Thursday, June 12, 2014

Homer Hooks - New York Philharmonic Concert - POWER PLAYS - Yankees

Thursday==>“Homer Hooks, journalist, World War II veteran, re-inventor of the Citrus Commission, past president of the Florida Phosphate Council and advisor to governors, died on Tuesday. He was 93.” (The Lakeland Ledger)

The link to his extensive obituary is ...

and it is well worth taking the time to read.

Homer and I have been friends for more years than I care to count. We are both University of Florida graduates, members of Florida Blue Key, avid Yankee fans and, of course, Gators to our inner core.

Back in December 2009 I was trying to end my whining and pouting about a major ass-whipping given to our Gators by Alabama. Homer composed a poem that he sent me and I then posted it on this blog. This is it ...
“I Will Not Whine...,” by Homer Hooks

I will not whine; I will not pout;

The Tide rolled in; the Tide rolled out;

And grabbed the Gator by the snout.

But let no one sneer at us;

We loyal fans of the Orange and Blue,

Know exactly what we have to do;

We’ll make like the Romans at Cincinnattus!!
So==>Rest In Peace my dear dear friend. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Now ... moving on ... to ...

Billi Pod’s report on last night’s classical music concert ...

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall==>outstanding, as usual. 

The program was Beethoven’s, Piano Concertos No. 1 & 4, performed by Yefim Bronfman and the World Premiere of a work called Lyra by Anthony Cheung.

The two Beethoven works were sublimely beautiful as performed by Bronfman, the Artist-in-Residence at Philharmonic. When Concerto No. 4 was concluded he received a roaring standing ovation.

Unfortunately, the work by Cheung, that was sandwiched between the two Beethoven numbers, was another atonal piece of puke-inducing dreck that Billi Pod hates. The running time was listed at 10-minutes, but it actually was much longer. When it was finally over it received a very tepid response from the audience, and “tepid” is giving it the benefit of the doubt. Oh well ... anyway ...

I was seated next to my new friends Lenny Gordon and his wife Marie Taylor and that made the concert even more enjoyable.

When the concert was over I walked back to the apartment while listening to the YANKEES/SEATTLE game (details below).

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is an Off Broadway show ...

7:00==>POWER PLAYS - “Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), a company dedicated and devoted to promoting works by and about people with disabilities, presents a collection of five new short plays by multi-award-winning playwrights John Guare, David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Bekah Brunstetter and Bruce Graham.” (Off Broadway - $9.00 TDF ticket)

This show has its first preview performance tonight, is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 1:15, without intermission, and runs through June 29th.

I have seen this group perform several times and their material is usually very interesting and the acting uniformly excellent.

Now ... in the baseball World ...

Last night, out in Seattle, our ace Masahiro Tanaka had another stellar outing as The Yankees (33-31) beat The Mariners (34-31) 4-2, bringing Tanaka’s record to 10-1.

He pitched a complete game. His only error was a bad pitch to Robinson Cano in the bottom of the 9th that resulted in a 2-run homer.

Tonight at 10:10pm is the final game of the 3-game series. On the mound for The Yankees will be Chase Whitley (1-0) vs. Roenis Elias (5-4).

Time to post this and then do some walking and wandering, probably down in The Village.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.00 miles (or, 8,750 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>613.54 miles (average 3.79 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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