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October 3, 2008:

SPARKLE, NEELY, SPARKLE

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Well, dear readers, this week has flown by, like a gazelle on a streetcar named Desire. I’m happy to report that our new board software is at least allowing our registered users to now post under their old board software names. It took almost all day for that to happen. The pro guy from the software site finally got into our control panel, and after I sent him one of our user’s original name and password, he was able to go in and see exactly what the problem was – once he saw that, he knew where to go in the control panel. Once there he isolated the problem immediately and wrote me with some options, none of which I understood, so I told him to do whatever he thought was best and fastest. About ten minutes later, we were back to normal. There are still things to fix, but the major problem is no longer a problem. Thanks to all you dear readers for your patience and understanding, and while there are visual and other differences with this new software that may be off-putting at first, there are also new benefits to be had, so nose around and see the new things that are available. Once again, the board took up most of the day – I was online for an hour with a sixteen-year-old computer expert in the UK (a regular on the software site’s discussion board). He ultimately guessed what the problem was, and was happy to hear that the pro guy concurred. I got up very early to see if anything had been fixed and when I saw it hadn’t I wrote long e-mails and responses to the pro guy and to the teenager. I did the long jog, and while doing it I came up with the tune and lyric for the first part of the new number I’m writing for the second act of Nudie – it just came to me, early on the jog, and then I had to remember it until I got home an hour later. I immediately went to the piano and figured it all out, wrote the lyric down and then recorded it into Garage Band so I wouldn’t forget it. I then spent several hours in front of the computer dealing with the board issues, then I finally got out of the house and did some important errands. When I got back, I had a little bit of red potato salad and a little bit of lobster salad from Gelson’s, both yummilicious. And I had two of the English muffin cheese puffy things, and a peach for dessert. Once the board was working properly, I posted quite a bit and kept my eye on it. We did have a rather astonishing 700-plus postings. And a thank you to Mr. Mark Bakalor for helping sort out certain things. There was a moment two days ago where I was so frustrated that I was ready to shut the whole site down. In any case, I then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I was going to watch the new Criterion DVD of Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon, but I decided to save it for the weekend. I did check out the transfer and it’s so much better than the overseas DVD, which is all green. I then watched all the supplements on the new Godfather set. The new ones weren’t all that thrilling, and the ones carried over from the last release are okay. After watching those, I began entering the little act one fixes that David and I agreed on. I’ll be doing the act two fixes today. Then I’ll send that updated script to David, and he’ll go from there. I had a couple of telephonic calls and that was about it. Perhaps today will be a jolly day, because I sure need one.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because this here section of the notes is so dry and lacking sparkle that I want to vomit on the ground.

This section had best have some sparkle. Yes, Virginia, we want this section to SPARKLE, NEELY, SPARKLE. Ah, a Valley Of The Dolls reference. Do you know how I first typed Valley Of The Dolls just now? Velly Of The Dools. And after I nuked that and retyped it, it came out Bally Of The Dolls. In any case, this section needs some serious sparkle, Neely, sparkle. We need glitter and glam. We need zest and zing. In short, we need a little life in these here notes.

Today, I must do the long jog right away, for I have a noon meeting with the singer I’m helping – we’ll be going over her patter for her show, which is now just three and a half weeks away. After that, I’ll come back to the Valley, do errands and whatnot, enter act two fixes into the Nudie script, and then I have to buckle down Winsocki and choose which selections I’ll be reading for book signing. I have no evening plans and I’m going to keep it that way.

Tomorrow, I’ll get up early, do the long jog, then go to Gelson’s and purchase the cake we’ll be serving at the signing. Then the signing is from two to four, then I have two things I’m supposed to attend in the evening. One, a fundraiser for Hollywood Sheet Music at some nightclub. And I’m supposed to go to an engagement party for Miss Barbara Deutsch’s son, Sam Lembeck – it’s in Bel-Air and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it there. I probably should, but I feel like I should put in an appearance at the Hollywood Sheet Music event, and I just don’t see how I can go from one to the other given the distance apart. We shall see.

On Sunday, I’ll be going over to the Hollywood Collector’s Show in the Bank of Bur to see some pals. It really sounds like they’ve pulled all the stops out for this show – best lineup in ages. It will be interesting to see if the crowds are bigger than they’ve been in recent months.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the long jog, have a lunch meeting with a singer, do errands and whatnot, enter fixes, and choose selections. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/video player? I’ll start – CD, the new Varese Saraband club titles (Anna Lucasta, North and South, Book Two, Vamp, and The Matrix), plus I’ve been going through my Paul Desmond CDs – great listening. DVD, next up is Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we all sparkle, Neely, sparkle. And yes, Virginia, you can now click below and be taken directly to our new board.

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