Saturday, March 29, 2014

Marie and Lenny/LGBT Symphonic Band Concert/Yankees & Gators

Saturday==>It is a gray and gloomy beginning to the weekend here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

At 11:00am it is lightly raining with the forecast for more of the same for most of the afternoon and into the evening.

The good news is that it is somewhat warmer ... in the low 50s, and, while that ain’t Summer it is much better than it has been in quite some time.

So ... let’s move on ...

Had a great time last night with my new friends Marie and Lenny Taylor, who are my seat mates at one of my New York Philharmonic series.

Marie is a very successful real estate agent/broker and Lenny is a retired college professor.

We met for an early dinner at Manhattan Diner on Broadway between 94th and 95th streets. It is located directly across the street from Symphony Space where my evening’s concert was scheduled.

It was a totally enjoyable time and the food was acceptable. We shared a lot of background stories and that was nice.

They have invited me to be a guest at their Sag Harbor beach cottage when it gets warmer, and, of course, I accepted their generous invitation.

When we had finished we split and I had time for a brief walk and wander session. As usual, when I am in this area, I was struck with how different it is from my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood.

Now ... about the concert ... 

LESBIAN & GAY BIG APPLE CORPS SYMPHONIC BAND @ Symphony Space - “'Coloring Outside the Lines' - featuring the music of American gay and lesbian composers, including Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Travis Cross, George Gershwin, Jennifer Higdon, and Stephen Sondheim.”

My comp. seat was decent, row P in the orchestra section, far house right. The house appeared to be about 3/4s full and that was a bit of a surprise since the previous concerts that I had seen were each sold-out.

In the name of fair and unbiased reporting I have to share that the orchestra just didn’t sound as good as they had at previous concerts. The weak link at the beginning was the brass section, particularly the french horns.

As the concert progressed the sound from the stage got better and better so it ended up being a decent experience, although not to the level that I had anticipated/expected.

Moving on to today ...

Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, today is going to be a total couch-potato sports day for your favorite blogger, starting with ...

1:00==>YANKEES/MARLINS @ Tampa, carried on YES.

This is the final spring training game for The Bronx Bombers and Ivan Nova will be the starting pitcher.

Last night the Bombers got excellent pitching from Hiroki Kuroda and Masahito Tanaka, who combined for a shutout 3-0 win over the Marlins.

Then ... for the evening is ... tada ...

6:00==>GATORS/DAYTON, Regional Championship Game,  carried on TBS.

The Gators are favored by 10-points but my gut feeling is that it is gonna be a much closer game. The winner advances to the Final Four on next Saturday.

The local media is treating Dayton as the “Cinderella” team of the tournament. 

Well, that’s OK, but they are gonna be Gator bait when the game is over ... jus sayin’ ...

So ... 


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.02 miles (or, 8,803 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>292.26 miles (average 3.36 miles per day)


Billi Pod
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