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May 11, 2013:


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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry because Time Warner has been having problems and the Internet has been down for close to three hours now, so it’s back up and hopefully the problems, whatever they may have been, have been fixed for good. But I’m not taking any chances so I’ll write these here notes now, get them posted early, and then whatever will be will be, or Que Sera Sera, or Quesadilla.

Yesterday was a perfectly interesting day in many ways. I got up at nine-thirty. That was interesting in many ways. I answered e-mails, found there was one tiny problem on the master for our next release and had that fixed, then did a three-mile jog. After that, I moseyed on over to the Bank of Bur and P.F. Chang’s for a lunch meeting. The food itself was the usual bore fest, but the meeting was really interesting and the reaction to what I was saying was very heartening and so exploring we will go and it could lead to very intriguing things. After the meeting, I went to the mail place and picked up a couple of packages. Then I came home, had a local dealer pick up some CDs, and that was that. I did have a few telephonic conversations but I was bound and determined to relax and that is what I did. Have you ever been bound and determined? It’s a little odd to be bound while being determined, because you’re so constricted and sometimes the binding can be most uncomfortable. Where was I? Oh, yes, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a truly awful low-budget film from 1971 entitled The Telephone Book. It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a go. Within two minutes I remembered I’d seen it when it first came out. But the odd thing is that I could have sworn I’d seen it during the year I lived in New York, New York, in 1969. I don’t really know why I would have seen it in LA, LA, but I know I saw it, so I must have. It’s a sex comedy without much sex and with almost no comedy. It’s a real oddity. The lead gal, Sarah Kennedy, is cute as a button channeling Goldie Hawn. But the rest of the cast is surprising – Barry Morse doing things you don’t really want to see Barry Morse doing, Jill Clayburgh, Dolph Sweet, and Roger C. Carmel. The film is in black-and-white (with one color sequence) and I guess this is kind of the first time it’s been seen in years. The transfer is okay.
I then watched the first half of Fritz Lang’s Cloak and Dagger. As you dear readers know, I am a huge fan of Mr. Lang’s films. While Cloak and Dagger isn’t in the top tier for various reasons, it has some terrific Langian moments, and I’ll talk more about it when I’ve finished watching today.

After that, I found Time Warner spazzing out – I’d be on the Internet with everything working fine, then the next minute it would go down, then up, then down – I finally called and heard the message that there was an outage, but I was so annoyed that I got a tech guy on the phone. He proceeded to tell me that the outage was for their TV service, not the Internet, and that it looked like I was online. I wasn’t. He reset the signal and told me it looked like was online. I wasn’t. He then informed me that my modem had gone bad and I’d have to replace it. He then had me plug directly into the computer, just so he could show me I was online. I wasn’t. He then put me over to someone who specializes in the Internet. That gentleman told me there was an outage and that it had nothing to do with my modem and that the first guy I’d spoken to was an idiot. So, he told me it could be out for as long as twelve hours. At that point I hung up, took my long walk, and when I got back it was working. Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I must get a good night’s beauty sleep and must get these here notes posted while I have the ability.

Today, I have no plans whatsoever. I love that. I will do a jog, I will eat, I will hopefully pick up some packages, I will pay a visit to Mystery and Imagination Books, otherwise it’s a total ME day in every way.

Tomorrow, we will definitely finish casting and I’ll assign songs and gather up the sheet music. We’re not announcing our new title on Monday because the packaging, which should have been approved days ago, wasn’t, but hopefully will be on Monday or Tuesday. We’ll announce at the end of the week, I’m sure, which is fine.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do a jog, eat, hopefully pick up some packages, pay a visit to Mystery and Imagination Books, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Mr. Gary Cooper, star of Cloak and Dagger? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall dream of an Internet service that actually works.

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