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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Montauk

Christine and I took  three days out last month to do some fishing out of Montauk. We were hoping to take the night fishing trip to catch some striped bass and cod to fill our refrigerators. Montauk is a two-plus hours drive from Manhattan and we arrived there in the early afternoon on a Tuesday–the one day the night-fishing boat didn’t go out! Instead, we booked a full day’s outing on a party boat the next day, fishing for flounder, porgies and sea bass. When we arrived at the dock at 7 a.m., The boat was already crowded with seasoned fishermen with their own sophisticated equipment and occupying the best places on the rail for their rods.

One of the ship’s mates forced a somewhat cramped space for us amidships.  We paid our pool money but had no hope of competing with the habitués. We did, however, catch enough reasonably sized porgies and sea bass to take back and enjoy at home. The few flounders we caught were thrown back dismissively by the crew as being under regulation size–I personally thought they would have made very good eating.

Here are the few incidental pictures I took during the trip. Click on them for detail:

 

We spent our spare time looking at the sights of Montauk including The Lighthouse State Park. Christine is resting up before climbing the rocks

We spent our spare time looking at the sights of Montauk including the Lighthouse State Park. Christine is resting up before climbing the rocks

 

The Lighthouse Museum

The Lighthouse Museum

 

Christine about to climb the rocks . . .

Christine about to climb the rocks . . .

 

some of the larger fish we encountered . . . .

some of the larger fish we encountered . . . .

 

Frisky stallions in the corral . . .

Frisky stallion in the corral . . .

 

A Hamptons craftwork.

A Hamptons craftwork.

 

View of the setting sun from my apartment as we were eating the Sea Bass!

View of the setting sun from my apartment as we were eating the Sea Bass!

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3 Responses

  1. Sounds like a tough party boat. The last shot made it all worthwhile.

  2. Ben, even though I am not much of a fisherman I enjoyed your lovely post. Sounds like you a Christine had a fun trip!

  3. Craig and Amy. Many thanks — we liked the fishing, but, as you can imagine, the best part was eating the catch!

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