Another movie, another review, a concert, books, and goodbyes

The puppet opera on Saturday was a great deal of fun. There were five of us (all from the gaming circle) and we snagged good seats (it was open seating.) The cast included four puppeteers, five opera singers (three soprani, one tenor, one bass), and a Baroque quartet of violin, viola, cello, and harpsichord. These were “serious” musicians — but not stuffy. I think that’s what I love about this type of show; they’re quality artists but not pretentious, they seem to be having fun and we get Pulcinella jokes.

Then we went to say goodbye to Terry Houser and Angel Hanson, who were having their last day at the Brooklyn Grinder. That makes me sad; they’ve worked so hard and put so much effort and quality into the restaurant, but bad luck and other people’s shady deeds made it impossible to get ahead. They operated for over 3 years at a previous location on (you guessed it) Brooklyn Avenue, doing quite well and ready to expand. But they discovered that the building owners had illegal land use permits and the restaurant was forced to move on a 3-week notice.

Terry and Angel spent all of their money on the sudden move, combined with legal battles with the owners of the building; the new location costs increased 50% and their revenue decreased almost 60%. They worked hard but the business was just breaking even, so they could never pay off the debts in the last couple of years. They made great sandwiches and excellent coffee, but couldn’t afford to advertise so they were one of those “best kept secret” — which is shit for business. They sold to the owners of nearby Blue Dog Cafe. Edmund took lots of pictures of Angel, Terry, Nicole, and the band and will send them

Our friend Jenifer stayed overnight, and today we went to see Hot Fuzz and The Neptune. I liked it better than Shaun of the Dead. Maybe I just needed a laugh, but it really hit the spot. We also stopped by Half Price books and Twice Sold Tales, and I picked up a bunch of book: A Canticle for Leibowitz, which I never finished in high school; In the Devil’s Snare, a history of the Salem witch trials; New York Burning, a history of the 1741 slave rebellion in New York; Frank Baum’s The Land of Oz, because I’ve never read any of his books; and Bradamant: The Iron Tempest — about the same characters that were in yesterday’s puppet show! I couldn’t pass this up.

Tonight I was good and finished the review of Legends Walk! – T&J Edition which I had promised for RPGnet’s Supers Week (so that should make two, if they’re both accepted.) Alas, I have a lot of other things I haven’t completed, but at least I got this done.

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