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My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.

Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.

But summer holiday is filled, as usual.  I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research.  Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.

The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends.  I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!

But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .

United Nations

Three weeks ago today, I visited the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.

A conference was taking place, and the guides were adamant that we take no photos in the General Assembly chamber.

Well, I paid for this tour, and dadgummit, I’m taking a photo:

On the entry plaza, the Knotted Gun sculpture:

Three weeks ago

I’m still flying high from the helicopter tour of NYC three weeks ago today.  This shot of the World Trade Center at the southern tip of Manhattan, showing the footprint of the twin towers and the new One World Center, is a favorite.

But my favorite of the tour is:

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