I made it to the gym both Saturday & Sunday. At times in my life I have been quite regular in my gym habits but have slacked off of late. Faced with the possibility of walking in next month’s AIDS Walk when, in recent years, I did it has a 5K Run, I am inspired to get back in the habit. Today will be day #3 in a row.
A friend published his most recent novel this month. I do not own an eReader. I think that is the correct generic term for Kindles, Nooks, and their fellows. I do have the Kindle app on my iPhone, however, so, despite my concern about reading on the small screen, I decided to give it a go.
So far the experience of reading on the iPhone is not bad at all. The app allows me to adjust background color, font, font size, line spacing, etc. which minimizes the negative impact of the small screen size. The biggest adjustment is how progress is measured. I am not sure how many pages the book is in printed form but on my iPhone, as I have adjusted, it the total is 7130 “locations”. I am presently on #1809.
I received a very polite email from Customer Relations Representative at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Harper’s Other Dad and I enjoy attending the Met’s “Live in HD” opera simulcasts. There is a live broadcast of an opera’s Saturday matinée. There is an encore re-broadcast on a subsequent Wednesday evening. The encores are not live but the experience is much the same and it allows audience members to see an opera a second time if they liked it or see an opera they were unable to attend on its Saturday live performance. In years past, the Wednesday encores were 2-3 weeks after the live broadcast. This season, the Met opted to schedule the encore broadcasts on the next Wednesday following the live broadcast; four days later. In one case, that means we will be unable to see one of the productions. We cannot attend the live broadcast because we are out of town and we do not return until the following weekend so me miss the opportunity to see the encore as well.
The Met is always asking for feedback, especially when they are also asking for donations. We are donors as well as audience members so I sent them a very polite note explaining the unintended consequence of their change in scheduling policy. I received a very professional note back thanking me for my feedback and letting me know it had been passed along the feedback along to the HD team, That was exactly what I hoped would happen so I was pleased.
By contrast, last month I visited the Mining and Historical Museum in Bisbee Arizona. A docent in the Archives area was very nice and spent quite a lot of time answering questions and sharing information. It was not a tour. He happened to be working in the museum’s library and took the time to chat. After returning to Casa de Harper I looked online for the Museums’ contact information and sent a note to the Director complementing his/her collection and singling out the docent who’d been so helpful. I am not sure etiquette requires an acknowledgement of what was, basically, a thank-you note but when I was in the professional world and received a compliment regarding one of my staff I would have taken the time to acknowledge the message, thank the person for taking the time and assure them the information had been shared with the staff member. No such communication was forthcoming from Bisbee. I’ve often heard it said that people are more likely to offer feedback when they have a negative experience or complaint. Perhaps organizations foster that mentality by choosing to ignore the positive messages. Who knows? Maybe they would also have ignored my email if it had been a complaint.
There were people with picket signs outside Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church on Sunday morning. As I mentioned on Facebook, I am pretty sure the correct term for picketers outside a Catholic church is “Protestant”. I did not chat with them beyond asking permission to take a photo but, judging by the signs, their grievances seem to be more theological than political. ‘Good on ’em’ for bringing their passion to the marketplace of ideas. I probably don’t have strong feelings on either side of their issue but I am totally in favor of religious protests as long as there is no explosion, body count or signage saying “God Hates (insert target group here)”.
Given that we chose to eschew Friday Happy Hour, Sunday afternoon found us at a favorite local watering hole for a couple of beers and some show-tune videos. Lest my ‘card’ be challenged, I hasten to point out that I am familiar with 42nd Street in both the movie and subsequent stage forms. It has been many years, however, since I last saw the 1933 film and I had forgotten this number. Bebe Daniels does a great job but, watching this. my eyes keep being drawn to the chorus boys. Full disclosure, this may not be the first time I’ve had that thought.