Monday, June 23, 2014


Monday==>Yeah, I know, it is back-to-work time for most of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the hinterlands, wastelands, and boondocks.

Take heart. Remember it is your responsibility to add to the Gross National Product (GNP) of this country so that we poor pensioners can survive on our meager monthly stipends from our pension plans and whatevers.

And, since the average retirement age has now risen to 67, you will have even longer opportunities to help those of us who retired at the age of 60.

Thank you all again and again.

Now ... moving on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL, after Anthony's father passes away, old family members, who haven't been on the best of terms for over a decade, are reunited at a funeral home for the wake and, basically, all Hell breaks loose==>A

This is the same letter grade it received when Billi Pod first saw it back on December 22, 2013.

The show is irreverent, profane, and in-your-face funny. It was just what your favorite blogger was in the mood for. It attacks stereotypes - gay, Italian, and family head on. It also addresses interfaith marriages.

It has a great ensemble cast. The almost full house seemed to be really enjoying the show.

Billi Pod says==>see this show if you want to laugh and have a good time.

This well-reviewed comedy is playing in repertory with MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING (Saturday’s) on Sunday’s only at St. Luke’s Theatre on West 46th Street, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs through September 28th.

When the show was over the weather was excellent so I took the long way back to the apartment. I walked up 8th Avenue to 57th Street, then West of 57th to 10th Avenue and then South on 10th back to 42nd Street and my apartment. This allowed me to have another 5-mile day and completed a pretty awesome walking week (details below).

Today, being Monday, your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, has his usual errands and chores to-do list to work on.

Then, for the evening it will be a concert of songs from Broadway musicals ...

8:00==>BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: Musicals of 1990-2014 @ Town Hall - “An array of Broadway stars will celebrate the last quarter century of musical theater with songs from Miss Saigon, Falsettos, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Rent, Jekyll & Hyde, Side Show, The Lion King, Ragtime, Aida, The Full Monty, The Producers, Into the Woods, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors, Wicked and more.” (Concert - discounted TDF ticket)

This well-reviewed series is written and hosted by Scott Siegel. It is usually well-performed and a lot of fun. Since it is on a Monday night, when most Broadway shows are dark, the audience will have lots of “theater-type” folks in attendance and that is always nice.

Moving on ...

I am sad to report that the hit musical NEWSIES will close on August 24th after a 2 1/2 year run that grossed more than $100 million. 

A North American tour is set to begin in October. If it comes to your area you just gotta see it, trust me on this ... you do.

I saw this show twice and loved it each time. Without a doubt, your favorite blogger will see it again before it closes.

Moving on some more ... of course ... 

One of my responsibilities to my loyal and faithful readers and followers is to provide you with information that you might not have access to out there in the wastelands, boondocks and hinterlands.

Well, in yesterday’s New York Times there was an amazing article about a New York Fire Department probationary firefighter (called a “probie”) that is absolutely jaw-dropping in its details of what actually happens when a NYFD unit responds to a reported fire. 

The title of the article is:

BAPTISM BY FIRE: A New York Firefighter Confronts His First Test

and the link to the article is:

Folk, you just gotta take the time to read this.

Now ... we will close this posting with the usual sports report ...

Yesterday afternoon out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, The Yankees (39-35) lost 8-0 to The Orioles (39-35) as our ace Masahiro Tanaka just didn’t have it and our bats were basically nonexistent. It was a very painful game to watch.

Tonight at 7:07pm, up in Toronto, The Yankees will play game 1 of a 3-game series against the AL East leading Blue Jays.

On the mound for The Yankees will be Chase Whitley (3-0) vs. Marcus Stroman (3-2) for The Jays.

OK, time to close this out and begin work on that annoying errands and chores list.

Oh ... these are some pretty AWESOME walking stats, IMHO ... 

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.10 miles (or, 11,146 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>35.57 miles (average 5.08 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>667.40 miles (average 3.86 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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