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August 20, 2008:

ONE FOR THE BOOKS

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Well, dear readers, this week is turning into one for the books and frankly the books can have it. One can only hope it gets better, starting here, starting now, in the words of my close personal friends, Mr. David Shire and Mr. Richard Maltby. So, without further ado, let me just tell you about yesterday so that I never have to think about it again. I got up early and found that no one was able to click on the Unseemly Button. Well, they could click on it, but to no avail, and frankly everyone wanted the avail. So, I wrote to our web host and to my close personal friend, Mr. Mark Bakalor. The web host got back to me fairly quickly with the news that they’d changed our IP address and that the Unseemly Button link used an IP rather than the standard web address. That’s why everything else on the site was working properly, because all other pages used the standard web address. Armed and legged with that information, Mr. Mark Bakalor was able to go in and fix the problem and the Unseemly Button then worked. I thought that was the end of it, but nooooo, once people could get to the second page of notes, they couldn’t click on the link to get to the discussion board. Well, they could click on it, but to no avail. It was the same problem, so Mr. Bakalor fixed that one. Then a few dear readers who’d saved certain parts of the site as favorites, still couldn’t log on, so they had to re-save using the web addresses. By mid-afternoon all was well with the site. In the morning, I did go to the bank and found that yesterday’s post-dated check had indeed cleared and so I transferred it to the proper account. I then jogged the long jog – it wasn’t too bad, save for the last half-mile or so. I then did a couple of errands and whatnot and ate some lunch. I don’t really remember the rest of the day, other than I had a few telephonic calls and answered a few e-mails. Just when I thought things had calmed down, however, I had to deal with someone who, let’s just say, behaved poorly and had particularly bad timing in doing so. I was not happy about the behavior, but, you know, I never cease to be amazed by unfeeling, callous behavior. I shouldn’t be amazed by it anymore, not at my age, but I am. I guess that’s why I’m very slow to make friends and very wary of people in general. I was so annoyed at the whole thing, that I actually went out and jogged another mile-and-a-half, then took a nice hot shower, quite a long one, and that helped. What is it with people anyway? It’s not just people, it’s even me – I see myself behaving poorly time and again and I hate it and try to curb it because, you know, no one deserves it, really. I hereby pledge to try to not behave poorly, because it’s just nauseating. I hope others take the pledge, too, because it’s just a nicer way to exist. For me personally, I simply have no patience and cannot suffer foolish behavior. It’s always been a failing of mine – I’ve tried to have patience and will continue to try to have patience, but I guess it’s not in my nature. Maybe we can tie it all back to the maid who tied my feet together when I was but a wee twig of a sprig of a tad of a load of a youth. Well, enough of this ranting and raving – we just need the rest of the week to be better and more positive, that’s what we need.

Last night, even though I wasn’t really in the mood, I watched a motion picture on DVD entitled The Time Machine, starring Mr. Rod Taylor and Miss Yvette “Weena” Mimieux. I loved this movie as a child, and I love it still. It has a real emotional pull for me and I am always riveted to the screen when I watch it (no mean feat). Yes, the effects are primitive and the story goes a little wonky, but I just love it. As those who’ve read my books know, I love the idea of time travel, and I think this film started that love. Rod Taylor gives his finest performance as George, the time traveler, and Alan Young as Filby is very touching in his role as George’s friend. Yvette Mimieux as Weena is so beautiful and sweet, and them Morlocks are still really creepy, especially their eyes. I remember when I first got the DVD that I thought the transfer was pretty good and that the stereo sound was excellent. Watching it again these many years later, the stereo sound is still excellent, but the transfer is way too brown and yucky-looking. Perhaps they’ll do a new one with proper color when they do the Blu-Ray release.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below, now that it’s working, because frankly I’m all in and the first two days of this week has been one for the books.

Today, I intend to do some contemplating and thinking, not necessarily in that order. Also, if Scent Of Mystery does arrive, I’ll be packaging all those up for shipment tomorrow morning. There’s a fifty-fifty shot it’ll show up, but if it doesn’t, all the packages are addressed and the latest I’ll have the CDs is tomorrow morning, so they could still go out. I’m hoping they do show up – that would be a good thing.

Tomorrow, I’m having a breakfast with our very own Lauren Rubin, and then in the evening I’m joining Adryan Russ and Doug Haverty at the Gardenia to see Miss Sharon McNight. I’ve never seen her act before, and I’m really looking forward to it.

On Friday, I’m meeting with Mr. Kevin Spirtas at six and we’ll be going over details for the Bacharach benefit, and the preliminary structure for the new act with Kevin and Linda Purl. I’m sure it will be a fun and productive session.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, jog the long jog, hopefully package CDs and I really must do some contemplating and thinking. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you dear readers 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, shall we, and hopefully the rest of the week won’t be one for the books, unless it’s in a good, positive way.

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