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July 18, 2017:

THE PRODUCTIVE YET RESTFUL DAY

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Well, dear readers, I had me a Monday that wasn’t too bad – in fact it was restful and productive in certain ways and in other ways it was productive and restful, as well as restfully productively productive. First of all, I got nine hours of sleep, so that was excellent. Once up, I answered e-mails and did some work on the computer, and I also had some telephonic conversations. Both Kay and I got so many lovely messages about the show, which was lovely.

Then I went and had a chicken Caesar salad, which was quite yummilicious, and then I picked up a couple of packages, then came back home. I did more work on the computer, mostly to do with the August Kritzerland show, had more telephonic conversations, made a deal for a new Kritzerland release, then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Enemy of the People, starring Will Smith, Jason Robards, Jr., Gene Hackman, and Jon Voight. I actually don’t remember if I saw it before although I found no mention of it in the notes from the past sixteen years – then again, it just seems like every other late 90s “thriller” especially as directed by Tony Scott, a director I really don’t care for. Of course, the producer is Jerry Bruckheimer, so you know what you’re in for. Screenwriting 101, a chase every ten minutes, and loud. Back in 1998 this must have been very cutting edge and it certainly turned out to be prophetic – about the NSA having the ability to spy on anyone anywhere – back then it was fanciful – of course it’s actually come true and in more horrifying ways than even this film predicted. But it’s just a standard issue Bruckheimer thing and it gets completely irritating by the one-hour point, even before. Then Gene Hackman arrives and things get better due to the fact that he can lift anything up.

After that, I watched the first half of Silver Streak, which I haven’t seen in a pretty long time. I really enjoyed it back in the day, but all these years later it seems a little awkward and not as charming as it was, especially in the Richard Pryor sequences, which is what we all loved so much back them. Now, not so much, at least for me.

Then I made a little pasta with butter and listened to some classic mono performances of Nielsen music – really like the music so much, and the mono performances are really excellent in excellent sound. After that I moved onto the symphonies of Alexander Tcherepnin – the symphonies are pretty good and very much of the twentieth century. His piano concertos are a little strident for my taste, but it’s all fun to discover and hear.

Then I relaxed a bit and that was that.

Today will be devoted to a show order and writing the commentary – really want to get that done. I’ll also eat, hopefully pick up some packages, then I have a brief meeting in the afternoon – after that, I can relax a bit.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals, an event tomorrow, and then we resume performances of Dial ‘M’ for Murder on Friday. I may drop by Friday night as I know several people who’ll be seeing it that night. I may see a show on Saturday night – not my show, someone else’s.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, make a show order, write commentary, hopefully pick up packages, eat, have a meeting, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Mr. Gene Wilder? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a productive and yet restful day.

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