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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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Hot dogs! A New York Day at Coney Island

Yesterday  (Monday) promised to be a 95 degree day  in the City with a real-feel of a hundred or more–too daunting a prospect for “Senior New Yorkers”, accustomed, though they are, to nature’s  outbursts of temper. So Christine and I took the 6 and ‘D’ line subway trains to Coney Island.

We arrived there at about one o-clock and, already, we felt a nice refreshing breeze blowing off the sea. But, our first concern was to get to Nathan’s to sample the famous Frankfurters! The lines were long. I guarded two stone seats under a partially effective umbrella while Christine gallantly took  a place in the ‘Express’ queue. Some half-hour later, she staggered back with two quarts of draught Samuel Adams and then returned to pick up a box containing four hot-dogs, a corn on the cob and a bag of fried chips with tomato sauce–A meal such as the strictest nutritionist would have laid down his life for!  We ate it to the spasmodic screams of the Cyclone patrons whose decibels rose in direct ratio to their fear it seemed.

Thereafter, we wandered at our leisure along the boardwalk and among the rides and amusement stalls. I was particularly keen to ride the Ferris Wheel so that I could take pictures from above, but, in the event, the price didn’t take us to the very top of the ride and, each car was enclosed in wire mesh!

Click on the pictures for detail

99 year-old Frankfurters? Delicious!

99 year-old Frankfurters? Delicious!

A few of the patrons . . .

A few of the patrons . . .

I(indigestion unbounded . .

Indigestion unbounded.  Christine had only eaten two at this stage!

Screams!

Screams!

Bar art gallery . . .

Bar art gallery . . .

 . . . . more screams!

. . . . more screams!

More wall art . . . .

More wall art . . . .

"Pleasure" ride and Bungee-jump . . . .

“Pleasure” ride and Bungee-jump . . . .

Impending screams! . . .

Impending screams! . . .

Boadwalk

Boardwalk

Customer shortage

Customer shortage

Boardwalk sign . . . .

Boardwalk sign . . . .

 . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . .

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

The beach, at last!

The beach, at last!

 . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

Our ride awaits . . .

Our ride awaits . . .

Designated queuer . . .

Designated queuer . . .

Going up . . . .

Going up . . . .

. . . . and up . . . .

. . . . and up . . . .

 . . . . .and up! . . .

. . . . .and up! . . .

 . . . .stopped for nervous photo op . . . .

. . . .stopped for nervous photo op . . . .

Terra firma

Terra firma?

 

Patron who stayed too long . . . .

Patron who stayed too long . . . .

 . . . .Her buddy is not in good shape, either . . . .

. . . .Her buddy is not in good shape, either . . . .

Ideal wind for kites !

Ideal wind for kites !

Fishing for frogs . . . .

Fishing for frogs . . . .

Got one! . . . .

Got one! . . . .

The reward!

The reward!

I try my hand at marksmanship . . . . .

I try my hand at marksmanship . . . . .

No reward, but my eye has not yet deserted me completely.

No reward, but my eye has not yet deserted me completely.

THE END

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Love your narratives…I lol! Good writing. N

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