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November 20, 2008:

DEFYING CREDULITY

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Well, dear readers, the weather here is so odd as to defy credulity. Have you ever defied credulity? If so, how did credulity react? Did credulity like being defied? Did credulity stand there and take it like so much fish? Where was I? Oh, yes, the odd weather. For the last week it’s been like summer – blue skies, very hot temperatures, people traipsing about in shorts and t-shirts. Only here’s the thing: It’s November, not July. November shouldn’t be as hot as July, should it? November should be cool, man, cool, and yet November is hot, man, hot. I don’t mind it, really, but still, it is odd. Not as odd as the word “credulity” but that’s another story. Speaking of another story, yesterday was a day in which I defied credulity and lived to tell the tale. I got up early, defying credulity right off the bat, I did the long jog, packed up some orders, and then went to rehearse with two LA singers who are coming in to do the Bacharach benefit. We’d already chosen the gal’s song, Baby It’s You, so we just routined the song and set the key, and it will be fine. The guy, Ted Detweiler (who is on the TV series Sordid Lives) was next. I had an idea for his song, and happily he liked it – so, it’s probably one of the rarest Bacharachs we’re doing in the show, but it’s one of his movie title songs that I’ve always adored – Promise Her Anything. We routined the song and Ted will be great. I then came home and took one of the packages to the UPS Store to ship, and I also picked up some mail. I bought a foot-long Subway turkey sandwich and brought it home, and I ate it all up, as I was starving. I then answered a whole slew of e-mails and had a telephonic conversation with the benefit producer, my choreographer, and the stage manager. I then shipped the rest of the packages, then came back home and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched all the extras on the Wall-E DVD. They were all well done but I’m sorry I watched them. I really don’t like all these “here’s how we did it” behind the scenes pieces – they diminish the movie for me, and frankly I don’t want to know from how they did anything. I just want to let the movie speak for itself. I don’t want to see deleted scenes, early versions of scenes, none of it. The one extra that was informative and fun was the ninety minute documentary on Pixar. That I liked. After watching those, I was quite restless, and so I defied credulity some more, just for the fun of it. After defying credulity I started defying gravite.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I must get up early and do early things so I can attend a breakfast meeting at which I will not eat breakfast.

Did anyone notice that yesterday’s birthday boy didn’t even stop by to see his birthday wishes. Oh, well. Today, I shall get up early, do the long jog, and then immediately go to Miss Leslie Ackerman’s home environment for a breakfast meeting. For those who don’t know or remember, Miss Ackerman played Susie in my film, The First Nudie Musical. She has a project she wants to talk to me about, so talk we shall. She’ll have fruit there, and that’s what I’ll nibble on. After the meeting, I shall come home and do some writing and then some errands and whatnot, and then I shall find something amusing to eat.

I’m happy to say that we finally got our The Brain From Planet X final contract, which we’ll be signing in the next day or two, and then the show can officially be licensed for production via the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. I still have to write a little “a note from the author” introduction, with a few tips as to how the material works best and pitfalls to avoid. In fact, the first production that will be licensed is already in the works – for early 2010. I’m really hoping our little show gets lots of productions and I’m very happy to have it with such a terrific company.

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 morning meeting, write, do errands and whatnot, and then eat. Today’s topic of discussion: If you had to show someone one DVD, which would you show – which do you feel is the perfect DVD, the one that shows the medium off in an incredible way, and which has the best transfer, sound, extras, etc. Those who have Blu-Ray can give their favorite for that, too. And which DVD would you show as an example of the worst DVD ever? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we all defy credulity.

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