July 18th, 2004

mepublicenemy

Hamlet

Yes, I saw it again tonight, in an outdoor venue: The Peabody Estate, in Oakbrook, Illinois. I have to admit, I don't know who Peabody was or how he got his money, but he had a great estate. It now seems to be run as a part by Dupage County.

I noticed a couple of times when actors flubbed lines. It wasn't that they flubbed them in obvious way. It was that I have the play half memorized, I guess. Also, when they flubbed, they broke the iambic rhythm.

Once again Hamlet died nobly. Poor guy. He wanted to investigate thoroughly before he executed his revenge. But his investigation stirred up a hornet's nest and left quite a body count of major characters.

Okay, I looked it up. Peabody was a coal magnate. He is mentioned here:
http://www.dupageforest.com/PRESERVES/mayslake.html

Here is the organization that put on the play.
http://www.firstfolio.org/

What I like about First Folio, is that they play Shakespeare fairly straight. Oh, they may use wrong-period costuming, but that doesn't bother me, as long as they don't try to distort the drift of the text.

Tonight was the last night for Hamlet, but in a couple of weeks they start with Midsummer's Night's Dream.

Rhyme of the day:

Hamlet doesn't like
A pre-emptive strike.
mepublicenemy

Cycling the Prairie Path

Did a 50 mile (or so) ride with my sister the lawyer, her law partner, and two of said partner's daughters. My legs are a bit achy, but it was almost perfect riding today except it was a bit on the warm side (upper eighties?)

The Illinois Prairie Path is a system of old railroad tracks that have been covered over with crushed limestone. You can read about it here:

http://www.ipp.org/index2.html

Personally, I prefer cycling on asphalt trails. Crushed limestone (or "limestone screenings") misbehaves after it has gotten wet. Parts of the trail get washed out which is a crash hazard. Horse's hooves become imprinted in the trail and this makes the ride bumpy. But it's fun riding with my sister!

Rhyme of the day:

I avoid limestone
When riding alone.