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The Sun Came Up. And So Did The Curtain. - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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The Sun Came Up. And So Did The Curtain.
I'm not going to get political here. At least not yet. I shared some cogent, measured ideas about Where We Go From Here on Facebook that were very well received and reshared by people of all political stripes. It's one of my rare public posts there and you can read it here.

I worked yesterday until a little after 2. I got dozens of kind birthday wishes, mostly cast in terms of "happy birthday anyway," or "make the best of it" and similar things.  Cupcakes were served.  Life went on.

Then, I came home, picked up my beloved, and I repeated my day-earlier drive down the 90 to Erie, PA.  After checking into our hotel room and settling on Friday's for dinner, we got to this city's historic showplace:

See? Historic, Showplace- says so on the tin

Like so many of its era, this landmark had to struggle to survive the demise of vaudeville halls and downtown movie palaces.  It's sick and sad how many were knocked down (as were all of Rochester's except the Little- which was, you know, little and thus not suitable to roadshow companies), butchered into multi-screen movie theaters (as Toronto's Pantages was), or just left to rot up to or beyond the point of salvage.  Shea's Buffalo was lucky to just miss that cut; Ithaca's Strand tried to come back but finally got demolished in the 90s.

Here, they did a gorgeous job of restoration, and the Warner now hosts traveling companies as well as Erie's orchestra.

The chandelier and windows:


Even the restrooms exude class, as seen by this fireplace in the foyer of the mens' loo:



Eleanor took plenty herself, which I'm sure she'll share.

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As for the marquee of the evening:


I dropped Eleanor under the sign and went to park.  On-street was hopeless, and the line into a round-the-corner parking garage was 20-deep, so I saw a guy waving people in to a private lot. Around Shea's in downtown B-lo, you can expect this to run you at least a twenty, and for bigger shows way more.  Here? Four bucks.  I felt guilty taking back change from a ten.

That got us to our seats. I expected fourth row. Rows in this place, however, are weird. We wound up in the center of the actual first permanent row of seating, with only a row in the orchestra pit in front of us (Rent has a band in a back corner of the stage):



Yeah. That close. That's from intermission, but I could've practically handed drinks to the actors when they came to stage front.

This was the company's only night in Erie on their traveling celebration of the show's 20th anniversary. I'm sure some of them weren't even born when Rent was winning Tony awards, and I doubt if any of them had gotten much beyond kindergarten.  They were on pitch, on pointe, and on their game all the way.  The songs we know so well, the stories we've come to share- all unfolding hundreds of inches in front of us.

A magical way to end a generally suckstarter of a birthday:)

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Both of us still have our coughs, but between fatigue and extra medications, we slept reasonably well on the road last night, checked out around 8:30 and even with a gas-and-Timmy's stop were home by 10 a.m.

The animals yawned.  Our friend Ann was a total sweetheart- not only feeding them and letting Ebony out last night and this morning, but taking her for walks both times. She even asked Eleanor if we needed her to feed the fish.  They seemed a little skittish, seeing how we haven't left them alone in the house overnight in years, but they seem more settled down now.

I'm working this afternoon here and in Rochester tomorrow, and things will be busy most of next week.  But these were just under a day of birthday that I will always remember:)
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greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: November 10th, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're feeling mostly better. Looks like you had an amazing evening!
oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: November 10th, 2016 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That looks amazing!

Happy belated birthday, my friend.
warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: November 12th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Great pix. "They don't make 'em like they used to."
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