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October 26, 2008:


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Well, dear readers, can someone please inform me how we can be in the last week of October? Weren’t we just in the first week of October? Now we’re in the last week of October? And then we’re into November? I’m sorry, this simply doesn’t compute. Soon I will be in New York to stage the Bacharach benefit – we’ve been adding some very interesting cast members, including our latest addition, Mr. Tony Roberts (he was the lead in the London production of Bacharach’s Promises, Promises). And then it will be the end of the year, and then it will be 2009 and then ten minutes later it will be 2010, the year we make contact. I gotta tell you. The time is flying by, like a gazelle in a frying pan. Speaking of a frying pan, yesterday was yet another non-stop day in which I did non-stop things. I got up early and got the long jog in, then I paid a visit to the Kritzerland design expert, and gave him some visual aids for our upcoming CD release booklet – he was very pleased with what I brought, and the booklet should be quite handsome indeed. I then hurried over to rehearsal at Screenland Studios. They were also casting a production of Dreamgirls there, so we got to hear a lot of “You’re lyin’, you’re lyin'” and “we are family.” We began our band rehearsal, and they sound great. It took longer than we thought to play through everything, so we didn’t really get a full run-through in, but it was a very good day. About halfway through the rehearsal, Kevin ordered in a pizza from a local Eyetalian jernt called Dino’s. I’ve driven by it a lot and it’s always looked good to me, so I finally had a chance to sample their pizza and, in a word, it was spectacularly good. Thankfully, the slices were cut very small – basically the slice I had was about a third of the size of a normal slice, but boy was it great and I’ll be going back to Dino’s for one of my splurge meals. After rehearsal, I had to hurry to Barnsdall Park to have a meeting with the tech person at the theater where we’re doing the show on Monday, along with my video guy. We were there for about an hour, and I think everyone knows the drill and hopefully things will go smoothly on Monday. After that, I came back to the Valley and went to Gelson’s, where I got about five tiny chicken tenders and two egg rolls, which was my evening meal. I also had a little chocolate licorice, and then later, for my snack, some cucumber roll. It seemed like a lot of food, but I think calorie-wise I was okay, plus I did do the long jog. I then wrote the program notes for the booklet, the blurb, and I sent the sound samples to the website gal. So, other than proofing the booklet, my work on this project is complete. I then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture I’d TIVOd entitled Dear Murderer, two-thirds of a nifty little old-fashioned murder mystery meller from the UK, starring Eric Portman. It’s a very cleverly-plotted story (adapted from a play), but in the last twenty minutes things get very labored and predictable – but that first seventy minutes is very entertaining.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because frankly this section is beginning to frighten me – it must be getting close to Halloween.

Today, I shall arise, do the long jog, then attend a four-hour rehearsal. After rehearsal, I believe former dear reader Hisaka will be stopping by to say hello. And after that, I have no plans whatsoever and I shall relax the rest of the day and evening and get plenty of sleep because Monday is going to be a very long and arduous day and evening and I must be at the top of my game.

Monday, of course, it’s show time – I have to write the lighting script, write the light cues with the lighting guy, make sure the house sound is to my liking and that Kevin and Sean get what they need from the monitors, then we’re going to do a mark-through of all the big numbers for camera, and then the tech director and I will talk through the shots and what I want to see from each camera (we’re shooting the concert with four cameras). Additionally, I’ll be there for the boys and we’ll be running a few things to make sure they’re working exactly as they should.

Quick, let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora or the Fox Trot, for today is the birthday of dear reader and new daddy Jed. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to dear reader and new daddy Jed. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO DEAR READER AND NEW DADDY JED!!!

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 rehearsal, have a visit from Hisaka, and then relax and eat something amusing. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we prepare for the hobgoblins and the things that go bump in the night, for Halloween is but a moment away.

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