Bill Murray and Classical Music?

I attended a unique concert that paired Bill Murray orating and singing American classics with three musicians performing classical and musical theater hits. I was intrigued and slightly skeptical going in and satisfied and elated going out.

The crew is touring for an album they released called New Worlds. Bill Murray reads and sometimes acts out excerpts of the writing of Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Billy Collins. In between his orations, Jan Vogler, Mira Wang, and Vanessa Perez perform excerpts of works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, and Maurice Ravel. I was impressed by the power of Bill’s singing voice. The man has pipes.

Bill was himself…comedic and goofy one minute, deadpan and apathetic the next. The musicians were superb and treated their instruments like living, breathing things. They got the audience involved by inviting us to sing along to such disparate songs as “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess and “Loch Lomond,” a traditional Scottish song.

On paper, it’s weird, but in reality, it works. If it comes to your town, go!

 

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Weekend Day Drinking

I like drinking beer. Especially on weekend afternoons.

Trillium is a local brewery that did a “pop-up” beer garden in a Boston suburb during the winter months. My boyfriend and I met up with friends there one recent Saturday afternoon. The place was packed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought at the time, “Oh, I’ll remember the names of the beers I try,” and did not write them down. When will I learn that I have never had a good memory? I know that I tried two beers, one of which was an IPA. And they were both enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve done a lot of eating and drinking for the birthday list so far this year. More exciting things to come, I promise. Such as touring a submarine (on land) and seeing Bill Murray sing…

 

Roast Beef and Chicken

I finally went to two restaurants that I’ve been hearing about for years.

Sam LaGrassa’s is a lunch spot near my office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few coworkers and I went for lunch at 11:30, because there is not a lot of seating and the place is packed at lunchtime. The number of sandwich options is mind boggling. I ordered a roast beef sandwich on a cheese roll. It was really good. Simple but good. Having technical difficulties uploading the photo of the sandwich…

Cutty’s is a sandwich shop in my town. Once a month on a Sunday, the shop offers a fried chicken sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard of lines forming for this lovely chicken sandwich, which does run out. Allen and I arrived by noon. There was a line, but it moved pretty swiftly. Within 30 minutes, we were seated with our honey mustard chicken sandwiches. It doesn’t look like much, but, wow. It is tasty. Chicken was cooked perfectly, honey mustard was delicious, and the bun was great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we waited, we looked at the regular menu. Everything looked scrumptious. Might be time to become a regular…

A Is for Aloe and Apple

So aloe vera juice is a thing. I had read about it months ago somewhere and didn’t give it another thought until I saw it on the shelf at Trader Joe’s. I bought a bottle and tried it the other day.

I found it to be kind of weird. Like drinking a flower…but a weird flower. I could only drink half of the bottle in one sitting. I’ll see if my impression changes after the second half.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was in Wegmans the other day (my version of mecca) and noticed an apple called “La PiƱata” in the produce department. That’s a fun apple, I thought. I should try one!

It was another shall we say odd experience (for my taste buds anyway, I must stress). It was fine overall, but it was a little too tangy/tart for my liking. I’ll stick to Golden Delicious and Galas.

 

Sea Turtles

I visited a friend in West Palm Beach, FL, last month, and we went to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, an animal hospital for injured sea turtles.

The turtles were massive and adorable. Many of them were there because they had gotten tangled in boat equipment or been attacked by sharks. We saw one turtle being moved from the hospital to a tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a museum section that featured information about the sea turtles. I had no idea that only one out of thousands of sea turtle babies make it to adulthood.

This is a super-cool nonprofit and I’m so glad that I was able to visit it.

 

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