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July 2, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, we had a nice second performance – a very nice house and attentive audience, just not as vocal as the previous night, which caused the actors to push a little bit – minor stuff, and they’ll get used to the various audiences. You can always tell at the curtain call how they feel and their applause was large and loud. We got our first review yesterday, a WOW, so that’s helpful for them in their advertising. I had friends at the show – my pal Jessica and her son Sam, Barry’s wife, Cindy, and her pal, and Leslie Young’s entire family was there. Some of us went to the Coral Café after – I had a small piece of chocolate cream pie – not that good, but it really was pretty tiny.

Prior to that, I’d only gotten four hours of sleep due to not taking Ny-Quil. She of the Evil Eye arrived at nine and I went and had poached eggs and white toast. Then I did some banking, then came home. I listened to music, relaxed, and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Yesterday, I managed to watch a motion picture on Blu and Ray, The Angry Red Planet, a Grade-C sci-fi thing from 1959 in a process called Cinemagic. I saw it on my twelfth birthday back then, and even that long ago I knew it wasn’t very good, and I pretty much loved everything. Cinemagic was weird and not very interesting, but it was sci-fi and so wasn’t all bad. The only time I’ve seen it since is when the sub-par DVD came out – in the wrong aspect ratio and not looking very good. Well, the Blu-ray transfer is fantastic – correct 1.85 ratio, beautiful and perfect color, and while the movie is the movie, there’s a certain nostalgia factor at play that makes it kind of charming.

Then I relaxed some more until it was time to meet Jessica and Sam for dinner at the Ecelctic Café. I’d made reservations, but it really wasn’t very crowded. We arrived at six and ordered by six-ten. I planned to leave at seven to get our seats taken care of, but forty minutes later there was still no sign of our food. We kept being told it was coming. So, they finally got mine out and it was terrible – I honestly think they hadn’t even made it and then just rushed it. I had the pasta Bolognese and the nice tomato cream sauce was so thin it was like soup. I’m really going to have to speak to the manager there – there is no excuse to keep people waiting forty minutes for food, especially when it’s not all that crowded. I ate a little more than half and then went to the theater and put reserved signs on our seats. Normally, the first weekends for shows at this theater are very light, but we had over sixty people, which they told me is really good for a second show.

Today, I will Ny-Quil and hopefully arise after a good night’s beauty sleep. At this point I’m not planning on attending the matinee, but the Darling Daughter is in town so if she wants to see it then I may either join her and watch, or meet her there mid-show. I’m sure I’ll hear from her. Otherwise I’ll see her on Monday or Tuesday for sure.

This coming week is very busy, dealing with the next Kritzerland show, casting Levi and preparing for our July 10 informal reading, and attending to a lot of other stuff. There are also meetings and meals to do and then we have a pick-up rehearsal on Thursday – I probably won’t go, and then we resume performances on Friday. The only performance I know for sure I’m going to is next Sunday’s matinee, as there’s a talk-back after the show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get a good night’s beauty sleep, then I’ll have to wait and see how the day is going to play out – if I’m home, I have a lot of work I can do on the computer – if the Darling Daughter wants to see the show and then sup, I can do that. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a decent-sized audience for our Saturday night show.

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