It rained really hard last night about 0300 or 0400; woke everybody up bouncing off of the roof. No thunder, just heavy rain. Luckily it didn’t last too long and tapered off to a softer drizzle after 15 minutes or so and we fell back to sleep. We kinda slept in and by the time we woke up, had coffee and some English muffins with nooks and crannies for breakfast it was getting onto 1100. It had turned into a really nice day by that time so Neil went on a run while Connie started working. As he was coming back into the park afterwards he noticed the UPS truck dropping off the daily batch of packages at the office so he picked up our new 50-500mm zoom lens for the Nikon D7000 DSLR. He’s planning on taking another run down to Ozzie and Harriet’s nest tomorrow or Saturday to check out it’s long distance performance.
After a shower we had some lunch then Connie worked awhile while Neil did some computer stuff around the house. Around 1600 we headed out for dinner and a recital. Dinner was at the Gator Bite Tail and Ale about 20 miles south of us over toward Sanibel Island. We had fried grouper sandwiches with fries and a couple of beers. The fish was fresh caught and was really good. After that we headed over to the Shell Point Resort which is mostly inhabited by old people. Luckily they also have a concert and recital series for the residents and today’s recital was by the pianist Thomas Pandolfi. Mr. Pandolfi is the accompanist for the New Dominion Chorale that Connie used to sing with. He played for about 2 hours with some explanation of the various pieces and how they fit together in the evolution of piano composition and performance. Beethoven, Brahms, Lizst, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Chopin and other composers were featured with an encore ensemble of Andrew Lloyd Weber tunes from Phantom of the Opera. He’s a pretty good pianist and the recital was great fun. Afterwards we stopped by the reception for a few minutes then headed home. We’ve got a couple of left over brownies that Neil is going to nuke to heat them up and top them with ice cream for desert.
Tomorrow he’s planning on heading out fairly early to get some more eagle pictures…we have no idea what is on Connie’s list of things to do tomorrow.