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Old 11-07-2015, 06:37 AM   #291
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Dawg, even though a lot of the Broadway shows come to Boston with the original cast, the tickets can break you financially. We have here right next door to us the Winthrop Playhouse Players that have put on some fantastic shows. Their theatre is in an old small church in Winthrop and they are always sold out. Over the years they saved up enough to buy the building and make it the way they wanted it. They have an arts department (who are part of the permanent cast) that makes all the backdrops, do the lighting, etc. Even a seven piece band of their own. They are as good as any cast you could see on Broadway or in Boston. And even high school kids can afford the tickets. BTW, they often take on wannabe H.S. kids for scale for the chorus or backstage positions.

They not only put on the most recent musicals from Broadway, but often will do a real oldie from the 40's. So if you have a local company in or nearby to your community, I would strongly advise you to support them. You won't be sorry. You will find yourself singing the songs on your way home.
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:05 AM   #292
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Dawg, even though a lot of the Broadway shows come to Boston with the original cast, the tickets can break you financially....
Addie, anywhere else is NOT Boston. Anywhere in Boston charges way more than a normal person would pay for anything. I guess people in Boston really don't care how much they spend. However, go a mere 60-some miles to the west to Worcester's Hanover Theatre and you will find very reasonable prices for First-rate shows, whether they are the Broadway touring companies or national tours of top-tier entertainers. A couple friends and I went to see Jim Brickman a few years back for his Christmas show. Gold-ring seats (we were about 15 rows back) with "meet Jim" privileges cost us $65. It was a splurge, but certainly wasn't Boston prices. Himself and I had also seen the touring company of "Jesus Christ, Superstar" with the actor who originated the part of Jesus and played Him in the movie, too, and our seats were $45. I was comfy, but Himself and his 6' 2" frame wished the row before us was about two inches further away.

Cleveland prices are even better, and Cleveland has the second-largest theatre district after NYC. You can get a top-price seat in Cleveland for around the same price as a nosebleed seat in Boston. I'm guessing a touring company show anywhere BUT Boston will be cheaper.

AND finally, as a veteran of many community theatre productions in two states, I can say that they do provide wonderful show experiences. However, they can no way match the grandeur of a large-scale production that Broadway can with their touring company. As a rare treat, it is certainly well worth the splurge.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:05 AM   #293
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What I am talking about is a really tiny company. I think they may seat 100 at a full house. They draw from the high schools for chorus singers, artists, etc. And if you are not in H. S., just a member of the community, with desires to participate in the theatre, then you are welcome to become a member of the group. Financially, I don't know how they stay afloat, but they do. The majority of their audience is drawn from just three communities. There are no touring companies in this theatre. Yet they put on a top notch performance every time.

While the theatres in Boston are covered in gold gilt, this little church still has the stained glass windows. No money has been wasted on the comfort of the audience. There is no lobby. Just give your ticket to the person at the door and take a seat. The Cape Cod Playhouse was a training ground for a lot of Broadway bound plays and musicals. I don't know if it is still there. And up on the North Shore they had a theatre in the round. A stop for many touring groups. Unfortunately, they are now gone.

This theatre was in existence when I was in H.S. and still going. In fact, when my uncle died, he was the last person they held funeral services for. Right after that the church closed and sat empty for a short while. That is when this little group of folks got together and turned it into a community playhouse. They have done so well over the years that they have been written up many time in the Globe and Herald.

I know there are other towns and cities that have a much better theatre community than what exists here. But for kids with just their allowance in their pocket, it makes for a great date night offering.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:38 AM   #294
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Some Early Morning Really Stray Thoughts!

The drain on patio needs to be cleaned out. Every time it rains the water pours into the community room under the doors.

I managed to get my A1c down from 6.8 to 6.1.

I keep forgetting how narcotic medication can mess up my waste system. Just my own stupidity kicking in all the time. Or is it stubbornness?

Has anyone notice that ads now are running for five minutes or more? One after another and another and another. And again they are getting louder than the level of the show you are watching. Good side? I can jump up and clean up the few dishes in the sink, wipe off the switch plates, clean the bathroom mirror, etc. All little jobs that can get done in five minutes or less.

Chores I can do while watching TV. Clean out Rosie, the iRobot vacuum. Set up the ironing board in front of the TV.

Temps from the mid 70's earlier this week, now waking up to low 40's in the morning. Time to bundle up when I take my scooter out.

We have a new tenant that is either very cheap or in some deep financial trouble. He can't afford to pay for cable and internet service. So he asked me if he could tie into my WI FI and he will pay me. Sure, why not. It hasn't affected my service. But this is a brick building with fire walls throughout the building. He grand idea is not working out too well. It is not working out as well as he thought it would. Looks like he is going to have to dig into his pockets and get his own cable service. Is what WE are doing illegal? I have no idea.
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:35 AM   #295
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Addie,
Back in the 70's commercial breaks were generally 2 minutes, 2 seconds.
An hour long show typically ran 47 to 50 minutes.
Now commercial breaks are at least 5 minutes and the shows are at most 40 minutes.

I forgot which series but one the opening sequence is 15 to 20 minutes long, then 7-8 minutes of commercial then 5 minutes of the show, 5 minutes of commercial, then 5 minutes of show, 5 minutes of commercial, repeat the 5 and 5 for the rest of the show which I think had a running time of 1 hour 15 minutes.
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:43 AM   #296
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Back in the 70's commercial breaks were generally 2 minutes, 2 seconds.
An hour long show typically ran 47 to 50 minutes.
Now commercial breaks are at least 5 minutes and the shows are at most 40 minutes.

I forgot which series but one the opening sequence is 15 to 20 minutes long, then 7-8 minutes of commercial then 5 minutes of the show, 5 minutes of commercial, then 5 minutes of show, 5 minutes of commercial, repeat the 5 and 5 for the rest of the show which I think had a running time of 1 hour 15 minutes.
The public needs to start boycotting shows that are guilty of this practice. But then on second thought, that would leave us very few shows to watch. Outside of PBS shows. And even those are commercial ridden at the beginning of each show. Oh, excuse me. I should say promos. They don't consider them as ads. Even though they sometimes show their whole commercials that are seen on regular shows. Today, the only shows we get with more show time are the ones from England. But I am sure PBS will start to edit them to fit in a shorter time frame so they can show more full scale promos at the beginning.
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Addie,
That is a gray area sharing wifi. I wouldn't share mine but that is because I don't know what they are doing on the internet.
If they are doing something illegal, it will be traced back to your ISP.

Just my two cents.
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:53 AM   #298
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We have a new tenant that is either very cheap or in some deep financial trouble. He can't afford to pay for cable and internet service. So he asked me if he could tie into my WI FI and he will pay me. Sure, why not. It hasn't affected my service. But this is a brick building with fire walls throughout the building. He grand idea is not working out too well. It is not working out as well as he thought it would. Looks like he is going to have to dig into his pockets and get his own cable service. Is what WE are doing illegal? I have no idea.
It depends on state law. It's likely that you're violating your service contract, though. ISPs price their services based on their calculations of how much equipment is needed to provide service for X amount of customers. If many customers did what you're doing, they would need to purchase more equipment. Without additional paying customers, they would have to raise their rates to cover the cost.

And cin is right. Suppose the guy started downloading illegal porn using your connection...
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Old 11-08-2015, 12:06 PM   #299
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That is a gray area sharing wifi. I wouldn't share mine but that is because I don't know what they are doing on the internet.
If they are doing something illegal, it will be traced back to your ISP.

Just my two cents.
Spike who is the computer geek of the family, told me that it would show immediately if they were looking for an offender, they would find that someone was sharing my wifi and look at his name and identity. In other words the authorities would know immediately it was coming from him.

One of the things I did ask him before I even agreed to it was about the porn. Just by his stunned reaction I could see it was not his thing. I warned him that I had three sons who could make his life very miserable if he was lying. One of them with ties to unsavory people he wouldn't want to know. He mostly watches movies on his computer. He has it tied into his television.

I fail to see the legal difference of my sharing my wifi with a family member or a friend. Maybe I am being naïve. If I should hear from the cable company, this practice will come to a quick end. All I have to do is change my password. Spike showed me how in case I have to do it in a hurry.
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I fail to see the legal difference of my sharing my wifi with a family member or a friend. Maybe I am being naïve.
Do you charge your sons when they connect to your network?
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