Last night, Bitty and I had the pleasure of joining my longtime friend (and old college roommate) at the Hollywood Bowl to see 24-year-old violin wunderkind Ray Chen. Chen is dating my friend’s daughter, so we were like groupies at the Ed Sullivan show viewing The Beatles.
The Hollywood Bowl marquee
Aging Gal and her college roomie
All the family, aka Cheering Squad
Ray with the Hollywood Bowl orchestra
I’m told that Ray, who gets very animated when he plays, thinks of a “story” or background behind the music…
Ray on the Bowl’s big screen
And then… we got to go backstage
Ray is playing a 311 year old Stradivarius violin…
Ray was nice enough to even give us a personal show in his dressing room
I tried the new Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers for lunch today and, at around 200 calories, they are a great option for a balanced, quick meal.
Steam in the microwave and eat — perfect for a quick work lunch
I lapped up the Honey Balsamic Chicken and Jack T. Dog clung to my side sniffing the aroma. If Jack ever learns to work the microwave, he’ll be devouring Cafe Steamers faster than you can say, “Fetch”!
Two of the new Cafe Steamers choices
Disclosure: I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer NetworkHealthy Choice campaign. I have been provided with free products and compensated for these posts. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
Yesterday, I had the good fortune to become a citizen of the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. I got to complain to Councilwoman Leslie Knope (played by the talented Amy Poehler). We improvised our scene many times, so it will be fun to watch which take they choose to air on the premiere of “Parks and Recreation” on September 26th.
Here is my visual trip through the set:
Aging Gal in front of one of the many (hilarious) murals in the hallway of City Hall
I will let the rest of these murals speak for themselves…
Then in Council Chambers:
Pawnee Councilwoman Leslie Knope and Aging Gal
Please come visit us September 26 at 8PM (7PM Central time) on NBC!
Recently, a former classmate posted our 5th grade class photo on Facebook. (Yes, that is me top row, third from the left, looking very John Lennon-esque.)
This picture was a bit of time travel and suddenly memories stagnant for years flooded back. For this 5th grade year I had originally been placed in another teacher’s class, but I hated that teacher so much that I literally made myself sick in order to miss school (my parents even admitted me to the hospital for a time). Now, to be clear, Mrs. Chastain (pictured above) was fantastic and saved my very fragile psyche.
But this other teacher, the one who psychosomatically forced me into the hospital? Let’s put it this way: How evil does a teacher have to be to make a good student prefer drinking chalky barium swallow and getting upper GI (gastrointestinal) X-ray tests to going to school and acing subject tests?
Pretty darned bad.
To be honest, I had brushed off this time in my life and, if I thought of it at all, adult me judged my a ten-year-old self as a overreacting “baby” for my emotional weakness during this period.
Then I read some of the Facebook comments about this (unnamed here) bad teacher, the one who’s class I had moved from: “Do you remember Mrs. ******** telling us that if we didn’t behave we would be going to ‘Fist City’? Seriously, like I even knew what that meant! I do now.”
Did she go to the Ralph Kramden school of teaching? “If you ten year olds don’t stop acting like you’re ten then, ‘Blamm!, to the moon, Alice!’ I’m talking ‘Fist City!’”
So to all the bad teachers out there, how about finding another profession? And to the Mrs. Chastains who kindly educate and save the weak, Thank you. You saved not only this creative student, but many, many more.