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February 3, 2008:


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Well, dear readers, I have nothing whatsoever to say and little time to say it and yet I am just completing the first sentence of these here notes. My mind is too cluttered with thoughts and ideas and images and words and I’m afraid this is the best we’re going to get today. But always remember, the best is yet to come and babe won’t it be fine. I am full of lettuce – that’s one thing I can say with a certainty. I had two count them two very large salads and hence am full of lettuce. Perhaps I should sing that marvelous song, Lettuce Entertain You. We don’t allow groaning here at haineshisway.com. Perhaps these here notes will be about vegetables, since I’m rather feeling like a vegetable right now. What other vegetable songs are there, I wonder. Well, now about that old favorite, I’m Gonna Squash That Man Right Out Of My Hair? Or that other chestnut, A Nightingale Sang in Broccoli Square? What the HELL am I talking about? I do believe I have truly lost my sanity. Speaking of sanity, yesterday was a rather long and involved day. I got up early and went to a work session with Mr. Kevin Spirtas and Miss Linda Purl. We talked through a few songs and I made some suggestions about them. They sang through some others and it was fun for all of us. I then came home and decided to have lunch. I ended up at Zach’s Eyetalian CafĂ©, where I had a nice salad and some of their yummilicious garlic cheese rolls. I then did some errands and whatnot, and actually didn’t get home until almost four. Hence, I got a rather late start on today’s writing. Happily, since I’d done a little over nine pages yesterday, I was content just doing a little over five. I’m feeling my way through this little section leading up to the end of this current chapter – the actual end of the chapter is good, but I have to change the page leading up to it. I don’t like what I wrote and I need the setup to the end of the chapter to be longer and different. I did end up fixing a few other things, but fixing the one page will be the first thing I do today when I begin writing. I then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on DVD entitled The Ritz. I’d never seen the film before (nor the play, for that matter) and I thought a lot of it was really funny – most especially Mr. Jack Weston and Miss Rita Moreno. I thought by the end it just got too frantic and the farce got heavy-handed (don’t know if it worked better on stage, or if the film’s director, Richard Lester, just sort of pushed too hard). Strangely, for a film that set in a gay bathhouse in New York, the entire film was shot in England, and for some reason I think it would have come off better for being shot in New York. F. Murray Abraham is very funny, but the real surprise was Treat Williams, an actor I usually don’t care for – but here he’s funny and sharp, a side of him we don’t normally see. There are some wonderfully amusing lines courtesy of Terrence McNally, and it’s always fun to see my old pal Kaye Ballard. Transfer is fine – I can’t imagine this film ever really looked that good. It’s got that typical 70s diffusion and patina to it.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because this section feels like it’s starting to leek.

Today, yes, I’ll be writing and writing and writing – I have no other plans, other than to perhaps watch a motion picture on DVD and maybe do an LP transfer or two.

As mentioned, this week is going to be busy – I’m having several meetings, several meals, and I’ll be seeing a couple of shows, too, I think. And the following week is going to be madness, what with production meetings on the Brain, the Hollywood Collector’s Show and a couple of important meetings.

Well, I hope no one has taken off their pointy party hats and their colored tights and pantaloons, I hope no one has put away the cheese slices and the ham chunks, I hope no one has stopped dancing the Hora or the Mashed Potato, because today is the birthday of our very own wonderful Edisaurus aka Amy. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own wonderful Edisaurus aka Amy. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN WONDERFUL EDISAURUS AKA AMY!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, write, write, and write, and then watch a motion picture and maybe even do an LP transfer or three. 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 we now sing a vegetable medley of movie tunes such as Corn Free, The Seventh Voyage Of Spinach, and The Turnip Of The Sierra Madre.

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