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January 1, 2017:

WELCOME 2017!!!

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Well, dear readers, it is 2017 and may I just say that it is my fervent hope and prayer that 2017 will be a year filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. It is also January, and it is also my fervent hope and prayer that January will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. For me, I would like to keep all of 2017 filled with light and positivity, every day in every way, every night in lovely flight. Let us not look back, let us look forward, let us make each day as good a day as we can, and let us shine. Corny, you may say, and you may be right, but a little corn never hurt anyone, especially when it is certified BK Corn. In other words, WELCOME 2017!!!

The final day of 2016 was perfectly fine with no irritants whatsoever, even though the hammerers were doing their dirty business on what should be a holiday weekend. But happily, I slept right through it and got just about eight hours of sleep. Once up, I was surprised to find quite a few orders, I answered e-mails, then had a one-hour fun meeting with Kay Cole. Then I decided to get some food. I wanted Jerry’s Deli so I could have something light, but nooooooo, you couldn’t even park there because everyone has to go to Jerry’s Deli at this time of year. So, instead I picked up some packages and went to Popeye’s up the street and got my standard two chicken breasts (with included biscuits). It wasn’t what I wanted, and it was too heavy, but unfortunately in the City of Studio, you cannot eat anywhere on the day before a holiday. Every single family is out at one of the restaurants. I also asked, as I always do, for mild and they gave me spicy. The spicy is okay but it tends to negate the flavor of the actual chicken. I ate it all up but I wish I’d just had an omelet or a sandwich or something. I put it all on the Entitled of Studio City and leave it at that.

Then I listened to quite a bit of lovely music – all kinds of composers of all kinds of nationalities and it was a perfect way to spend a rainy day. I had a brief visit, and then I attended our New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Bash right here at haineshisway.com and it was quite a partay, and I was happy to see a lot of you there and certainly it was a large posting day and a perfect way to say goodbye to 2016 and WELCOME to 2017. I watched no motion pictures on any format, but continued listening to music all evening long until it was time for me to do my New Year’s Eve Thing, which I do every year at approximately 11:15. I also made the tuna pasta salad for today’s little get-together for a few stray folks. Just before doing the New Year’s Eve Thing I took a long hot shower and washed 2016 down the damn drain. Then we rang in the New Year and all our balls dropped, which is an important part of the haineshisway.com New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebration. It really was a lovely day and evening.

Today, as soon as I’m coherent I will begin a new novel, which I’m excited to do and also nervous as it’s very new territory for me. But that in itself makes it even more exciting and I like that energy. I’m not sure how much I’ll write – I’ve already done the first two pages or so, so I’ll futz and finesse those, and then just go and I’m sure it will take me a few pages to get the style and tone in my bones because all of that will be presenting itself to me as I begin. If the rain has abated and the sun is out, I will do a New Year’s Day jog – I’m hoping I can. I certainly hope to write five pages – maybe more. Then at around two-thirty I’ll stop and get ready and then I’ll rustle up the Wacky Noodles for the little cozy get-together with just a few folks. I don’t imagine there’ll be more than ten of us – I do know the Havertys are coming, the Shermans are coming, editor Marshall Harvey is coming, and Kay Cole and her ever-lovin’ Michael Lamont are coming. Beyond that I know not. That will last until eight, and then I’ll relax and maybe even write some more.

This week we’ll be gearing up for all sorts of things. Of course, we’ll be writing every single day, but beyond that there are lots of things that need doing – I have to figure out the show order for the Kritzerland show, I realize I still have one more song to choose, I’ll write the commentary, and I have some meetings and meals. And I think I have to sit down with a calendar because there are a lot of things already planned for this New Year – of course the Kritzerland shows, but also I’m directing Dial ‘M’ for Murder, we have to do a little staged reading of the musical I’ll be directing at LACC in September, and there are other things brewing so I want to get it all written down.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, begin a new novel, maybe jog, make a big ol’ batch of Wacky Noodles, and have a cozy get-together with some nice folks. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your New Year’s resolutions, or what goals do you have for yourselves in this New Year. Mine are to try to remain completely positive, to be the best I can be at whatever I’m doing, to continue the high quality of the Kritzerland shows, to not be so abrasive when I get irritated, to try and be a positive influence on those I work with, and to nurture the talent of the younger performers, as well as bring to fruition a project of the Sherman Brothers that was a heartbreaker for them – a musical they wrote in the early 80s that was optioned several times but that not only wasn’t ever produced, but never even had a reading. I’m very excited about it and we’ll all be collaborating closely to make it the best damn show it can be. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland – and just to reiterate, it is my fervent hope and prayer that 2017 will be a year filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful, and that January will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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