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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    Sorry, I must be dumb tonight. I'm not sure if I follow.
    Alma... den.
    I know it's a wine maker. Not particularly good.
    What do you mean?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Sorry, I must be dumb tonight. I'm not sure if I follow.
    Alma... den.
    I know it's a wine maker. Not particularly good.
    What do you mean?
    Ha, I didn't even notice the name, hilarious.

    I just mean buy cheap plonk instead of $50 a pop bottle of wine and spend the difference on DVDs.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Ha, I didn't even notice the name, hilarious.

    I just mean buy cheap plonk instead of $50 a pop bottle of wine and spend the difference on DVDs.
    Hm... no can do.
    I've just had a bottle of Occultum Lapidem, a Côtes du Roussillon Villages rated 94 by Robert Parker, with a ravioli stuffed with funghi porcini, pesto sauce. Toasted French bread with foie gras entier as appetizer.
    Wine and gourmet food *are* my third passion after my family (lovely CountessAlmaviva and kids) and opera.
    So part of the budget must be diverted to food and wine.

    I've been following a ferocious diet for three weeks. Have lost 15 pounds. Today I decided to give myself a break, and got this gorgeous 94-rated wine and the porcini ravioli. Yummy. Loved it.

    I've been going to the gym 6 days a week. This is an expensive gym.

    And my son is supposed to start Law School, next.

    Arghhh! I need more money! There isn't much left for DVDs!!!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I think we have a solution here:
    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Sorry, I must be dumb tonight. I'm not sure if I follow.
    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I just mean buy cheap plonk instead of $50 a pop bottle of wine and spend the difference on DVDs.
    Oh, and here I took the message to be much simpler: "Just GET HER DRUNK, MAN, and she'll do whatever you want!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Oh, and here I took the message to be much simpler: "Just GET HER DRUNK, MAN, and she'll do whatever you want!"
    CountessAlmaviva, getting drunk with cheap plonk? Never! Champagne Roederer Cristal, maybe. It actually has happened. True story.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    NOW we come to the bottom of the story. It's the countess swigging champagne who is responsible for the dearth of new DVDs in Alma's UWP.
    Natalie

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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    OK, today I went into Amazon.com and found 5 Rossini operas, most on blu-ray, and one Pergolesi that I didn't have; all of them expensive (above $30 each). Impulsively I clicked on all six. Then when I went to the checkout screen the bill was almost $200. I got some guilty pangs and deleted four of them, kept one Rossini (the madhouse one - you've finally convinced me) and the Pergolesi.

    So I was all proud of what I did. A couple of hours later I learned that CountessAlmaviva who owns an iPad and a netbook that in my opinion are perfectly fine for her Internet needs, went berserk and impulsively bought an expensive Mac laptop!

    I told her, I should have bought all six!

    And there was no champagne drinking today. Arghh!!!
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); July 5th, 2013 at 05:28 AM.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Thank goodness for Spotify. I listened to Massimo Giordano's new CD there and I'm glad I didn't buy it. The singing is kind of flabby and lacking in colour, I didn't hear one aria that made me go wow, didn't he make a great job of that. Should be called amore con un poco di whingeing.



    This was much better. You can't go wrong with Britten conducting Britten.



    I am bewildered by this production of Manon Lescaut from La Monnaie. It's more like a cross between Lulu and Anna Nicole. I have no idea what is going on, why we are spending so much time in a train station, or who the dude with the half-naked lady on a lead is. I'll only keep watching because I like Eva-Maria Westbroek and Brandon Jovavovich.



    On second watching of this DVD of Pique Dame, I am less dazzled by the loveliness of Misha Dydik and noticed a distinct lack of chemistry between him and his Lisa, Emily Magee. And Ludovic Tézier as Yeletsky does his usual singing haddock act. I suppose that helps make Lisa's rejection of him a little more understandable. On the plus side Ewa Podleś is absolutely magisterial as the old countess. It's worth getting this just for her.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    This was much better. You can't go wrong with Britten conducting Britten.

    So was watching this DVD your consolation prize for not going to the UK and seeing this opera in person with Sospiro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    A couple of hours later I learned that CountessAlmaviva who owns an iPad and a netbook that in my opinion are perfectly fine for her Interned needs, went berserk and impulsively bought an expensive Mac laptop!
    Don't be too upset at her. Yesterday, purely on impulse, I bought this*:



    Granted, it was an older, second-hand Firebird, and I got a good price for it. Still, though, I really didn't need it! But . . . it was there. And it was red. And it was *so* pretty!

    Besides, it goes along with my other recent purchases--the 60" HD TV, Blu-ray player, and surround sound system--as I enter my third mid-life crisis (which, by the way, I'm enjoying much more than the other two).

    (*Item shown in photo is not the actual purchased vehicle)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post

    (*Item shown in photo is not the actual purchased vehicle)
    The item actually purchased was this Matchbox:

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    The item actually purchased was this Matchbox:
    I'm starting to wish it was. I pick up the car tomorrow, and am already getting cold feet about the purchase.

    But you're only young and stupid once. It's just that, in my case, it's lasted into my fifties!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Don't be too upset at her. Yesterday, purely on impulse, I bought this*:



    Granted, it was an older, second-hand Firebird, and I got a good price for it. Still, though, I really didn't need it! But . . . it was there. And it was red. And it was *so* pretty!

    Besides, it goes along with my other recent purchases--the 60" HD TV, Blu-ray player, and surround sound system--as I enter my third mid-life crisis (which, by the way, I'm enjoying much more than the other two).

    (*Item shown in photo is not the actual purchased vehicle)
    Very nice. Macbooks, Firebirds, A/V systems. All of these things are cheap for mid-life crises. For my first mid-life crisis, I acquired myself a third wife. Now *THAT* has been expensive! I fear what I will acquire if I had 2nd and 3rd mid-life crises!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Very nice. Macbooks, Firebirds, A/V systems. All of these things are cheap for mid-life crises. For my first mid-life crisis, I acquired myself a third wife. Now *THAT* has been expensive! I fear what I will acquire if I had 2nd and 3rd mid-life crises!
    Well, my first two mid-life crises *did* involve women.

    That's why I'm enjoying this third one so much more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Yesterday, purely on impulse, I bought this:



    . . . an older, second-hand Firebird . . .
    By the way, I've named it Stravinsky.

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