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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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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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SONY DSC

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Christine at sundown . .

Christine at sundown . . . . .

 

. . . . . . .THE END

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