ragtime. I play the piano and was thinking about making a living as a musician in a former life. I play mostly ragtime now because it's fun to listen to and fun to play. Most of the rags I play are by Scott Joplin or Joseph Lamb. Strangely enough I do not play any rags by James Scott. Perhaps later I will list my repertoire. Ragtime has universal appeal and it is one of the few forms of music that is truly American.
I also like music by Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and especially George Gershwin. I have Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in sheet music and have been trying to learn it. Have you seen it? The score runs to 29 pages!
The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA and the Society of American Magicians (SAM).
Just got back from the SAM 1996 convention in Las Vegas, NV (LV). It was lots of fun and I've had some incredible experiences while there. The convention started just after the July 4th weekend. The magic shows of the convention were held in the afternoon at 1:30pm so they would not conflict with the regular LV shows at night. All of the convention shows were good. I haunted the dealer's room and saw a few new effects. Have you seen the black box with a bolt through it? Very ingenious.
I only have three complaints about the convention:
Of course, I gambled too. And yes, I came out ahead after expenses even though I stayed in LV for about a week!
tennis although it is now restricted to the summer time. But it seems fewer public courts are well maintained. Ah yes, our municipal tax dollars at work. Also I still play with my wooden racket. I still say wood gives you more control over the ball! By the way, my backhand is actually better than my forehand. Now that the summer is almost upon us, I'll need a few weeks to get in practice. Then watch out! I'm ruthless on the courts.
Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Beijing, Guilin, Bangkok, Phuket, Manila, Cebu, Cancun and Caracas.
I mentioned above I went to Boston on July 4th in 1995. In 1994 I've been to Philadelphia, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Denver, Long Island and Washington DC! That year was unusual though. I've never been to Europe or Australia yet and desperately want to go! I also went to Hong Kong in 1996 and had a great time!
I just came back from a trip to China! In fact, I kept a daily journal about this trip for future reference!