Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Tuesday==>It is yet another gray and overcast day here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, kinda like Billi Pod’s mood after yesterday’s split doubleheader.

Yeah ... the doubleheader got off to a stellar start when I met my dear friends Dian Crystal aka My Lady and Marty Kosarik aka Whatever at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant, Meske, located on West 47th Street in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood. 

Unfortunately, Marty’s boyfriend, Robert, didn’t join us. Oh well ...

As usual each of us ordered the same thing, the Vegetarian Platter, which was AWESOME as usual.

We had a lot of catching up to do since the last time the three of us were together was way back on May 6th when Dian and Marty hosted my 80th birthday party at another Ethiopian restaurant.

When we finished we leisurely walked over to the Theater District to pick up our comp. tickets to the Broadway show, in previews ...

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME - “Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics blaze into life in this new musical, set on the streets of a Midwestern industrial city, that follows two childhood friends and their extended families as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.” 

Frankly, we each had serious misgivings about the show. Based on the negative advance buzz we had speculated that the show might actually close before its June 19th opening.

Our comp. seats in the cavernous Palace Theatre, on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets, were in the rear of the mezzanine. We were not seated together.

In yesterday’s posting your favorite blogger opined ... “this show is probably going to be one of those either ‘loved it or hated it’ events.”

Well, in the name of fair and unbiased reporting I must state that for Billi Pod it fell in the HATED IT category.

To start with, I am not terribly fond of rap music and this show was nothing but rap. Secondly, it was ear-busting loud and full of vulgarity and obscenities.

And, it seemed as if the n-word was almost every other word, either in the lyrics or in the dialogue

Yeah, I actually heard a young black guy, seated behind me, dressed in a hoodie (at a Broadway show??), tell his row of similarly dressed bros ... “see, I told ya it was fuckin’ OK so say nigger any time ya wanted to.” Not making this up ... this is what he actually said.

About halfway through Act I it was clear that I had made a serious mistake in booking this show and I admitted it to myself and decided that there was no way I was going to sit through Act II ... so, I fled.

Marty also left but Dian, and a friend, stayed to the bitter end.

I honestly don’t believe this show has any hope of attracting and building an audience large enough to stay open more than 2-months, assuming it doesn’t close before its scheduled opening date of June 19th.

Anyway ... Dian and Marty==>it was great being with you guys and good luck Marty on your new online adventure (details in a later posting, maybe).

Moving on to today’s entertainment event ...

“Producer and director Caleb Ryan is reviving the timeless music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in the inaugural performance of We’ll Take Manhattan, all to benefit Operation Smile. This gala concert event will feature an all-star cast of Broadway performers.”  (Concert - complimentary ticket)

This benefit concert is a one-night-only performance at New World Stages on West 50th Street, to be performed without an intermission.

Now ... will close with the usual sports report, as requested by Marty, of course ...

Last night the YANKEES/KANSAS CITY game, in KC, was rained-out and will be made up at a later date.

Tonight at 10:10pm, from Seattle, The Wankies (31-31) begin a 3-game series against The Mariners (34-29).

On the mound for The Wankies will be Vidal Nuno (1-2) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (4-2).

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.04 miles (or, 8,831 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>605.00 miles (average 3.78 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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