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    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Atlantic City Revisited – death on the beach

 

The car needed an outing after a winter perched on its elevated parking platform and a drive to AC  seemed like  the ideal place. Not too far away, and Ethel could indulge herself at the black-jack table while I strolled up and down the Boadwalk. The Casino businesses are not thriving. Some of them are looking sadly short of customers and the lack of revenue seems to be affecting the maintenance of the municipal facilities. There is more garbage on the beach than I have seen for years and the winter storm damage is not being repaired in a hurry.

The Taj Mahal is still a wonder--but pieces of the gilt are beginning to drop off the walls!

Winter storm damage. Many of the beach access steps have been washed away

The gulls are optimistic, but they have had a long wait this year

Surfboarding is free!

Native resident

Lest we forget--there is a fine memorial on the boardwalk

Comfortable shopping--no crowds to fight

Fallen visitor. From far-off lands maybe and overwhelmed by the journey?

But the cats thrive. Their "Meals on wheels" has arrived

Tucking-in

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