Below, one of the odder street musicians I’ve ever seen in Manhattan, a black guy playing a trombone. I didn’t want to get too close to him, lest he whack me with the slide. Other passersby seemed to have the same worry.
To make matters even weirder, the guy was playing “Greensleeves.”
An old friend from high school contacted me yesterday. He attended college at Valparaiso University in northern Indiana. I’ve travelled through Valparaiso many times, and I always stop to tour the astonishing Chapel of the Resurrection. This is one of the most beautiful churches anywhere on earth. Right out there in the flatlands!
When you walk into the chapel, you are bathed in light. As you can see from the picture above, one end of the church is entirely clad in stained glass. The altar fits right into the star shaped chancel. If you don’t feel the presence of God in this building… well… you don’t want to. I don’t know much about Lutheran theology. I’m Catholic.
I’ve always dreamed of playing the massive pipe organ in this cathedral. (Calling it a chapel is over modest, if you ask me.) What a ton of noise I could make! Check out those pipes. Some day, I'm gonna play that sucker.
Check out the program from the dedication ceremony of the Chapel in 1959. I was nine years old!
I’m trying to emphasize protein in my diet, in the hope of keeping my weight down and staying trim. Once a week, I hit Lucky’s Famous Burgers on 52nd St. for the Double Burger. Two 5.5 ounce patties! No fries. Ketchup, mustard and raw onion on the burger.
The burger is pretty decent. I say pretty decent, because I have very high standards. My favorite is a charcoal (wood) broiled burger stuffed with garlic. Only I can make them right. Lucky’s tastes like real hamburger, has the nice ropey texture of real ground beef, and is just a touch gamey, which is good.
Since I’m in Manhattan, of course, the meat must be all natural, etc. The shop does not claim that the meat is grass fed. That would probably double the price. I’m all in favor of natural, no antibiotics and no hormones, and grass feeding, but not outrageous prices.
You would think that, given all the publicity in the past few weeks, the shop would want to advertise that their meat doesn’t contain any pink slime. So, we just don’t know about that.
The Double Burger is very satisfying and dense. I don’t feel hungry the rest of the afternoon after downing one of them. The bun is minimal, which I prefer… just enough to provide handles.