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February 21, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, this week is flying by, like a gazelle attending to a hyena’s hernia. How can it be Tuesday already when it was just Monday? Speaking of Monday, it was a rather okay day of not much happening. Well, that’s not quite accurate. I did get eight hours of sleep and was up by ten. Once up, I had e-mail correspondence to respond to, and I had a telephonic conversation. Then Grant got all the book and cover files to the publisher and, of course, they couldn’t open three of them, which happens every year and makes no sense. I attached those three files, which I COULD open with no problem, to an e-mail, our check-in gal got them and those were fine, so it will now start heading its way to the production department, so that’s good. I made a couple of no-fat low-calorie hot dogs and had those, then had a few pieces of See’s candy. The helper came by and picked up some stuff, then I buckled down, Winsocki and began writing the Kritzerland commentary.

This was a little different to my usual commentary, which is normally show songs where I can talk not only about the song but the history of the show. Since the only show we’re doing songs from is Drood, with the rest being pretty much pop songs, I had Rupert write me a little background on each song, which was very helpful. Prior to starting, of course, I’d had to make the show order, which was daunting but I think I came up with a pretty good structure. I spent about two hours doing the first half, then took a break. I had two low-cal tortillas with some low-cal cheese in them, and those were good, followed by a couple more pieces of See’s candy, just because I could.

Then I took a relaxation break, had more telephonic calls, and then I attacked the second half of the commentary and just kept going until I was all finished. I also made a run to the CVS to get more Claritin D, the only time I was actually out of the house, as it was a holiday with no mail. I came home, put the finishing touches on the commentary, had more e-mails with Rupert, and went over the rehearsal schedule with Doug. My ear is a bit better than it was the day before and the day before that, but still muffled and weird. I called an ENT, but of course they were closed for the holiday. I left a message, and if this hasn’t cleared up by noon, I’ll make an appointment.

Today, I’m not sure what all is going on, but I have a lot of little stuff to do in big ways, and I’m hoping the ear is better. I’ll eat, hopefully pick up packages, and do whatever else needs doing.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals and a work session, seeing Sandy Bainum’s show on Friday night, and then hopefully having a restful weekend before we launch into the Kritzerland rehearsal week and show.

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

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do things, eat, hopefully pick up packages, do things, maybe see an ENT, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite ways to eat hog dogs – grilled, broiled, boiled, pan-fried, toppings? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have the show order and the commentary out of the way.

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