Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog


Campgrounds are a bit pricey around here and there's more to see and do than can be done in the week we have reserved, so attending a presentation at our campground about buying a park model here was not how we wanted to spend a beautiful afternoon, but if we went we could stay the week for half price. As advertised the presentation was extremely low key and it actually was interesting to tour three new park models (trailers that never go anywhere) and listen to the financial ramifications of making a more permanent commitment here. When we turned in the certificate we had earned to the office, we asked if we could stay another week for another 50% discount through our membership in Passport America. We don't use this PA membership much, but it only costs $40 annually so a campground here or there makes it worth having. It often includes campgrounds in less interesting parts of the country and generally the discounts are limited to the time of year you don't want to be there in the first place (like Florida in August). So we were amazed and delighted when the clerk said we could stay another week using the discount. It could be that the PA rules change after March 1. Whatever the reason, we get to stay another week for half price. Yay!

So after saving all that money we decided to go to dinner and a show. The dinner was an early bird special - we are senior citizens after all and the show was geared toward folks in our age bracket as well. Aging baby boomers are not inclined to acknowledge that they are getting old and the Follies show in Palm Springs reinforces that misconception. The show is a combination between Las Vegas and Branson and the singers and dancers age from 55 - 85. Their bodies were spectacular, although I reminded myself that plastic surgery is the name of the survival game in California. If I spent $75,000 on plastic surgery I might look pretty good myself. (But no amount of surgery would improve my dance skills). These performers had had successful careers on Broadway, film and television and were still entertaining tonight.

The theater was a nicely restored movie palace from the 1930's and we enjoyed watching the black & white clips of old commercials and TV shows from our youth that were reeled before the show and at intermission. It's hard to believe that physicians used to recommend various brands of cigarettes for their positive effects on your health as one commercial stated.

What really lessened our enjoyment of the Follies was the emcee/comedian/producer of the show. He let us know that he too, had an illustrious career producing TV shows that I never heard of. He loved to hear the sound of his own voice and many of his jokes were sexist, racist or just plain not funny. He picked on a poor Canadian couple in the front row accusing them of being homosexual. There wasn't a gay bone in that chubby little man or his pink cheeked wife. The teasing went on and on. My heart went out to them as I thanked my lucky stars that we opted for the cheap seats in the back of the theater.

After we got back I reread the reviews on Trip Advisor which often helps us make travel decisions. Many folks gave the show top marks, but others shared our point of view. Perhaps people born before World War II have a different take on things we view as politically incorrect. But there aren't many of these folks left anymore. If the Follies are to continue and give these performers a chance to strut their stuff, that emcee/comedian/producer is going to have to step aside. Highly unlikely as long as the show sells out as it did tonight.

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