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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

  • theatre and Concerrts

    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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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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