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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.


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NY Day at Long beach and a deja vu all over again?

Christine’s long-time friends, Basha and Neil drove us out to Long Island’s Long beach, as a treat. And treat it was! The weather forecast for the day was uncertain but we ignored it and set up our armchairs on the hot sand while the ladies donned their stylish bathing suits. (The water was really warm). Neil brought his beach umbrella to shield us from the sun, which, as it happened, hadn’t read the forecast and was obstinately blazing down upon us.

After a nice long sit-down chat and a nice long paddle in the warm sea water(avoiding the waves as best we could) we packed up our gear and Neil drove us to their favourite lobster restaurant in the area “Jordan’s Lobster”. There we leisurely dissected a one-and half lb. lobster apiece, together with some fresh oysters, a  sweet corn and some home-made coleslaw, washed down with a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc. (Not Neil. He was driving).

We certainly had the best of the day; by the time we arrived back in Manhattan, the clouds had rolled in!

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Neil happily settled . . . . . .

Neil comfortably settled


 . . . . the elegant ladies discussing Donald Trump's antics . . .

. . . . the elegant ladies discussing Donald Trump’s antics . . .


 . . . . continuing their long-term friendship . . . . .

. . . . continuing their long-term friendship . . . . .


First impression of this next picture could be that Neil  is mounting  a one-man re-enactment of the heroic raising of the flag on Iwo Jima? A small crowd of beach-goers were so misled . .  . . but. to the contrary . . .


. . . . Neil is trying to hold back the remains of his flag, which, buffeted by a gust of wind, was threatening to collapse upon him!

. . . .  rather than pushing it up, Neil is trying to hold back the remains of his flag, which, buffeted by a gust of wind, was threatening to collapse upon him!


We returned to Manhattan as the weather was making one of the summer’s surprise changes; here is a picture I took from the balcony that evening:










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