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March 1, 2018:

THE MERRY MONTH OF MARCH

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Well, dear readers, it is March. And it is my fervent hope and prayer that March will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. Seriously, this year is flying by, like a gazelle playing dominoes whilst wearing a spandex jumpsuit. I am hoping that March will be a month where the merde of January and February stays far the HELL away from the likes of me. We will march into March with our heads held high, spirits up, and feet firmly on the ground, not necessarily in that order.

Yesterday was, of course, the final day of February and of course that is always very annoying because there should have been at least two more days in February, but nooooo, February has to be different and short. I got about seven hours of sleep, I think, got up and then moseyed on over to the editing room to see three options of how we were going to fix something that just wasn’t working and, in fact, didn’t really work in the show, due to my trying to put wrapping on something that needed to be rewritten rather than wrapped. But in the future the sequence will be rethought and rewritten slightly so that everything is very clear. The first option wasn’t good, the second option was okay, and the third option wasn’t sufficiently different from what we originally had. So, option two was on the right track, and I came up with an idea to make it seem of a piece and actually like we’d done it that way in the show – and that worked perfectly and now it’s very seamless and works just fine and actually gives more power to the scene which follows because we’re now really spelling out some information that simply wasn’t communicated well, again having to do with my trying to do something visual in a sequence I should have examined differently. Live and learn and it’s why you do tryout productions.

After that, I went to Jerry’s Deli and had a chili, cheese, and onion hot dog and a side Caesar salad, both very tasty. Then I picked up no packages, got some donuts to pass around, and came home. I gave Lydia Geissman a chocolate donut, and then had a haircut. After that, I did about two hours at the piano, then Grant and his mom came home and I gave each of them a donut – mom got her favorite, glazed, and Grant got his favorite, jelly. That left my favorite, chocolate peanut butter, which I ate all up.

I then spent too much time on the phone with the Flix of Net, which is not connecting and hasn’t for several days. I’m beginning to think it has something to do with the Spectrum shut-downs of the last few days, like its lost its connection. The conundrum is that my Oppo Blu-ray player shows that the Internet is absolutely connected and working, but then I can’t get on Netflix (the one time I did those settings also showed the Internet was working), and I can’t connect to YouTube via the player, so something is clearly wrong. We unplugged the player, did a few other things, but then she began asking me to unplug the router and modem, which I refused to do since the computer network and stuff is all fine. In fact, I can get on Netflix fine on the computer and stream from there, so clearly this is something else. If it doesn’t fix itself I’ll simply rid myself of Netflix and problem solved.

So, I did not, in fact, watch anything. I’d intended to watch a Region B Blu and Ray of Fritz Lang’s The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, but it transpires that it is in French or German (no English) and with only French subtitles. A shame, as the image looks really good. And I watched the beginning of Barry Lyndon from Criterion and that looks pretty swell. I’ll watch that, perhaps tomorrow night.

So, I spent the rest of the evening listening to music – some Bloch, some Bartok – whilst doing things on the computer and having a few telephonic conversations.

Today, I’m doing garage stuff and praying for a major miracle before things get really ugly, and working at the piano and the computer. I got a last-minute dinner invite for this evening, so I’m trying to figure out if that can work. It’s over the hill by Sunset and Laurel Canyon, so we’ll see if I can.

Tomorrow is the work session for the Kritzerland show, which will probably take much longer than usual as there are a LOT of put-togethers in this show – it’s almost all put-togethers and we have to go through each and make an arrangement. I’ll be ready for a nice but calorie-friendly meal after that. Not sure what I’ll be doing on the weekend.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do garage stuff, hopefully pick up some packages, and maybe attend a dinner party. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Mr. Fritz Lang and Mr. Stanley Kubrick? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to be welcoming March by marching into March – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that March will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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