of new American one-act plays is an impressive array of new short plays by some of the country's top play writing talents.” I will see SERIES A on Saturday night.


In closing, let me offer condolences to all of my male friends whose wives, girlfriends, significant others, whatever, are coercing them into seeing the recently released EAT PRAY LOVE chick-flic starring Julia Roberts:


“Dragging a man to see the movie “Eat Pray Love” is as cruel as forcing a vegan to eat at a steakhouse. Most guys just don’t care about the existential problems facing a 30-something woman suffering a mid-life crisis. Not even Julia Roberts can entice men to see this film.”


This is what goes through the minds of the poor male souls who have been forced to endure this movie:


EAT - (popcorn)

PRAY - (for the projector to break)

LOVE - (to get out of this fucking theater)


Finally, a male response to this movie has just been optioned to the company headed by Steve Carell (no joke), and its title is:


DRINK PLAY F@#K


Have a great weekend everyone.


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-69


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday - More Baseball For Billi Pod

It is a very nice morning in The Greatest City in the World and it is supposed to be beautiful for the rest of the day.


This afternoon I will be at Yankee Stadium for the final game of the Yankees/Detroit series with Phil Hughes on the mound for the Bronx Bombers, who remain in a tie with The Rays for first place in the AL East. The Ray’s just ain’t going away.


The Yankees won last night 9-5 in a game that had a nasty overtone resulting from resentment directed at Brett Gardner for a slide he made into 2nd base in Monday’s game. He was trying to break up a double play. He injured the Tiger’s 2nd baseman. Last night Gardner was the leadoff batter and he was hit by a pitch resulting in a warning to both benches.


The tension was palatable during the rest of the game. Luckily the Yankee bats came alive and they hit 3 home runs to seal the win for Dustin Mosely, filling in for the injured Andy Pettitte.


Had a very interesting experience during the game. What, you are no doubt breathlessly asking? Well, for this game I was not in my usual section, rather, an excellent seat on the 3rd base side, on the field level. Seated next to me was a 30s couple and we struck up a conversation before the game started.


They are Karen & Anders Ericksson, from Sweden, now living in Canada, and were attending their very first ever baseball game. They were in total awe of Yankee stadium and the crowd. During the course of the game they asked me tons of questions and I was happy to share with them my knowledge of the game. For me it made an exciting game even more enjoyable.


Tonight I have a show scheduled at a theater next door to PHC. It is AN ERROR OF THE MOON-“a fictional portrait of the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, the rock star actors of their day. Edwin tells his tale of a man consumed by jealousy, of bitter sibling rivalry, and the mad obsession that sparked the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.”


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-70

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday - Facetime With Fabson

Good afternoon my loyal and faithful readers. I just got back from having breakfast/brunch with student/General Manager Scott Reed aka Fabson at an “in” place in Chelsea called Grey Dog. It was nice to see him because we had a lot of catching up to do. We had our usual therapy session.


I am very concerned that he is considering moving to a farm in upstate NY. Fabson-->if you are serious, then I strongly suggest you consider the Apopka/Leesburg area in Florida instead. Think about it.


Tonight-7:05-->Yankees/Detroit.

Last night’s game was very exciting with the Yankees winning 6-2 behind a decent outing by ace CC Sabathia. But the highlight of the evening was a tribute to a blind woman named Jane Lang.

Jane Lang has attended nearly 300 Yankee games alone, with a seeing eye dog. Just the two of them take a train from their home in New Jersey to Penn Station. Then they take the subway up to the Bronx and Yankee stadium, finishing a 2 hour trip. Awesome.


Yesterday members of the team went to her home, unannounced, and escorted her to the stadium. Awesome!


The Yankees are kinda banged up. A-Rod is out for “days” with a low-grade strain of his left calf. Andy Pettitte is nowhere near returning and Nick Johnson is likely (surprise surprise) gone for the season. And, yes, I know that other teams are also suffering from injuries, but I don’t care about them, so ...


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ho-Hum/Whatever

Yes, my loyal and faithful readers, I have to report that yesterday was a ho-hum/whatever kinda day.


Had no problems exchanging my Yankee tickets and doing the usual errands but when nothing of interest showed up on my ticket services I stayed in and watched the Yankees/Detroit game and --->The Yankees f**king sucked!!! Bats have just gone dead. I am beginning to get worried, no joke. They are now tied with The Rays again.


Speaking of baseball, this is Billi Pod’s schedule for the next 5 days:


Tues-7:05-->Yankees/Detroit

Wed-7:05-->Yankees/Detroit

Thurs-1:05-->Yankees/Detroit

Fri-->open at the moment<--will book some Fringe Festival shows.

Sat--1:05-->Yankees/Seattle


In closing, I regret to report that it looks as if my youngest grandson, Topher, is apparently gearing up to engage in yet another War of Words with moi. When will he learn? His record is 0 wins and 1,238+ losses over the last 10 years.


Come on Topher, if you have all of this extra time on your hands why don’t you just go back to your knitting class?


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-73


Monday, August 16, 2010

Billi Pod Says-->See Scott Pilgrim!!

Good morning everyone. It is a dark and gloomy day in the Big Apple. Rain is forecast.


Gonna head out to Yankees stadium shortly to exchange tickets for 2 games scheduled for when I will be down in Columbia for Lex's 30th birthday party.


Nothing planned yet for the remainder of the day/night except the usual errands. I feel rather confident something will show up on one of my tickets services, so not to worry.


Billi Pod’s report card on SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD-->I loved it<--it is a lot of fun and the visual effects are stunning. So much is going on that sometimes it is kinda hard to follow but everyone was laughing out loud from start to finish. If you are in the mood for something to smile at, then this is the show for you. Will probably see it again.


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.” BMS-73

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Billi Pod's Fringe Festival Frenzy

Well my loyal and faithful readers, when I got back to PHC last night around 9:30pm, after my Fringe Festival Frenzy, my head was about to explode from 3 shows, 5+ hours, of screaming, yelling, dysfuctionalism (if that is a word) and gore. I have no one to blame but myself, of course. Thank God the weather was awesome.


Here is Billi Pod’s report card:


MOBIUS-->C<--a rip-off of Next to Normal, without the songs.


THE LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY OF JAY LENO-->C<--good premise but way too long. The acting was only so-so.


AN IDIOT-->B<--the most yelling and screaming but by far the best acting. Not sure what the f**k the point of the play was, however.


Today - I will stay in during the afternoon to watch the final Yankees/Kansas City game (the Yankees won last night powered by A-Rod’s 3 homers).


Then at 7:00-->SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, starring Michael Cera. I already have my ticket. Really looking forward to it. The show has received mostly very favorable reviews.


GO YANKEES!!


Billi Pod

“Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.”

BMS-74