This morning I got
up feeling better about my work routine. I felt I was getting
closer to returning to normal. After a spring-like weekend,
the weather had cooled off again. The temperature at 5:50 was
31 degrees-brisk but not too frigid. Just about right to get
the blood flowing. At precisely 6, I headed out the door, determined
to finish my "Tuesday Walk" article on time today, for the first
time in quite a while.
When I got to the Plaza
all was quiet, except for the occasional garbage or delivery
truck. Heading toward the Federal Building I thought about the
previous Friday night, when my wife and I joined one of my lifelong
friends and his wife at La Cantina in the Casa Sena restaurant,
located in the historic Sena Plaza building on East Palace Avenue
one block east of the Santa Fe Plaza.
In La Cantina the wait staff sings songs from Broadway shows
and takes requests from diners. Walking along I found myself
trying to sing one of the songs I had heard that night. My singing
ability is zero to start with, and now that my mouth is somewhat
twisted due to Bell's Palsy, I was glad that there was no one
around to hear my rendition of "Hello, Dolly."
By the time I walked from the Federal Building over to the old
St. Vincent Hospital on East Palace and then west back toward
the Plaza, I had worn out "Hello, Dolly" and was well into my
version of a song from the Broadway play "Chorus Line." It was
a racy song whose title I choose not to mention, but the lyrics
are funny if taken in the spirit intended.
As I passed Sena Plaza the second time, my feet felt lighter
from the sounds of the music running through my head.
Anyone dining out while visiting Santa Fe should make the La
Cantina at La Casa Sena a must. I found the food excellent,
and of course the entertainment was great. There is an early
show and a late show. Both are sure to please everyone.
I kept trying out more and more songs, concentrating so hard
on them that I was still singing when I entered the French Pastry
Shop at La Fonda. Suddenly I realized that all the regulars
were staring at me in surprise. I quickly brought my last rendition
to a close, not overlooking the fact that none of the other
patrons had joined in to accompany me. Oh, well. Some people
just have no ear for music, I guess.
Have a great day.