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September 26, 2018:

VETO KETO

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Well, dear readers, how do these diet trends catch on like they do?  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, how do these diet trends catch on like they do?  Every ten years or so we get a new one and everyone jumps on the bandwagon, books come out, markets have sections, and it’s rather hilarious to watch because they’re all exactly the same in their end result – people do it, rave about it, act as if their life has changed, lose a nice chunk of weight very quickly, and then go on radio silence when they inevitably gain back all the weight and more.  Every real diet expert says these trendy diets ultimately do not work.  Atkins, South Beach, and now the latest diet fad, Keto. Basically it’s a high fat no or low carb diet (ooh, we haven’t had those before).  It’s based on one’s body going into ketosis and becoming a fat-burning machine.  But there are absolutely side effects – headaches, something called the keto flu, weakness, and other stuff.  Apparently they go away after a time.  When I tried Atkins I felt HORRIBLE.  Everyone else was making it up and just convincing themselves they felt great.  I think the keto diet absolutely results in some quick weight loss and that is VERY tempting.  Isn’t it always?  I stayed up late reading all about it, looking at menu suggestions, products that are best for this diet, and while it all seems fine, while it’s easy to say I’ll just eat a salad with lots of meat and avocado and oil and vinegar dressing (although on this diet there are some creamy salad dressings that are fine, you just have to make sure there’s no sugar), and then eat lots of eggs and ham and bacon with cheese – well, after three days of it, just like after three days of anything, you begin to want to kill anything that’s in close proximity to you. The interesting thing about the keto diet is that it was originally created to help victims of epilepsy, and it did help those folks.  Anyway, I think in the end everyone will veto keto just as they have vetoed every other trendy diet.  I truly believe calorie intake and exercise is the only sure and safe way to lose poundage. I has spoken.

Yesterday wasn’t much of a day.  I did get seven hours of sleep, did the usual morning things in what was left of the morning, came up with a rough show order, had many telephonic conversations, and then went and had a keto lunch – Cobb salad with oil and vinegar for dressing. Shockingly I did not lose a single pound all the damn day.  I picked up the package from the day before, and then came home.

Once home, I listened to some music, did some work on the computer, and then finally sat on my couch like so much keto fish.

Last night, I watched the third film in the Department Q series, this one called A Conspiracy of Faith, which, happily, was a LOT better than the second film. No one seems to like the first film, but I’ll probably watch it at some point.  The third film has a different director – much better than the other fellow. It has a different composer – much better than the previous composer.  And this one has a very clear, very easy to understand plot, it moves well, and here we get a really good villain.  It’s totally more in the Nordic Noir tradition.  Whilst I watched, I had my keto dinner – scrambled eggs and onions with some cheese sprinkled in for good measure.  It was very good.  But now of course I want a cheeseburger (no bread allowed) and of course I want candy and ice cream (no sugar allowed) and a pizza and pasta (no pasta allowed).  I may try to do this for a couple of weeks, just to get a few pounds off before the Kritzerland show.  We shall see.

After that, I listened to more music – Leroy Anderson conducting Leroy Anderson – what a talent he was and what a melodist – just brilliant.  I wanted to do an album devoted to his theater music and conversed with his widow many times – I have tons of incredibly rare Anderson music from musicals that never saw the light of day.  Well, maybe at some point it will happen.  Never say never as the pundits say.  And for our cat lovers, you can’t do better than The Waltzing Cat.

Today will be more of the same.  I’ll begin writing the commentary (I have most of the opening done already, just have to organize it into a whole), but I am really having trouble choosing those final two songs – it’s really kind of irritating me, so at some point today I will choose and be done with it.  I know what kinds of things I need, so that at least is helpful.  I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, and then at some point relax.

Tomorrow I have a work session for the Kritzerland show, then auditions, Friday I have a meeting, and then it’s the weekend and preparing for the very busy Kritzerland rehearsal week and our music rehearsals for A Carol Christmas.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, write commentary, choose those last two damn songs, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, thinking that in short order it will be time to veto keto.

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