Ryan Aber from The Oklahoman and I have been doing the High School Huddle show during the football season in 2007. Now we have reached the end of the season. So we coordinated a final High School Huddle for 2007 with The Oklahoman’s All-State Football teams.
The sports staff called in all of the players and the coach of the year for photos, interviews and quick video interviews.
Below is the intro, and here is the page we built for the player interviews. Kyle Roberts did an excellent job with the graphics and editing of the videos.
It says Christmas-time as much as Santa. Ballet Oklahoma’s annual production of The Nutcracker has its two-weekend run at the Civic Center in mid-December.
Bryan Pitts is Artistic Director of Ballet Oklahoma. He took time between Acts during dress rehearsal earlier this month to chat with Angi and me. Attending a dress rehearsal reinforces how much Bryan oversees, from the music to the dancers on stage to the set. Many people are involved, but still someone has to answer for the overall show.
At one point, I asked Bryan if he thought Tchaikovsky was a genius for his score. Bryan questioned me on this (or maybe just didn’t hear my question clearly above the rehearsing orchestra), then agreed the music added to the legacy of this ballet. I think the music is one of the reason’s everyone knows The Nutcracker. That music just reminds you of Christmas.
Angi and I headed to North Pole City for decorating ideas.
Slept in. Walked down to the deli at the corner. Had a panini. Some macaroni salad. A warm Diet Pepsi. New York delis do not keep their beverages very cold.
Strolled back to Seventh Avenue. Slowly. Legs are tired from the past two days. Went inside Trump Towers. Fought the crowds at FAO Schwartz. Stepped down into the Apple store. Looked at the over priced clothes in a few other big names places.
Went back to Central Park to find the bench I proposed at. I remembered each bench had a name, like “in memory of.” Turns out our bench had Robert Simons. Which returns nothing in a Google search. No idea who that is.
So we went in search of, what else, cheesecake. Had a wedge with some hazelnut coffee at a deli across the street from Carnegie Hall.
Then, back to the hotel for a nap and an attempt to change the departure flight from Wednesday morning to Thursday evening.