Sunday==>I hope that everyone out there in the morass known as cyberspace is having a great weekend because Billi Pod is happy to report to you loyal and faithful readers and followers that your favorite blogger’s weekend has been incredibly good.
I have delayed posting to this blog due to some time constraints ... so ... please forgive me ... and let’s get started with an update beginning with Friday ...
In the early evening I met up with John and Amanda Horne of Anna Maria, FL, and their posse. John is the owner and manager of several highly successful restaurants in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. His mother, Ann Senn Horne, and I go way back to high school.
The posse included: John and Amanda Horne; Lynn Horne, Jr. and Sandra, Trey and Jack; Curtis and Carolina Peery; Cara Rawe; Corey Fernandez; and, of course, Billi Pod.
John and Amanda and their posse were in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, to see the Off Broadway show ...
OCCUPATION - “In 2017, facing economic catastrophe, the US Government sells Florida to China for $5 trillion. But there is a radical, violent insurgency in the Everglades attempting to save Florida.” (Off Broadway - full price ticket)
Family-member Jennifer Peery Logue has a pivotal role in this Off Broadway farce/comedy/drama
The show is extremely well acted and very thought-provoking. It follows two story lines==>one is a group of Americans in the Resistance and the other is a Chinese bureaucrat who is now in charge of Florida.
At the end of the play Jenn has several extremely emotional moments as the theme shifts from farce to very heavy drama.
Billi Pod’s report card==>A
I would highly recommend this show but unfortunately its limited run ends with today’s matinee performance.
In the picture the bearded guy in front is Eugene Douglas who played Jenn’s husband. Jenn is in the back row.
Then part of the posse walked with me up to 42nd Street to my apartment building where I showed them the awesome views from PHC on the 41st floor.
So, guys==>it was great being with you and ... Jenn ... congratulations on a great performance and run.
Now ... that brings us to yesterday ... which was a doubleheader for your favorite blogger.
In the late morning Ashley Zandy and John Scott Reed aka Fabson came over to PHC so Ashley could check out the awesome views of Hell’s Kitchen.
As you loyal and faithful readers and followers know from previous postings: Ashley is a Gator and is part of the Facebook team in Palo Alto, CA; and, Scott has just become a member of the team.
We did some catching up and then subwayed up to The Bronx for the 1:05pm YANKEES/RAYS game at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed And Ego Built.
We had a lot of fun on the subway, laughing and joking about things and stuff. I know that some of our fellow passengers probably thought we were nuts.
When we got to the stadium the weather was awesome. When we went into the stadium I showed Scott and Ash where my season ticket package seat is located and then I took them to their seats, across the stadium.
As planned, we then split and I came back to my seat and settled in to watch the game.
So ... Ashley and Scott==>it was great being with you guys!! I am sooooooo proud and happy for both of you.
Our ace CC Sabathia had a decent outing. His only mistake was giving up a grandslam in the top of the 6th inning, a drive that centerfielder Brett Gardner came within inches of catching. It put us in a 5-3 deficit.
We ultimately won the game 7-5 on a 3-run double from the struggling Vernon Wells and the 26th save from Mo.
The 3rd game of the 4-game series is this afternoon at 2:05pm with Ivan Nova (2-1) on the mound for The Yankees vs. Chris Archer (1-1) for The Rays.
When the game was over I subwayed back to PHC, showered, changed clothes, had a small fruit and cheese plate, and then it was time to head up to Lincoln Center for the second half of my doubleheader ...
8:00pm==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall.
The program was: Emanuel Ax performing Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11; and, excerpts from Wagner’s “The Ring Cycle.”
What a terrific way to end my doubleheader. Ax was excellent, as usual, and the 55-minute orchestral movement from “The Ring Cycle” was unbelievably beautiful. The full-house audience gave the orchestra a well-earned standing ovation.
It was a little after 10:00pm when the concert was over. The weather was great, so I opted to walk back to the apartment, thus ending an awesome entertainment and walking day.
OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, you are almost up-to-date ... so ... let’s finish it off with today’s entertainment schedule.
First of all, of course, has been the preparation of this update posting. Then for the afternoon I will stay in and watch the YANKEES/RAYS game.
For the evening will be my third, yes, that is correct, third attempt to see the Off Broadway comedy ...
7:00==>THE EXPLORERS CLUB - “In 1879 London a prestigious men’s club is shaken by the possibility of a female member.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)
I had previously booked this well-reviewed show on June 16th and either the performance time didn’t exist or it was canceled by the producer, depending on who you believe. I rescheduled it for June 19th but then the producer withdrew all of the comp. tickets. When it showed up for tonight for what is its final performance, I thought I would give it one more shot.
Keep your fingers crossed.
OK ... it is almost game time ... so ...
Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>6.31 miles (or, 13,792 steps)
Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,685.45 miles
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”