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January 1, 2018:

WELCOME 2018!!!

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Well, dear readers, it is 2018. Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, it is 2018, so let us give a positive and hopeful welcome to 2018 and it is my fervent hope and prayer that 2018 will be a year filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. And, of course, we’re in a brand new month I like to call January and it is my fervent hope and prayer that January will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. I’m hoping and praying we start this New Year off with some miraculous miracles, so please send those strongest most excellent vibes and xylophones for miraculous miracles aplenty.

Yesterday was a quiet day around these here parts. I got over eight hours of sleep and under nine hours of sleep, not necessarily in that order. Once up, I printed out some sale orders, I answered e-mails, and then I went and picked up Saturday’s mail and packages – thankfully the envelope was there, and there were a couple of SAG screeners, but they’re just duplicates of stuff I’d gotten from the DGA. I stopped at Rite Aid on the way home – it was jammed for reasons I cannot imagine. I picked up some Pepcid and then came back home.

Once home, I sent off the liner notes after giving them a once-over and futzing and finessing them. I wrote the blurb for the new release and hopefully we may even announce it on Tuesday, our first title of 2018. And thankfully in doing the research for the liner notes I found several silly errors on the previous release and thankfully the master hadn’t been sent in so we’re correcting the one that involved the master – the original release had split a work into two parts when it is most definitely written as one complete piece. I don’t know where people’s heads are sometimes when they do these things and it wasn’t the only silly mistake they made on their packaging. So, this new release of a CD that hasn’t been available since 1986 will finally do this great music justice in terms of sound and package information.

I had half the tuna pasta salad (actually I think I had less than half) and some gummy peaches and Swedish fish for my sweet tooth. It was all quite yummilicious. I also did some work at the piano – in case I haven’t mentioned it, I’m writing a new musical with Doug Haverty, that will premiere at the Group Rep in November of this New Year, hence all the piano activity. Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night I watched the first half of another Billy Wilder motion picture on Blu and Ray, this one entitled One, Two, Three, his follow-up film to The Apartment. I’m told the film was a huge bomb and I cannot fathom why – I saw it with a full house in its second run, at the Picfair Theater, and the laughs were so huge you could barely hear half the dialogue. So, how can a movie that garners those kind of laughs flop at the box-office – it makes no sense. Anyway, I’ve always loved the film – the pace is incredible, the dialogue is laugh out loud hilarious, one great line after another, and James Cagney is simply amazing. But the entire cast is brilliant. I’ll finish it at some point later today, I’m sure.

After that, it was hour Annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Bash right here at haineshisway.com, and despite the usual no-show party poopers, we had us a time. We broke last year’s posting total by quite a bit, it was really fun and funny as you’ll see from the many posts, and Vixmom let forth with some happy surprise news. Then I took the usual hot shower and washed all the bad from 2017 down the drain, and kept the good and positive – it was, in many, many ways, a really great year for me. Then I did my contemplation thing that I do every year. I think about all the wonderful things that happened, I just want to be the best person I can be and do the best work I can do, I want to have more patience (difficult, but I do try) and how I can always try to be helpful to those I’m lucky enough to work with and be around. I believe that is why we’re on this Earth – to touch people’s lives and I know I’ve done that in the past and I hope to keep doing it every day I’m alive.

Then I opened the ubiquitous bottle of champagne so I can have my one sip at midnight, and then we began our countdown to 2018.

Today, I shall be up at some point in the morning and as soon as I’m coherent I shall begin writing a new book. I have no real other plans, so I’ll eat the other half of the tuna pasta salad and see how many pages I’ll get done – hoping for ten, but sometimes first days can be slow going – but we shall see. I’m sure in the evening I’ll watch something.

Tomorrow is our first Kritzerland rehearsal, then the rest of the week is meetings and meals, our second Kritzerland rehearsal, our stumble-through, and sound check and show, as well as announcing the first Kritzerland release of 2018.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, begin writing a new book, I must eat, I must write, and at some point I’ll relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What will you be doing on this first day of the New Year? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we say a positive and hopeful welcome to 2018 and the new month. And of course it is my fervent hope and prayer that 2018 will be a year filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful and that January will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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