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April 26, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, do you know what these here notes have never had, not once, in all our sixteen plus years? Footnotes. That’s what these here notes have never had, damn footnotes. Who named footnotes footnotes? Why not earnotes or eyenotes? Oh, I know they go at the foot of the document, so then why aren’t there headnotes to go at the head of a document. In any case, I hereby dub these here notes footnotes just so we can say we’ve had some damn footnotes in the head of the document and some headnotes in the foot of the document. Well, that was an exhausting paragraph of no importance whatsoever, but it did get the ball rolling and we simply cannot have enough rolling balls.

Yesterday was a wacky little day. I got about six hours of sleep due to some really weirdo and disturbing dreams – don’t like those. Once up, I answered e-mails and included footnotes with them, I had a telephonic conversation with Mr. Richard Sherman, who I’ll be visiting on Sunday, and then Richard Allen came over for our little work session. We went over all the songs, but this is a pretty easy show in terms of song routines – there are five songs from L.A. Now and Then, which Richard musical directed, so we didn’t even have to look at those. I think it’s going to be a fun show, and we played through the What If and I must say it made me laugh out loud – whether it makes anyone else laugh out loud remains to be seen.  Once that was done, I immediately went and had a Chinese chicken salad and a bagel, then since packages hadn’t been delivered, I came back home.  Once home, I did some work on the computer, set a meeting with the nice fellow who’ll be designing the set for the Sherman Brothers show in November – the same nice fellow who designed L.A. Now and Then and Li’l Abner for me. I had a few more telephonic calls, did more work, and then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Yesterday I finished watching a terrible motion picture on the Flix of Net, The Good Neighbor, starring James Caan and a couple of completely irritating young actors. This film was so repulsive on so many levels, from the inept direction to the inept screenplay that featured the most unlikeable high school teens ever, to the “surprise” ending that suddenly turns the film into a soap opera to the mind-numbingly boring music – how they get money to do these horrible films is anyone’s guess. I understand it was a low budget affair but still – it supposedly had a “limited” release last September but since NO box office was reported, I think it probably played in one theater in some Cineplex somewhere, just so they could say it had a theatrical run. Man was it bad – the kind of bad that makes you yell at the TV.

After that I moseyed on over to the mail place and picked up some packages, then moseyed on over to the Group Rep to sit in on their auditions for new company members, just in case we wanted any of the actors to come audition for Dial ‘M’ for Murder. It was a nice turnout and as it turns out we’re having about eight people come back. I did see two people I’ve worked with, one of whom played Stupefyin’ Jones in my Li’l Abner – of course she had no lines in that, but she was great. She did a monologue and I must say she’s a damn fine actor, too, so she’s coming back on Saturday to read.

I got home a little after ten. I hadn’t eaten since noon-fifteen, so I made four of the little mini-taco things in my freezer – 170 calories for the four, very good. And I had two one-ounce bags of chips, also good. Then I zoned out and listened to music and had one more telephonic conversation.

Today, I’ll eat something light, probably at home, then I have a two-hour meeting with Kay Cole, and then it’s our first night of casting for Dial ‘M’ for Murder.

Tomorrow we continue casting, although we’re just seeing one person, Friday we have four hours of auditions at LACC for the Sherman Brothers musical, Saturday we’re back casting Dial ‘M’ for Murder, and Sunday I’m finally visiting my dear, sweet friend, Richard Sherman.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do a jog, eat, have a meeting, hopefully pick up some packages, and have auditions. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where my dreams will, perhaps, have footnotes.

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