Wednesday, November 18, 2009

On Thin Ice

I talked to the manager at Zaytinya about the missing money (see yesterday's post). She said she'd send me a $50 gift card, she wanted me to come back and try the restaurant again. She said she'd find out what happened in the mean time. I forgot to tell her I'd like to know, too.

After dinner, Fern and I hurried over to the Verizon Center for an ice skating show. I'm on the VC's email list so I got to buy pre-sale tickets. Turns out they were in the front row, rink-side, a little secret I kept from Fern, I wanted to surprise her.

Also, it turns out this was no ordinary ice show, but it was a show for the filming of the Kaleidoscope Thanksgiving special to be shown at 4:00 pm on your local FOX station on Thanksgiving Day. Kaleidoscope is a cancer survivorship celebration thing, which I didn't know about, either. I thought I was just taking Fern to an Ice-Capade kind-of-show.

Scotty Hamilton and Dorothy Hamel were both there, hosting and skating. Dorothy's still got it, let me tell you. Her split jumps were not as high as some of the younger skaters, but she was just gorgeous on the ice, smooth, effortless, just beautiful. I thought she skated better than Nancy Kerrigan. You can watch the show next week yourself and tell me what you think.

Fern had a good time, giving me the play-by-play of the skating: "that's a triple loop..." or "...a double axel...." It was fun to see her enjoy the performances. I'm glad we got to go.

There were several retakes of the skater introductions and long breaks between numbers so the whole thing lasted over three hours, but through the magic of TV, the special is supposed to be 90 minutes. We didn't stay afterwards when they were going to retake the shots of skaters' falls, so I didn't get to see what that was like. I'm wondering if I'll be able to tell where the skaters' programs were fixed.

Anyway, look for us, Fern and I are on the front row near the far corner away from the stage where a couple of the American Idol singers sang.



Carmi said...

I'll watch for it here north of the border - it's always hit-and-miss in terms of what they choose to show in Canada. Way cool that you got to be there for such a special event!

Glad your birthday was such a lovely day. You deserve no less.

just me said...

That sounds way cool - E and I will try to watch it on Thanksgiving if we can tear people away from football for a little while.

AM Kingsfield said...

We'll put it on. I'll DVR it so we can freeze frame.

greeny said...

Ive got to put a post-it on my TV so Ill remember to watch it and squeal when i see you two! I will be here for Thanksgiving blessedly alone and plan on working on my Christmas gifts while munching on pepper jelly and tortilla chips!

Lorraine said...


Ace said...

You did the right thing with the bill. I would have maybe just left a note with why she got stiffed. The cashier may have taken the money? The waitress could have warned the rest of the staff to watch their cash. This has happened to me when I waitressed. But...

I do not blame you leaving. I am also unwilling to wait. And it was your birthday!!!

I am jealous of the ice skating event. Very cool. I love Dorothy Hamel and Scott Hamilton.