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October 1, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, let’s get one thing out of the way right now – it is October. Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, it is October and it is my fervent hope and prayer that October will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. September ended on both a low (low first) and high note (high second) and frankly I was very ready for September to take a damn hike. Yes, there were many nice things that happened in September but there were an equal number of really big annoyances and who needs that malarkey anymore. As my close personal friends Babs and Donna said, “Enough is enough.” So, welcome to the tenth month aka October.

As I write these here notes I’m listening to the soundtrack of West Side Story, the Dance at the Gym to be specific and I am dancing away doing the MAMBO to a blaring trumpet and if it isn’t the most pathetic site ever I don’t know what is. Yesterday was the butt end of September and it could not have started off worse – well it could have as the good part was I got at least nine hours of sleep. But then the mail that was so vital to get didn’t arrive, and I’m sure that was due to the damn ineptitude of the USPS. So, I had to do a bit of scrambling, which was so irritating I can’t tell you and it’s still problematic after the scrambling, but hopefully everything will be okay. I loathe and despise the USPS with all my being and then some.

After the scrambling, I came home and did some work on the computer, then relaxed until it was time for our stumble-through. We were supposed to start right at four, but one of our singers wasn’t there so we delayed for ten minutes, then finally had to start – we skipped those two numbers. Said singer arrived just as we were doing the final two numbers – somehow said singer got it into her head the stumble-through was at five. She felt bad, but she did her two numbers for everyone and they were great and I know they’re well placed in the show. The structure worked beautifully and the show is really and truly fun and always interesting. Everyone did really well, with only a couple of lyric flubs. After, I gave a few notes, we ran a few things, and that was that. I had to immediately leave for a dinner at the Hamburger Hamlet with Grant Geissman.

I had the California Market Salad, which was very good, and Grant had a new thing they’re doing, which is basically their excellent cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onions, and a bit of 1000-Island dressing, but in a burrito. I have to say it looked great and Grant loved it, so I’ll be back this week to give it a try. We discussed the potential move to his newly restored house. This is something I’ve known about for two years but it’s taken all this time to get it done. But what was for a while a very easy decision (yes) it has now become a lot more complicated and difficult a decision, so I have to ponder away this week. I would really like to do it, but there are now many factors to weigh to see if it will be the right thing to do. I do know he’d like me to be the tenant because he knows how well I’ll take care of it. We shall see.

After dinner, we went to the house and it really does look swell and everything in it is brand spanking new. I took lots of photos to study. Then I came home, listened to music, and relaxed. I found a couple more fun perks – and speaking of perks we did have a couple of contributions to the Indiegogo campaign yesterday so we’re now at 68% as we end the first week of the campaign, which is pretty damn amazing.

Today, I shall do nothing but relax until it’s time to mosey on over to The Federal for sound check, and then we do our show. I’m hoping we get some more reservations today, but even if we don’t it’s a pretty good-sized crowd, just not quite as large as usual. After the show, I’m sure some of us will go out for a bite to eat.

Tomorrow, it’s back to the heavy lifting on the Indiegogo campaign – new and fun perks and I’d love to actually reach our goal this week so that we’d have two weeks for a stretch goal to help fund a cast album. In addition to that, I have to finish casting the November Kritzerland and finalize the song choices, there are meetings and meals, seeing Hamilton, and then finalizing all things Levi, including the role I have to cast. In other words, a very busy week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, relax, hopefully do a jog, have a sound check, and then do our show. 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, as welcome in the tenth month aka October – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that October will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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