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April 17, 2024:

BIT BITTY BIT BIT

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, a bit tired from only five hours of sleep, a bit late in starting to write these here notes, and a bit bitty bit bit. I’ll bet if I’d written a rock-and-roll song called Bit Bitty Bit Bit in 1959 and Bobby Darin had sung it, I think we would have had a number one hit song. Well, let’s just write it now, shall we?

Bit bitty bit bit

I told the kitty to sit kitty sit sit

And bit by bit bitty bit bit

The kitty cat sat and had a fit fitty fit fit

 

Bit bitty bit bit

I sang this ditty, yeah, dit ditty dit dit

It sure had wit witty wit wit

The ditty done won and was a hit hitty hit hit

 

And that’s the way it went, all right

We sang this song all day and night

In sunshine or rainy weather right now

Let’s all sing this song together right now

All together now

 

Bit bitty bit bit

It’s such a pity to knit knitty knit knit

But bit by bit bitty bit bit

Let’s gitty-up yup it’s time to git gitty git git

So, don’t be afraid

Repeat and fade

Bit bitty bit bit

Bit bitty bit bit

Bit bitty bit bit…

Wasn’t that a good song? Where’s Bobby Darin when you need him? Dicky Do and the Don’ts would have done a fine job, too, and so would Alvin and The Chipmunks. What the HELL am I talking about? Anyway, I just finished listening to Eugene Ormandy’s 1934 recording of Rachmaninoff’s second symphony, a wonderful performance and I would venture to say that at that time there was no finer conductor of Rachmaninoff’s music. The first recording was in 1928 conducted by Nikolai Sokoloff – haven’t heard that one. Sound is pretty amazing for 1934, when there was no tape. Prior to that, I did watch a motion picture, a French movie from France entitled L’Outider (The Outsider – or the silly US title, Team Spirit) a true story of Jerome Kerviel, a trader who was jailed for breach of trust, forgery, and unauthorized use of that bank’s computers, causing losses of 4.9 billion Euros. It’s pretty good, a bit too long, and with some good acting and a nice score by Philippe Rombi.

I got five hours of sleep, was up at 7:45 and instead of arriving at eight-thirty, she of the Evil Eye arrived at eight. Can’t let it keep getting earlier and earlier. I was out the door by eight-thirty and went to Hugo’s for an omelet and a side Caesar salad. That used to be an option instead of potatoes or toast, but now there’s a $2.00 charge and there’s also now a 3% “service” charge. This is why people are going out less and less to restaurants that do this sort of thing. Hugo’s, for example – you used to not be able to ever get in there for breakfast, always jammed. Today? Three tables tops and I left slightly after ten. From there I went to the mail place and picked up an Amazon return for a Kritzerland CD and the hardcover, which looks great. I still can’t seem to get my gal to return a call or answer an e-mail – perhaps she’s been out, but hopefully I’ll hear from her today. The return was quite irritating. This complete dope sends a return request but Amazon auto-authorized it before I could even respond. I wrote the buyer – he/she was saying that the packaging wasn’t what he/she ordered – The Wayward Bus and The Enemy Below. I assumed that perhaps the booklet was inserted backwards, as The Enemy Below cover is on the back of the booklet. Anyway, this dope had already mailed it back. Turns out someone at Amazon pictured The Enemy Below cover on the item page and when this person saw the properly presented Wayward Bus cover he thought we screwed up. All this nitwit had to do was wait to hear from me, open the CD and there his cover would have been. I told him/her to never order from us again.

I went to Gelson’s and got a very small cube steak, then came home. I didn’t really do much. I found out the glasses will arrive sometime today, so that’s good. And beginning today, if I don’t get some kind of modern major miracle, I may not survive this week. I knew this month was going to be wickedly tough in certain ways and it certainly is. Then I ate the cube steak at five and it was very good. Then I watched the movie, watched some YouTube videos and dozed off for about thirty minutes, then did some work on the computer. At ten, I got a couple of small sides from El Pollo Loco as a snack – they were fine.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll hopefully hear from the book gal, I’ll get a call when the glasses arrive and then I’ll go pick them up and hopefully they’ll work well, I’ll stop and get something light to eat, I’ll come home and eat whatever it is, and then I’ll pray for a modern major miracle, do some work on the Kritzerland show, and then watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow, I’m supposed to go put a hold on our new venue – that’s the only thing I don’t like – we have to leave a deposit of $700 for each show – we get it back as long as we have a certain number of people, but it’s having to leave the deposit a month before the show that’s kind of irritating. Don’t know why they’d do that but that’s their policy and right now they’re the only game in town. The rest of the week is meetings and meals and I may or may not see a show on Saturday or Sunday.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up when I’m up, do whatever needs doing, hopefully hear from the book gal, pick up glasses, eat, pray for a modern major miracle, work on the Kritzerland show, and then watch, listen, 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, happy to have written a 1959 hit song called Bit Bitty Bit Bit, posthumously recorded by Bobby Darin.

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