Brimborion Brew

A mixture of things without value or use

Sunday, September 18, 2005

What is all the hype about?

Went to see CATS last night. I know, I'm a little behind the times, it is the 25th anniversary show but I never got around to seeing it before. I really didn't know too much about the show. A friend of mine Sue who is a Broadway fanatic tried to tell me that I wouldn't like it. I'm really not too impressed with the the Tony pics and Broadway reviewers. This show won gobs of awards and was the longest running show on Broadway. But why?

Then a show that I really liked, Lennon the Musical is slated to close next week due to poor reviews. I got a recommendation for Billy Crystal in 700 Sundays, also a Tony winner, which I bought tickets for. I wonder....

Just got back from a wonderful afternoon at the Art Institute. They have a fabulous Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit.

They had some other artists that were part of the exhibit from the same area, loved this lithograph by Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, thinking about getting a copy for my living room.

They also had several pieces from Van Gogh and Degas that were part of the exhibit. (Kristin you would really like this exhibit). We did the audio tour which I'm glad I did because it explained all about Lautrec's life, Montmartre, the area in Paris with the famous night club the Moulin Rouge and the famous dancers that are depicted in so many of Lautrec's paintings and posters.

My souvenirs included the book from the exhibit, someday I will need my own library, a CD featuring music from the Moulin Rouge and copy of the 1952 movie Moulin Rouge starring Zsa Zsa Gabor.

We finished up a great afternoon dining outside in the Garden Restaurant . The setting is so nice, the weather was perfect and the food was great.

Monday, September 12, 2005


I've always been a Martha Stewart fan. Today was the premier of her new daily show Martha on TLC. So far so good. In this show she comes off as more down to earth and likeable, but I liked her before. She poked fun about her recent prison stay and also about being "Martha." I'm glad that she is back on the air, now I get to see her everyday. It's a good thing.

Today she taught Marcia Cross how to fold a t-shirt like this except it was alot easier to understand because it wasn't in Japanese. I think you would still get lost somewhere along step 4 though no matter if it's told in English or not. Martha and the Desperate Housewives star also made scrambled eggs, not just ordinary scrambled eggs, but scrambled eggs served in an egg. She used some special tool to chop the end of the egg off, which of course no normal person owns. Then she stopped in and surprised an Italian family to see what they were cooking for dinner. Martha offered to weed her garden, hhahah. I better clean my house, just in case she decides to stop by my place.

Tomorrow is poncho day (pattern included just in case you are feeling a little like Martha today) and the guest is David Spade. That should be interesting.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

a weeks worth of carbs

While I was in New York I really wanted to stop at Serendipity 3 and have Frozen Hot Chocolate. I of course had a couple problems, one being that I was sick while I was there. I didn't get to go there. Karen, who I went with went on Monday and was kind enough to pick up a packet of mix to make the Frozen Hot Chocolate. Being obsessed with the carb count in everything, the first thing I did was turn over the packet and look at the nutrition information. HOLY SMOKE...I didn't think you could put that many carbs in anything. One serving 119 carbs. Yikes. Laura, let me know how the Frozen Hot Chocolate is.

This totally cracks me up.

Spain has an annual what? tomato fight? Yep, it's true check it out. It's called Tomatina.

As a Big Brother 6 fan, can I just say yeah to Janelle and I hate Ivette and April. I hope Janelle wins. I wish I could be at Ivette and her girlfriend's house when Ivette finds out that her girlfriend likes Janelle. She is likeable, I think everyone likes her except Maggie, April and Ivette.

Saw a new show today called The War At Home, it was pretty funny, check it out.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Good to be back

I'm so glad to be back. New York was amazing even though I got so sick that I had to stay an extra day just to lay around the hotel room. One of my favorite things in New York is Central Park. We have nice parks in Chicago but nothing like this park. It's huge!

On our first day we had dinner at Tavern on the Green which just happens to be inside the park. We ate in the outdoor section which was very cool with all the lanterns hanging overhead.

I didn't really think that New York would wow me all that much, I thought it would be cool, I mean I live in the heart of downtown Chicago for God's sake. I have to say after visiting New York, especially Times Square, Chicago feels like a small town to me. Times Square is a complete assault on the senses. I've never seen more neon, more signs, more people and more activity in my life, and I spend alot of time in Las Vegas. There is nothing like Times Square, the pictures you've seen don't do it justice.

We took in a Broadway show, Lennon the Musical. It was wonderful, a very well done tribute to a musical genius.

One of the coolest things I did in New York was go to the top of the Empire State Building. The view was fabulous. I did the audio tour which was well worth the $6.

There was so much more I wanted to do in New York, but I was getting a bad case of the flu and my traveling partner didn't think that the day started until the clock said pm. I didn't get to go to Serendipity, and I'm bitter about it, but I'll get over it. I would not have gotten over it if I didn't get to visit Strawberry Fields, a section of Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. This is a mosaic piece in the walkway just inside the park at 72nd St, across from where John Lennon lived and died.

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What I learned in New York:
1) Not everyone is a good traveling companion.
2) If there is a guy in Times Square trying to push a comedy club it's because they can't get people to come to their comedy club.
3) Not everyone is a good traveling companion, but I'm not bitter.

Side notes.
This is interesting. This tells me that not everyone is a fan, it also tells me that the next season will be in Key West. Sooner or later I'm going to have to get up enough nerve to play in a tournament. Woohoo Jennifer.