Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Organ Stop Pizza, P.T. and a sunshiny day....

Tuesday started with early morning Physical Therapy and lots of sunshine. P.T. is scheduled for 8:45; that may not seem early, but the sun doesn't come up until about 7:40 so it's hard to wake up as early as we normally do. Burke Maughan, (therapist) gave a good report and proclaims that I'm about two thirds back to "normal". I've been working very hard to do the exercises twice daily; and they are still painful, but I know I'm making progress because I can get the arm up pretty well and into positions that it hasn't been into in a long time! So I'll keep working on it!!

We did "honey do" things, then relaxed at the pool all afternoon, warming our bones. It was a perfectly beautiful day, a "ten" for sure!

Tuesday night we went to Organ Stop Pizza for dinner. Pizza is not usually Bob's favorite, but we had heard that this was most a interesting place to go, and that the pizza was extraordinarily good. Besides, the main attraction there is a 1927 Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and the performance of Lew Williams, the organist.
This magnificient organ has nearly 6000 pipes, and the wind required for its operation comes from four huge turbine blowers in a blower complex. This is the largest Wurlitzer theatre organ in the world. The organ rises from below in the center of the stage and is an ornate black glossy lacquer with extensive gold leaf application and decoration.

The organ performance is choreographed with lighting which highlights each set of pipes that are played during a song. It is quite amazing not only to hear, but to see the pipes, chimes, xylophones, glockenspiel, cymbols, bongos, and many others in action and lighted in time to the music. There are drums, washtubs, an accordian, train whistles, bells; you name it, it's there! Even a duck on it's nest and a bird in a cage! (You all know how much Bob loves lighting and sound, so this was right up his alley!)

Lew Williams is wonderful on the organ and delighted us with many favorites, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Phantom of the Opera, Sentimental Journey, Rhapsody in Blue and the National Anthem. There were lots of granpa's and gramma's there with their grandkids; we guessed there were between 600 and 700 people there. What a fun night!! The pizza was crispy and delicious and we truly enjoyed the whole evening.

We enjoyed the organ and the pizza so much that we returned for dinner on Wednesday evening with our niece Dawn, and Ron. What fun evenings we enjoyed!!

Thursday brings more PT and we will probably depart Mesa and head for California,the Mohave Desert and the Joshua Tree National Park, in search of the desert in bloom!

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