Saturday==>It was bright and cold this morning at 8:30am here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World - 41º. At noon it is only 46º and slightly overcast. Ain’t no way it’s gonna make it into the low 60s as forecast. Damn. Oh well, at least it isn’t raining like yesterday, which was a totally yucky day/evening.
So ... let’s get the weekend started with my report card on last night’s concert by the NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall==>TERRIFIC, as usual.
My TDF seat was also terrific, Row W in the Orchestra, center section.
Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard gave an outstanding performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23.
He also collaborated with the Orchestra in the US Premiere of an atonal piece of dreck called Le Desechantement du monde (The Disenchantment of the World) by someone named Tristan Murail. Man, did I hate this. It was 27 minutes of torture. It received a very tepid response from the audience.
In the name of fair and unbiased reporting I have to reveal that the music critic for The New York Times gave it a rave review, calling it “an elemental, shimmering mass of layered sounds, nuanced colors and stacked-up harmonies,” concluding with “The brilliantly colorful performance was riveting.”
To each his own ...or whatever ... anyway ...
The evening got back on track with the final number which was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, which received a roaring round of applause, partly triggered, I think, by the crowd’s desire to show how much we/they disliked the atonal piece of dreck that preceded it.
So, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, despite the piece of dreck, the rest of the concert was TERRIFIC.
It was way too cold and windy to even consider walking back to PHC so I subwayed home.
I had been following the score of the YANKEES/BALTIMORE game on my iPhone so I knew that the Yankees won 5-2, but I turned on the tube and watched the replay of the game in its entirety, ending at 2:00am. Yeah, I know ... but ... remember ... I am a true Yankee fan.
What a wild and crazy game. We got another good outing from our ace CC Sabathia, who pitched 8-innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 9. The Bombers scored 3 unearned runs in the bottom of the 7th when the Birds CF Adam Jones dropped a fly ball, clearing the bases. It would have been the 3rd out.
Then ... to add to the wild and crazy ... in the top of the 8th, with runners on lst and 2nd, with no outs, The Yankees turned an incredible triple play to end the inning. It was our first triple play at home since 1968. Mo came on in the top of the 9th to close it out.
With the win we are now 5-4 and tied with the Boston FuckSox for the lead in the AL East
This afternoon at 4:05pm it will be Phil Hughes (0-1) for the Bronx Bombers vs. Jason Hammel (1-1) for the Birds.
Oh, it looks like A-Rod may be in some more deep shit ...
It is “reported” that he attempted to purchase documents from Biogenesis, the closed “anti-aging” clinic in Miami, for the purpose of destroying them. Oh the drama.
And speaking of drama ... tonight’s entertainment event is ...
8:00==>THE DANCE OF DEATH - “On an isolated island, military captain Edgar, and his wife, a former actress, Alice, approach the 25th anniversary of a marriage turned deeply sour. When a jolt from the past arrives in the shape of their younger cousin Gustav, a deadly battle of wills begins.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)
This show is playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre downtown in The West Village. The buzz on the show was been mostly positive but it sounds to me like it is gonna be a lot of screaming, yelling, crying and cursing ... we will see.
Need to post this and dress warmly for a 90 minute outside walk and wander session.
Got in some decent mileage yesterday, mostly in The Port Authority Bus Terminal and at Lincoln Center.
Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.79 miles (or, 12,671 steps)
Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,340.22 miles
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”