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November 28, 2008:

COUNTDOWN TO BACHARACH TO THE FUTURE

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Well, dear readers, I hope everyone had a lovelier than lovely Thanksgiving – I know I did. I slept until about ten, and then got up, answered a few e-mails, and at eleven headed down to the fitness room. I did the treadmill for about fifty minutes, running (according to the machine) 6.9 miles at a steady clip, and burning 1000 calories. Tomorrow I’m going to say something about the freezing temperature in there – it’s ridiculous. After that, I came back to the room, had my bottle of water, did a little work on the computer, showered, and then it was time to head over to FJL and Skip’s home environment, which was a good thirty-five minute walk. It was very crisp out, and the streets were quite crowded, which surprised me. The handful of stores that were open were doing busy business, which also surprised me. I was also surprised at just how many restaurants were closed – you’d have thought that some would be open serving Thanksgiving dinner. I arrived a little after three. There were already folks there – elmore, two friends of FJL and Skip’s whose names I can’t remember, a nice lady named Mary Jay, and then Milla arrived and that was it for the guests. We had lovely conversation, and everyone ate quite a lot of salami and cheese and shrimp cocktail. I decided not to eat any of the appetizers save for one shrimp cocktail shrimp. Then the food was served and what food it was. Skip’s turkey, very unconventionally served (at least as regards what I’m used to) was succulent and tender and moist and maybe some of the best-tasting turkey I’ve ever had. And his gravy was to die for. I had a reasonable helping of turkey, a little gravy, and a reasonable helping of the yummilicious stuffing and green beans. I passed on the mashed potatoes, but did have two small pieces of incredible corn bread made by guest Mary Jay. I then had seconds – another small piece of turkey, a small amount of stuffing and gravy, a couple more green beans, and that was that. I was very proud of myself because if this were eight months ago I would have had three more pieces of corn bread, another pound of stuffing, and the potatoes and more turkey. All the while, the conversation was really fun and all the people really nice.

Then the desserts came out. There was, of course, pumpkin pie, and another interesting-looking pie whose name I can’t remember, but which had pecans, dates, brown sugar custard and other stuff, and a dairy-less chocolate cake with some cherry filling or something. I opted for the pumpkin pie, which I had with a dollop of whipped cream. It was fantastic, and the folks who had the other two desserts said they were great. Eight months ago, I would have had pieces of all three. After a while, two more guests arrived – the lovelier than lovely Maureen Silliman and her ever lovin’ William Parry. It was very nice to see them again, and again, the conversation was lively and fun. Then several guests left and Milla, Maureen, Bill, and I stayed for another hour or so. FJL also handed me a ticket for Sunday’s matinee of Road Show – apparently Skip couldn’t go, so I get to. Bill Parry is in the show, and I’m looking forward to it very much.

I then walked back to the hotel, quite briskly as it was quite brisk out. It was a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving, and a big Thanks to Skip and FJL for giving me the chance to attend.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I need to get my beauty sleep and not go to bed at two in the morning, as I have for the past two nights and instead of counting my blessings or my sheep, I’ll be counting down to Bacharach To The Future.

Today, I shall get up, call the front desk and ask them to adjust the temperature in the fitness room, then I shall do the treadmill. I have several calls to make after that, and I may try to get together with one or two people for a drink. I’ll then begin to do my entrances and exits diagrams for each of the performers. At seven, I’ll be meeting Miss Julie Reiber at the Wicked stage door and we shall go have a meal.

Tomorrow, I will probably see either a matinee or an evening show, and I’m sure I’ll be supping or lunching with someone fun – I’ll make those plans later today.

Sunday, I now have the matinee of Road Show, and after Bill Parry, FJL, and I will have a bite to eat. Then I have the band rehearsal from seven to eleven, then I’ll have to come right back to the hotel, post the notes and go to bed, as I have to be at the theater by nine, and if I’m going to do the treadmill (I may not), I’ll have to be down there and on it by seven.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the treadmill, make calls, perhaps meet up with a couple of folks, then sup with Miss Julie Reiber. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/video player? I’ll start: CD, Frank Chacksfield two-fer of 1960s TV themes and the score to Dr. Dolittle. DVD, as soon as I get back home, White Dog. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, as we begin our countdown to Bacharach To The Future.

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