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April 22, 2017:

THE ADVENTURE OF THE NEW BRAUN SHAVING MACHINE

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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon and I must be up quite early for her arrival at the home environment. So, let me just say that yesterday was Friday. I got about seven hours of sleep, did the usual morning stuff such as answer e-mails and have telephonic calls. Then I went to have a bite to eat but didn’t get far because Ye Olde Battery was deader than a doornail. So, I had to call the triple A and forty minutes later they came and once again, just as it was eight weeks ago, all tests were positive – the battery was fine, the starter was fine, and the alternator was fine. He charged the battery and it started right up and then I had to let the car run for about forty minutes. Something is draining the battery and I think it’s high time I found out what the HELL that is – so I’ll take the motor car to a mechanic and see if we can figure it out.

After the forty minute charge, I went and had an omelet and a bagel for my meal o’ the day. After that, I picked up one package and then came back home. Because of all the car stuff it was almost three o’clock by then. I then buckled down, Winsocki and wrote the rest of the commentary, so that’s done – I’m sure I’ll be futzing and finessing it as we get closer to the show and I see the rehearsals.

Then I had The Adventure of the New Braun Shaving Machine. I didn’t shave for three days to get a sense of how my new hoity-toity shaver would work. With my previous machine, a Norelco rotary thing, I never got a close shave and it took forever to even do what it did – I would always have to follow that with a razor shave. So, I turned on the Braun and shaved. Well, it was so easy and it works so well and I actually got a really good and close shave with no need for any razor use. It went much more quickly, too – this thing is powerful but feels very comfortable on the skin, didn’t irritate at all and I couldn’t be happier with it. After, I put it in the charging/cleaning station and, as recommended, pushed the “clean” button and it fully cleans the machine top to bottom and then dries itself out, which takes about forty minutes.

After that, I showered, got ready, and then moseyed on over to see the opening night of a new play, featuring our very own Mr. Doug Haverty, and directed by our very own Miss Kay Cole. The play wasn’t really to my taste so no need to dwell on that, but Doug did very well, and Kay did a good job of keeping it all moving along at a steady clip. After, they had a little opening night partay backstage – I stayed for about ten minutes, then came back home.

During the day, I listened to seven of the fifteen Shostakovich symphonies, an 11-CD set which I got for less than twenty-five bucks, so about two bucks a CD. I’d read up on these performances conducted by Rudolph Barshai and so far every one of them has been superbly done in excellent sound. Looking forward to hearing the rest of them today. I do enjoy the music very much – he was an excellent composer, Shostakovich was and a lot of it plays like movie music. I also did a Facebook event page for the May Kritzerland show – we have a wonderful cast for that one – Misty Cotton (we’ve been trying to get her from the very beginning), Guy Haines, Jean Louisa Kelly, Elle Parker (who, as Elle Wilgues, was in L.A. Now and Then), Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Robert Yacko, and our special guest, the delightfully delightful Bill Hayes.

Today, I’ll be up early, I’ll go eat something light for breakfast and to kill time, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll come back home and do a big load of nothing but work on the musical I’m directing – I’m beginning to go through the script and figure out how I want to get from scene to scene, all the transitions, so the show never ever stops moving from one location to another, sometimes with a scene taking place in two separate locations. Because we don’t have a “literal” set, it will all be done with panels moving and chairs, and maybe a table or something. And I have a lot of organizing to do for next week, so that I can get everything done and not lose my sanity, although some would say I lost that long ago, and I would not argue with them, oh, no, I would not argue with them.

Tomorrow I can relax a bit, but then I’m going to the closing performance of a play, and a little partay after that. Next week is crazy busy with casting Dial ‘M’ for Murder, auditioning the LACC kids for the upcoming Sherman Brothers show, and a ton of meetings and meals as well a a work session for the Kritzerland show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, eat, hopefully pick up packages, work on the script of the musical, and then finally relax at some point. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite mystery plays? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had The Adventure of the New Braun Shaving Machine.

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