Monday, June 9, 2014

Tony Awards - Dinner With Friends - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME - The Wankies

Monday==>It is a gray and overcast morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, but there is nothing I can do about it ... so ... why don’t we get this week started with something positive, like ...

Last night’s Tony Awards Ceremony.

I am happy to report that your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple did rather well in his predictions. He was correct in 7 out of the 8 predictions he made for you loyal and faithful readers and followers in Saturday’s posting.

The only one Billi Pod missed was the BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY category. His prediction was for Twelfth Night to win, but the Tony went to A Raisin in the Sun, and he has no problem with that.

I thought that Hugh Jackman did an acceptable job. His opening number, where he jumped up and down, started off kinda funny but it lasted way too long.

Neil Patrick Harris was outstanding in his Hedwig number. I just gotta man up and get a full-price ticket to this show while he is still in it.

It will be interesting to see which shows get the anticipated “Tony-Bump” in ticket sales. Hopefully the struggling A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will benefit after winning BEST MUSICAL.

Man, what is it with Clint Eastwood? He mispronounced The Cripple of Inishmaan, looked old and acted senile.

As is my custom, during most of the acceptance speeches I hit the mute button and then got up and walked around the apartment, which I also did during the interminable commercial breaks. During the 3-hour show I actually recorded a little over a mile on my WeightWatchers Pedometer.

All-in-all I enjoyed the show, especially my record of 7-1. Way to go Billi Pod!!

Moving on ...

Yesterday was another excellent walking day. I was able to do some major walking and wandering in my ‘hood after the woeful YANKEES/KANSAS CITY game (details below).

Today is going to be excellent ... first ...

At 5:30pm I will meet my buddies Dian Crystal aka My Lady, Marty Kosarik aka Whatever and, hopefully, his boyfriend Robert, at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant, Meske, on West 47th Street in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood.

We haven’t been together since May 6th when they hosted my 80th birthday party. We have a lot of catching up to do.

When we finish we will then walk over to The Theater District to see the Broadway show ...

8:00==>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.” (Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show is in early previews, opens on June 19th, is playing at The Palace Theatre on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets, has a running time of 2:25, with intermission, and is an open run.

Yeah, I know ... this show is probably going to be one of those either “loved it or hated it” events.

So ... really looking forward to being with you guys ... and ... ahem ... this posting will be early enough so there will be no acceptable excuse(s) for not reading it ... understood?

On this happy note ... moving on to some sports ... for Marty, of course ...

Yesterday afternoon The Wankies (31-31) TOTALLY SUCKED as they wasted a stellar outing from Hiroki Kuroda by losing 2-1 to The Royals (31-32) in Kansas City.

Man, this was a painful game to watch as The Wankies went 1-17 with runners in scoring position. The tone of the game was set in the top of the 2nd inning when The Wankies loaded the bases with no outs and then failed to score.

The beat writer of The NY Post described the game as: “the latest gathering of the Dead Bats Society.” I totally agree.

Tonight at 8:10pm is the final game of the 4-game series. On the mound for The Wankies will be Vidal Nuno (1-2) vs. Jason Vargas (5-2). 

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, as most of you know, Monday is Billi Pod’s errands and chores day ... so ... we need to post this and get started ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>6.17 miles (or, 13,482 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>33.59 miles (average  4.80 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>600.96 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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