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December 14, 2017:

NID

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Well, dear readers, yesterday was definitely not as irritating as the day before, so there is that to be thankful for, but no irritants is what we’re striving for here, so let’s hope today is that day. Of course, today is that day, that day being Thursday. I think Thursday should become the official day of no irritants day – No Irritants Day or NID. Thursdays are NID from here on in or here on out. NID. Remember that, take heed and take note, not necessarily in that order.

Yes, there were a few little irritants yesterday but by and large they didn’t bug my butt too much. I did manage to get eight hours of sleep but only by sleeping in until eleven. Once up, it was the usual affair – answering e-mails, a few telephonic calls, and then a little meal o’ the day – I scrambled three eggs with some onions and a bit of cream cheese and put them into two tortillas for little breakfast burritos. They were most excellent. Then I chose and assigned a few songs, found my final kid for the Kritzerland show, then went and picked up one package and no mail, not necessarily in that order. Riverside Drive was ridiculous with traffic for no reason that I could discern – first time it’s ever been like that, that being an irritant, albeit a minor one. Then I came directly home. I did some organizing, some work on the computer, some work at the piano, and spent an hour on the phone with Apple trying to fix a recurring Mac Mail issue – we did a lot of stuff, and could do no more – it does seem to have helped the issue but not completely fix it. He’s suggesting updating to the latest operating system – I’m still with El Capitan, which is two behind. I’m always nervous about doing that, but I suppose I will tomorrow afternoon, when I can call Apple if there’s a problem. Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched my newest DGA screener, a motion picture entitled Mother! (exclamation point is part of the title), starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javiar Bardem. Now, let’s just begin by saying I loathe this director’s movies – I find him artsy and pretentious and of no interest. This movie has divided even his fans, but some LOVE it – they “get” it and anyone who doesn’t “get” it is a moron and not doing the research to “get” it – said research being reading the reviews that think “they” get it and using it as the basis for them “getting” it. Whether you “get” it or not is kind or not relevant – this kind of symbolism and allegory is not my cuppa because I can’t take any of it seriously – I invest in no characters because they’re not “really” characters, they’re symbols. The movie plods along for two hours – it’s a little bit Rosemary’s Baby and a little bit biblical allegory and everything else, including the kitchen sink. I went with it for about twenty minutes, then kept watching because, well, I don’t know why – in some vain hope it would get better. But it just keeps going on its loony way, and deeper and deeper into its allegorical hole. I find it fascinating that anyone funds these films because they all lose money. I didn’t think anything could top my hatred of Requiem for a Dream, but this one came pretty close. For all those who like this sort of thing, have at it, but I cannot recommend it in any way, shape, or form.

Then I saw the SAG Awards nominees, which, as always, are kind of pathetic in who is not there and the folks are not there, most likely, because the films in which they appear were simply not watched. The way one becomes a SAG nominator is entirely arbitrary – I was one two years ago for TV – why, I have no idea. But the fact is, these awards and the Globes are just jokes. First of all, to not recognize the performance of Millicent Simmonds in Wonderstruck is just stupid. But then again, as I said, they’d have had to actually watch the damn movie. I had a couple of light snacks – a few low-fat wheat thins, a couple of pieces of small salami slices with some provolone cheese, and one chocolate from the package of Godiva chocolates that dear reader FJL sent for the birthday and holidays – it was very tasty. I’m having to have two charts done for the Kritzerland show, so I got those in the works pronto. I’m also hearing that several Levi checks have still not arrived at their destinations, after almost a week – completely annoying and irritating. But not today because today is NID.

Today, I’ll be up by nine-thirty, get ready, and then I’m having either a late breakfast or early lunch belated birthday meal with dear reader Jeanne over on the West Side. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll hopefully be on the road home by one or so so hopefully that will mean no traffic. Once back in the Valley I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll finish the song choosing and assigning and get everyone their music. They’ll still have three weeks to learn it and kids pick up and retain stuff really quickly. Then I’ll watch a motion picture of some sort, should a new screener arrive.

Tomorrow will be more of the same, and then I’m having a belated birthday dinner with David Wechter right here in the San Fernando Valley. Then Saturday I’ll be at LACC at eleven to do a few Levi orchestra fixes – I still don’t know if I need to bring in actors to fix stuff because my darling engineer hasn’t sent me stuff to listen to, so all I’ve heard so far is the long opening sequence. Hopefully by this evening I’ll have considerably more to listen to, but I’ve alerted him to the two areas I think flubs may have been made – but I could also be remembering incorrectly. I do remember the show we recorded was a very good one, so we’ll see. Then I have a Christmas partay on Sunday.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a belated birthday meal, I must hopefully pick up packages, I must finish song choosing and assigning and then relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What will you be doing to celebrate Christmas? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to know that Thursdays are now official NID.

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