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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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Atlantic City in the Fall

Atlantic City in the fall is becoming a destination of choice. It doesn’t have much in the way of foliage but it does have incredible bargains in hotel rooms and in outlet stores! Besides, it has vast acres of smooth sand to walk upon unhindered by boisterous youngsters wielding buckets and spades–from which, if one is inclined, one can  leisurely watch the repainting of the casino facades as they are prepared for the onslaught of next year’s weather.

Inside the casinos, the scene is changing too; we see few gamblers at the tables. Most are sitting at the slot machines which are taking up more and more of the floor space. They too, (the slot machines) are changing their character; nearly all are now 1 cent machines except that it has become impossible to place a 1 cent bet because all machines require a minimum bet ranging from 40 to 250! But you do get more for your money–Bonus wins activate upper screens which allow you to fish or choose treasure chests and the like. The net effect, of course, is that you still lose your money.

Not that the Casinos are doing well  financially. Four of them have already closed  and their shuttered doors are making the Boardwalk look sad in places.  Click on the pictures for detail:

The fronts of the casinos are two blocks up from the Boardwalk and are not often seen . . . . .

The fronts of the casinos are two blocks up from the Boardwalk and are not often seen . . . . .


Which casino is this?

Which casino is this?


The Taj Mahal is economizing. Gone are the plaster elephants from the triumphal stairway and the domes are all white--no more colored metallic stripes!

The Taj Mahal is economizing. Gone are the plaster elephants from the triumphal stairway and the domes are painted all white and gold–no more foil and colored metallic stripes!


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Pristine dome

Pristine dome


The small museum is open once again and it is crammed with nostalgic photographs and early Atlantic City artifacts:

Modern Young Things in the 1920's

Modern Young Things in the 1920’s


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AC at sundown . . . . .

AC at sundown–forlorn seagull . . . . .


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Christine at sundown . .

Christine at sundown . . . . .


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