A Saturday Surprise

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Still looking for a solution to the Patraix situation.  I have a couple of friends working on a possible solution.  Brian suggested that we get in touch with the American Consul here in Valencia to see if he can help.  Hopefully one of those avenues will prove to be the correct one and we can finally finish the renewal process.

We have said many times before that you wake up with no plan in mind and, out of the blue, something presents itself.  I had sent an e-mail to Pepe asking him a question and, in his reply, he mentioned that he was having lunch at Carosel with the cast of the show we saw last night.  Ironically, we were about to head out to Carosel for lunch.  When we arrived the group was already there and two more places were added to the table.  What followed were two hours of animated conversation over a quartet of appetizers and a might tasty paella valenciana.

In chatting with comedy magician Jaime Figueroa we discovered that he had recently returned from performing in Equatorial Guinea, which is located on the west coast of Africa.  It is a former Spanish colony and is oil rich.  Unfortunately the discovery of large oil reserves has benefitted only the few and the majority continues to live in abject poverty where clean water is hard to come by.  It turns out that a number of names in the magic world have performed there, also.  It was a fascinating to hear about his performance in front of a school age audience.

We also had the chance to chat with Alberto Sánchez who is one of the two Limas Morgan.  He has a rather extensive background in musical comedy and has appeared in a number of shows in Madrid including Cats and Mamma Mia.  We discovered that he had spent a month in Brooklyn that offered him the opportunity to take in a number of Broadway musicals.  It was in New York that he discovered that there was a casting call for Cats in Madrid, so he headed back home and successfully auditioned for the show.  The other half of Limas Morgan is David Mur who is also from Madrid.  Here is a video of the two of them doing the opening number for the 2012 Musical Comedy Awards in Madrid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxvoEW742NU

We got back home a little before 5:00.  Brian was coming over to work on the refrigerator door so that it would open to the left and make it easier to place ingredients on the island.  It turned out to be a rather complicated job, but, in the end, everything was put back together and although there were two screws left over, we know what purpose they serve.  We just need to borrow a drill to make two small sinkholes and the job will be finished.  The manual we downloaded shows the need to drill the holes in order to hang the door so that it opens to the left.

We took life easy for the rest of the evening.  I am halfway through the Harry Bosch novel and Susan has started a new book called Heads and Beds.  There is nothing on the docket for today, but you never know around here.

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