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May 18, 2008:

THE BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA

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Well, dear readers, thanks to the absolutely ridiculous and completely pointless and stupid traffic coming home from seeing The Brain From Planet X, these notes are going up quite late. The senselessness of said traffic boggled even my mind, which is now so jaded, traffic-wise, that it is almost impossible for said mind to be boggled. It began as soon as I junctioned from the 91 to the 5 north. Just dead stand still traffic and it lasted all the way to the 605. Now, on the radio, the traffic report said there was a problem ON the 605 before the 5, but not ON the 5. And yet, there may as well have been a six-car pile-up given the fact that I was going ten miles an hour. Once past the 605 suddenly all traffic disappeared, as if one thousand cars had fallen into an abyss or the black hole of Calcutta, whatever the HELL that is. So, I zoomed ahead until, that is, I approached the transition to the 101, at which point all traffic stopped. And it stayed that way all the way past downtown and all the way into Hollywood. Why? Why, no reason whatsoever. No accidents, no cars off to the side of the road, no roadwork, nothing, nothing at all. Once past Hollywood, once again I zoomed forward because those hundreds of cars all disappeared into the black hole of Calcutta. Damn them, damn them all to hell. And so, here I sit, tense and annoyed, and not helping the situation at all is the fact that it’s eighty-five degrees outside and muggy, hence my home environment was unbearable when I walked in. The air-conditioning is now on, cooling things off, but, of course, the air-conditioning causes my allergies to flare up. I gotta tell you. Speaking of the black hole of Calcutta, yesterday was a day where everything was slightly off. I overslept and didn’t get up until eleven, which I hate. I then had to do work on Nudie Musical, run errands and whatnot, and before I knew it it was already time to go to the Heim of Ana to sup and see the evening performance of The Brain From Planet X. I did fix some Nudie stuff, though, so that was good.

Last night, I supped in the Heim of Ana, and then saw the evening performance of The Brain From Planet X. I was told that Friday night’s performance was excellent, with a full house and a nice audience. I was told that the Saturday matinee was quiet with only about twenty people. But, last night it was just about sold out, and the show was really very good. The actors have really settled in to what they’re doing for the most part, and so the show has a certain ease about it now, which is good. We had our sub reed player (I was promised our sub only did Friday nights, but alas, that has proven not to be the case), so some of the music was a little ragged for my taste. But, overall, the audience really seemed to have a good time (dear occasional reader Vincent Jan was there with his lovelier than lovely wife, and a couple of friends), and I thought the show played very well indeed.

After the show, all I wanted was to get home quickly – I guess I’ve learned that the twenty-minute longer drive on the 57 is what one has to do no matter what.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below before this whole section, like all the cars on the freeway, disappears into the fershluganah black hole of Calcutta.

I tell you, those cars disappeared into the black hole of Calcutta.

Today, I have no plans whatsoever. I’m going to do some Nudie work, I’ve got a couple more Brain fixes to make before final finalizing of the script, and maybe an errand, but that’s it.

Yesterday was the first day since announcing Evening Primrose that we had no orders – it’s been a constant, all the way up to the day before, at least three to ten orders a day. Well, that must stop right this very minute. The orders have had their day off, and now we must have many more orders so we can be sold out and then we can watch the eBay madness.

Tomorrow is a day I’m looking forward to – book design day. It’s a thrilling day for all the reasons you might imagine. Have I mentioned what the new novel is? I can’t remember. I know I haven’t revealed its title, though – perhaps this week I will.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a nice, relaxing day whilst doing Nudie and Brain work, I must do an errand and I must watch a DVD 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, shall we, and let’s hope we all don’t disappear into the black hole of Calcutta, although we won’t hurt for transportation, given the huge number of cars already there.

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