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December 5, 2008:


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Well, dear readers, what a whirlwind week this has been. But, another couple of days of rest and I’ll be back to normal. Well, normal is relative, of course. And relative is normal, of course. In any case, the weekend is here and I shall be taking advantage of it. Have you ever taken advantage of it? If so, how did it feel about being taken advantage of? I, for one, am always taking advantage of it, but only because it and I have an arrangement. What the HELL am I talking about? Don’t I have notes to write and sleep to get? I do and I do. Speaking of I Do! I Do! yesterday was a nice little day. I managed to get a whopping eleven-and-a-half hours of sleep, which I really needed (and still wasn’t quite enough). Of course, by the time I got up the morning was almost at an end. I’d already decided it would not be in my best interests to do the long jog, so instead I answered some e-mails and then did my errands and whatnot, which took about two hours. I then got a Subway turkey sandwich and came home and ate it all up. I then began playing some of the CDs from the CD pile. It was a pleasant way to spend the next few hours. I returned some telephonic calls and puttered around the house. Oh, yes, I also packaged up about five orders and sent the new Kritzerland release off for mastering (the January release, that is – there’s one more coming before the end of this year). I then decided to take a drive to Amoeba and took some trade stuff that’s been building up – I got one of the good guys and got much more than I thought they’d give me in credit. I picked up some CDs and DVDs. I stopped at Gelson’s and got a little package of shrimp roll sushi, which has very few calories, and some grapes, and that was my evening snack. I then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first two-thirds of a motion picture on DVD entitled Escape to Athena, a film I’d never seen. I’ll have a full report in tomorrow night’s notes, but suffice it to say it’s one of those wretched Lew Grade movies that are somehow enjoyable whilst being terrible. This one is written by Edward Anhalt and Richard S. Lochte, the latter is, of course, my pal and constant blurber Dick Lochte. The film, as made, doesn’t know what it wants to be, but I’m thinking Dick’s original script was meant to be a somewhat droll World War II prison camp film. I’ll wait until I finish it to say more, other than to mention that there’s an amusing and brief cameo by William Holden, who was then dating one of the stars of the film, Miss Stephanie Powers. He basically plays his character from Stalag 17. It makes no sense, but it’s amusing. The film also features perhaps the worst score I’ve ever heard to come from the pen of the very talented Lalo Schifrin. Other stars are Roger Moore (as a Nazi!), Telly Savalas (who seems to be in every Lew Grade movie), Claudia Cardinale, Richard Roundtree, David Niven (his son was one of the producers), and the director is George Pan Cosmatos.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below whilst I continue to get back to normal.

Today, I have absolutely nothing at all planned and I hope to keep it that way. I do have a very brief ten o’clock meeting with a neighbor, which should only take ten minutes, then I’ll do the long jog, then I have to ship one order that came in late yesterday, and that’s that. I intend to listen to a LOT of CDs, and then finish Escape to Athena and watch other DVDs and things I’ve TIVOd.

The weekend is, at this point, pretty free as well, although I do have some Nudie Musical changes to enter into the master script. And I’ll be making appointments for meetings this week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a brief meeting, do the long jog, and then sit around the home environment like so much fish. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/video player? I’ll start – CD, a massive 6-CD set of Georges Delerue film music, along with several Oscar Peterson CDs. DVD, Riverboat episodes, Lelouch’s La Bonne Annee, and then to the box set of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, and by the end of today I hope to be completely back to normal.

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