Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Walk About New York Tour - Meske - Major Barbara

Wednesday==>It is a gray and overcast morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World ... not that those of you loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the boondocks, hinterlands and wastelands could give a flying-F ... but ... anyway ... it is ... so ...

We will get today’s posting started with Billi Pod’s report on yesterday’s excellent entertainment event ...

WALK ABOUT NEW YORK: Subway Art Tour - “From the edge of Greenwich Village, up to the edge of Harlem and back down to the Village, the Subway Art Tour will take you on a most unusual journey. You will discover that part of New York City that very few have the opportunity to see: art underground.”

Your favorite blogger was on this tour with Dian Crystal aka My Lady and Marty Kosarik aka Whatever. Actually, Marty and I were there to support Dian who was to make her first ride on a subway in a long long time ... yeah ... since 1972, according to Marty.
Folks, this was a totally enjoyable, informative and educational event that started at the Union Square subway station at 1:00pm.

Our tour director was Phil Desiere who did an outstanding job. Not only was he excellent in his running narrative on all of the mosaic art work and subway history but he also did an incredible job in keeping our group of about 15 under control as we got on and off the trains numerous times between stations etc.

He took us from 14th Street up to 66th street on the N/R/Q and 1 lines, getting off at almost every station.

The group then came back down to 42nd Street via the 1 line and went over to the A/C line and up to 81st Street, and then back down to 14th Street, where the tour ended.

I left the tour at 42nd Street because ... in the name of fair and unbiased reporting ... I had to piss like a race horse. I was afraid this might be an issue ... and it was ... oh well ...

Not only was the tour a lot of fun, but I also got to meet Dian’s friend Gail Breiterman, who she has known for 25 years, plus Doug Carter and Nanette Wheeler-Carter, who Dian had met via Facebook and who are from California.
In the picture it is me, Dian, Doug and Nanette.

Just a few of the 270+ pictures taken by Dian ...

Bottom line==>this tour is well worth the time and money.

In the late afternoon, I met up with Dian and Marty at our favorite Ethiopian Restaurant, MESKE, on West 47th Street, in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood.

Over dinner, the usual Vegetarian Platter, Dian disclosed that it would be at least another 42 years before she would set foot on a subway train again. I totally believe her.

After dinner we split. Dian and Marty had tickets to the Broadway show, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS. Billi Pod came back to the warm and cozy confines of PHC and just relaxed.

As expected, getting to the tour, then the tour itself and stuff resulted in a very good walking mileage day==>5.15 miles.

OK ... moving on ... 

This afternoon your favorite blogger will be seeing the Off Broadway show ...

2:00==>MAJOR BARBARA - “In this revival of George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 classic, when the charming weapons-manufacturer Andrew Undershaft goes toe-to-toe with his passionate daughter Barbara, a Major in the Salvation Army, over his “ill-gotten” fortune, it leads to the wager of the century. She is determined to save his soul - he is determined to open her eyes to a wider world. Their confrontation will knock their entire family’s moral compass up, down, and sideways, never to be the same again.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show received mixed reviews, is playing at The Pearl Theatre on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 2:40, with two intermissions, and runs through December 21st.

At the moment Billi Pod hasn’t finalized his plans for the evening ... so ... stay tuned.

Time to post this and then get ready for my matinee ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.15 miles (or, 11,229 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,355.30  miles (average 4.03 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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