Saturday, November 15, 2014

The New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra - The Gators and College Football

Saturday==>Need to get this posting finished ASAP so your favorite blogger can be ready for the noon kickoff of the FLORIDA/SOUTH CAROLINA game from The Swamp in Gainesville, FL, carried on SECN.

My Gators are favored by 7 points and, hopefully, when the afternoon is over we will send Coach Spurrier and his Limpcocks crawling back to that fetid cesspool known as Columbia, SC.

So ... let’s get started with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event, the classical music concert ...

NEW AMSTERDAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Symphony Space - The program was :

Wagner - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs;
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto (performed by Kevin Lin); and,
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

This was totally excellent and more than lived up to my expectations.

I had a great seat ... on the aisle about 10 rows from the stage ... also excellent.

The violinist Kevin Lin gave an outstanding performance of Tchaikovsky’s revered Violin Concerto in D Major. He received a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd.

Then, OMFG, it was Dvorak’s majestic Symphony No. 9 “From the New Word,” which was performed to perfection. The well-known “Going Home” theme was beautiful and I found it extremely difficult not to hum along with the orchestra during most of the performance. I didn’t.

Just a quick bit of background ... The New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1976 by six musicians. It has now grown to over 75 players who are a combination of professional, semi-professional, and accomplished avocational musicians.

The stated primary goal of the orchestra is: “To seek out and showcase outstanding musical talent and provide them with the much-coveted opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra in New York City.”

Yeah, it was a terrific concert and I left Symphony Space with a huge smile on my face.

Moving on ... 

Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, that now brings us to today, which is, as you know, going to be a college football frenzy for your favorite blogger. Yes, he will be in front of his 42” flat screen TV, as a couch-potato from noon until after midnight.

He will, however, be in his walking modality during each of the games ... meaning ... during time-outs and when the ball changes hands he will get up and briskly walk around the apartment. I anticipate that Billi Pod will be able to record at least 3 miles by midnight.

In addition to The Gator game I plan to watch the following ...

3:30==>MISSISSIPPI STATE/ALABAMA, carried on CBS. I will be pulling for ‘Bama since my son, Bill III aka The Bill, is a long-time avid Crimson Tide fan. I still continue to wonder why I can root for his team but he never seems to be able to “honestly” cheer/pull for The Gators? Oh well ...

‘Bama is favored by 8 1/2 points even though Miss. State is the #1 ranked team.

Then it will be ...

8:00==>FSU/MIAMI, carried on ABC. I will be pulling for The ‘Noles because of Sandy Mullon aka Her Druidness aka Island Girl, but, frankly, the inner Billi Pod probably wants both teams to lose.

The ‘Noles are favored by 1 1/2 points.

OK, everyone out there in the boondocks, wastelands, and hinterlands ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>2.11 miles (or, 4,617 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,292.14 miles (average 4.06 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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