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May 1, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, let me just say that The Visit was simply wonderful and it is my joy to report that Richard Sherman looks great (he lost a bit of weight he needs to put back on), is moving around on his own and is in high spirits. I was there for almost three hours and we had so much fun yakking and laughing. He reiterated to me that rereading the Kritzer books got him through his rehap – Elizabeth said it, too. You cannot imagine how happy that makes me feel. He feels a great kinship to those books because his was a childhood of discovery much like mine with the exception that he had loving and supportive parents. Elizabeth regaled me with stories about his meals in rehab – every time they would bring in the tray the food would be covered by a metal top and Richard would say, “What is it, fish?” every single time. I’m very touched and proud to say that I was the first non-family visit he had, and I’m equally thrilled to say that they are coming to Kritzerland – his first real time in public since his injury happened. They don’t make ‘em like Richard Sherman anymore. The three hours flew by and what a way to end what has been a fascinatingly fascinating month. And speaking of fascinatingly fascinating months, has anyone around these here parts noticed that it’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May? I have noticed and therefore May I just say that it is my fervent hope and prayer that May will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. May I? I May.

May is also going to be a completely crazy busy month, as you may have gathered, with the Kritzerland show, then going into rehearsals for two shows at the same time – one during the day, the other in the evenings. I actually think it will be totally fun, as both shows are so different from each other. And, of course, planning the June Kritzerland.

Prior to the Richard Sherman visit, I’d gotten almost eight hours of sleep, then had a nice breakfast with Doug Haverty over at the Coral Café, where we ran into the wonderful singer, Sue Raney and her ever-lovin’ Carmine. I had the eggs benedict and it was ever so nice.

Then I had The Visit, after which I came right home. Oh, and during The Visit, I read him the revised opening of the Sherman Brothers musical – it took me weeks, but I’ve taken the original opening, which was unwieldy and didn’t work for me at all, and, without cutting a word, rearranged it all into a cohesive and flowing number that now has a really wonderful build to its powerful conclusion. Richard loved it – he will have to write one additional chorus of lyrics, which he’ll do pretty quickly, I imagine.

Once home, I had some chips and a Fruity Snacks for my snack. I answered e-mails, did some work on the computer and then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a documentary on the Flix of Net entitled Casting JonBene. Actually, after having viewed it, I’m not exactly sure WHAT you’d call it, as it’s not really a documentary at all. It’s about the JonBenet Ramsey thing – but it’s a bunch of local Colorado actors auditioning for something (this documentary perhaps) to play the Ramsey family, but they also offer their own stories and opinions about the case. It’s completely random and odd and I can’t say it’s successful in any particular way, but I didn’t shut it off.

After that I just relaxed, listened to music and had a telephonic conversation.

Today, I’ll get up when I get up, I’ll do some banking, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then we have our first Kritzerland rehearsal, which I’m looking forward to.

Then it’s meetings and meals, callbacks, settling on our Dial ‘M’ for Murder cast, our second Kritzerland rehearsal, our stumble-through, and then sound check and show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, bank, eat, hopefully pick up packages, have a rehearsal, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your feelings on the JonBenet Ramsey case – I honestly don’t know very much about it. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had such a wonderful visit, and more than happy to welcome in the new month, AKA May, and let me just reiterate that it is my fervent hope and prayer that May will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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