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April 24, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, this is some terrible allergy season. Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, this is some terrible allergy season. You know it’s bad when you take a damn allergy pill at one in the morning and you wake up at six in the morning with allergy problems. Note to damn allergy pill: Do your damn job. Damn them, damn them all to hell. I ended up sleeping quite late and yet got only about six hours of sleep. I awoke in full on cranky mode, but since there was no one here to be cranky with it dissipated quickly. I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I like a dissipated cranky. Being cranky is no fun for anyone. A Dissipated Cranky – that’s the title of my next novel.

Once I was up, my cranky disposition dissipated and I answered e-mails and had a telephonic conversation. Then it was time to shave (my second shave with the new Braun shaving machine – and it was as nice as the first shave) and get ready and them mosey on over to the Falcon Theater to meet up with Adryan Russ. Up was a no-show so it was just Adryan and myself, not necessarily in that order. We went across the street to Bob’s Big Boy, which, at two-thirty, was jammed with people dining and waiting to dine. Adryan had actually gotten there before me so we were seated right away. I ordered the Big Boy Combo, which features a Big Boy cheeseburger, fries, and a little salad, which I had with ranch dressing. Now, when I was in my 20s and a new daddy we all used to love going to Bob’s, especially the Darling Daughter. And I used to love the Combo. They also had a little shrimp salad I loved. Well, Bob’s of then is not Bob’s of now and now, as always, isn’t better than then. Yes, they have many, many new items including chicken and waffles and other things I would never order at Bob’s Big Boy. I was very enamored of the Big Boy hamburger back in the day, but either I was just not hamburger savvy or they just aren’t the same. I could barely finish it and it just wasn’t very good and certainly nowhere near as good as Astro Burger or Tom’s. The fries were okay and the ranch was not as good as it should have been.

We had a nice chat about this and that and also that and this, talked about her projects and mine, and then it was time to go see the play at the Falcon Theater. This was the very last play that will play at the Falcon Theater, as they are rechristening the theater The Garry Marshall Theater, in honor of the man who built it and ran it for all of its years. The play was entitled The History of Comedy (Abridged) and is one of a series of “Abridged” plays. I’d seen the one about history and found it all a bit precious but somewhat enjoyable. And that’s the way I felt about this one – it goes on past its expiry date – it would be better in one act and about twenty minute shorter. It has some funny bits for sure, and the cast was very good as was the set and lighting (those two designers are doing the musical I’m directing, so I know I’m in good hands). It was the closing performance and the house was full with a very odd audience. Marc Ginsberg, who’s done many Kritzerland shows and the recent concert of The Brain, was excellent, and we’ll be doing a show together later in the year if the timing all works out (the Sherman Brothers musical).

After that, I put some gas in the motor car and then came home. Once home, I had some stuff to do on the computer and I listened to a little more Shostakovich and then some Bernard Herrmann, and I had some popcorn and some cherry chip ice cream for a snack.

Today, I have a few things that need doing, some errands and whatnot to do, I’ll eat something VERY light and under 300 calories, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll jog, and then I’m meeting friend David Wechter for dinner, so with the jog and burning calories I’ll pretty much be back at zero.

Tomorrow I have a work session for the Kritzerland show, Wednesday and Thursday I’m casting Dial ‘M’ for Murder, Friday we’re casting at LACC for the Sherman Brothers musical, Saturday and Sunday are call backs for Dial ‘M’ – and I’m hoping we can actually get those all done by Saturday. If we can, then on Sunday I’m seeing a production of West Side Story.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do things, snack, hopefully pick up packages, and then sup with friend David Wechter. Today’s topic of discussion: What are the funniest plays you’ve ever seen onstage? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping there are no more allergy incidents so that I can have a dissipated cranky.

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