Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gisela & Ron - Orquestra Instituto GPA - Half Ass U - Pocatello

Saturday==>OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the wastelands, hinterlands and boondocks ... it is important that you each join forces with your favorite blogger at 3:30pm in support of The Florida Gators as we take on the undefeated Half Ass U Semi-holes at that disgrace of a field known as Choke Campbell Stadium.

The game will be carried on ESPN and the ‘Holes are favored by 7 1/2 points.

This will be Coach Muskrat’s final game as a Gator. Interestingly, the last game the 'Holes lost was two years ago to The Gators.

Honestly, to win we will need the intervention of The Football Gods and I don’t know if Coach Muskrat is worthy of their help. So ... pray ... keep your fingers crossed ... and ... keep repeating==>GO GATORS!!

Moving on ...

Had a wonderful time yesterday afternoon with my dear friend Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely from Miami, FL, and attorney Ron Hedges from ... gasp ... that plague-ridden Province known as New Jersey.

As planned, we had lunch at one of the restaurants at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We did some much needed/wanted catching up and then strolled though the galleries for awhile.

So==>Gisela and Ron ... it was great being with you and I look forward to seeing you in March.

Moving on ...

Last night’s entertainment event was a classical music concert ... 


This Brazilian orchestra performed works by Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Breiner, and Kreisler, as well as a rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.”

According to the info section of The Playbill: “Orquestra Instituto GPA, a string orchestra, was founded in 1999 and is composed of 30 to 40 musicians between the ages of 10 and 21 years. It has performed more than 500 concerts throughout Brazil, Argentina, the US, France and Italy.”

This extremely talented group was totally enjoyable. In several of the numbers the musicians actually sang and/or danced while playing their instruments. They totally had the full-house audience enraptured, earning roaring ovations. They rewarded us with 3 encores.

The program also featured excellent performances by West Orange High School Orchestra and Arlington High School Wind Ensemble.

My comp. seat couldn’t have been better. I was in the second tier, center box, seat 3. Great sight line and, of course, awesome acoustics.

Yeah, I left Carnegie Hall a totally happy camper.

Moving on some more ...

As mentioned above, this afternoon will be devoted to college football. Then, for the evening will be an Off Broadway show on my block ...

8:00==>POCATELLO - “Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello - a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can’t serve enough Soup, Salad and Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This “heartbreaking comedy” is playing at Playwrights Horizons on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 1:40, without intermission, and runs through January 4th.

In closing==>yesterday’s trips to and from The Met, plus some walking and wandering before my Carnegie Hall concert resulted in a totally amazing walking day ... 6.02 miles. YES!!


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>6.02 miles (or, 13,163 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,340.94 miles (average 4.04 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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