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Afternoon entertainment

I lived in upstate New York when I was a young teen and spent my hard earned babysitting money primarily on my little brother and the New York City Ballet Summer Season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Festival.  Matinees were about $2 bucks a pop.  Sometimes, I was forced to bring my little sister with me but I’m the only one in my family that turned out to be a ballet nut.  I saw every Ballanchine ballet Stravinsky ever scored and thought the Jerome Robbins’ ballets were quirky and fun.  (Afternoon of a Faun?  The Cage? Too good.)

I saw a ballet *like* this one back then.  My memory says it was called The Rehearsal and featured a corps dancer who had had a bit too much to drink.  This opening dance is from The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody).  You know, when the group has an off night?  Anyone who’s had to interact seemlessly with other people in a group has had this happen at some time or another.

Enjoy!  This is an open thread.

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13 Responses

  1. Too funny, even kids who are barely able to walk know how to grab candy loot from a bowl. It’s like an innate ability.

    • I envy you! We’ve never got a trick or treater here …

      … But, it’s never stopped us from stocking up just in case!!

      • I have to stock up because a.) I live in a very safe townhouse development in b.) the densest state in the nation. Parents from McMansion developments probably drop their kids off here. In the past, even 7 or 8 bags of candy haven’t been enough.
        For the second year in a row, I was unable to score a pumpkin. The guy in the produce department looked at me like I had 2 heads. “it’s Halloween weekend. What did you expect?”
        Oh that’s right, I live in NJ. I should have reserved one in advance and kept it in a cool dark place. I guess it is unreasonable to expect the grocery stores to just order enough for all of their customers.
        Same thing with costumes. The Disney store used to run out- in August.
        I’m really beginning to have very negative feelings for NJ these days.

        • Come back to upstate NY. I think unemployment is down to 7.5% now.

        • what? you mean you do not grow your own pumpkins and make your own costumes? Martha Stewart disowns you.

          I am kidding of course, but when I was a kid we had several acres in Rotterdam NY and before that, maybe and acre in Owego NY. Several years I, the kid, grew my own pumpkins and I am not sure how my mother had enough sheets for our beds because we always thought going as ghosts, cutting holes in white sheets was way funny.

        • Buyers are erring on the conservative side when it comes to order amounts. Who wants to be stuck with excess anything in their inventory?

          • They’re fricking *pumpkins*! They already overcharge and make a fortune on them.
            What they really need to do is limit the number of pumpkins a customer can buy.

  2. My brother lives in Saratoga Springs and every so often I go visit.
    He and others have tried prevailing upon me to eventually go there to live, and it is nice enough in many respects that if the soil weren’t so shallow and sandy and garden-hostile as far as I can tell, I would consider it seriously. But since I care about gardening so much, I suspect if I ever leave S.E Michigan, it would be for some deeper-soil part of the Midwest.

  3. Here there were still plenty of pumpkins tonight and scores of great halloween costumes at the thrift store. I guess some consoltation living in the ozarks in a tiny town. No one can afford to buy anything at all here.

  4. MF Global. Jon Corzine, big trouble, big investigation……news all day it looks like.
    They are calling it pulling a Corzine, crashing a company, getting a tax payers bail out and leaving with a golden parachute. I just turned on Morning Joe and apparently that is what Corzine has just done.

  5. MF Global. Jon Corzine, big trouble, big investigation……news all day it looks like.
    They are calling it pulling a Corzine, crashing a company, leaving with big bucks after filing for bankruptcy. 7 million in customer money has disappeared apparently used to cover the companies debts. It is almost as if Corzine has had a mental break down, his behavior is so irrational.

  6. Ru ready, I live in NE PA, love gardening and have nothing but clay. I could cast a pot from the soil I dig up to plant a bulb. In fact I find that If I dig out the soil, amend it and put it back in the ground with the plant, it grows great the first year but then I realize I have done the equivalent of putting it in an in ground pot and now it is root bound.
    So I sympathize. But Saratoga is so lovely and the chance to challenge yourself, to learn how to garden, to conquer somewhat hostile soil, I don’t know, I sounds like fun.

  7. Thanks. That;s a very nice play.

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