Yesterday, I took a day off from work thinking I was gonna hook-up with an old BofA Buddy of mine (my last job: 17 years at Bank of America). She's pushing 30 years (Yowzah!). She was gonna be in town and we thought we could hook up. Well, her travel plans got fubar'd and - as it turned out - one of my clients was in Crisis Mode so I ended up working almost half-a-day anyway (Jeesh!). I did get to wander out to the Tiki Bar in the afternoon and soak-up some rays. I also kind-of over-indulged in the Adult Beverage Realm (Oops), so my Jam-Making Plans also got fubar'd!
Today was a busy day with work as well, but I am FINALLY relaxing at the Tiki Bar with a 'Rita (*not* gonna over-indulge tonight!). And this is my favorite Blogging Spot so I shall yammer-away and enjoy the (still) warm weather...
However, I *am* thinking that I need to get my arse out here tomorrow morning and do another rotten-fruit-scooping. The Maori Tribe of New Zealand has a War Dance called the Haka. It looks something like this:
And - I'm not sure if they grow peaches and plums in New Zealand - but I can't help but wonder if - instead of a War Dance - maybe they have a fly problem as well??? I kinda feel like I'm perfecting the Haka right about now!
Yep - Gotta get out here tomorrow morning with a rake and a bucket - for sure!!!
So on Sunday, we went to a matinee showing of Cavalia. Think Cirque du Soleil with horses. TOTAL "Eye-Candy" and overall pleasant sensory experience. I wasn't sure if hubs would be "into" it (Horses are more *my* thing. I dragged him to see the Lipizzaner Stallions perform - a few years ago - and he played along, but clearly *wasn't* into it!). Hubs THOROUGHLY enjoyed Cavalia and raved to his colleagues at work.
I was actually hoping for more "dressage"/dancing horse kinda stuff. Several years ago, we saw a similar performance (and, unfortunately, I canNOT remember the name of the show!). I recall that show was more heavily into dressage and the horses were definitely the "Main Stars" of the show. Cavalia was more of a mix of Cirque du Soleil type of human acrobatics with the horses "sharing the stage." They definitely got equal billing - don't get me wrong. And it was a stunning performance, all around - what with the lighting, and music and Eye-Candy back-drops and whatnot. It actually was almost "sensory overload" - but it was AWESOME in every way.
And yes, they *did* have a few dressage horses. Piaffe (trot-in-place), Passage (high-stepping trot with a moment of suspension and minimal fwd motion), Half-passes (side-stepping), and some synchronized moves (in-time to the music, even!). Amazing stuff. There was one bay horse, in particular, who had absolutely stunning dressage moves. I *think* it was a stallion - not sure if he was an Oldenburg or a Warmblood, or what (I was too cheap to buy a program!), but he was simply breathtaking to watch. Reminded me a lot of Dante and, yes, I teared-up a bit watching him perform!
Here is an amazing dressage horse. Unfortunately, I can't embed the video, but follow the link if you want to see it. Throughout the video, the horse does an extended trot - where he flips his forelegs WAY out in front and almost looks like he's suspended mid-air during each stride. Dante did that naturally and for the sheer pleasure of it (srsly, I would turn him out in the front arena and people would stop their cars and get out - just to watch him)! I could watch this stuff all day but, unfortunately, to a non-horse-person (hubs!), it's kinda like watching paint dry!
Here is another fantastic dressage performance* - Freestyle to Music (and a bit less like "paint drying") - Amazing!
Anyhoooo... Cavalia: Even though they didn't have dressage performances of this caliber, it was still an Abso-freaking-lutely AMAZING show and - if you have a chance to see it - I Highly-Highly recommend it!
Next up: Foodie Stuff and GARDENING!!!
*Total freaking bummer - Google sez: Blue Hors Matiné (the mare in the last video) broke her leg and had to be put down in 2010. I am majorly bummed. What an unbelievably talented horse - and what a loss!!!