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February 1, 2018:

F IS FOR FEBRUARY AND FUN

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Well, dear readers, it is February. Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, it is February, a new month, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that February will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

The final day of January had too much merde for the likes of me, and I’m still in need of that one miraculous miracle pronto because I’m really not going to be happy if I have to deal with this in February. I need a breather from this crap, a real live breather. Whatever strongest most excellent vibes and xylophones you may have left, send ‘em over – I know I’ve been relentless about this stuff, but they work and hopefully we’ll get the one miraculous miracle we need and then all will be well. I got seven hours of sleep, answered e-mails, then David Wechter e-mailed and said he couldn’t do our lunch today, so we’ll reschedule.

Instead, I went to lunch with Grant. We went to the Hamburger Hamlet, where I had their lovely California Market Salad. And I was a good boy and didn’t have the Egg Custard Lulu, which took all my willpower. Then I went to the mail place but there was nothing their, so I went and put gas in the motor car. I must say, I’ve been going three to four weeks on one tank of gas, so that’s good. Then I came back home. I did some work at the piano, had some telephonic calls, did some work on the computer, and then I had a telephonic call from Muse Margaret with one more little request for a small addition. She found a place where it would work and it so happened that it did help there because of some cuts I’d made I was left with a two-line paragraph, which looked silly. So, after we discussed the nature of what she was looking for, I got off the phone and wrote it in about ten minutes. Then I called her back and read it to her and she liked it so that’s done. I also sent the book via e-mail to those two proofers. Hoping they enjoy it. Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first forty minutes of a motion picture entitled Eye of the Cat, a Universal film from the late 1960s, which I saw upon its original release. It stars Eleanor Parker and Michael Sarrazin. It’s a typical Universal film of that era – it looks like a TV movie, and it’s just a programmer that’s not very good. The surprising ineffective script is by Joseph Stefano. It does have a good score by Lalo Schifrin. But it’s all very silly – I’ll finish it this evening.

After that I took a shower, listened to music and I’m doing a lot of comparing the interior design of books in the book room. We’re going to make some design fixes for this one. I’ve been measuring the length of type from left to right and we’re at least a quarter-inch wider than any other book. So I took the two most popular widths and we’ll see which feels best. Also we’re going to make a little more space at the top and bottom of pages. It will make for a prettier book, I think, and it will give the book a proper page count of about 230 pages.

Today, I’ll be up by ten at the latest, and then I’m having lunch with Rob Stevens to discuss the upcoming Robby Awards. After that, I’ll go to the mail place and hopefully the important envelope will be there. Then I’ll do some banking, then come home. We still have to finish casting the Kritzerland show and then I can figure out who is doing what song. And I have to work at the piano, too.

Tomorrow will be doing the Kritzerland show stuff, and also starting to do the liner notes for the two upcoming Kritzerland releases so that those will be ready to go once I get the contracts signed early next week. Saturday I do a three-hour musical theatre workshop at the Group Rep and I’ll probably have a fun lunch afterwards. Sunday is pretty free.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora and the Swim, for today is the birthday of our very own radio show host Donald Feltham. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own radio show host Donald Feltham. On the count of three: One, two three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN RADIO SHOW HOST DONALD FELTHAM!!!

And just a birthday hello to the late dear reader Kerry, who was taken way too young and who we all miss very much.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a lunch, hopefully pick up an important envelope, bank, cast, work at the piano and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite Universal films of the mid to late 1960s and the early 1970s? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we welcome February – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that February will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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