Tuesday, October 9, 2007

An Italian Play...In DC!

Last Friday the stage play La Pensione Della Tranquillità was staged in DC. It was in Italian and was very funny. The play was written, directed and acted by La Compagnia di Teatro Sperimentale from the Abbruzzo-Molise area of Italy. They have been performing this play for about a year, primarily in Abbruzzo-Molise, but their last two performances were in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

After the performance, audience members interested were invited to the Alpine Restaurant in Arlington. We got to sit at the table with the playwright and he entertained us with stories of the troupe. One interesting tidbit: he surprised us with the fact that the actors had had a bit of a difficult time performing in Italian because they have performed it every other time in the Abbruzzo-Molise dialect of Italian. Most dialects of Italian are as different from Italian as Spanish is, so it was as if they were performing in a different language, though one in which they are quite fluent!

What a delightful evening it was!

See photos and video here: http://www.joeganci.com/usa/2007/pensione/index.htm

I'm in Love!

I saw this van in DC recently and fell in love! Wow, Russian beer! A beer I haven't tried yet! I really love discovering a beer I haven't tried yet!

What I don't understand is why they didn't make the bottles of beer bigger and get rid of the girl. What's the point of having her in the ad for beautiful, delicious beer?

Bearemy gets fan mail!

As an avid reader of my blog (and there are millions of you, I know!), you may remember that back on Sept. 26th, my second-born son was camped out for a day and a night waiting for the release of Halo 3. He also is the one with a webcam in his room, through which his friends can see what he's doing on justin.tv. When he doesn't have his webcam with him, guess who takes his place? Yep, that's Bearemy above, visible through the webcam on my son's site.

Guess what? Bearemy got fan mail. We received the postcard you see below from someone on the West Coast, a real girl, apparently! Imagine that? No wonder Bearemy is smiling! She wrote: Dear Bearemy! I saw you like on the computer and I think you're like so cute! I [heart] you Beremy! The West Coast loves you! Much love from a fan! She also helpfully drew a very realistic picture of herself and of Bearemy!


When you use a webconferencing tool like Adobe Acrobat Connect and point it at your own screen, you get a cool effect! It's like being in a room with facing mirrors. To infinity and beyond!