Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Queen for a Day - Doctor Zhivago - Yankees/F**kSox - Moving

Sunday==>It is a beautiful Spring morning here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

Yes, your favorite Big Apple blogger is happy to report to all of his loyal and faithful readers and followers that at 10:00am it is sunny, with a few puffy clouds and a mild breeze coming off the Hudson River. The temperature is 64º with a high of 77º in the forecast. Nice, at long last.

So ... let’s get started with ...

Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

A QUEEN FOR THE DAY, set in an abandoned warehouse, Giovanni is a respected “made-man” who is forced into a difficult position as he is asked to give up his crime boss brother as part of a one day immunity deal also known as a “Queen for a Day”==>B+

This rather harsh drama is extremely well-acted by a stellar cast headed by David Proval as Giovanni “Nino” Cinquimani and Portia in the role of Patricia Cole, the Assistant US Attorney.

The story line has lots of twists and turns, some foreseen and some that are not. It is totally involving for the entire 90 minute running time.

My only quibble with the show is that there is way-too-much yelling and screaming from Giovanni, which coupled with his heavy Italian accent and use of Italian/Mafia slang, makes him sometimes very difficult to understand. This gets kinda old about 1/2 way into the performance.

Having said that ... 

Billi Pod says==>it is worth seeing if you are in the mood for drama.

It is playing at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, opens on May 3rd, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and runs through July 26th.

Moving on ...

Today’s entertainment event will be a recently opened Broadway musical ...

3:00==>DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - “This musical adaptation of the Boris Pasternak novel follows Dr. Zhivago, a high-minded young doctor, who finds that destiny leads him to Lara, a haunted beauty who captures his heart, as the ever-changing world swirls around them.” (Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show opened on April 21st and received mostly unfavorable reviews. Frankly, I am uncertain just why I booked it, but I did ... so ...

It is playing at the Broadway Theatre at Broadway and 53rd Street, has a running time of 2:40, with one intermission, and is a open run (although the buzz is that it will shortly post a closing notice).

Moving on some more to the sports scene ... for you Marty ...

Yesterday afternoon in that cesspool known as Fenway Park the Yankees won their second consecutive game against the pitiful Boston FuckSox, by a score of 4-2, on an excellent outing from Nathan Eovaldi, 3 RBIs from Brett Gardner, and a save from Dellin Betances.

It was a very exciting game to watch.

Tonight at 8:05pm on ESPN, the Yankees go for the sweep of the 3-game series.

On the mound for the Yankees (15-9) will be Adam Warren (1-1) vs. Joe Kelly (1-0) for the FuckSox (12-12)

Of course your favorite blogger will be glued to his 42” flat screen TV, praying to The Baseball Gods On High for a sweep of the wretched FuckSox.

In closing==>I have to admit that the full impact of my decision to leave The Big Apple and return to The Sunshine State has now fully surfaced.

Yes, the mental countdown has begun. I guess the final nails were driven into the so-called “coffin” when, in the past several days: (1) I signed the binding contact with the mover and made the payment up front; (2) the moving date of May 20th was set; (3) I was notified that as soon as I vacate the apartment the landlord will begin a major renovation project, and the contractors came by to take measurements etc; and, (4) my bedroom is now loaded with moving boxes that must be assembled.

In the name of fair and unbiased reporting I have to state that the whole thing has turned kinda depressing because of what I believe to be “Mover’s Remorse.” 

Oh well ... I am still confident that I have made the right decision ... so ... what will be, will be ...

On this happy note ...



Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.35 miles (or, 7,333 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>475.97 miles (average 3.90 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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