Last night (Saturday, January 26), I attended the annual Columbia Classical Ballet's Lifechance Gala at the Koger Center with Dolly Patton, her daughter Sims and her friend. They were all "dressed to the nines". Susan was not in attendance as she was returning from a workshop in Cary, NC. It was nice to see Brooklyn Mack dance again. I haven't seen him dance in two years and his stage presence is as wonderful as ever. I am not going to critique the performance; I know better! It is unfortunate that so few people in Columbia will ever witness Mathias' ballet skills and the superiority of Birmingham Royal Ballet. For instance last night Mathias and Principal Dancer Nao Sakuma closed the annual Birmingham Royal Ballet's "Evening of Music and Dance" Gala with the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. For a link to their performance, click here.
Our new Motofino 50 cc moped. Click on image to enlarge.
Susan and I now own a new moped. Last Tuesday I had a rude encounter with a car that pulled out of a parking lot in front of me. The front of the moped disintegrated into many pieces and required a tow truck to take the rest to car and moped heaven! I was fortunate enough to be only bruised a little bit; I was wearing a helmet. It could have been a lot worse. It only took the Columbia Police 1 hour and 15 minutes and two 911 calls to respond! I guess that since I was not dead, they did not feel that this incident was important.
Hopefully the poor lady that hit me will help with the purchase; she was driving without insurance (she thought the car was insured... long story), was given a $450 ticket, her car was impounded and her driver's license was suspended. She was very lucky not to be taken to jail; she was resigned to this fate. I have spoken to Jerry next door just to be safe. Hopefully I won't have to go the legal route for compensation. She has bigger problems than me. She called the next day to see how I was feeling.
We are three weeks away from our great adventure in Philadelphia. As a reminder we will be closed from February 13-19 for the trade show.
Two early 19th century botanicals available at The Mouse House (click to enlarge).
More framed botanicals. We also have several nice sets of framed Ca., 1860 birds from Morris's Birds of Europe available.