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February 17, 2008:

DATING MYSELF

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Well, dear readers, the Hollywood Collectors Show is over and I had a perfectly swellegant time. There were more people the second day, and I sold more things and there was lots of merriment and mirth and laughter and legs. I had lovely and long conversations with Robert Walden, Rebecca Holden from Knightrider, had a funny conversation with actress Dana Kimmell (she asked me if I left my other L at home), I met John Saxon and had a nice chat with him, I joked with the champ, Ken Norton, and most of all yakked up a storm with my tablemate, Mr. Bert I. Gordon and daughter Christina. My helper, Miss Adriana Patti kept everything running smooth as silk. I saw our very own MBarnum throughout the day and he gave me a two DVD set of Medic episodes – a show I haven’t seen since it aired in the 50s – am I dating myself? Have you ever dated yourself? It’s a little kinky but somewhat amusing. I had a couple of people get things from me who came to the show specifically to meet me, which is always very nice, and one came because he was a big fan of my CDs. Another had a program from the LACCTAA benefit – he couldn’t attend and I guess he somehow got a program, which I happily signed for him. The show really thinned out around four, but I’ve got to hand it to ninety-two year old Ernest Borgnine, who was there from ten to almost five. I really enjoyed chatting with Bob Walden – we must have talked for thirty minutes and I found out why he didn’t do Curtains when it went to Broadway, and what he’s been doing recently, and we just were having fun reminiscing about working in the 70s. The show ended at five, I said my goodbyes, and headed back to the home environment, where I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched two count the two motion pictures on DVD, both directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch. The first motion picture on DVD was entitled The Smiling Lieutenant, starring Mr. Maurice Chevalier, Miss Claudette Colbert, and Miss Miriam Hopkins. What a delightfully delightful concoction it was – filled with wonderful comedy, and quite naughty, too. Mr. Chevalier was such a charmer, and Colbert and Hopkins were both impossibly fetching. I found it an almost perfect film, running a very tight eight-nine minutes or so. The second motion picture on DVD was entitled One Hour With You, also starring Mr. Chevalier, this time with Miss Jeanette MacDonald and Mr. Roland Young. I gather this was a remake of a Lubitsch silent film, and I must say I found it rather forced and not very charming, save for a couple of great scenes with Roland Young – first with a detective and then with Chevalier. And I do love Charlie Ruggles, who appeared in both films. The transfer of The Smiling Lieutenant was stellar, One Hour With You much less so. I have one film left in the new Criterion Eclipse box – Monte Carlo.

What am I, Ebert and Roeper all of a sudden? Why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I’m now dating myself and myself wants to suddenly go to bed – how randy.

Today, I must go to storage and get some musical charts for Mr. Kevin Spirtas. I’ve been putting off doing so, just because it’s such a pain in the butt cheeks, but I promised that today is the day and it will be. Other than that, I don’t know that I have any plans at all, at least I hope I don’t. I think there was a possibility of doing something in the afternoon, but I sure can’t remember what it was.

I will be meeting MBarnum at the Lamplighter this morning for a breakfast prior to his going home.

This coming week is filled with meetings and lunches, starting tomorrow with Jason Graae. We haven’t been out for a meal for at least six years, so it will be fun and, as we all know, he is a total delight to be with.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, breakfast, get some musical charts, and then relax and do nothing. 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, as I try to decide how seriously I want to date myself.

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