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April 8, 2017:

WACKILY WACKY

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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. But before we go any further, here’s the last of the videos from last Sunday’s Kritzerland – this is everything from the show save for Kerry’s first song and Jennifer Foster’s third song, both of which had video quality that wasn’t pleasing to me. First up is Jennifer Foster doing the Bacharach and David song The April Fools.

I’ve always loved that melody and lyric ever since I saw the movie from whence it came. Next up is Nick Tubbs singing Baby, You Can Always Count on Me from Bring Back Birdie.

Terrible score for the most part, but a couple of nice songs of which that was one. And finally, Nick again singing the Frank Loesser party song, The Delicatessen of My Dreams.

Yesterday was a very wackily wacky day. I only got about seven hours of sleep, if that, got up, answered e-mails, had telephonic calls, and the helper began the all day task of trying to ship out 1000 CDs. We’re actually waiting on another portion of the shipment, which won’t get here for two weeks, a little plant mess up – but everything got shipped save for some overseas Indiegogo folks, about twenty in all. But the Indiegogo folks were the interesting part of yesterday. Because over the last few months I’ve been finding it hard to understand how we can still be shipping so many Indiegogo CDs every release. So, the helper came over in the early evening, I pulled up the Indiegogo page with all contributors, and we went through everyone who still has CDs coming – and guess what we found? At least thirty people who were done – she was going to ship them this CD so I’m really glad we went through everything – that’s a lot of postage saved. She’s going to e-mail those folks and give them a chance to purchase the CD – when the missing part of the order arrives, we’ll be able to fill those should they want it. And we’re not through – we have thirty more names to go through. I suspect that when we’re finished there will only be about forty people left and at least half of those are on their final CD, so if they want the next release that will be it for those.

I had a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and a few fries for lunch, then picked up no mail and no packages. I was expecting a wire transfer today from a dealer – that wasn’t here in the morning and it turns out he mailed a check on Monday. Yesterday was Friday – I simply do not understand how a check from the Midwest to here takes five days. Hopefully it will be here today.

I did some work on the computer, began comparing the Dial ‘M’ for Murder play script to the film – very interesting differences so far, some of which I may do because they play a little better. Interestingly, they cut some very amusing stuff from the very beginning – I know why, but I would miss that dialogue. But Hitchcock clearly had a visual thing he wanted to do and it wouldn’t work with the play as written. In the play, Tony Wendice pretends to have a limp – in the film he pretends that but with a cane, which I like better. I’ll continue comparing and making notes. I do know the film has a better tone to the ending and I’m going to use that tone as it’s more satisfying and truer to the lead character.

Then I watched a documentary on the Flix of Net called Silicon Cowboys (I think that’s the title), the story of the people who started Compaq computers (my very first computer at Varese Sarabande was a Compaq). I always find computer history very interesting so I enjoyed the documentary – it’s less than eighty minutes so moves right along.

After that, I had some popcorn and ice cream for my evening snack, cast another performer, chose more songs (several ME songs are in this show for various reasons – and as the show is taking shape, several great Lost in Boston songs, too – we haven’t done any of those in ages), and then listened to music and relaxed.

Today, I’ll be up early, I’ll eat something light in the morning, hopefully pick up packages and, more importantly, the errant and truant check, do some banking, then the helper will come by and we’ll finish doing our Indiegogo checklist. Then I’m just going to relax.

Not sure what’s happening tomorrow, but if I can just relax, I will, because this coming week is VERY busy. I’m hoping to see Richard Sherman on Monday or Tuesday, otherwise I won’t be able to see him until next Sunday, and I have other meetings and meals, then on Wednesday we begin casting the musical and that goes to Saturday, eight hours a day.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, eat, hopefully pick up packages and a check, bank, finish the Indiegogo check list, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: We haven’t done it in years, so – your first computer experiences – your first Internet experiences – your first Usenet or message board experiences. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, glad the wackily wacky day is done.

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