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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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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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