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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Sandhogs’ Progress

The Waterford is being Secanted!

 While we were away cruising, the sandhogs were badgering away. In order to support the underground vault for the auxilliary building which will eventually occupy the small lot opposite our building on 93rd Street, a secant wall must first be built on three sides. This wall (which will reach down to the underlying rock), will stretch from the corner of the Waterford garden on Third Avenue along to the main entrance steps, then right-angle across  93rd Street and right-angle again along the back of the lot opposite.  The engineers refer to it’s shape by the geometric term ‘secant’. It formed by drilling a series of round holes about three feet in diameter, each drill-hole overlapping the next by about a third of its diameter. Before such a wall can be built, it is necessary to construct guiding walls for the drill bit so that it cannot wander off the vertical. Incredibly, the cores are made of  polystyrene just like the packing which protected your new PAD.  Here is a picture of them:

Looking towards the Waterford entrance from the north side of 93rd Street

. . . . . similar view showing the preparation

Here, the polystyrene cores have been set in place along the back wall of the auxilliary lot and part of the right-hand one which will cross 93rd Street to the Waterford

Line of cores in front of the Waterford

Concrete is being poured around the cores to form the guiding walls

Here is an intriguing puzzle. How do you prevent the massive drill from chewing up the great tangle of utility cables which occupy much of the spce beneath the city streets and sidewalks? The Groundhog's clever solution is to bundle the cables together in flexible plastic tubes so that they can be bent around the drill as it descends!

Farewell to an eyesore

For two years we have listened to the rumble of the three storey elevator which brought up the crumbled rock from the tunneling drill to the waiting trucks.  Filling them at the rate of 40 to 50 per day:

This is the scene which greeted us last week. Doesn't seem quite so interesting does it?


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