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January 26, 2017:

THE BLEARY/BLURRY SYNDROME

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Well, dear readers, my eyes are a little bit bleary from all the reading/proofing and entering fixes that I’ve done today, so if I mistype or am seemingly incoherent you’ll understand why. Yes, bleary is what my eyeball are at this moment, and being bleary they make things blurry, which, in medical terms is known as the Bleary/Blurry Syndrome. I could go on about the Bleary/Blurry Syndrome but that would only lead to the Dreary/Drury Syndrome, the latter of which began with an audience member attending a boring play at the Drury Lane Theatre. What the HELL am I talking about?

Yesterday was a day of reading/proofing as well as proofing/reading. I was up at ten, answered e-mails, had some telephonic calls, and then I went and had a teeny-tiny thing of mac-and-cheese (couldn’t have been more than three ounces of pasta), a side of bacon, and a bagel – weird, but it all kind of worked, food-wise. I read/proofed about fifty pages whilst lunching – just the usual typos and grammar stuff, removing some redundancy, and adding a few lines here and there. There were no packages to pick up, so I came right home and continued reading/proofing for most of the afternoon, perhaps a total of about eighty pages. Then I ran all of that by Muse Margaret and we figured out what to keep and what to adjust, and then I sat and entered all those fixes into the Word document. So, a third of the book left to go. After that, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a documentary on the Flix of Net entitled A Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film. Mostly it was about They All Laughed, a movie I’ve never been able to take a liking to, try as I have. But you would think it’s Citizen Kane listening to all the talking heads in this film, several of whom are trendy directors and one of whom is wacky Quentin Tarantino. Some of the interviews are interesting, and clearly the murder of Dorothy Stratten changed Mr. Bogdanovich forever. At his age (this is three years old) I find it hard to listen to him – he has such an off-putting way of speaking and his eyes look completely dead in his interviews. He’s made some very good motion pictures and some motion pictures that, for me, are very bad. If you like his movies, it’s definitely worth watching.

I then went to Gelson’s and got a couple of drummettes for my evening snack, came home and ate them.   Then the computer froze again and I had to manually shut down and then restart. It’s annoying, but it’s not just me – there are many complaints on various boards about it and it’s been plaguing people for eight months now, most of them thinking it’s the El Capitan operating system. Since that’s what I have, I guess it could be. One sure way to find out is by switching to the new OS, Sierra, but from what I’m reading, Sierra has its own issues. I gotta tell you.

Today, I’ll be up by ten, the helper will stop by, and then I have a haircut (finally) at noon o’clock. Then if I have time I may grab a bite to eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then we have our first Kritzerland rehearsal. That begins at four and we don’t finish until almost eight due to a larger cast than usual. Looking forward to working with all these super talented kids. I’m not sure how much proofing I’ll get done, but I’m hoping that as soon as we finish the rehearsal I’ll be able to quickly go over stuff with Muse Margaret.

Tomorrow I will definitely finish the proofing and entering, and then I will get the book to the proofers. I don’t really have plans for the weekend, which is fine by me – I can use a nice, relaxing, stress-free weekend – that would be lovelier than lovely. Then we have our second Kritzerland rehearsal, then our stumble-through, and then we do our show on Thursday night.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, proof, get a haircut, hopefully pick up packages, eat, have our first Kritzerland rehearsal, hopefully speak with Muse Margaret, and then relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Peter Bogdanovich? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall hopefully and instantly recover from Bleary/Blurry Syndrome.

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