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January 31, 2017:

THE GARAGE DOOR THAT WOULDN’T BEHAVE

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Well, dear readers, our second Kritzerland rehearsal was even more fun than our first Kritzerland rehearsal, and the good news is that even though we’re on a Thursday night we are basically sold out, with only a few seats left. All the kids really worked on their stuff, which is the most important thing and it’s a really fun show and they’re all doing great. So, now it’s on to our stumble-through tomorrow.

Prior to that I’d only gotten four hours of sleep, and a fifth hour after I was up at six and finally fell asleep again around nine-thirty. Funnily, I wasn’t really that tired when I got up at six – normally I would have been irked, but I was not irked. In any case I did some work on a song I was commissioned to write – the music’s been done for a week, so I’m just doing the lyrics now.   The helper came by, and then I got ready and toddled over to the Coral Café for a really fun lunch with David Wechter. We caught up, we might do a little work on an idea I had for something fun, and I heard all about his recent trip to Thailand and Tokyo. I had my chicken strips and some fries, and that is all the food I ate, no snacks even.

After that, I picked up one package, then came back home. I’d sent my favorite of the cover options for the new book to our very own Nick Redman, Grant Geissman, and, of course, Muse Margaret. The Muse loved it and thought it was kind of a perfect cover for this book, Nick was grabbed by it, and Grant was very happy with it, so we have our cover and all that has to be added is the name of the author and then the whole thing goes to Grant. I’m not sure at what point I’ll show it to everyone – maybe as soon as the book is at the publisher’s, probably in a couple of weeks, but maybe I’ll do it before then.

I approved and then uploaded the video for the LACC Indiegogo campaign – again, this is their deal, not mine, and I’m just helping with it, but the video came out really well, I thought. So, hopefully we can get that launched by Thursday. Just finalizing the perks right now. I had a nice telephonic call with Richard Sherman, catching up on everything. Then I listened to some music and relaxed. I put the motor car away and the garage door refused to stay closed. It would close, then go back up and nothing I did would stop it. It’s been doing it sporadically over the last couple of weeks, but tonight it just wouldn’t work so I had to put it down manually. Fortunately I had my receipt from when they put in the new motor and chains so I called the company and they’re coming out tomorrow to deal with it, between twelve and four. So, I either have to not eat until after four or perhaps before noon, but I don’t see that happening as I don’t even want to touch the garage door until they fix it. But hopefully they’ll get there earlier than four.

Today, I’ll wait until the garage door people arrive, hopefully it will be an easy fix (there’s a fifteen-year warranty on the work they did), then at some point I’ll eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and then I have some work to do on the computer, after which I’ll relax and watch a motion picture of some sort or other.

Tomorrow we have our stumble-through at six-thirty, and prior to that I’m hoping to have at least one of the proofers notes back so I can do the ones that are easy and that don’t need Muse Margaret’s input. Thursday is sound check and show. Friday I have either a lunch or a dinner thing, although at this moment I can’t remember who with. I’m sure someone will remind me at some point. The weekend is unknown to me, other than starting work on the March Kritzerland show. I don’t think I’m going to go to the book fair – I’m simply not in that mode right now.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance to Hora or the Frug, for today is the birthday of dear reader Michael Shayne.  So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to dear reader Michael Shayne.  On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO DEAR READERS MICHAEL SHAYNE!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a garage door fixed, I must eat, I must hopefully pick up packages, I must do work on the computer, and then I must relax and watch a motion picture of some sort. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your all-time favorite coffee shops? And what do you like to have at a coffee shop? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping that the garage door that wouldn’t behave will be fixed and working properly.

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