Monday, September 21, 2009


Yesterday (Sunday) Cliff and I went to see a stage play version of Robert Louis Stevens’ classic story, Treasure Island. The theater is a small one -- probably holds 200 patrons, or less, but they have been around for many years. Yes, I know what the sign says, but that's not the way they answer the phone.

It’s called Bus Barn Stage Company because the building used to be a barn for busses. Sometimes their productions are good, and sometimes not so good. This was one of the better ones. This is a photo of the set before the play began.

It started off with a bang, with pirates running down the aisle right next to me, yelling and screaming, as they took to the stage, and continued their fight. Most realistic. The pirates were all filthy dirty, and yelled, threatened, and brandished swords and other weapons. The “Captain” was stabbed in the back right there in the very first scene!

By and large the casting was quite good. The cast even included a live bird. It was in a cage, and was not a full size parrot, but it was a member of the psitticine family. The fellow who played Long John Silver was most realistic, clomping around on the stage on his pegleg. I suspect that his right leg, in a boot, was built up in order to keep him straight, for he was quite tall, as you can see here. I was hoping to get more photos, but Long John was the only one who stood still long enough for me to get a shot. And a good time was had by all!


A restaurant posts a sign that says “$500 if we fail to fill your order.” A customer decides to put it to a test by ordering “elephant ears on rye”. The waitress takes the order, and a few moments later the owner comes fuming out of the kitchen, and slams five one hundred dollar bills down on the customer’s table. “You got me!” he tells the customer. “But this is the first time in ten years that we’ve been out of rye bread.”


  1. Elephant ears is the name for both a poisonous plant (my ManEating Plant out on the porch, I'm looking at you!) and for a type of Danish. Putting either on rye would be...for someone else.

  2. What a great way to spend the day!