Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Meske with Dian & Marty - New York Philharmonic Concert - Only In New York Moment - Today’s Plans - The Alex & Gina Falletta Family

Wednesday - Your favorite Big Apple blogger is happy to report to you loyal and faithful readers and followers that yesterday was yet another terrific day here in The Greatest City In The World (details below).

The only downside was, of course, the weather that remained cold for the entire day and evening.

But ... this morning at 10:30am it is actually a balmy 47º, although rain is in the forecast for later in the afternoon and into the evening hours.

So ... let’s just move on with Billi Pod’s report on the details on yesterday’s activities ... starting with ...

Lunch with Dian Crystal aka My Lady and Marty Kosarik aka Whatever at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant, Meske, on West 47th Street in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood.

As usual, we each ordered the Vegetarian Platter, which was yummy.

It had been awhile since the three of us had been together so we had a lot of catching-up to do. I gave them some more details on my Winter Park trip and my final decision to leave NYC but ... as I had anticipated ... my efforts to sell them on the wisdom of this decision totally failed. Oh well ... anyway ...

Dian and Marty==>it was great being with you.

When we split I went to The Food Emporium to do my weekly shopping and take advantage of the additional 5% Senior Discount that is only offered on Tuesday.

Now ... we will move on with Billi Pod’s report on last night’s classical music concert up at Lincoln Center ...

7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC @ Avery Fisher Hall - The program was:

Ravel - Piano Concerto in G Major (performed by Inon Barnatan);
Salonen - Nyx;
Debussy - Jeux; and,
Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Frankly, this concert didn’t blow me away as I had anticipated/hoped ...

Ravel’s Piano Concerto performed by Inon Barnatan - excellent

Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite - excellent

Debussy - Jeux - only so-so.

Salonen - Nyx (NY Phil premiere) - sucked. A piece of the atonal dreck that Billi Pod hates.

I was seated next to my friends, attorneys Alan and Irene Warshauer, and that was nice because we were able to do some much needed catching-up. It also gave me an opportunity to fill them in on my decision to leave NYC in May. 

It was actually kinda sad for me because I have really enjoyed getting to know them. Oh well ... 

And ... during the concert there was one of those WTF Only In New York moments that went down like this ...

During the middle of the Piano Concerto the mid-70s lady seated directly behind me, on the aisle, got out of her seat and went across the aisle and yanked an iPhone out of the hands of a young woman who was texting and threw it on the floor. She went back to her seat. To my amazement there was no response from the young woman. An usher retrieved the iPhone and gave it back to her. Further ... at intermission and at the end of the concert there was no interaction between the two women.

Only in New York, folks, only in New York.

I am also happy to report that the errands and chores walking and going to and from Lincoln Center resulted in some very good walking stats ... for a change==>5.28 miles.

Moving on ...

This afternoon at 1:00pm will be The Yankees/Mets Spring Training game at Tampa, carried on YES.

At the moment my plans for this evening are in flux but have no fear ... I am confident something of interest will show up on one of my ticket services ... so ... stay tuned.

Oh ... does anyone out there in the morass known as cyberspace have a recommendation for an interstate mover? Please ...

Your favorite blogger will close this posting out with a great picture of the Alex & Gina Falletta family. From left to right - Saylor, Gina, Alex and Finley.

Man, my great-granddaughters are growing up so fast.  

Love you guys.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.28 miles (or, 11,552 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>339.30 miles (average 4.09 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.”


Marty said... misunderstand my friend. Dian and I are both THRILLED for you that you have made this decision and seem very pleased with it. We both (perhaps I shouldn't be speaking for her but we just had lunch today and had this very conversation so I do not feel I'm speaking out of turn) think that this is probably the best move for you at this time. What we also both agreed was how odd it was to see someone that we've become friends with, someone we enjoy spending time with, someone who is interesting (when he's not talking about those damn Yankees), who's opinion we value, who's funny and fun to be around, someone we LOVE... How odd it is to say goodbye and realize we may never see them again. We are both VERY happy and very thankful to have had you in our lives Mr. Pod. I hope those people in Winterpark appreciate what a special individual they are getting. I will remind you of one little bit of advice should you find yourself missing those bright lights of the Great White Way...the beautiful eccentricities that await you around every corner or any of the countless charms that make New do you say it...The greatest City In The World...should you ever find yourself missing us can always come back.

Marty aka Whatever

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