Monday, July 29, 2013


Monday==>It is a beautiful Back To Work Monday here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, with azure blue skies and a temperature of 78ยบ at 11:00am. The forecast high will be in the low 80s and that is very manageable, especially with the nice breeze coming off the Hudson River.

With the nice weather your favorite blogger has no legitimate excuse for not getting in a good walk and wander session later in the afternoon, something that has been woefully missing in his regimen for the past several weeks.

And, as most of you loyal and faithful readers and followers know ... this being a Monday ... it is Billi Pod’s usual errands and chores day, and, dammit ... he has plenty of them on his to-do list. So ... let’s get this posting started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on yesterday’s New York Musical Festival (NYMF) show ...

CASTLE WALK, in 1938 RKO is making ‘The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle’ with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, with Irene Castle herself as an advisor==>THUMBS UP

The show has an incredibly talented cast, great songs and dancing. My only quibble is that perhaps 15 minutes needs to be cut from the 1:45, without intermission, running time.

I saw this show with my theater-buddy Marty Kosarik aka Whatever. He is the one who insisted we get tickets. Well, luckily for him, it wasn’t a bad decision. I liked the show a lot and it was well worth the time and money.

This show was my 13th NYMF production and I have basically enjoyed all of them. My favorite show was THE AWAKENING OF ANGEL DELUNA, which featured magic tricks, juggling, acrobatics and amazing trapeze work, in addition to a great cast.

The Closing Night Ceremony was last night and I will report on the award winners as soon as the results are posted.

Back to yesterday ... 

When the show was over it was lightly raining and neither of us had brought our umbrellas. Oh well ... 

We split and I came back to PHC, dried off, and settled in for the remainder of the evening, watching baseball on ESPN.

Tonight’s entertainment event is a Broadway show ...

8:00==>LET IT BE - “Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, featuring 40 of their greatest hits.” (Broadway - complimentary ticket)

The show opened on July 24th to very mixed reviews. The main criticism is that the show is virtually identical to RAIN which ran in 2010. In fact, there is an active legal battle between the producers of the two shows.

Hey ... I love The Beatles and it is a comp. tix, so how could I pass it up?

Moving on ...

Yesterday afternoon Derek Jeter made a mega-dramatic return to the Yankee lineup when he drove the first pitch he saw into the right field stands for a homer. The stadium went nuts.

Unfortunately, Phil Hughes couldn’t protect the lead and left the game after 4-innings with the score tied 5-5. I think Phil’s days with the Yankees are numbered.

More drama==>The Yankees won the game 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off single from Alfonso Soriano, who also homered in the 3rd.

It was a very emotional game that got started with a very touching retirement ceremony honoring Hideki Matsui.

The Yankees have the day off as they travel to the West Coast for 2 games against The Dodgers and then 3 games against The Padres.

OK everyone out there in the boondocks, hinterlands and wastelands, it is time to post this and then begin work on my to-do list ... so ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>1.48 miles (or, 3,245 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>20.01 miles (average 2.89 miles per day)

Total mileage since 7/1/13==>100.64 miles (average 3.59 miles per day)


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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