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March 18, 2017:

THE SCARY MORNING THAT TURNED OUT ALL RIGHT

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Well, dear readers, our new CD release is proving even more popular than Two for the Road and if orders keep coming in as they are, it will sell out in less time (Two for the Road took a week), so that’s most excellent. We had a bit of a scare in the morning yesterday when Doug Haverty called me to tell me the title was live but he was getting a “testing” page instead of the Kritzerland home page. I got up, ascertained he was correct, and immediately texted our web host. It took him ten minutes to respond, but once he did he spent five minutes tracking down the problem and it was some kind of first time hiccup that happened when Doug went to upload the page – some file got deleted. Doug put it back and voila, we were up and running, and I knew this was going to be a strong title because orders began pouring in right away. I did go back to bed, and managed to sleep another two hour or so – I think I probably got five hours all told.

Once up again, I printed out about a third of the orders, answered e-mails, had a telephonic conversation, and then I went and had a patty melt on rye and a tiny Caesar salad, both excellent – I hadn’t been to Jerry’s Deli in a week. I then went and picked up one package, after which I came directly home. I printed out the rest of the orders, which took quite a while, then I finished writing the commentary, which also took quite a while. Then I had to do the Facebook event page for the April Kritzerland show, and that always takes a long time, thanks to Facebook’s endless and stupid changes – every month there’s a new look, things are in different places – it’s maddening. The fact that there’s also no way to save information on a regular monthly event is outrageous. One should be able to save who the invitees are rather than having to do that by hand every single time. But, they just don’t want it to be easy – I’ll tell you, if they figured out a way to make money from it being easy THEN it would be easy. After that, I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first half of a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled Interiors. I saw it when it came out, didn’t like it then, have tried to watch it again over the years and don’t feel any differently, and having watched the first half, I still don’t feel any differently overall. It’s Woody in pretentious mode, with dialogue that no human being would ever speak – he’s still guilty of that all these years later whenever he tries to be serious. Whereas in the funny movies everyone speaks like a human, which is why they’re wonderful. That said, Mary Beth Hurt is simply wonderful, Diane Keaton is good, Geraldine Page does what she can with a completely irritating character, E.G. Marshall does his usual fine job, and Sam Waterston is fine, too. I’ll watch the rest at some point today or tomorrow. The transfer is an older one, par for the course with MGM/UA, but it’s serviceable. I know many people like the film and I can certainly recommend the Blu-ray to them.

After that, I went out and got some of my low-cal ice cream but they didn’t have my cherry chocolate chip so I got coconut pineapple, and then some black cherry, too. I came home and had a little of each. The former was quite good and refreshing, but the latter isn’t nearly as good as the cherry chocolate chip. I suppose I can go to a different Rite Aid and see if they have any – there are several that aren’t too far from here. Then I relaxed and listened to music, took a hot shower, and that was that.

Today, I’ll get up when I get up, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then I meet Rob Stevens at the Morgan Theater and we’ll go sup at a nearby Mexican jernt. Then we’ll see a production of Company.

Tomorrow, I’d completely forgotten it’s the annual paperback book show, so I’ll go there and sign books from eleven to noon o’clock. Then I’ll eat, come home, and relax. Monday is suddenly busy all over the damn place – a lunch, a private and very informal read-through of the musical I’m directing, here at the house and just for the creative staff to hear the show out loud so we can address some of their practical concerns. Tuesday there’s a lot of stuff going on, and the rest of the week is meetings and meals and going and doing as well as doing and going.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get up, hopefully pick up packages, relax and watch something, sup, and see a show. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Geraldine Page, Diane Keaton, and E.G. Marshall? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy the scary morning turned out to be all right and that we had so many nice orders.

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