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October 29, 2008:

THE NOVEMBER COMETH

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Well, dear readers, this week is flying by, like a gazelle in fishnet stockings and a garter belt. Not only that, but come Saturday morning it will be November. But why speak of November when it is still October? I think I shall speak of October whilst it is still October and I shan’t say a word about November until it is November. Where was I? I have no idea. Speaking of no idea, yesterday was a day that was all discombobulated or, at the very least, discomgeorgeulated. I got up pretty early, answered some e-mails, wrote some e-mails, then did the long jog. I then found out my helper couldn’t help import e-mail addresses, so that sort of threw my day into disarray. Instead, I did some errands, made some telephonic calls, and did more errands. I then went to rehearsal with the singer I’ve been working with. We ran the show from the top – her singing was fine, but the patter is still very rough, and I gave her many notes specifically about the patter and energy and just the enjoyment of what she’s doing. She’s going to spend four hours today with the MD drilling everything over and over, and then I’ll have two four-hour sessions with her tomorrow and Friday. And then Saturday is show time. After the rehearsal, I came home and made two tuna sandwiches, and I also got a little seafood salad from the salad bar at Gelson’s, which I ate a little later in the evening. I then got the great news that the new Kritzerland CD was live on the Kritzerland site, and so I officially announced it to the world. The orders started coming in immediately, and within six hours we were down to under three hundred copies – this is moving faster than the Bernstein and could be gone by this afternoon if it keeps going the way it is. I tell you, these last three limited edition CDs have kept Kritzerland above water. I then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on DVD entitled Iron Man. I’d read nothing but great reviews and I’d heard nothing but good things about the film, so I was very much looking forward to it. Unfortunately, I found it to be no different from any number of today’s films – loud, flabby, and looking and sounding exactly like every other blockbuster film. Once Robert Downey got in the final suit and started flying around, it became a little more fun, but that happens seventy minutes into the movie. And I’m just really tired of lazy screenwriters making every villain a terrorist. I know I’m in the minority on this one, and I really did want to like it, but I was just bored as can be. I did like the cast, for the most part. The music (I haven’t watched the credits yet) was excruciatingly bad, one of the worst scores I’ve ever heard. The transfer is quite good, but the sound didn’t have very much punch to it.

What am I, Ebert and Roeper all of a sudden? Why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because it is late, the notes should be posted, and yet here I am still in the first section.

Today, I shall do the long jog, then the helper will be here to import as many e-mail addresses as possible in five hours time. I meant to treat myself to a nice dinner yesterday but that didn’t happen, so I’ll try to do a nice late lunch today. Other than that, I just have a bunch of work to do on the computer, and people to contact in regards to our December benefit.

Tomorrow I have a four-hour work session with the singer, then I’m off to La Mirada to see friend Barry Pearl in Happy Days, The Musical. Friday I have another four-hour rehearsal, then a meeting at LACC, then it’s Halloween candy-giving. Saturday is sound check and then show, and Sunday I’m probably going to the closing performance of this show at the El Portal that stars Carol Lawrence and Donna McKechnie.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the long jog, do a bunch of work, do some errands and whatnot, and then have a nice meal. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you 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, as the days dwindle down and the November cometh.

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