Friday, April 4, 2014

Great Weather/7.07 Miles/The Velocity of Autumn/Act One/Baseball Breaking News


Friday==>Yes, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, yesterday was an AWESOME weather-day here in the Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. 

Finally.

It was in the low 60s with bright sun and a light breeze. In other words, it was finally a Spring Day and this meant it was a terrific walking day for your favorite blogger.

Yes, when the day finally ended Billi Pod had recorded a total of 7.07 miles on his trusty and reliable WeightWatchers Pedometer.

Spent a good portion of the afternoon walking the High Line down to its beginning a few blocks south of West 14th Street. 

This was my first visit since the beginning of Winter and, of course, the greenery is just beginning to recover from the terrible Winter weather.

I was amazed at how much new construction had begun since my last visit and, frankly, this isn’t a good sign because, if it continues at its current pace, soon there will be no views from the High Line except of high-rise apartment buildings.

When I got back to PHC around 4:30pm I had recorded 4.75 miles. The rest of the mileage came from my walk to and from The Theater District for my show, including some walk and wander time pre-show.

So ... 7.07 miles ... not bad for a soon to be 80-year old guy.

Moving on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ... 

The Broadway show, in previews ...

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN - “Getting old is never easy, but septuagenarian Alexandra (Estelle Parsons) is making it especially dramatic. The feisty grandma has barricaded herself in her Brooklyn apartment with a bunch of Molotov cocktails, threatening to blow up the block if her family tries to put her in a home. Her estranged gay son (Stephen Spinella) tries to intervene.”==>B+

Estelle Parsons is simply amazing in this role and she is totally believable. Her character often uses profanity but it isn’t nearly as frequent as the early buzz reported.

The story line, dealing with the ravages of old age, mentally and physically, and how family members deal with it, is touching and also very troubling, especially for someone like moi.

Basically, Parsons’ character wants to be left alone so she can ultimately die, alone, in her own home.

Spinella also does an excellent job without falling into the all-too-often clich├ęs of playing a gay character.

My only quibble==>the show is 1:30, without intermission, and, IMHO, it could use about 15-minutes of trimming.

When it was over the house gave both actors a roaring standing ovation.

Billi Pod says==>see this show.

The show is in previews, opens on April 21st, is playing at The Booth Theatre on West 45th Street, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and runs through August 17th.

Tonight’s entertainment event is another Broadway show, also in previews ...

8:00==>ACT ONE - “This adaptation of Theater Legend Moss Hart’s classic autobiography chronicles the playwright/director's impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater.” (Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

This show is still in previews, opens on April 17th, is playing at the Vivian Beaumont @ Lincoln Center, has a running time of 2:45, with intermission, and runs through June 15th.

The advance buzz is mostly favorable although there has been criticism about the running time, which has been reported to approach 3-hours.

Moving on to some sports ...

Last night The Yankees beat The Astros 4-2, behind a decent outing from Ivan Nova, and avoided the sweep.

Tonight @ 7:07pm, up in Toronto, we will play The Blue Jays in the first game of a 3-game series.

Masahiro Tanaka, who was 24-0 last year in Japan, will be making his highly anticipated major league debut. He will be facing Dustin McGowan (0-0) for the Jays.

BREAKING NEWS==>OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, as many of you know, Billi Pod’s major sources of news are: Jon Stewart; Bill O’Reilly; Fox News; and, The Onion.

Well, the following very troubling article just appeared in the latest edition of The Onion, and, in the name of fair and unbiased reporting, Billi Pod must share this breaking news with you --

NATION ALREADY SICK OF BASEBALL
“WASHINGTON—With the MLB season still less than a week old, millions of weary Americans across the country confirmed Wednesday that they were already sick of baseball. “Three innings into opening day and I was completely bored to death,” said 36-year-old Michael Simpkins, echoing the sentiment of the entire U.S. populace while expressing that he could not wait for the tedious MLB season to finally end. “I was sort of excited before the game, but once they started playing I immediately realized that I couldn’t take one more second of this unwatchable shit.” At press time, the nation was reportedly reading articles on the NFL Draft and asked reporters to let them know who won the World Series.”

Gasp ... Is this true? 

Remember==>I report - you decide.

In closing==>In yesterday’s blog posting Billi Pod made a serious error. Marty was with Robert, not Richard. Sorry guys ... it has been corrected on the website.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>7.07 miles (or, 15,448 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>318.77 miles (average 3.43 miles per day)

GO GATORS & GO YANKEES!!

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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