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March 20, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, I would have started writing these here notes ten minutes ago but the computer decided to do the big freeze, so I had to shut down and restart and that always takes time then of course it immediately asked me to do an update to Word for Mac, which I did. So, here I am, getting a late start on these here notes because of the big freeze.

Yesterday was an interesting little day. I only got six hours of sleep due to a nine o’clock telephonic call that I decided to take. It was most interesting. That was followed by a telephonic conversation with my book gal and the book was finally in the system, at the printers, and my test copies were prioritized to print soon and she would be staying on top of it. So, that was good. Then I had to answer e-mails and get ready for my noon-thirty meeting at LACC. I met with Joanna Erdos, who runs the Theatre Academy Alumni Association with me, and we met with the school’s vice president and the head of the LACC Foundation. They just wanted to pick our brains about how best recruitment could be optimized – right now it’s zilch – so we all chatted about it for about forty-five minutes.

Then I went directly to the House of Pies to join dear reader KevinH for some lunch. He had a Swiss cheese sandwich and a little salad, and I had two broasted chicken breasts, corn bread, and a salad. I’d had the broasted chicken once before earlier in the day and I should have learned my lesson from that never to order before dinner time because the lunch chef just doesn’t know how to do it. One of the breasts was at least close to being okay, the other was pretty inedible and I just picked at it. So, I basically only had the one breast. We had lots of fun conversation and I had a very good time seeing him, as always.

Then I came back to the Valley, stopped at home briefly to get something, then did a quick errand, after which I came right back home. Then editor Marshall Harvey arrived and brought me a Blu and Ray of Levi for me to proof. We had a nice chat, he left, and I caught up on stuff on the computer, worked at the piano and then watched act one of Levi. It looks and sounds fantastic, so that was good, and I just love the show and if I may say I’m very proud of my work on this show.

I took a brief break to check e-mails and stuff and have a telephonic conversation. There was one interesting e-mail and I’d like some of those most excellent vibes and xylophones that the e-mail could lead to a little miracle that we could use. Send strong ones, ASAP. Then it was act two of Levi, all good, and the sequence that I ended up cutting and replacing with some images and text really worked well I thought. For the next production I will completely rethink what we did there and probably do a combo platter of the idea of what we had with the new way of doing it – I think there’s a middle ground that will work very nicely. But for the video, our change works splendidly and seems like we actually did it on stage that way, due to some clever trickery on our part.

After that, I had a lovely and quite long telephonic conversation with Elizabeth Sherman, and then I relaxed a bit.

Today, I am hoping the e-mail from last evening results in something that would be very helpful, the helper is pulling all the Varese titles from storage and bringing them here. I’ll leave here around four to head up to Calabasas, where I’ll have a leisurely meal and then attend Sami’s show, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals, planning the Kritzerland show, and hopefully getting the test books, at which point I’ll place my order. The fact is, the hardcover and softcover went up for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble last night, so that’s a very positive sign that all is finally well. Not sure what’s happening on the weekend although it will have to include a work session for the Kritzerland show. Still waiting for word on our final gal and guy, hopefully today.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hope that last night’s e-mail results in something that would be very helpful, get Varese CDs here for a flash sale, have a leisurely meal, and see a show. Today’s topic of discussion: Favorite April songs. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a pleasant and even productive day.

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