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November 25, 2008:

WHAT TAKES MY FANCY

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Well, dear readers, I am thoroughly enjoying my stay here in New York, New York. While it is chilly it’s not as cold as I’d feared, which is good as I don’t care for the extreme cold. I do love walking here and if I could avoid cabs and subways completely I happily would. Of course, I enjoy walking down the street since I now am lithe and lean with abs and buns of steel. Speaking of abs and buns of steel, yesterday was a really nice and fun day any way you look at it, and I looked at it four different ways. I got up early and headed down to the exercise room. Annoyingly, all three treadmills were in use. The two gals showed no signs of being anywhere near finished, but the guy on the first machine was really going fast and looked like he had been for some time. Happily, he was done in about five minutes, so I’m glad I hung out and didn’t go back to my room. I do hope this is not a recurring problem, but I guess I’ll know that in the morning, although I’ll go down about twenty minutes later this morning. I did a little over four miles at a good speed (it took fifteen minutes less to do four miles on the treadmill than it takes me on my long jog in LA), and according to the machine I burned six hundred calories and did ten laps. I don’t know what any of that means, but it all felt good and there isn’t nearly as much wear and tear on my feet and legs. I then decided to shower down there, since they have a nice stall shower with good water pressure, and there’s a dispenser with soap and shampoo. After that, I came upstairs, dried my hair, and dressed. I then walked a mile to the rehearsal studio. The first part of the day was hearing some of our singers. It was great to finally meet and hear these folks and what they’ve been working on. I had only a few comments for each. The selections are fun and interesting and are a good match for each performance. It was great to see our very own Miss Julie Reiber, and her duet, with Wicked cohort Katie Adams, will be a highlight of the show for me. After we finished that, we went to a different room where our mighty ensemble of dancer/singers were getting ready to rehearse the opening number and Turkey Lurkey Time. I gave Adam, our choreographer, a big hug, and then they did Turkey Lurkey Time for me. Well, I was just a big ol’ grinning gizmo – how great to see the energy and the amazing Michael Bennett choreography, which these kids do wonderfully. After the first time through, I just had a little note for the three gals doing the main part of the number, and then they ran it again. I could watch this number forever and never get tired of it. Adam then did a lot of adjustments on the opening number before he ran it for me. It’s very cute, and I just had a few comments and that was that. Then Jose and I went down to J&R Music so I could check out the mini-LP Japanese sale CDs. They didn’t really have that much, but I picked up three, plus one regular CD. So, now I have CDs to listen to whilst I sit here like so much fish.

After that, I came back to the hotel briefly, then walked to Joe Allen to sup with our very own Miss Juliana Hansen and Mr. Kevin Spirtas. It was a ton of fun and there was lots of dish dished and I’m certain that certain people’s ears were on fire. I had the same thing as last night – a shrimp cocktail and a large Caesar salad, but given the amount I jogged and walked I knew that wasn’t enough food, so I ordered a side of mac and cheese, which is very yummilicous at Joe Allen. I shared it with Juliana and Kevin, though, so I ate less than half of what was there, so I think I’m fine. After that, I walked back to the hotel, had a few telephonic conversations, answered some e-mails and listened to a couple of CDs.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I’m going to try and get to bed early as it’s another longish day tomorrow.

Today, I shall get up early, hopefully be able to snag a treadmill, and do my four miles before toddling off to another rehearsal. I’m seeing four more singers, then I’m going to the theater to check out our stage and ask some important questions re lighting and projections. After that, I’ll be dining with someone, just don’t know who yet.

Tomorrow is basically a “free” day for me, other than a production meeting at two o’clock that should last about an hour. I may try to see a matinee or maybe an evening show. I’m supping with Miss Jessica Rush between shows, and I’m very much looking forward to that since I haven’t seen her in over a year.

Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving and I am thankful to be sharing it with FLJ, Skip, and the other invitees.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do four miles on a treadmill, I must rehearse, I must see the theater, I must sup, and do whatever else takes my fancy. That’s because I likes to do what takes my fancy, what takes my fancy I likes to do. What am I, Wildcat all of a sudden? Today’s topic of discussion: I think we need a poetry day today – quote for us whatever poem is meaningful and beautiful to you. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I get ready to do what takes my fancy.

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