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October 22, 2008:

THE ARCH AND THE ARCANE

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Well, dear readers, once again, I had a day where I didn’t get worse, so I’m hoping the best is yet to come and that I’ll be completely over this by the end of the week. The only thing that’s hanging on is the cough and the breaking up of the dreaded mucous and phlegm. I’m going to write these here notes in a trice so that I can get to bed early again and get a healthy night’s sleep. Therefore, I shall not take detours into the arch and the arcane. How many here believe THAT will happen? Raise your hands. I don’t see any raised hands. I don’t see any raised donuts. I don’t see any raised poker hands. The Arch And The Arcane – isn’t that a novel by Irving Stone? Speaking of Irving Stone, yesterday was a not-so-easy day, even though it was my plan for it to be a very easy day. I got up around nine, after close to nine hours of sleep with some of the weirdest dreams ever. I did some things on the computer, then made a telephonic call, which turned out to be completely annoying and caused me to have to do some fancy footwork, which I did, fancily. I didn’t want to do any fancy footwork because I was supposed to use this day as a day of rest, because today starts a lot of workdays in a row. I was so annoyed, in fact, that I did the long jog just to get rid of my annoyance – the jog was actually fairly easy, and I was basically over my annoyance by the time I got home. I then did the one and only errand I had to do. I then affixed postage to all the single CD packages, and then was apprised that the CDs would indeed be ready but not until late afternoon, after it was too late for them to be delivered. I thought seriously about driving up to Saugus to get them, but it would have been during rush hour and would have taken an hour to get there and an hour to get back. I asked them to please have my delivery be first in the morning run, which they’re going to try to do. Supposedly, they’ll be here by noon. After that, I went to Gelson’s deli and got some of their chicken jambalaya, a small container, and a small container of Chinese chicken salad. The jambalaya was actually very good, and the salad was fine. It wasn’t all that much food, but it did fill me up. I also had four pieces of chocolate licorice, and later, I had some of the tomato, cucumber, and vinegar concoction, which I just love and which is a perfect snack of almost no calories or fat grams. A bit later, I made two pieces of rye toast and lightly buttered them. So, I ate lots of little things throughout the day, and I don’t think they added up to more than 1200 to 1500 calories, so that’s good. I went to the mail place where there were no packages, several of which are expected and overdue. I then came home and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the last of the Dragnet episodes, all of which were excellent. Some familiar faces appeared in various roles, character actors that they used over and over again. And one actress in particular I’ve grown very fond of from her multiple appearances on Dragnet – Peggy Webber. She apparently did over 100 episodes of the show. Also appearing in one early episode was Cliff Arquette, who would later go on to achieve fame as Charley Weaver. I watched one episode of a show called Public Defender, which Reed “Racket Squad” Hadley also hosted. Mr. Hadley had one of the greatest voices ever – they don’t make ’em like that anymore. The show wasn’t very good, but the quality was pretty terrific when compared with the Dragnet episodes, none of which looked any good. Harry Carey, Jr. was the guest star in the episode.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below, because I otherwise I’m sure I will devolve into The Arch And The Arcane.

Today, I shall, most likely, do the long jog if I’m feeling up to it – if not, I have no problem skipping it. Today is the first of five straight days of rehearsal for the Kevin and Sean show. We were supposed to start at ten, but that’s been pushed to 12:30. So, I should be here for the arrival of the CDs, and if there’s any way to get the single orders packaged up and to the USPS prior to going to rehearsal, I shall do just that. If not, when I return at 3:15, I shall package up everything, affix postage to those packages that still need it, and I shall then drive all of it over to the post office. I’ll then take the five big boxes from my biggest online dealer over to the UPS Store and get those on their way. Once all that is finished, I’ll drive out to another online dealer and deliver their box of 100. I’ll then have to hie myself over to LACC to see the opening night of their new production, but I’m going to have to try and grab some dinner beforehand. I can’t take the chance that this is one of those three-hour deals. The show starts at seven-fifteen and I don’t want to be having dinner at ten-thirty. If I knew it was two hours in and out, I might eat afterwards. The timing is difficult, because if I get that package delivered by five, then it will take almost till 5:45 to get down LACC way, and then I just wouldn’t have enough time to eat before having to get to the theater. If I can get the package delivered by four-thirty, which is what I’m going to aim for, then eating beforehand is doable. We shall see. It’s obvious I will get no writing done today, but tomorrow’s rehearsal is only four hours, so I should be able to get some serious writing time in. I will have to ship out the additional bigger orders, but that won’t take too too long.

The rest of the week is, of course, filled with rehearsals, most of which are three to four hours long, so I’ll have time to deal with other stuff. My cameraman for the shoot on Monday really wants to visit the theater to see the venue, the lighting, and the sound board, so we’re trying to make that happen.

Oh, wait, let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s so the Hora or the Pony, because today is the birthday of the very errant and truant dear reader Cason. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to the very errant and truant dear reader Cason. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO THE VERY ERRANT AND TRUANT DEAR READER CASON!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the long jog if I’m up to it, wait for CD arrival, attend a three hour rehearsal, ship out as many packages as possible, deliver a package, hopefully pick up an errant and truant package or three, and attend an opening night at LACC. 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 I hope all of you naysayers have noticed that we never went to The Arch And The Arcane.

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