Friday, November 17, 2006
Finally more on Houston
So beyond the cheezits what else to tell about Houston?
It's been a nice two weeks here. Patrick and I spent the day off at the Johnson's Space Center where we saw lots of space stuff. The tram tour we took Flat Jason on was nice but I will say the inside museum stuff was rather lacking. I have been to the displays in DC and Patrick has gone to the base in Orlando and we both felt their grasp of the museum kind of information wasn't great here. It was only $18 so it was worth it getting to sit in the observation room of the ground control and walk through the behind the scenes areas of the train areas.
We also hit the Houston Galleria mall. They have an ICE SKATING RINK inside the Mall. Enough said. For those of you who care about such things (you know who you are...) they also have Jimmy Choo shoestore and Armani, etc, etc, etc but also the normal suburban stores. I get it - this city has money but weird!
The show is still strong. The review here was closer to the snotty one in Boston though. Seems the critic here has a bone to pick with the theatre itself for not choosing what he considers more quality shows like Light in the Piazza and Doubt. The funny thing was he actually said in the review how great everyone was so who knows. I don't get critics despite how critical I myself can be. Not to get into a giant rant but I will say it's interesting touring the country how horrible the newspaper business is getting. It's like the new reporters, critics, etc that write for these papers around the country forgot or never took a lesson in how to write an article or a review. My language skills aren't perfection but then I don't write for a major newspaper like they do.
Anyway - Audiences are still on their feet and we have heard many times in the lobby comments like "That's why we should never read those reviews." Now if that could just convert to more sales.
Because of the theatre's location there aren't many places to eat nearby the theatre. This area of Houston is a business district so most places that are around are closed early. This has turned us into frequent eaters at the Hard Rock Cafe. Prices are so much cheaper than I am used to in NYC though and it tastes good - so why not.
That is where the photo of the Ferris Wheel comes in. There is an Aquarium in Downtown Houston with a Ferris Wheel. I don't get the connection other than maybe making kids want to go there but the real odd part is staring at a Ferris Wheel that is right off the exit ramp.
Now I have seen the odd ball Denver amusement park that is just outside downtown but this sucker is in the heart of the downtown area.
America is an interesting place.
And they say you can see it all in NYC.
Next stop Fort Lauderdale - we leave Monday and Matt May better be READY!