In any event. trillian_stars & I went to see Peter Nero and the Philly Pops do their "Holiday Show" -- I didn't even know there was a Philly Pops, but apparently they've been doing this for a while. It was in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, where the Philly Orchestra plays so it was really weird to be sitting in something other than Our Seats that we've had for three years now and the Pops orchestra was a lot different too. People would hoot and yell when they liked something or burst into applause mid piece in the way that the stoic members of the Orchestra audience would never do. They also thought very little of coming in late and there was a steady stream of fur coats moving about in front of us and blocking our view for the first ten minutes. All in all it was an interesting experience. I think that somewhere in betwixt the two lies the type of musical experience I'd like. I don't know why audiences don't applaud between movements during classical music. It makes no sense. For the most part, this was all music for the masses, seems wrong to over-stuffy it. But at the same time, I can do without the crying babies and the guy running around on stage in the Grinch costume.
Two of the Top Secret Projects are closer to done. One got moved back when a famous co-conspirator said "Well, we should autograph them all." Which is good for YOU but it involves FedEx and adds a week or so to things. BUT THEY'LL BE AUTOGRAPHED!
Then we had Xmas which was a mitigated disaster in terms of me cooking and burning things, though the cats were very happy at the number of boxes they got. Then we got a snow storm.
There were howling winds and dire reports on the radio about how we'd all die and be buried till spring. Trillian and I went out for a walk. It was nice and quiet -- there were fierce winds, but we saw very few people or cars. I like the snow, I always have.
We set up a camera at 11 in the afternoon on the 26th to capture the blizzard. It took a photo every 60 seconds for 24 hours. You can watch it come in and pile up in this youtube video.
That's about it. Have a swell day. Do something nice.
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