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January 24, 2017:

LUNCH TREK

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Well, dear readers, it is late and therefore I must not dilly-dally or shilly-shally or even dilly-shally or shilly-dally. I must get crackin’ on these here notes, I must write like the wind, I must, in other words, beam these notes up, Scottie. What am I, Captain Kirk all of a sudden?

Yesterday was a perfectly pleasant day and I have no complaints about anything that happened yesterday. I got maybe seven hours of sleep – my tummy was bothering me when I went to bed, but I got through whatever it was and finally fell asleep. I was up at nine and went directly to Staples and dropped off the flash drive to get two copies of the book printed and spiral-bound, one for me to proof and one for Muse Margaret to read straight through. Then I came home, answered e-mails, paid a couple of bills, and then I went back to Staples to pick up the copies. But he’d misunderstood and only done one, so I left to have lunch and told him I’d come back and get them after.

I then beamed myself to Jerry’s Deli, where I had a delightfully delightful lunch with one of the key beam-me-uppers, D.C. Fontana, who wrote many episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, as well as some Star Trek: The Next Generation scripts, and her talented ever-lovin’ Dennis Skotak, who is one of the great special effects people – he’s worked on all of James Cameron’s films, including Aliens and Titanic and Avatar. There was a purpose to the lunch, but we didn’t get to that until the very end. Until then, I told them a bit about the new book, which they’re very anxious to read, we talked Trek stuff and early TV stuff, and all sorts of things. I told Dorothy that we should do a Q&A together, like I do with Richard Sherman. I don’t think she loves doing that stuff, but I told her to think about it. I had a Cobb salad and a bagel for my meal o’ the day. She’d wanted to meet with me because she’d seen one of those musical theater youth productions and thought there were some really great kids that I should know about – so she’s putting me in touch with the director and I’ll see if they have a video they can show me. Anyway, a good time was had by all at our Lunch Trek.

After lunch, which lasted almost two hours, I picked up the book copies and came home. When Muse Margaret got home I then went and delivered her copy, and we had quite a nice chat. Then I came home and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I finished watching a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled The Barefoot Contessa, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, and other good folks. I’d never seen it before and I must say while it’s not a masterpiece or anything, it’s a wonderfully structured movie with absolutely wonderful dialogue and direction by Joseph Mankiewicz. The actors are all terrific and it’s quite enjoyably enjoyable. The transfer certainly couldn’t be called amazing, but it looks better than it ever has on home video (I’ve owned it in every format and only had ever watched the opening ten minutes), and you can kind of get an idea of how gorgeous it must have been back in the day. The photography is by the amazing Jack Cardiff and even here the lighting is sublime and the colors are reasonably reasonable. All in all, definitely recommended by the likes of me.

Then I finished writing the commentary, listened to some music, then I beamed myself into the shower and then listened to more music.

Today, I shall finally have a ME day to do whatever I damn well please and I shall damn well do whatever I damn well please and what I damn well please is that I’ll begin my read-through and proofing of my book. I’m sure I’ll eat, hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll probably relax and listen to music, I may have a little dinner to attend, and then I’ll probably watch a motion picture on Blu-ray.

Tomorrow I’ll continue and hopefully finish my read-through and proofing, Thursday is our first Kritzerland rehearsal, which I’m looking forward to, Friday I’ll get the book to all the proofers, and I’m not sure what’s happening on the weekend, other than I need to finish casting the March Kritzerland, which I may as well tell you is going to be an evening of Rupert Holmes, and Rupert will be with us and for the first time we’ll have a little band. It’s going to be a very unique Kritzerland show and our seventy-fifth show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a ME day, begin my read-through and proofing of my book, eat, hopefully pick up packages, maybe have a dinner thing, and then watch a motion picture. Today’s topic of discussion: What are you favorite Star Trek episodes and movies? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, after having a lovelier than lovely Lunch Trek.

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