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December 20, 2017:

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY

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Well, dear readers, I do realize there was a yesterday, oh, yes I do realize there was a yesterday, but it’s today and I’m having difficulty even remembering what the HELL happened yesterday. Oh, I know I got eight hours of sleep, that much I remember. I’m pretty positive I answered some e-mails and perhaps even had a telephonic call or two. Then I’m not sure what happened for the next three hours other than having a visitor pick up something.

I do remember picking up one package from the mail place, another screener, and I also remember driving home and then having a visit from Leslie Young and her Young daughter Alexa – they brought me some Jew Hanukkah something or other – some powdered jelly-filled something or other and some other little Jew pastry things. We had a nice chat and then they went to Ikea. Then I think I remember doing some work at the piano.

After that, two of our kid performers (brother and sister) and their mom came by to pick up my Melodica, which the girl will play during our opening number. She tried it out and loved it. I played through her other song and we realized it was a bit too high, so I lowered the key a step.

Then we all went to Marie Callender’s in the Oaks of Sherman. Funnily, it was exactly as I remembered it – a weak sister of the Toluca Lake location. Our server was very nice, though. I had my usual – dinner salad with ranch dressing and a bacon cheeseburger with 1000-Island dressing. I had onion rings but there were only five of them and I gave two away. It was all perfectly fine but simply lacked the magic that the Toluca Lake branch had. I had some custard pie slathered with whipped cream and that was very good.

Then I came home, listened to a potential new Kritzerland project, and then to my engineer’s first pass at our final mixes. Most of them sound excellent and I’ll just need to do minor finesses to those. Some need a little more help than that. I already gave him my general notes, which had to do with where instruments are placed in the sound field – my ear is used to hearing the violin where it was in the theater, on the right, so I told him to just flip the reeds and violin from where he had them. And he’d forgotten to mix one piece – I’m sure he thought we wouldn’t use it on the CD but we are. I also have to figure out the cuts in the dialogue sections, which run on too long – they should be simple. That all took until nine o’clock and then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night I began watching a DGA screener of one of this year’s most critically lauded films – that should have been a red flag right there. The movie is entitled The Florida Project, and is about a kid and her kid friends living in a cheesy motel near Disney World. I watched the first hour and had to turn it off. I found its slice of life not that interesting and everything the critics raved about was lost on me, I’m afraid. I will finish it at some point today.

After that, I listened to some music, did a little perusal of the new book ideas and made some additional notes, and that was that.

Today I have a lot to do and yes I do need excellent vibes and xylophones for some miracles around these here parts – it’s a little nutty right how. I never made it over to Doug Haverty’s yesterday, so I’ll do that around eleven, then I’ll grab a bite to eat, hopefully pick up some packages, then do a show order and start writing the commentary for the Kritzerland show. Then I’ll watch stuff and listen to music.

Tomorrow is more of the same, although I think there’s some meal or other happening – just can’t remember anything anymore except what I ate in 1952. Friday night I’m having dinner at the Jones’s – and I have to do a Costco run for the Christmas Eve Do, which takes place on Christmas Eve. The weekend will be preparing for the Do.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hope for miracles, visit Doug Haverty, eat, hopefully pick up some packages, do a show order and write commentary, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have remembered at least a few things as regards what happened yesterday.

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