David Hoffman was in New York City this weekend for the premiere of a new opera based on the famous British film Seance on a Wet Afternoon. That film was highly lauded in its day and had quite a run at various "art house" theaters across the country here. Unfortunately the music in this new work is merely mediocre in David's opinion . . . Still unable to get a restful night's sleep; wide awake after an hour or two of deep sleep; terribly frustrating . . . Had a wonderful visit with former Harrisburg policeman Ralph Brown this afternoon; we go back a long way and can hash over any number of "events" in the neighborhood's past. He is working for the county sheriff these days . . . Ernie Kepner whipped up a holiday batch of his famous macaroni salad and he shared a portion with us. Ernie is counting down the days to retirement which will come early in June . . . So nice to see so many window boxes spilling over with pansies . . . This brass lady is about ten inches across and at $16 is a bargain in my opinion. Nice for the home or the patio. Just think, we can be lolling outside in the shade with a book in the not too distant future . . .