An evening with Stephen

Hi everyone,

Last night Sandy and I took Robin and Tim to the Springfield Contemporary Theatre for a performance of Stephen Sondheim music by five gifted vocalists and two outstanding pianists. Sondheim is 90 now and can look back on a long, distinguished career. I’m a fan of many of his songs and some of his music. Sometimes the cacophony of sounds he puts together astound my ear but his unique style has earned him countless awards from an industry that appreciates his one-of-a-kind approach and his genius for lyrics. Kudos to Springfield Contemporary Theatre for bringing such fare to Springfield.

Me, talking to a machine

Hi everyone,

We got home last night from Las Vegas where we spent three nights playing with Jeff and Jennifer. We ate well, did a lot of walk-about, saw a couple of excellent shows, watched the fountain at the Belagio by day and by night, and ogled a few beauties strolling around advertising various burlesque shows. I even tried my luck on a slot. Lost all ten bucks, just like that! We were afraid our flight home to icy Springfield would be cancelled but we arrived on time and were in bed by 1:00 a.m. Yawn.

And so, to work.

Google exaggerates!

Hi everyone,

Do the fine computers at Google Maps Timeline sometimes inform you of places you’ve been — cities, restaurants, sites — and how far you’ve traveled? Why do they do that? And if they’re going to insist on providing such information, I wish they would get it right. For example. Here’s what popped up yesterday.

In November I visited 10 cities and 38 places. The claim is that these included Baltimore, Rochester, Portland, Cannon Beach, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, The Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge, Chiapparelli’s Restaurant, Victor, Fishers, Victor, and Brighton. I admit to some of these but not all, and I can think of some they left off. They go on to declare that so far this year I’ve traveled 54,401 miles which, they claim, would take me around the world 2.19 times. I beg to differ! By our calculations, we will only have traveled 31,261 miles by year end. Assuming the circumference of Earth is 24,901 miles, that’s only 1.26 times around the world. They need to get this right, people!