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March 26, 2017:

SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS OF THE THIRD KIND

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Well, dear readers, I know yesterday was Saturday, so that means that my short-term memory is pretty good. And yet, I remember very little about yesterday, which means that my shorter-term memory isn’t as good as my short-term memory.  Yes, I suffered short-term memory loss of the third kind. My long-term memory, of course, is impeccably impeccable. But perhaps if I type very quickly I’ll manage to get down the things that I DO remember. So, I only got about seven hours of sleep, waking up at nine-thirty but staying put in bed for another hour. Once up, I must have done things but I have no memory of what those things might have been. Oh, I assume I answered some e-mails. But until I left to pick up mail and have some food I have no idea what I did.

As it turns out, there was nothing to pick up, so I picked up nothing, and then I went and had an omelet and an English muffin, after which I believe I came home. Then there’s a missing hour or two in which my shorter-term memory was taking a break. But I got a chart I’ve been waiting for, a song of mine we’re doing at the Kritzerland show, so I spent time proofing that, and then we did the fixes for it over the phone and all that took close to an hour, maybe even a bit more. Then I sent that off to John Boswell and Jenna Lea Rosen, who’s singing it. Then the next hour or so is a blank, and then I remember that Sami and her mom came over. Sami’s doing the lead in Legally Blonde at her high school, and she just wanted some feedback on stuff, which I happily gave her, mostly rhythm things and where to break a line to get the laugh – stuff like that. She’s going to be just fine in the show, which I’m seeing this coming Friday night. Then they left.

Now, I do remember going to Von’s to buy a few things. And I do remember making a couple of low-calorie no-fat hot dogs on low-calorie buns for my evening food. I ate those all up whilst sitting at the computer doing a few things. After that, I think I finally sat on my couch like so much fish, although I had to have done a few other things, too.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Match, starring Patrick Stewart. It’s based on a flop Broadway play that ran in 2004, I believe – starring Frank Langella. The writer directed this film version three years ago. It’s still a play any way you look at it, despite the opening up for a few scenes. There’s a lot of sturm und drang histrionics along the way, but I enjoyed it for what it was – a showcase for Mr. Stewart, who’s very good. It’s certainly contrived and the ending doesn’t really work (altered a bit from the ambiguous ending of the play – at least that’s what I read online), but it’s worth it for Mr. Stewart.

After that, I believe I listened to some music, some marvelous music by a composer named John Vincent, conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Well worth seeking out. I had a telephonic conversation, and began thinking about the May Kritzerland show. Whew, at least I remembered that much.

Today, I shall hopefully retain all my short-term memory. I’ll get up when I get up, and then I have an appointment at the Genius Bar at the Apple Store to see what’s to be done with my old phone. I have some questions about the new phone, too. Then I’ll come home and eat, and then I’m relaxing and doing not much of anything, other than watching a motion picture or three.

Tomorrow is our first Kritzerland rehearsal, which I’m very much looking forward to. The rest of the week is meetings and meals, announcing a new CD title, our second rehearsal, stumble-through, and then sound check and show. And then we’re into April and April and May are going to be so crazy and busy, so I must be at the top of my game for eight weeks straight – casting two shows, rehearsing two shows back-to-back, one in the day and one in the evening, as well as the Kritzerland shows.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, go to the Apple Store, eat, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall hopefully have nice short-term dreams.

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