Thursday, March 28, 2013


Thursday==>Good afternoon to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the boondocks, hinterlands and wastelands.

Let’s get today’s posting started with Billi Pod’s report cards on yesterday’s entertainment doubleheader ... starting with the Broadway show ...

HANDS ON A HARDBODY, the musical about ten down-on-their-luck Texans competing to win a truck by keeping one hand on it the longest==>B

The show has an excellent cast but just a so-so story line. I really didn’t care who finally won the contest. The music and choreography is decent, however.

Act 1 is slow in developing the characters and I think that the show would work better as a one-act, with a 90 minute running time.

My comp. seat was excellent - row 4 of the front mezzanine.

The show is worth seeing with a discounted or comp. ticket.

When the show was over I came back to PHC for the usual fruit and cheese plate and soon it was time to head out to my second show, which had a starting time of 7:00pm.

The show was playing at St. Luke’s Theatre on 46th Street. I planned to arrive a bit early so as to not incur the wrath of the asshole who usually attends the box office at this venue.

Got there at 6:15pm. The box office was open. Asshole wasn’t on duty. No one else was in the lobby, which I thought was rather strange. I double checked the voucher from my ticket service and the starting time was indeed listed as 7:00pm.

Picked up my ticket and then spent about 30 minutes walking around. Got back to the theater at 6:45pm and ... WTF?? There was no one in the lobby area. I pulled out my ticket and ... GASP ... the starting time for the show was 8:00pm, not the 7:00pm listed on my voucher. WTF??

Well ... there wasn’t anything I could do about it ... so ... I walked over to the Mariott Marquis hotel and went up to the lobby area and spent the next 45 minutes people watching and playing solitaire on my iPhone.

When I got back to the theater I brought the issue to the attention of the very nice lady in the box office and she said she really appreciated the info and would contact the ticket service about it in order to have the correct times for future performances.

Now ... about the show ... 

ADDICTED TO SHOW BUSINESS, about the life and career of standup comedian Dave Konig==>A-

Very funny and often thought-provoking, especially when he talked about being Jewish and married to an ardent and devoted Catholic. He converted to Catholicism and then later returned to his Jewish heritage. He is still married and his kids are being raised Catholic.

I think he has one show left, next Wednesday. Worth seeing.

Moving on to today’s entertainment event ...

7:30==>BEARS - “The human world is going to hell in a hand-basket, but neither Growl Bear nor Timmy Bear, two grizzlies stuck in a suddenly deserted zoo, have the least idea what a hand-basket might be. Enter Susie, a new wild bear, who convinces them to enter the world of the wilderness. Growl, Timmy, and Susie must learn who they are, how to survive, and define for themselves what it truly means to be a Bear.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show has received generally favorable reviews and buzz and is playing at the 59th Street Theatre Complex, one of my favorite venues.

Now ... let’s move on some more with a little bit of sports (done for Marty’s benefit).

Opening Day for the New York Yankees is this coming Monday @ 1:00pm at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed And Ego Built. Yes ... I will be there in my new seat location.

The projected weather is: sunny, high 55º, low 37º.

The Yankees continue to be plagued with injuries and this is what their Disabled List (DL) looks like as of today ... 

Derek Jeter - ankle - projected return==>1-2 weeks
Phil Hughes - bulging disk - projected return==>2-3 weeks
Curtis Granderson - broken forearm - projected return==> 6 weeks
Mark Teixeira - sprained wrist - projected return==>8-10 weeks
Alex Rodriguez - hip surgery - projected return==>4-6 months.

Yep, it’s gonna be a long and painful season for The Bronx Bombers and their fans. 

It was reported in the local papers today that with a new estimated value of $2.3 billion, the Yankees are the most valuable franchise in American sports, surpassing the $2.1 billion Dallas Cowboys.

In MLB the top-5 teams are:

Yankees - $2.3B
Dodgers - $1.6B
Red Sox - $1.3B
Cubs - $1.0B
Phillies - $893M

The least valuable team==>Rays @ $451M.


Had a very good walking day yesterday ... 

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.13 miles (or, 11,220 steps)

Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,283.62 miles


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

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