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Title: THE LETTER
Post by: bk on May 28, 2011, 12:43:37 AM
Well, you've read the notes, the notes had letters, and now it is time for you to post until the lettered cows come home.
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Post by: bk on May 28, 2011, 12:45:49 AM
And the word of the day is: HYMENEAL!
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Post by: George on May 28, 2011, 01:18:31 AM
A Very Happy Birthday to DR Arnold M. Brockman!! ;D
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Post by: KevinH on May 28, 2011, 03:37:30 AM
Happy Birthday to DR Arnold M. Brockman!
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Post by: KevinH on May 28, 2011, 03:38:32 AM
I'm shuffling off to Buff-a-lo soon (well, I'm actually flying).   Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!
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Post by: FJL on May 28, 2011, 03:56:17 AM
Happy happy birthday, dear Arnold Brockman, happy happy birthday to you!
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Post by: Laura on May 28, 2011, 03:57:37 AM
Happy Birthday, Arnold!
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Post by: Laura on May 28, 2011, 03:58:10 AM
TOD: I am currently reading The Little House series, which I highly recommend.
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Post by: Ben on May 28, 2011, 04:26:19 AM
Happy Birthday to Arnold!!!
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Post by: Ginny on May 28, 2011, 04:56:18 AM
Saturday morning greetings!  Richard and I are off to Oxford, OH, today for a memorial service for former President Philip Shriver, who died about a month ago.  He was president of Miami University when Richard and DR Elmore were students and when I was hired as a librarian.  The Men's Glee Club alumni are singing for the service.
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Post by: Ginny on May 28, 2011, 04:56:42 AM
Happiest of birthdays to DR Arnold M. Brockman!
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Post by: Druxy on May 28, 2011, 05:19:56 AM
Happy Birthday, Arnold!
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Post by: Jrand70 on May 28, 2011, 05:26:15 AM
Happy Birthday DR ARNOLD BROCKMAN
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Post by: Jrand70 on May 28, 2011, 05:27:08 AM
I am intrigued by The Letter mentioned in the notes.
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Post by: Jrand70 on May 28, 2011, 05:31:27 AM
It is a lovely day today, so far.

I shall be leaving myself in a little while to help set up the 50th Anniversary Board Appreciation Luncheon....and then head over to the theatre for the 50th Anniversary Open House....and then a short meeting.....and then who knows.....perhaps I will come home and celebrate that the 50th Anniversary Special Events are OVER!

Here is part five of our history:

http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/1731774.html
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Post by: Jrand70 on May 28, 2011, 05:39:03 AM
I shall return some time or other.  Every one have a great day.
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Post by: elmore3003 on May 28, 2011, 05:44:19 AM
Good morning, all! I slept late, and it feels lke it will be a very warm day in Manhattan. First thing on my agenda is the laundry and tdying up this apartment. Following that, I've got a lot of proofreading to do before I meet our DR Jose tonight to see THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, one of my very favorite comedies. I've been reading Congreve's THE WAY OF THE WORLD, and I now would like to see a performance of that,
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Post by: elmore3003 on May 28, 2011, 05:45:47 AM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birhtday Wishes To Our DR ArnoldMBrockman !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: elmore3003 on May 28, 2011, 05:46:19 AM
I shall return some time or other.  Every one have a great day.


You, too, DR JRand60!
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 05:59:04 AM
And the word of the day is: HYMENEAL!

And The Song Of The Day Is:  AN OLD FASHIONED WEDDING
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 05:59:49 AM
Good Morning!

I'm up, I'm up... And I'm surprisingly awake for a Saturday morning before 10:00am.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 06:02:11 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR ARNOLDMBROCKMAN!!!!!
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 06:08:24 AM
Birthday Greeting Thank You To

BK,JRand60,Druxy,Ginny,Ben,Laura,FJL,KevinH, George,Elmore and JoseSPiano

I appreciate all Your Birthday Wishes

I am going to Lay Back-Relax and try to have An Old Fashioned Birthday.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 06:10:42 AM
As for my plans for today....

After I finish up my breakfast - part of a mixed berry scone and part of a Baker's Muffin (both from City Bakery) and some green tea - I, too, need to tend to some tidying up. And then I'll be heading down to Hester Street for the opening day of The Hester Street Fair (http://www.hesterstreetfair.com/home/). I have a couple artisan friends that will have booths set up there, and The Big Gay Ice Truck will be the featured "sidewalk vendor". So, I'll be lending some moral support as well as some practical support too.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 06:11:36 AM
And then, as DR elmore mentioned, we shall be seeing the current revival of The Importance of Being Earnest. :)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 06:12:15 AM
DR JRand - Have a lovely final day of 50th Anniversary Festivities!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 06:13:58 AM
Hmmm... As for Today's Notes....

My bk wrote me a letter
Oh, he wrote me a letter...




....And that's all I have on a Saturday night morning before 10:00am and before my green tea has kicked in. ::)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 06:14:13 AM
And speaking of tidying up...

Laters...
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Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 06:43:10 AM
Happy, happy, ArnoldMBrockman!
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Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 06:45:09 AM
TOD: Just re-read "The Great Gatsby" again and was taken once again by how beautiful the prose is. Am re-reading "The Sound and the Fury," which is a lot easier this time around, though I don't know if I'd really recommend it. And I'm re-reading "The Song of Roland," which is great for the lovers of blood and guts. (Everything for class.)
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Post by: Ginny on May 28, 2011, 06:52:10 AM
TOD - I have just started a new mystery series by Claude Izner (pseudonym for 2 sisters who are booksellers in Paris).  Murder on the Eiffel Tower is the first in the series that features 19th century Parisian bookseller Victor Legris as the amateur detective.
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Post by: Ginny on May 28, 2011, 06:52:35 AM
...and I just started page 2!

Off to Oxford - bye for now!
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Post by: elmore3003 on May 28, 2011, 07:01:58 AM
I just finished mopping and the laundry is in the dryers.

Are we in for rain? It's awfully muggy this morning. I'm fighting the impulse to start the AC until after June 1, but I really do not lke hot or humid weather. Period.

Things are perking along with the Appalachian piece. Our bass player Steve McIntyre has a neighbor who know one of the producers of SWEENEY TODD . . . I want to get someone involved to help us raise money to do a recording of some of the show for a demo.
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 07:03:36 AM
John G

Thanks For The Happy's
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Post by: Michael on May 28, 2011, 07:09:17 AM
Happy Birthday to Arnold.

I posted this on Facebook for DR Arnold so in case you don't do it here it is

A song for Arnold. It starts at 2:52 into the clip

http://youtu.be/UmT5jWNVq6k
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Post by: Michael on May 28, 2011, 07:10:22 AM
TOD

Plan to read BK's book once I return to the Unites States
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Post by: MBarnum on May 28, 2011, 07:43:29 AM
To one of the nicest DR's arond, DR Arnold M. Brockman, have yourself a very swell birthday!!!!


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Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 07:45:27 AM
Happy Birthday to Arnold.

I posted this on Facebook for DR Arnold so in case you don't do it here it is

A song for Arnold. It starts at 2:52 into the clip

http://youtu.be/UmT5jWNVq6k


MichaelS-

Thanks For The Musical Greeting
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 07:47:40 AM
MBarnum-

Thanks-Thanks For The Wonderful Greeting
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Post by: MBarnum on May 28, 2011, 07:49:14 AM
TOD:

Just recently got in touch with Dorothy Johnson who was Miss Oregon 1954, Miss USA 1955, and second runner up in Miss America 1955.

JRand will know Ms. Johnson as the beauty queen daughter in the scandalous 1958 feature LIFE BEGINS AT 17.

This brings me to the TOD, as I have just read her first book MY NAME IS DOROTHY which talks about her life growing up in Oregon.

She kindly sent me her second book, one aimed at young teens, titled LIFE BEGINS AT 17...named thusly because she starred in the movie with that title and she was 17 when she became Miss USA.

Both books are very good reads and the LIFE BEINGS AT 17 is a nice one for any teenage girl, particularly.
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Post by: MBarnum on May 28, 2011, 07:53:38 AM
Hopefully soon, Dorothy and I will be getting together for a visit. She seems like a very nice lady and I look forward to chatting with her.

Here she is getting the once over by Mark Damon and Edd "Kookie" Byrnes.



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Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 08:16:51 AM
BK-

Have You Ever Considered Releasing The Score To " THE HAPPY ENDING"?
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Post by: Matthew on May 28, 2011, 08:19:37 AM
And the other song of the day is

Happy Birthday  to DR ARNOLD BROCKMAN
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 08:40:54 AM
Matthew-

Thank You For The Other Song Of The Day
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Post by: Matthew on May 28, 2011, 08:43:19 AM
Saw a local production of Mack and Mabel last night conducted by my best friend Mark.  Well, the orchestra was great and the Overture sounded wonderful.  The rest of the production, not so much.  I didn't like Mack and I didn't like Mabel and I certainly didn't like them together.  I played the show in 1996 and I saw the show at LA's Reprise in 2000 and I don't remember the book being the piece of crap I saw last night.  I know it's been written and re-written, and I don't know if it was the direction or what, but it was difficult to sit through.  You know when several people you know in the orchestra come up to you and say "Why are you here?  This show is crap", then I know I'm right.  I went to support Mark and my fellow musicians (and local theatre)
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Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 08:46:45 AM
DR ARNOLDMBROCKMAN,
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Post by: MBarnum on May 28, 2011, 08:58:02 AM
Well, my must start getting ready to pick up mom and head down for our 3 1/2 hour drive to Medford to see family!

Looking forward to seeing DR Jane and DH Keith, and finally meeting Giant Dog Sherlock!!!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 09:08:35 AM
JANE-

Thanks For The Sparkling Greeting
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Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 09:12:24 AM
Happy Birthday, Arnold!
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Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 09:13:23 AM
Well, my must start getting ready to pick up mom and head down for our 3 1/2 hour drive to Medford to see family!

Looking forward to seeing DR Jane and DH Keith, and finally meeting Giant Dog Sherlock!!!

HAVE A GOOD DRIVE.  THE WEATHER PREDICTION FOR SUNDAY IS NO LONGER SAYING SNOW :)
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Post by: Kerry on May 28, 2011, 09:15:02 AM
Happy Birthday dear DR Arnold! 
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Post by: elmore3003 on May 28, 2011, 09:36:13 AM
Saw a local production of Mack and Mabel last night conducted by my best friend Mark.  Well, the orchestra was great and the Overture sounded wonderful.  The rest of the production, not so much.  I didn't like Mack and I didn't like Mabel and I certainly didn't like them together.  I played the show in 1996 and I saw the show at LA's Reprise in 2000 and I don't remember the book being the piece of crap I saw last night.  I know it's been written and re-written, and I don't know if it was the direction or what, but it was difficult to sit through.  You know when several people you know in the orchestra come up to you and say "Why are you here?  This show is crap", then I know I'm right.  I went to support Mark and my fellow musicians (and local theatre)

DR Matthew, the problem with dead authors is that sometimes they leave their work in the hands of fools: William Goldmabn's widow is now controlling all FOLLIES libretto changes, and I understand that Michael Stewart's sister is now redoing his stage works.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 09:39:10 AM
JMK-

Thanks For The Greeting
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 09:40:28 AM
Kerry-

Thanks For The Birthday Wishes
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Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 10:10:29 AM
Keith is on the phone attempting to help his brother fix his computer.  i'm waiting to leave so i can walk sherlock & be back by 12:00.  i may end up walking here.  after all the rain we have had i prefer the walking path without med.
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Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 10:12:24 AM
i hear him saying goodbye. :)
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Post by: bk on May 28, 2011, 10:23:39 AM
The Happy Ending has been released twice on CD - first in a box set and then separately - the latter is still available.
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Post by: bk on May 28, 2011, 10:24:10 AM
I'm up after eight hours of sleep.  Looks like another nice day out.  As soon as my head clears, I'll start writing.
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Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 12:04:25 PM
Saw a local production of Mack and Mabel last night conducted by my best friend Mark.  Well, the orchestra was great and the Overture sounded wonderful.  The rest of the production, not so much.  I didn't like Mack and I didn't like Mabel and I certainly didn't like them together.  I played the show in 1996 and I saw the show at LA's Reprise in 2000 and I don't remember the book being the piece of crap I saw last night.  I know it's been written and re-written, and I don't know if it was the direction or what, but it was difficult to sit through.  You know when several people you know in the orchestra come up to you and say "Why are you here?  This show is crap", then I know I'm right.  I went to support Mark and my fellow musicians (and local theatre)
Somebody needs to toss the script, the facts of the original story and the thought of writing a biography, and just write a plain old-fashioned love story with those songs, one that doesn't end in straightjackets and rehab centers. No one in the audience was alive when those pictures were made and only critics care about the fidelity to facts. You can put in a production note about the real people and then entertain them as much as that music does. 
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Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 12:44:13 PM
I'm only familiar wth Torvill & Dean's Mack and Mabel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA3oC28ayIs
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Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:24:13 PM
Hello, everyone.
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Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:24:36 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ARNOLD! I hope you have a great day!
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Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:26:23 PM
Larry, I'm very pleased to hear that your Appalacian piece went so well. I hope it has legs!
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Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:27:34 PM
Ginny, I must look into this mystery series you're reading. I've never heard of it. Are mysteries popular in France? I have no idea, but I suspect they have fairly universal appeal. Anyone know?
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 01:28:20 PM
TOD I am reading Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany (Vintage) by Bill Buford
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 01:28:44 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR ARNOLD!!!
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 01:34:15 PM
Had a nice conversation with Joe today.  I was calling to let him know I sent the first group of checks.  I'm using Express Mail.   It costs a little more, but so far I've never had anything lost.  (knocking on wood).  Anyway, he said everyone was amazed that he just kept going and going.  He said he woke up yesterday and made one brief trip to the house and then just couldn't do it anymore.  So they took the day off.   He said the hardest thing is looking for the little things that were meaningful for him.   Some he has found and saved - like some old plants that he had on the cute porch with the arches.  He said they are battered and will need new pots, but he thinks he can save them.   He's going down today to get the plants and keep looking.  He knows there is a point he'll have to stop looking and just leave the rest, but he's not ready to do that quite yet.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Matthew on May 28, 2011, 01:36:13 PM
Saw a local production of Mack and Mabel last night conducted by my best friend Mark.  Well, the orchestra was great and the Overture sounded wonderful.  The rest of the production, not so much.  I didn't like Mack and I didn't like Mabel and I certainly didn't like them together.  I played the show in 1996 and I saw the show at LA's Reprise in 2000 and I don't remember the book being the piece of crap I saw last night.  I know it's been written and re-written, and I don't know if it was the direction or what, but it was difficult to sit through.  You know when several people you know in the orchestra come up to you and say "Why are you here?  This show is crap", then I know I'm right.  I went to support Mark and my fellow musicians (and local theatre)
Somebody needs to toss the script, the facts of the original story and the thought of writing a biography, and just write a plain old-fashioned love story with those songs, one that doesn't end in straightjackets and rehab centers. No one in the audience was alive when those pictures were made and only critics care about the fidelity to facts. You can put in a production note about the real people and then entertain them as much as that music does. 

Evidently, the 1995 London production had Mack and Mabel walking off into the sunset.  It was a big hit.  Evidently, it wasn't good enough for those that wanted facts, it seems.  The story of Mack and Mabel is not pretty, it can't be pretty.  But yes, if you made it into more of love story, it would really work - like the 1995 London revival did.   Last night, before Mabel sang "Time Heals Everything", she did two hits of cocaine and she sang it like she had just done two hits of cocaine.  It was one of the most uncomfortable things I have witnessed on a stage, and to sing that great song like that seemed so wrong.
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 01:37:12 PM
You can tell FEMA is a federal agency.  He met with a FEMA adjuster yesterday who walked through the house and said everything is a total loss.  Now the dumb part.  He has to apply for a loan first.  He will be turned down due to his income then he can apply to FEMA for emergency funds because he doesn't have enough money to get the loan.   What a ridiculous process.  Why can't someone just skip the loan app and apply directly for the funds you may qualify for.   Outrageous.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:38:36 PM
TOD:

I'm currently reading a history of Goldman Sachs, GOLDMAN SACHS: The Culture of Success (rather dry so far), and Graham Greene's ORIENT EXPRESS.

As for recommendations, I found a charming mystery series by Will Thomas, which takes place in Victorian London, and which starts with SOME DANGER INVOLVED (read this one first!). Very addictive light reading.

I've also become quite a fan of David Liss. His A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER is a most fascinating novel about  Jews living in Amsterdam in the 1700's and the origins of the stock market. Quite a talented writer and a very interesting book.
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 01:39:34 PM
Anyway, I have been amazed at the generousity of the people sending checks for Joe.  I got a little teary eyed reading the notes for him.   People are wonderful if you just give them a chance
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Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 01:39:51 PM
George: I got the package. Looking forward to investigating the contents more fully tonight. Many thanks.
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Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 01:40:51 PM
TOD:

I'm currently reading a history of Goldman Sachs, GOLDMAN SACHS: The Culture of Success (rather dry so far), and Graham Greene's ORIENT EXPRESS.

As for recommendations, I found a charming mystery series by Will Thomas, which takes place in Victorian London, and which starts with SOME DANGER INVOLVED (read this one first!). Very addictive light reading.

I've also become quite a fan of David Liss. His A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER is a most fascinating novel about  Jews living in Amsterdam in the 1700's and the origins of the stock market. Quite a talented writer and a very interesting book.

David Liss lives here in San Antonio or did for a while. I need to give him a try. But then again, I can't read anything but class stuff for the next year and a half.
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Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:41:48 PM
Continued vibes to Cillaliz's friend Joe. He's probably still in shock--who wouldn't be?
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Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 01:42:51 PM
You can tell FEMA is a federal agency.  He met with a FEMA adjuster yesterday who walked through the house and said everything is a total loss.  Now the dumb part.  He has to apply for a loan first.  He will be turned down due to his income then he can apply to FEMA for emergency funds because he doesn't have enough money to get the loan.   What a ridiculous process.  Why can't someone just skip the loan app and apply directly for the funds you may qualify for.   Outrageous.

This happened to many of my friends affected by Hurricane Charlie when it went through Florida. As it turned out, a friend with the least damage of all got his money first. He and his family weren't even displaced from their home.
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Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:44:20 PM
TOD:

I'm currently reading a history of Goldman Sachs, GOLDMAN SACHS: The Culture of Success (rather dry so far), and Graham Greene's ORIENT EXPRESS.

As for recommendations, I found a charming mystery series by Will Thomas, which takes place in Victorian London, and which starts with SOME DANGER INVOLVED (read this one first!). Very addictive light reading.

I've also become quite a fan of David Liss. His A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER is a most fascinating novel about  Jews living in Amsterdam in the 1700's and the origins of the stock market. Quite a talented writer and a very interesting book.

David Liss lives here in San Antonio or did for a while. I need to give him a try. But then again, I can't read anything but class stuff for the next year and a half.

Wait until you have some time, because you may not be able to put the book down.

There's a prequel, too--THE COFFEE TRADER. Also interesting, but I prefer the first.
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Post by: Jeanne on May 28, 2011, 01:45:48 PM
I think a little visit to Amazon is in my future.

TTFN.
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 01:47:45 PM
Continued vibes to Cillaliz's friend Joe. He's probably still in shock--who wouldn't be?

He is, I think everyone in Joplin is.  He said my sister is having the hardest time with it all.  Joe said he's had a few good crys, but he's also starting to see this as a new chapter in his life and is trying to decide what he'll do next
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Post by: Ginny on May 28, 2011, 02:00:18 PM
We are back from Oxford.  The memorial service for Dr. Shriver was just right - celebratory and classy.  There were about 40 Glee Club alums who stood in well for the current Men's Glee Club (they're on a tour of Europe).  The best part was meeting up, quite by accident, with my good friend Becky on the way in and sitting with her throughout the service.  We had parallel careers at Miami - she at the Hamilton Campus, me at Middletown.  She came to Miami just one year after I and stayed for her entire librarian career, retiring from there in 2004.  We hadn't seen each other since before Christmas.
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 02:07:46 PM
I'm still trying to get my mind around the size of the damaged area in Joplin.  It's 6 miles long and 3/4 mile wide.  Central park is 2.5 miles long and 1/2 mile wide.  So, that would be almost 2 1/2 Central parks end to end plus an extra 1/4 mile wide of businesses and houses.  I can't even imagine that at all.   
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 02:12:54 PM
Wow! CNN just reported that they drove from one end of the demolished area to the other and it's actually 12 miles long and 3/4 mile wide.  Holy cow.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 02:14:51 PM
Cilla-

Thank You For Your Birthday Greeting
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 02:15:34 PM
You are most welcome Arnold, hope you are having a very nice day
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 02:16:05 PM
Jeanne-

Thank You For Your Birthday Wishes
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Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 02:20:26 PM
I decided to do calico beans instead of baked beans. They aren't vegetarian, but I was hungry for them and they are easy to make. 

Time to take my beans and head down the street for a get together with friends.....back later
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Post by: Danise on May 28, 2011, 02:24:31 PM
Hi all!  Just popping by to say "Happy, happy, happy birthday" to DR ArnoldMBrockman!
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Post by: Danise on May 28, 2011, 02:27:40 PM
Cilla, I am so very sorry for all the lost that tornado created.  I don't use checks anymore but I will send a money order on Tuesday. 
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Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 02:33:53 PM
Danise-

Thank You For Your Birthday Wishes. Have A Great Weekend
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Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 03:36:47 PM
Mulholland Falls has arrived and I am awash in minor ninths.
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Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 03:45:32 PM
Love those Grusin string trills, something he used repeatedly with Sergio.
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Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 03:51:49 PM
Track 7 in fact could be a Sergio Mendes song.  :)
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Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 03:52:40 PM
There are a number of cretins (technical term) on the A&M Board who decry Grusin's orchestrations.  I can only surmise these people are deaf.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 03:57:18 PM
BK, you should really check out the Warner Archive release of THE THIRD DAY to sample the magnificent Percy Faith score (never released, hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say n'more), as it is eerily similar to Grusin's work here.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 03:57:39 PM
Plug you'll get to hear Arte Johnson "sing" Love Me Now.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 04:04:57 PM
Strangely Arte Johnson's take on playing a lounge pianist is far from the creepiest of that ilk I have personally experienced.  ;)
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jrand70 on May 28, 2011, 06:07:00 PM
Whew!
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Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 06:07:41 PM
Happy Birthday Arnold!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 06:10:21 PM
Watching the unfolding disaster in western ND and Montana The Missouri is on the Rampage due to snowmelt in the Rockies and a lot of rivers that feed into the Missouri also are in the rise including the Yellowstone and Platte.

Bismarck has very little flooding since they build the Garrison Dam and with recent releases by the ARmy Corps of Engineers the river is still rising. Alll the lakes behind the dams are FULL...  It is flooding places that have not seen flooding in nearly 50 years
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 06:10:49 PM
and that does not count Devils Lake
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Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 06:11:19 PM
Other than that I do say hello to one and all I hope you are all well
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jrand70 on May 28, 2011, 06:17:29 PM
Well - everyone arrived for the luncheon.....and it was wonderful seeing folks that I hadn't seen in 10-25 years - and from all over the country.....  Hopefully it was also nice to be seen.

We had our intro, our invocation, our luncheon - our Roll of Honor (thanks DR JOSE for the idea) - and then we began a "Memories" section where those who wished could stand and talk a bit - I was the second crack out of the box....and we had several funny & touching anecdotes.

As my friend from the past Ann stood and began to talk - there was some commotion from the other end of the room....my friend Ernie had collapsed and fallen to the floor......ambulance was called......and arrived....I ran out to the front door of the building so they could get into the door closest to the room.....  Ernie was non responsive - not breathing - they got his pulse back, and shocked him and then put him on a respirator....

People were directed to head on out to the theatre, if they wished.....most did.  I pulled my car around and took Ernie's wife to the hospital emergency room.....a few miles away.  I waited with her through a most trying - but necessary - process of checking him in, etc.

Linda & Ernie's daughter Stacy had been called and was "on the way."    I sat with Linda in the ER - there were a few words from the doctors....Ernie was breathing on his own.

One hour later, Stacy and her husband and son arrived.  Linda told me to go on out to the barn where I was expected and needed......  I did - but don't really know much of what was going on there......the DVD was a success.....we sold MANY MANY copies.....several season tickets.....had a chocolate fountain and all sorts of other goodies.  People were MOST entertained and appreciative.  The open house was public, so many people not at the luncheon were in attendance.

Stacy & husband came by to pick up Ernie's car - and of course it was at the venue NOT the theatre.....but they stayed so their son could have some marshmallows in the chocolate fountain. 

Ernie was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis - where he is at this moment - still unresponsive.....so there we are....

An emotion charged day for so many of us.

Thoughts prayers and vibes for Ernie (he was Oscar to my Felix) if you will.....Thanks.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 06:18:33 PM
Vibes to Cilla's freind Joe.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jrand70 on May 28, 2011, 06:21:37 PM
It's not a spoon - it's a ladle!
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Post by: Ginny on May 28, 2011, 06:23:33 PM
Vibes and prayers for Ernie...
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 06:41:56 PM
Thoughts, prayers and vibes to Ernie!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jennifer on May 28, 2011, 06:48:14 PM
DR Cillaliz, sorry i just saw your bean salad post now.

My mom has a pretty simple one. But i think you are supposed to make it a day or two before. I don't have the recipe in front of me. But she opens a bunch of cans of beans (green beans, kidney, chick peas...). And i think she uses celery and onions. And then there is some kind of marinade that you boil (vinegar and sugar?) and then you let that cool and mix it all together.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jennifer on May 28, 2011, 06:48:40 PM
Happy Birthday to DR Arnold Brockman!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jennifer on May 28, 2011, 06:53:09 PM
That must be so hard for Joe to have to keep going back to look for more of this stuff.

:(
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 07:16:07 PM
Thoughts prayers and vibes for Ernie,  Oscar to DR Jrand's Felix!!!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 07:17:49 PM
VIBES TO THOSE IN THE FLOOD AREAS!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 07:18:04 PM
Jennifer-

Thanks For Your Good Wishes
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Jane on May 28, 2011, 07:18:05 PM
'NIGHT
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Ginny on May 28, 2011, 07:18:27 PM
I'm only familiar wth Torvill & Dean's Mack and Mabel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA3oC28ayIs

DR Jane - I love this routine!  Also, their BARNUM and, of course, BOLERO.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: ArnoldMBrockman on May 28, 2011, 07:18:58 PM
Dakota Celt-

Thanks For Your Birthday Wishes
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Laura on May 28, 2011, 07:21:10 PM
You can tell FEMA is a federal agency.  He met with a FEMA adjuster yesterday who walked through the house and said everything is a total loss.  Now the dumb part.  He has to apply for a loan first.  He will be turned down due to his income then he can apply to FEMA for emergency funds because he doesn't have enough money to get the loan.   What a ridiculous process.  Why can't someone just skip the loan app and apply directly for the funds you may qualify for.   Outrageous.

The answer to your question: See sentence 1.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 07:23:56 PM
AFter the 1997 flood, I really question FEMA some days
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Laura on May 28, 2011, 07:25:22 PM
What a terrible thing to have happen, JRand. Prayers for Ernie and his family.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: vixmom on May 28, 2011, 07:44:16 PM
Happy Birthday to DR Arnold M. Brockman!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JMK on May 28, 2011, 08:08:06 PM
Prayers for Ernie.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 08:27:22 PM
Vibes for Ernie and for JRand.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 08:27:33 PM
Page five?
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Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 08:27:42 PM
That it is.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 08:28:06 PM
Vibes for the folks in the flood area.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 08:30:10 PM
Just finished "Jews and Baseball." Great flick. And beautifully edited.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Sam on May 28, 2011, 08:34:01 PM
Happy birthday dear Arnold M Brockman  :) ;)  ;D 8) :-* :-[
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Post by: Sam on May 28, 2011, 08:36:08 PM
Weekend greetings to everyone  ;D
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Sam on May 28, 2011, 08:38:12 PM
I WILL BE AT BK'S BOOK SIGNING.  8)
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: DakotaCelt on May 28, 2011, 08:42:02 PM
http://www.kfyrtv.com/Flood.asp

site for the Bismarck flood. They are evaccuating the animals from the Dakota zoo.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Sam on May 28, 2011, 08:47:27 PM
This weekend is really good so far.   Last night was dinner at Winchesters and then live music at the local pool hall, and of course walking both sides of Main St.  (from my house, no driving at all, what a treat).

This morning a 7am meeting, breakfast with the locals, a 2pm 3 hour 12 step speaker meeting.  Really nice day outside.  

Now I'm just listening to music.

Tomorrow a 7am meeting and breakfast.  Then I'll be at the Rubicon Theatre twice, for young playwrights festival short story one act plays.

Monday the same, 7am meeting and breakfast, 2pm at the Rubicon, and in the evening at the Rubicon an evening with 4 guest writers.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Sam on May 28, 2011, 08:51:15 PM
Well, I must clean the bird poop off my car and lock the gate.



Vibes to everyone.  :)

Sleep well, sweet dreams, happy Sunday  :)

 ;D
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 09:06:37 PM
Cilla, I am so very sorry for all the lost that tornado created.  I don't use checks anymore but I will send a money order on Tuesday. 

Thank you so much Danise.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 09:07:39 PM
Vibes to Cilla's freind Joe.

Thanks Dakota.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 09:11:17 PM
That must be so hard for Joe to have to keep going back to look for more of this stuff.

:(

At first I think that's what kept him going.  Being focused on getting everything he could find.  He said yesterday when he woke up he just couldn't face it.  It's sinking in.   I think they are going to the service tomorrow central time. I hope they do.  It's supposed to be on CNN at 2:00 pm tomorrow.  It isn't so much the President being there, but a chance to be together with the community members who share a loss
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 09:13:07 PM
Vibes and prayers to Ernie and JRand
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Cillaliz on May 28, 2011, 09:15:09 PM
Thanks for the flood info Dakota....it's all upstream from us...I'm a long way from the river and up on a hill, but the Missouri is already flooding a little here
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: John G. on May 28, 2011, 09:20:18 PM
Night, all.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: bk on May 28, 2011, 09:32:19 PM
Busy day.  Got the important envelope, never had time to get to Mystery and Imagination books.  I began writing my commentary in the morning and it took almost all the way up to the work session.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: bk on May 28, 2011, 09:35:07 PM
Work session was fun, and after we moseyed on over to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles - at four-forty-five I expected no wait at all.  I was wrong.  I forgot that five o'clock is the new seven o'clock for diners.  So, we had a ten-minute wait then got our table in the jammed restaurant.  As always the food was incredible.  The amazing thing always is how full you feel - it's one waffle and one chicken breast for me, but it feels like you're eating four times that much food.  Of course, I also had two biscuits with it so there was that.  The waffle was great, and the chicken is just the best, and the breasts are like the June Wilkinson of chicken breasts.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: bk on May 28, 2011, 09:36:32 PM
Then we came back, looked through some photos of the thirteen-year-old and chose some candidates for her flyer and post cards.  Then they left and I finished the commentary, so that's done.  I'm sure I'll cut some of it down and finesse it but at least it's finished and now I can move onto the liner notes.  Once those are done, then I get back to my other two writing projects.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: elmore3003 on May 28, 2011, 09:38:42 PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vibes for Ernie, the Friend of JRand60!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
DR JRand460, I am so sorry to read of this.

I had a great time wth our DR Jose tonight. The play was magnificent as ever and the company I kept tonight was even better!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: Laura on May 28, 2011, 10:44:25 PM
This morning I went for a walk, and this is what I saw:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3062/5770152563_e19215fa54.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2275/5770157439_ac759d5d42.jpg)

Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 10:58:41 PM
Good Evening!

I had a very good day. A very very very (that's three very's) good day.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 10:59:02 PM
~~~~~VIBES TO DR JRAND'S FRIEND ERNIE~~~~~
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:05:17 PM
TOD I am reading Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany (Vintage) by Bill Buford

That's a great read! -In fact, there have been a number of wonderful Food/Chef-related memoirs lately. I'm finally finishing up Frank Bruni's "Born Round", and Gabrielle Hamilton's "Blood, Bones and Butter".
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:08:36 PM
Saw a local production of Mack and Mabel last night conducted by my best friend Mark.  Well, the orchestra was great and the Overture sounded wonderful.  The rest of the production, not so much.  I didn't like Mack and I didn't like Mabel and I certainly didn't like them together.  I played the show in 1996 and I saw the show at LA's Reprise in 2000 and I don't remember the book being the piece of crap I saw last night.  I know it's been written and re-written, and I don't know if it was the direction or what, but it was difficult to sit through.  You know when several people you know in the orchestra come up to you and say "Why are you here?  This show is crap", then I know I'm right.  I went to support Mark and my fellow musicians (and local theatre)
Somebody needs to toss the script, the facts of the original story and the thought of writing a biography, and just write a plain old-fashioned love story with those songs, one that doesn't end in straightjackets and rehab centers. No one in the audience was alive when those pictures were made and only critics care about the fidelity to facts. You can put in a production note about the real people and then entertain them as much as that music does. 

Evidently, the 1995 London production had Mack and Mabel walking off into the sunset.  It was a big hit.  Evidently, it wasn't good enough for those that wanted facts, it seems.  The story of Mack and Mabel is not pretty, it can't be pretty.  But yes, if you made it into more of love story, it would really work - like the 1995 London revival did.   Last night, before Mabel sang "Time Heals Everything", she did two hits of cocaine and she sang it like she had just done two hits of cocaine.  It was one of the most uncomfortable things I have witnessed on a stage, and to sing that great song like that seemed so wrong.

DR Matthew - I got uncomfortable just reading your post. :-\
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:09:26 PM
~~~~~CONTINUED VIBES FOR JOE, DR JHVW AND THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS OF JOPLIN, MO~~~~~
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:12:27 PM
DR Ginny - Sounds like you had a good day too.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:19:30 PM
So...

By the time I got down to the Hester Street Fair a little after 11:00am, there were already about 20 people waiting in line... And the truck wasn't even open yet!

When we did open, there was a bit of a rush of people, but then there was a nice little lull... Which turned out to be the calm before the storm. We started serving a little after 11:30, the line was closed off at 5:00, and the final cone was served at 5:55... Whew!

I'm guessing they sold about 325+ BGICT creations - cones, sundaes and floats. Thankfully, it was a great day weather-wise: not too hot, a nice breeze and we were also in the shade. -And people had no problems waiting in line for up to 45 minutes for their Salty Pimp or Monday Sundae. Or even just a simple Vanilla Cone with Rainbow Sprinkles.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:23:25 PM
I then took the train back uptown, showered, changed clothes, then headed back into midtown to meet up with DR elmore to see The Importance of Being Earnest at the American Airlines Theatre.

What a truly delightful production of a wonderful play. A great cast, good direction and a beautiful set. -I was particularly proud of my friend, Santino Fontana, who plays Algernon in this production. I've admired his work on stage for a while, and tonight he truly impressed me - and made me laugh and smile. A lot. -He also provided me with the tickets for tonight's performance.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:33:29 PM
After the show... And after DR elmore and I dealt with the mass(!) of people in Times Square, we boarded a the M104, and headed up to Ditch Plains for a post-show knosh and a drink. And some 'dish". So... If your ears were burning earlier tonight, well... ::)
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:33:52 PM
And...

WELCOME TO PAGE SIX!!!!!!
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:35:00 PM
bk - Roscoe's is basically crowded non-stop on weekends. It's not a matter of 5:00 being the new 7:00. -And it's also a holiday weekend, so I'm pretty sure there were a bunch of out-of-towners in the dining room with you.
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:39:39 PM
Eeek!

Just read some reports of a "Terrorist Threat" in San Francisco. Apparently, they've closed down part of the Castro District. :-\
Title: Re: THE LETTER
Post by: JoseSPiano on May 28, 2011, 11:41:51 PM
OK...

I have a 10:30 brunch get-together tomorrow/today.. which is eight hours from now...

Goodnight.