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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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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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