There is a saying in-the-rooms that goes as follows :
If you hang around the barber shop long enough sooner-or-later you are going to get a haircut.
Ulaanbaatar has an absolutely magnificent Opera House.
I have posted many photos of it in prior Posts. In order to have this Post stand-on-its-own I will show you views of the Ulaanbaatar Opera House from Chinggis Khaan Square and from areas that surround this enormous square in the heart of downtown Ulaanbaatar.
As you can see below .. the Opera House is pink!
I will begin with several views of the Opera House as it is seen from a distance. This photo shows it as viewed from the South side of Peace Avenue. Chinggis Khaan Square is (not visible) to the left in the below photo.
“Excuse me Cap, may I interrupt you here?” ..
“Of course ‘Zilla. No problem.” ..
“At the top of the post you said and I quote you : ‘There is a saying in-the-rooms that goes as follows : If you hang around the barber shop long enough, sooner-or-later you are going to get a haircut.’
(1) What does this saying mean and ..
(2) What has it got to do with the Ulaanbaatar Opera House?” ..
“It never fails ‘Zilla! Another great ‘Zilla-question!”
(1) If you continue to hang around a bar sooner-or-later you are going to pick-up-a-drink.
(2) This applies to the Ulaanbaatar Opera House as follows. Lately my number one primary location to meet members who are going to take me to a meeting to speak has been at the Opera House. Because I have been speaking at quite a few meetings, I have been going to the Opera House a lot. So in a very real sense-of-the-word I have been hanging around the Opera House.”
Now you are going to see what happened to me because I have been hanging around the Opera House.
Now stay-with-me ‘Zilla!
God’s Truth ‘Zilla. Last Sunday I was going to speak at a meeting. I got to the Opera House early to be sure that my driver did not have to circle-around-the-block which is very difficult because of the traffic. Because I was about 20-minutes early, to pass-some-time, I looked around the Opera House.
Had I not been hanging-around the Opera House the below series of events would never have happened.
In this instance nothing negative (such as hanging out at a bar and picking-up a drink) happened. It would be a good thing to hang-out at meetings. It would be a good thing to hang-out at your local athletic club. ‘Hanging-out’ does not have to be a negative thing ‘Zilla. Go hang-out at the arena and watch the Kings or the Reigns skate.
“Oh My! Will you just look at that! MADAM BUTTERFLY next weekend! SWAN LAKE the 24th! CARMEN the 30th!”
“This is unbelievable! ”
“Do you speak English?” ..
“May I see a seating chart?” ..
“Have you a center seat in the front row of the balcony for MADAM BUTTERFLY next Saturday the 9th?”
“I may put my head down and weep with gratitude!”
There is a saying : “If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it!”
“I .. will .. take .. it ..!” ..
Can you imagine! I requested my number one seat choice and I got it. Front row balcony .. Looking down .. No one in front of me. Front and center. For seven US $ and thirty six cents.
I was at the opera house so that I could be picked up and driven to a meeting. If there had been no meeting .. There would have been no opera .. maybe ever. I just happened to be very early. Usually my drivers are earlier than I am so I have never had to wait at all. Last Sunday I was so early that I had time to look-around.
For this reason I am going to include the meeting into this Post.
The opera is a good thing. The opera is pleasurable.
Now I am going to ‘ratchet-things-up’ into another dimension!
You and your understatements Captain! .. Why not tell them to ‘fasten their seat belts’ Captain? .. Oh committee in my head do you ever shut-up?
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“I need to get back out front so that I can meet my ride and get to the meeting!”
“I need to make a quick trip to the bathroom.”
“Thank you so much for inviting me here to your meeting. It is an honor and a pleasure to be here. I first came to Ulaanbaatar last July 16th to 19th with a group of seven members to host a weekend conference. All of the other members left Ulaanbaatar on July the 20th. I remained. I really enjoy being here. I have adopted a Mongolian name. ХААН БААТАР .. ”
The two-hour meeting ran overtime. We began at 4pm and left at 7:30pm.
Beginning with the venue itself .. It was i n t e n s e ..
It was v e r y i n t e n s e ..
Without exception every meeting that I have been to since last July 2015 has been intense .. yes very intense.
What a day Sunday April the 3rd was. I got my ticket to see MADAM BUTTERFLY. I chaired a very long intense meeting. I had a nice dinner.
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Today is Saturday the 9th of April 2016. Here we go loop de loop .. Here we go loop de li ..
The time has come to go inside the Ulaanbaater Opera House.
Then you enter the house lobby.
We are now up in the balcony.
Photos of the Orchestra Pit ..
I know the story. I don’t like the story. The story is gut-wrenching sad. Do you like the story of poor MADAM BUTTERFLY?
“Oh Good God! Now you tell us Captain! Why on earth did you even go to MADAM BUTTERFLY?”
I went to see the Opera House!
I went to see ‘The Ulaanbaatar Opera Scene’ ..
I went to experience ‘The Venue and the Action’ ..
I went because .. It’s What I Do!
The performance began at 5:04pm.
As is normal .. As is always the case .. No photography is allowed. Such signs are posted in theaters every where. It is also stated in theater programs everywhere.
Like many (if not most) people I push the envelope. Accordingly I did my utmost to snap a few photos. This entire Post is better because of the three photos below. Without them I feel that the Post would really be missing that special ‘something’. The language of the opera is Italian.
This has never ever happened to me. I found it interesting. I took the above three photos spread out over perhaps twenty minutes. Each time I looked carefully for ushers. As I was setting up to shoot a fourth photo a pencil thin, blinking, red-laser light was beamed precisely at my camera. I put my camera down. I waited awhile. I tried again. Same result. I put my camera away for good. No words were spoken. I did not look back at any usher. I sure got-the-message.
It is now intermission time. The below photos were taken in the downstairs main lobby.
There .. was .. a .. lot .. of .. alcohol .. served .. and .. imbibed .. wine and the hard-stuff .. no one was unruly ..
The below area served the non-drinkers .. compare above with below .. Hum-m-m ..
Even as I was buying my ticket I had my plan. I was going to leave at / or just after the intermission. There was no possible way that I was going to see the second part of MADAM BUTTERFLY.
I even KNEW that I was ..
(1) Going to go to one of my favorite restaurants downtown and
(2) I was going to eat at Millie’s and
(3) I was going to call Patti to visit and then say good-night to her.
I worked my plan to perfection.
It’s about a fifteen maybe twenty-minute walk from the Opera House over to Millie’s.
MY favorite table was ready-and-waiting for me.“Hi Daniel My Main Man!”“This evening I will have the chicken burritos please.”I swear to God that I just began to cough looking at the salsa.
“Yes indeed Daniel I will have a piece of your chocolate cake this evening.”
Below are the remains of the top and the end of the cake. Read: Basically Only Chocolate Icing!“What else is new Captain?”
Yes indeed .. A promise made to myself is a debt unpaid. I called Patti and we had a nice visit and good-night. It was about 1:50am in Anchorage Alaska.
I even got a seat!
I thought to myself .. “What an absolutely perfect outstanding day this has been. How could it have possibly been any better!”
“Argggh .. Well hello there my friend.”
“On my perfect day?” .. “Is this a joke God?” .. “It is NOT April Fools’Day God!”
“Oh For God’s Sakes Captain .. Talk about one of your sillier rhetorical questions!”..
“Do you mind if I snap another photo of you my good man?”“How nice! You have a friend. You have a buddy with you!” .. “Have the two of you been drinking together?”
You have all classes of drunks here in Ulaanbaatar. Some of them are really mean and ill-of-spirit. These drunks are dangerous. These drunks are in fact are very dangerous.
Then once-in-awhile .. From time-to-time .. You run-into some good friendly call them silly-drunks.By the time it came for me to get off the bus the entire populace of our section was smiling and appreciative of how .. For just this one time .. I was handling the situation.
“Yep! A perfect day!”
“What’s that you say God?” .. “You are very proud of how I handled myself?” .. “Awesome .. Totally Awesome God!”
With Joy ..
Captain ХААНБААТАР (Kan Baatar) ..
- APR 8, 16 .. THE MONGOLIAN CYRILLIC ALPHABET
- APR 11, 16 .. PART 1 of 2 .. FINDING MILLIE’S ESPRESSO ..