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August 8, 2008:

THE DISAPPEARING DAYS

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Well, dear readers, another week has flown by, like a gazelle dancing the boogaloo. I mean, where DID this week go? One day it’s Monday, and then the next time you look it’s Friday. Thus, the conundrum of the disappearing days. The Disappearing Days – that’s the title of my next novel. In any case, another week has flown by and that is just the way of the world. Speaking of the way of the world (and who wasn’t?), yesterday was quite a fascinating day. For example, I got up. That was fascinating. I then was informed that the new Kritzerland release had gone “live” on our website, so I spent the next hour officially announcing it everywhere and sending out an eBlast to Kritzerland customers. I already knew going in that 400 CDs were spoken for from about three online dealers. During the first few hours we got orders for over 100 copies and the orders continued throughout the day. I’d say that this is not a title you want to procrastinate on – while there’s no telling how long the final 400 copies may be around, I’m told that the online dealers are also getting nice orders, so I’m really hoping this title can sell out in a few days. Once that happens, prices will double and then triple in value via eBay and amazon sellers. I had a couple of regular people buy a bunch of copies for that express purpose. I then jogged two-and-a-half miles, and then walked two miles, then had to hurry to have lunch with former dear reader Hisaka. We had a very nice time catching up, and I had a very good BLTA and cole slaw. I then had some errands to do, e-mails to answer, and telephonic calls to make. I didn’t quite avoid all the mine fields, but I at least was able to step around some for a couple more days. Finally, it was time for our music rehearsal. The first fellow only had one eight-line verse to go over, and he was fine. Then came Bridget Hanley, who has a bit to sing in the show, and we ran over everything, adjusted the key of one song, and she’s going to be terrific. Then came the other three ensemble members. They began going over their stuff and it became immediately apparent that one of them wasn’t going to have the time needed to really get on track with the music. After a short discussion, we both decided it would be best if we found someone else. We finished rehearsing around 7:40, and then the Druxmans and I went to Jerry’s. I didn’t eat, but we had a nice chat while they had some chow. After the chow I said ciao, and then went to Gelson’s and got a little cube steak thing, took it home, and cooked it in the frying pan. It was just what I wanted (some protein), and I had some cantaloupe afterwards. I thought that was two reasonable meals. I had thought about not eating anything else other than the sandwich, but I think that would have been folly. I’m really trying not to eat less than 1500 calories now, and on some days even 2000 calories. I think I can still lose weight doing that and keeping up the sort of jogging/walking I’m doing every day. After that, I had to deal with an annoying e-mail – what the result of that will be I won’t know until the fellow who sent it responds to my strong response.

I finished watching the rest of the Promises, Promises DVD – I just love the show to pieces, I must say. And some of Neil Simon’s joke lines are incredible, especially as delivered by the great Dick Latessa. The orchestra really did sound great, despite the funereal tempos.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because if we don’t we’ll be stuck in section one of these here notes and we can’t have THAT, now can we?

Today, I shall be prepping tomorrow’s rehearsal, and doing some errands and whatnot, and hopefully printing out lots more orders. Tonight, I’ll be seeing some reading of a new musical, which I hope will be fun.

Tomorrow, of course, will be a 10:00 to 4:00 rehearsal. I hope to get the entire show blocked in that time. I’m going to keep things pretty simple, and then try to stage two or three ensemble numbers toward the end of the day. If I don’t finish those, I’ll do so on Sunday.

I can’t remember if I have any plans for tomorrow night – I may have a meal after the rehearsal. The daunting thing will be to get up early enough to do a jog – I may just do the around the neighborhood jog tomorrow, as I don’t see how I’d have time to do the long jog and the walk back.

Now wait just a darned minute – perhaps we’d all better put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, perhaps we’d better break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, perhaps we’d better dance the Hora and the Swim, because today is the birthday of our very own dear reader, der Brucer. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own dear reader, der Brucer. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN DEAR READER, DER BRUCER!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must for example, jog, prepare for rehearsals, do errands and whatnot, eat something fun, and then attend the reading of a new musical. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player, and your DVD/video player? I’ll start – CD, a whole slew of interesting CDs, including Chico Hamilton’s score for Repulsion, a new Joe Hisaishi score (gorgeous), John Barry’s Boom, and a few others. DVD, nothing at the moment. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we ponder the disappearing days.

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