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February 25, 2018:

A PERFECTLY REASONABLE SATURDAY

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish after a perfectly reasonable Saturday. The perfectly reasonable Saturday began early because she of the Evil Eye came and I had to beat a hasty retreat even though a hasty retreat has never beaten me. So, I answered some e-mails and then beat a hasty retreat and instead of going to Jerry’s for my usual light breakfast I decided to try Corky’s for my light breakfast. While it was certainly fine, I do prefer Jerry’s and funnily the cost for what I had was just about the same. I had a vegetarian breakfast save for the bacon. Eggs over medium, bacon, toast, hash browns, and one pancake. The pancake was a disaster – cold, and not a patch on the butt cheeks of almost any other pancake in LA. I only had three bites. The best of what I had were the hash browns, which were excellent. The eggs were cooked nicely, but the bacon was a bit weird. So, no more breakfast there, just my excellent sandwich, although they also have a turkey salad sandwich and an egg salad sandwich I may try.

I hung out there for a bit, then came home and did some work on the computer until she of the Evil Eye was gone. I had some telephonic conversations, but really I just wanted to sit on my couch like so much fish, since I’d only gotten four hours of sleep.

Yesterday, I watched three count them three motion pictures on the Flix of Net. The first was entitled Born to Be Blue, a movie about trumpeter Chet Baker. Since it’s a lot of drugs I wasn’t that fond of it – plus it’s just a downer story straight through. Ethan Hawke did a good job, but in the end I just really wanted it to be over. The music doesn’t actually use any Baker recordings, it’s all newly played. The second motion picture was a French movie from France, a serial killer film from 2014 entitled Next Time I Aim for the Heart. There’s no mystery since we know who the killer is right away – it’s a character study of a truly messed up person who feels compelled to pick up teen girls and shoot them, then dump the body on the road and it’s a fictionalized version of a true story. The lead actor was terrific and while it’s certainly not a great movie, it was a big hit in France and won awards and I kind of liked it.

The third movie, interestingly, was another French film from France and another serial killer movie also made in 2014. Go know. This one was called SK 1, the abbreviation for Serial Killer 1 – also based on a true story, the seven-year hunt for a serial killer who is finally, through the first use of DNA in France, caught and convicted. It’s very slow going for this one, but it’s always interesting and the performances are very good. After watching those two movies, I got out a box of Cheerios and killed it, so I, too, am now a cereal killer.

After that I had some low-cal, low-fat provolone cheese slices, and some peanuts. So, it was a pretty reasonable calorie day for a change and I need about six months’ worth of those to lose this damn weight. I had a nice private message volley with dear reader Jane, listened to music, but most importantly wrote the a little more than the first third of the commentary – this one’s really fun because the history of all these big band songs is very interesting. I’ll finish that up today and have that out of the way.

Today, I’ll finish writing the commentary, I’ll eat under twelve hundred calories (not sure what will comprise those calories – we shall see where my fancy takes me), and then relax until we have a brief rehearsal with a performer for the Robby Awards.

Tomorrow is all Robby Awards stuff, starting with a Costco trip, then getting my ideas organized for my opening remarks (Rob has written down all the performer set-ups, which I’ll embellish before the show. Then I’ll head over to LACC around two-thirty to work with our sound guy, then we begin our sound check at four. The audience begins arriving at six to partake of some finger foods on the forecourt, then the show begins at seven-thirty and I will, of course, have a full report for you. I’m really looking forward to it, actually. The rest of the week is meetings and meals and meals and meetings and one very necessary miracle needed ASAP. The publisher has all our material now, so I’m sure the check-in gal will keep me posted on its progress, since we’re on the fast track.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, finish writing the commentary, I must eat, I must relax, have a short rehearsal, and then watch something. 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 postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a perfectly reasonable Saturday.

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