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What a time last weekend!

Wow wow wow wow! Had a whirlwind weekend last weekend as I got to see HAMILTON ON BROADWAY! I wrote a column which gives a pretty thorough account of my adventures: http://fallsnewspress.com/entertainment/2016/08/26/my-shot-in-new-york-editor-takes-in-times-square-sees-hamilton-on-broadway. But, in summary:

- I got to see my first Broadway show! And it was amazing!
- It was my first time in New York since grade school, and I don't recall a lot about it then
- I got to meet up with a friend, Gina, whom I have never had the chance to meet with face-to-face.
- Tried mimosas for the first time (they were...OK. A bit strong for my taste)

So that brings my new experiences count to 19.

Also, finally on the mending end of a series of health issues- I think the heat, humidity and stress brought out the worst in both my asthma and eczema. Had the worst eczema flareup since 1999-2000. I was on four rounds of antibiotics and three rounds of prednisone (although the latter I think did far more harm than good). But my skin is clearing up and the swelling going down. In addition, the doctor put me on a new asthma drug which slowly seems to be improving things. Still, I napped most of the day today. It felt so good.

Also read a couple more books.

The Book Mouse's Book Report:

25. Speaking of Murder, by Les Roberts, with Dan S. Kennedy. Another fun addition to the Milan Jacovich series. Roberts again teams up with Kennedy, this time to explore the world of public speaking and motivational seminars. In this story, Milan and Kevin O'Bannion are hired on as extra security at a convention for high-profile (and some not-so high profile) motivational speakers. Of course, it doesn't take long for one of them to wind up dead, and Milan and his lady friend Tobe Blaine, a homicide detective with the Cleveland police find no shortage of suspects. I have said it before, but I love the dynamic between Milan and Tobe, although I noticed some of the exchanges seemed sharper at times. I was especially happy to see the return of Victor Gaimari, the head of Cleveland's mob. He's a fun character, one you can't decide whether to love him or hate him, and you often wind up doing both in the same book. All in all, this was another excellent mystery, with great dialogue, some good laughs and excellent action. In addition, I had no idea whodunit until the end.

26. Hamilton, the Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. I read about two-thirds of this before seeing Hamilton, and finished the rest on the car ride home. If you are a fan of the musical, or curious about it, or like a good behind-the-scenes book on the making of a musical, you must get this book. It's a lovely book, filled with gorgeous full color photos and tons of information on the play. The book is set up with headlines that read like something from Hamilton's era, and the chapters include interviews with the cast (the ensemble as well as the main cast) and the creative team behind this blockbuster show. It also includes Lin-Manuel's notes and pages of early drafts, costume concepts and more. In addition, the book includes the full libretto, with Lin-Manuel's side notes on certain lines and passages sprinkled liberally throughout. Those side notes were my favorite part, and offered a peek into the thought process in forming the lyrics of this work.

Currently reading: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

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