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November 27, 2022:


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Well, dear readers, we had a very good first rehearsal for next Thursday’s Kritzerland show. People were prepared and our first-time musical director did great, and everyone enjoyed working with him. This is the fellow who’s musical directed the Henry Stanny film music concerts we’ve been doing. First up was Adrienne Stiefel, who’s doing one classic, one brand new song by Shoshana Bean, and one duet with Robert Yacko. He was next and we ran the duet, then his two solos and an extra song we just threw in because Richard Sherman will be with us, and I thought we should do something especially for him. Then came Eric Petersen – we gabbed for a bit, then he ran his solo and his part of the duet he’s doing with daughter Sophie – she’s just getting over the flu but will be fine for the show. Then last but not least was Sharon McNight and we ran her two songs, which are very funny. She eats piano players alive, but she really liked the new guy, and it was effortless. We were done by five. One other singer was MIA – getting over a cold – but she’ll be fine, too. The other singer who wasn’t with us only needs one rehearsal since she’s doing stuff she knows, and her hubby plays for her. It was a very pleasant afternoon. I’d already decided on food and I went to order it from Stanley’s – but for reasons unknown, they were closed. So, the first thing that came up on DoorDash was Del Taco and that’s what I ordered. It arrived about thirty minutes later, pretty much ice cold. I’d already spent an hour on the phone with DoorDash getting credit for things they did wrong, so I wasn’t about to do that again. I’d ordered two tacos and their taco salad. I ate one and a half tacos but there was something about them that just didn’t taste great. Then I ate about half the taco salad for the same reason. The first time I did Del Taco I really liked it. The second time, less so. This time it was just awful so that’s the end of Del Taco. I have never had a bad meal at Taco Bell. I had that yucky taste in my mouth, so I ordered some beignets and those arrived, and they were very good indeed. Later I had some potato chips for a snack. I still feel kind of gross.

I watched a five-episode docuseries on the Flix of Net, entitled The Devil Next Door, about an alleged Nazi living in Ohio, who had his citizenship revoked and was sent to Israel for trial. Because of a photo on an identity card, he’s thought to be Ivan the Terrible of one of the death camps, an especially brutal and horror of a man. I knew nothing of this case at all, so I was pretty riveted because I didn’t know the outcome and there are many twists and turns throughout the five episodes. The identity card that began everything – the defense says it’s a fake and is like no other Nazi identity card. The man himself says he’s innocent and a victim of mistaken identity. Survivors of the camp say it is absolutely him. At every turn there are surprises and to say more wouldn’t be fair. You do have to have a strong stomach because there’s a lot of archival footage from the camps and I’m sure you can imagine what those visuals are. Anyway, it had me right through to the end.

Also, on YouTube I watched a documentary by Candace Owens about the BLM organization and where the eighty MILLION dollars in donations actually went. It’s pretty shocking. Hint: None of it when where it should have gone.

You already know about most of yesterday. I did get almost eight hours of sleep and once up I just dealt with the two DoorDash screw-ups – in the end, I got what I wanted.

Today, I’ll be up by ten at the latest, then we have a brief rehearsal at eleven – Eric and hopefully daughter will come to run her song and their duet, then if the gal who’s getting over the cold is feeling up to it, she’ll come. But we’ll be done by noon at the latest, and then I’m having a ME day, a healthy meal of a salad and no bread or sweets, and some viewing and listening.

Tomorrow, we have our second rehearsal beginning at two-thirty and we’ll be through by five at the latest, Tuesday I may see a cut of episode two, Wednesday is our stumble-through, and then Thursday we do our final show at Vitello’s. I’m hoping we’re completely sold out – we’re close.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by ten, have a brief rehearsal, have a ME day, eat a healthy meal, and then watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, sorry/grateful – sorry about the lousy food and grateful for a nice first rehearsal.

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