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February 6, 2008:

VICK’S INHALER

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Well, dear readers, this week is already flying by, like a gazelle with a Vick’s Inhaler. Hey! Does anyone still use a Vick’s Inhaler? Does anyone still wear a hat? Back in 1968 I used a Vick’s Inhaler and I continued to use one for over a year, maybe two. I loved sticking that thing up my nose and having it clear my nostrils. I would sometimes just walk down the street with it hanging out of nose. I suspect that at the time it had something in it that was addictive. Yes, I was a Vick’s Inhaler addict. I had a Vick’s Inhaler on my back. I know they still make it – is it the same ingredients? Still addictive? I stopped using back in 1969 or 1970. Do they still call it a Vick’s Inhaler? Why am I talking about Vick’s Inhaler? In any case, it’s already Wednesday when it was just Monday – what happened to Tuesday? Speaking of Tuesday, yesterday was Tuesday. It was a day of writing. Oh, did some errands, picked up some boxes to ship LPs, ate some lunch, but mostly I wrote, with occasional brain breaks at the piano to relax me. I ended up writing ten pages and getting through the most difficult section of the book. I also revised a few things from Monday’s pages, and I suspect I’ll revise yesterday’s pages before continuing on to the end of the book – depending on my stamina, that could happen today, but if not, it will definitely happen tomorrow. Then I shall print out pages, Xerox, and hie them to my muse Margaret and hopefully she will like them. The interesting thing for me this past couple of weeks has been my absolute zero interest in watching motion pictures on DVD – the couple that I’ve watched I’ve had to force myself to watch. I have things to watch piled up on the coffee table but every time I go in there I just can’t work up the interest. I’m sure that will change as soon as I finish the book. I had a couple of snacks in the evening, and I did occasionally sit on my couch like so much fish.

I think the time has come for me to completely reorganize Ye Olde Garage – it was fine for a while, but has grown very unseemly again. There are just too many empty boxes and there are boxes I need to get to that I can’t even see and it’s just too messy. So, that will be an upcoming project.

Has this ever happened to you: I bought a magazine two weeks ago – Cinema Retro. It’s not my favorite magazine but it does cover two decades of filmmaking I’m partial to, the 60s and the 70s. So, I have a full run, and this latest was issue ten. I bought it, brought it home, read it, and haven’t seen it since. I have looked high and low and also low and high, I have looked hither and thither and even yon, I have looked in every nook and cranny and also every nanny and crook. It’s simply disappeared. How can that be? Unless the cleaning lady threw it out, but why would she? There are many magazines around the home environment and those are all here. It’s quite baffling, The Mystery Of The Missing Magazine. If this has happened to you, did you ever find the item? Frankly, I’m at a loss as to where else to look, since I’ve looked everywhere.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below whilst I try not to fall off the Vick’s Inhaler wagon.

Today, I shall try to get up early and package up LPs and get them shipped out first thing in the morning along with a couple of Kritzerland orders. After that, I will write until one-thirty, then do an errand, come back and write until I am hopefully finished with a novel. If that gets to be too much writing, I’ll finish first thing on the ‘morrow. And then, depending on how zonked I am, I may go to the Egyptian Theater to see Victor/Victoria on the big screen.

Tomorrow, I print pages, Xerox pages and deliver pages to my muse Margaret. Then I have to see some reading of a play. I will try to take Friday off, and relax on the weekend, because then we have a very busy upcoming week, with Brain meetings, the Hollywood Collector’s Show, a hainsies/kimlets get-together with MBarnum, and a bunch of other stuff.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, package and ship, write, do errands, write some more, and maybe, just maybe, finish a novel. 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, while you dear readers fill me in on the history of Vick’s Inhaler post 1971.

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