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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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Short break in Atlantic City

The new Tropicana facade

The new Tropicana facade

We just felt like getting away from the city for a few days. The weather was bright and invigorating but the breeze blowing off the sea made it far too cold for painting outdoors or fishing. In fact, it brought in a few snowflakes one night! We tried our usual walking on the sand but it wasn’t for long–the cold wind was not only reddened our noses but also blew the fine top-sand around us in swirls. Christine, even, forewent her power-walking exercise along the beach. We hurried back to the shelter of the shops and casinos on the boardwalk. I was not in the least discommoded by the lack of exercise–I had come to relax not battle. We walked to Caesar’s pier, relaxed in the Adirondack chairs  with an ice cream cone, and watched the sunny, but empty,  beach from the third deck windows. It was Sunday night special at the “Fin” restaurant in the Tropicana. We enjoyed half a lobster, a dozen oysters  and two glasses of the rosé wine apiece, all at half price. (But still very expensive).

The following day we spent mainly in the mall. Christine needed some comfortable shoes for work and felt an urgent need to ransack Sketchers outlet. After several hours the shop was littered with open shoe boxes, padding from the shoes she had tried on and disposable stockinget’s. She eventually purchased two pairs, comfortable, nice-looking and most suitable for a professional saleslady!  I, on the other hand, found two remarkable bargains in the Old Navy outlet: a heavy winter plaid shirt for $19.49 (List price $350) and a flannel shirt for $14 (List price $65). I also won $12 on the slot machines!


A wintry  beach . . . .

A wintry beach . . . .


Deserted Boardwalk . . . .

Deserted Boardwalk . . . .


Comfort food!

Comfort food!


View from the beach behind the glass. Abstract.

View from the beach behind the glass. Abstract.


Outlet scene (from the viewpoint of  a patient waiter. Observe the "relaxed fit' on offer!

Outlet scene (from the viewpoint of a patient waiter). Observe the “relaxed fit” on offer! 


Christine urges you to click on the pictures for greater detail

Christine urges you to click on the pictures for greater detail







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