Bee's Hive

Monday, July 18, 2016

Beauty in the dark

Early one morning Dave decided to take a bike ride on the boardwalk. I sat looking out at the ocean for a while and then my adventuresome nature took over and even though I knew I might get lost I decided to go out on my own and see more of this fabulous building.  I took the escalator to the bottom floor thinking I could easily find my way back if I just stayed in the bottom area. It was very dark. To me it looked like the forgotten basement but it wasn't. It was the area where the theaters were so they used tiny lights that barely lit the area to give you the feeling of being in the lobby of a theater. It was a huge area with doors at the end that went out onto a patio.

As I made my way down the "hall" that was about 30 feet wide and made me feel very small, I saw in the dimmed light something sparkly behind glass. To my delight this is what I found::::

There were two of these mounted behind glass. Totally hand stitched and beaded. They were about 20 X 15 and each figure was more beautiful then the last one I looked at. I stayed for a long time just running my finger over each line of stitching and found no mistakes..none. A long time pasted. I couldn't get enough of these tapestries. But I did pull myself away so I could at least go out onto the patio and be able to say I did something other then get off the elevator and look at this art.

The door took me to the front on the building where the employee's were picketing. They were a pretty loud bunch but no where near the 1000 they said they were expecting. They beat on drums and sang out their demand, all wearing red Union one cared. It's pretty clear that the Casino only has a trickle of people compared to what they had before all the States around New Jersey opened their own Casino's. You can't get money out of an empty bank.

The sad thing is thinking this wonderful building could see it's end. Some other Casino's have been built and never opened...what a shame. They are talking about making them into schools or business offices. I'm just glad I got to see this one before it changed.

It was time to go back to the room. Taking two elevators somehow changed the route back and I did get lost. After roaming around many floors I decided to ask for an escort..he laughed and hopped from one floor to another and had me back to my room in no time.

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