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November 2, 2008:

THIN IN THE THICK OF NOVEMBER

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Well, dear readers, here we are in the thick of November. Not the thin of November, mind you, no, we are in the thick of November. Of course, I am thin in the thick of November whereas last year I was thick in the thick of November. I’m hoping November will be a loverly month and that December will be even better. Starting Monday, I really will be devoting most of my time to the Bacharach show – we’ve been adding wonderful people to it every day, including original Promises, Promises stars Jill O’Hara and Tony Roberts, the wonderful Lauren Kennedy, and the equally wonderful Kevin Earley (who did a knockout job in the Menken/Schwartz benefit). I’m going after a couple of other nice names and we’ll see if I can land them. So, it will be a busy month but hopefully a fun month. I could use a fun month, frankly. Speaking of frankly, yesterday was a very nice November 1st. I got up early and as soon as she of the Evil Eye arrived I did the long jog. It was very gray out and twice during the run it drizzled, but never achieved full out rain. After I got home, I left again, this time to do a bunch of errands. I came back home at noon, shaved, and did some work on the computer. I then did more errands and whatnot, which took up the rest of the afternoon. I then went to the sound check at the Gardenia, and we ran a few numbers and some of the patter. After that, I came back home, showered, and dressed for the show. I then drove back to the Gardenia to sup. Dinner was very good – I was sitting with Mr. Doug Haverty, the Kritzerland booklet designer, and Miss Adriana Patti who, as always, assisted me on this job. Fifteen minutes before show time I gave the singer a pep talk, and then it was time for the show to begin.

And begin it did, promptly at nine, which is unusual for the Gardenia. For a first time out with an entirely new act, I must say it all went very well, with no major hiccups. Yes, there were some forgotten lines, some pacing problems and such, but overall I think the act worked very well – lots of laughs on the patter, and the songs and structure all worked perfectly. I think after the singer watches the video, she’ll see what worked beautifully and where we need to improve and then when she gets a few shows under her belt, she’ll be totally on top of it. I met some of her friends and family after the show (the audience was wonderfully receptive), and I met the very nice wife of comedian Fred Travelina, who I always thought very funny. I left the club around ten after ten and was home by ten-forty. I caught up on all my e-mails – just what up was doing on my e-mails is anyone’s guess. And that was my day and night. I’m ready to relax today, and the only plan I have is seeing a play at the El Portal at three o’clock.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because we are thin in the thick of November and I say that with some pride. Last night, for the first time in a year and a half I tucked my shirt in and felt good about it. I looked like a normal person and the shirt and the pants fit me so well now and I just feel so much better and, dare I say, much more confident at this weight. I still want to lose another five to ten pounds, and I’m prepared for it if it goes slowly – at this point I think I may have to wait a week or two before more weight starts coming off. But, I’m hoping it continues coming off as it has for the past four months – two to three pounds a week. If I keep up that rate, I’ll be done with the diet by the time I come to New York – and then I just have to maintain. In any case, click away.

Today, as noted, I shall do the long jog, I shall relax and smell the roses or the coffee or the bananas, I shall watch a DVD or three, I shall see the closing matinee of a play, I shall watch more DVDs and I shall eat something ever so amusing. In other words, I’m takin’ it easy, baby.

This upcoming week will be spent dealing with matters Bacharach, pre-addressing and stamping a whole slew of packages, meetings, telephonic calls, and driving about in my motor car doing errands and whatnot.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour for if you don’t you shall not be with it, time-wise. I think the only things I have to manually change are the microwave, the stove, and the car. The Microwave, The Stove, and The Car – that’s the title of my next novel.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the long jog, relax, see a matinee but not a Pinter play, watch a few DVDs, and eat an amusing meal. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers 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 remain thin in the thick of November.

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