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July 29, 2008:

COUNTING CALORIES

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Well, dear readers, here is an interesting thing I forgot to talk about in yesterday’s notes, a new thing I noticed on my brief trip to New York, New York. It seems there is now a law in effect and I believe this law should be in effect everywhere, not only in New York, New York. This new law states that calorie content must now be clearly posted for all manner of foods in fast food restaurants or donut shops or what have you. I’m not exactly sure just what the law covers, but someone had told me they’d heard about it on the news. And sure enough, whilst at Penn Station looking around at the various food shops, there they were, the calorie content of all manner of things. And how interesting it was, this calorie content. Did you know, for example, that you can have a donut with icing on it (chocolate or otherwise) and that it’s about 230 calories, whereas a nice, healthy supposedly better for you bran muffin tops in at about 480 calories? That was quite a surprise for the likes of me. The other fascinating thing was something I’ve been saying for ages and people have never believed me, in fact they’ve been quite vocal about how wrong they thought I was. And that is the calorie count of pizza. I’ve been saying for years that you could eat three to four pieces of pizza and still lose weight. Well, it turns out I was totally correct – a slice of pepperoni pizza at Pizza Hut is exactly 350 calories – a plain slice is around 300. I was amazed how much more calories muffins of any kind had over donuts. I was hoping for a MacDonald’s or Wendy’s or something like that, just to see what calorie count they had, but perhaps one of our New York hainsies/kimlets can jot some calorie counts down and post them on this here website because inquiring minds want to know. But enough about calories. Speaking of calories, yesterday I had the day I needed to have. That is to say I got up after a very good night’s sleep. I didn’t really sleep in (I was up at nine), but what sleep I had was cherce. I then jogged for two miles, after which I answered a few e-mails. I then decided to have a treat for lunch, so I went over to the Kansas City Barbecue and had a half-rack of baby back ribs – five in all, and every one of the five was yummilicious. They came with two sides – I had the cole slaw and the baked beans, and ate about two-thirds of each (they were in little cups). All in all, while it was a robust meal of robust flavors, I think the calorie count was not too too bad. I’d already looked up how many calories were in baby back ribs with sauce and it certainly was within what I can eat for a day and either lose or maintain – plus my run was fairly brisk. After lunch, I came back home, did a few things that needed doing, but mostly just relaxed and caught up with stuff. In the afternoon, I had two lengthy telephonic conversations, one with a fellow I met during this trip, and one with Crista Moore. I did as much as I could with Crista over the phone, and I think she’ll do fine with her little thirty minute show. The other call was about a potential gig I’d love to do IF the circumstances are what they need to be – I’m not sure when exactly I’ll know that, but I’d have to be very comfortable that it was going to be done the right way. IF that were to come to fruition, I’d be back in New York twice between August and December. More I cannot say, at this time. After that, I finally sat down on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture I’d TIVOd entitled 711 Ocean Drive, starring Mr. Edmond O’Brien, Mr. Howard St. John (who would go on to create the role of General Bullmoose in Li’l Abner), Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger and Mr. Don Porter. I’d never seen it before, and I must say I found it to be quite a nifty little crime meller. I always love Edmond O’Brien and he’s his usual terrific self, in his leading man days. Joanne Dru is lovely, Mr. Kruger is very good, and Mr. Don Porter as a bad guy was really quite effective. But, best of all, almost the entire film was shot on location in 1950 Los Angeles. I’m doing a little research about where certain things would have been (there’s a wonderful scene at Simon’s Drive-In, which I think was in Hollywood somewhere. And there’s an incredibly wonderful sequence that takes place right in front of Gilmore Field, which was located adjacent to the Farmer’s Market (now The Grove) – I’d forgotten that the entrance façade was exactly the same as the entrance façade of the Gilmore Drive-In. There were also scenes in Palm Springs (which really was just a dessert town back then), and Las Vegas – the film’s long finale takes place at Hoover Dam. I’ve become very fond of the film’s director, Mr. Joseph M. Newman, and the photography of Frank (Franz) Planer is great.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because doing so is very low in calories.

I actually was supposed to go to a screening of a documentary entitled The Wrecking Crew last night, but I totally zoned and didn’t see the invite I’d printed out until it was too late – which is what happens when you have an ordeal like I and others had at JFK. I’d already seen a rough cut of the film and I’m sure it’s only gotten better and it was very good to begin with. It’s about a group of musicians who played on all the hit records of the 60s.

Today, I’ll be jogging, doing some errands and whatnot, and also trying to take it easy. Then come tomorrow, it’s back to work, work, work (that is three works).

Now wait just a darned minute. Let’s all put on our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora and the Swim because today is the birthday, not of a dear reader, but our very own Mr. Kevin Spirtas. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own Mr. Kevin Spirtas. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN MR. KEVIN SPIRTAS!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, jog, do errands and whatnot, eat something reasonable but fun, and then maybe even watch a motion picture on DVD. Today’s topic of discussion: What high-calorie food would be the absolute hardest for you to give up? And what are your favorite low-calorie foodstuffs? And may I just say that I lost four pounds since going to New York last Thursday. That made me very happy – I’ll bet Skip didn’t know his meal really was good for my diet, including the small slice of cheesecake! Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, and if you didn’t see them, I posted some photos of last Saturday’s Kevin and Sean concert – they’re toward the end of yesterday’s posts, and the photos have very few calories, even though they feature two Big Hunks.

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