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April 20, 2018:

THE TREASURE TROVE

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Well, dear readers, we had a fun run-through of Kay Cole’s show yesterday.  Two friends came by to watch, so that was fun and good for her.  I took notes and after our two guests left we addressed the few problems I saw.  First of all, I forgot how good this act was and how great she is in it.  The first time we did it, there were, I felt, three numbers that didn’t land properly, so those have been changed and much for the better, but because they were changed I had to adjust the patter so it worked for the new material.  That was easy, just a matter of moving a couple of lines later or earlier.  I gave a few performance notes and we’re all set for Sunday night now.

Prior to that, I’d gotten close to eight hours of sleep, I guess.  Once up, I had to print out a lot of orders, answer e-mails, and have telephonic conversations.  I got the quick approval for the Johnny Mandel CD so it and the Julius Monk are off to the printers today.  Then I got ready and Kay and John Boswell arrived, our guests arrived, and we did the show.

After they all left, I went and picked up two boxes of the fixed books, then went and had a California Melt and a side Caesar salad for my meal o’ the day.  Then I came home, printed out more orders, and did some work at the piano.  I then went out to the garage and went through some boxes and put stuff away.  In doing so, I came upon a treasure trove of theatre souvenir programs that I had no memory of getting or having – and all of them were signed by the full casts – several Hello, Dolly programs with various Dollys, all signed, including Channing, Betty Grable, Dorothy Lamour, and Mary Martin.  And other interesting programs, like one for I Do! I Do! signed by Mary Martin and Robert Preston. So I made a post on our board about them and then in a couple of Facebook musical groups.  Within five minutes the Lamour had sold for a nice amount of money.  And I have interest in all the other Dolly material, so we’ll see how that pans out.  I then sat on my couch like so much fish and watched a bit of Trigger, Jr., a Roy Rogers/Dale Evans oater – very low-budget, sixty-six minutes long, in the Trucolor process.  The transfer is fantastic and the movie, thus far, is total fun.

Then I went to Ralph’s and did a very big shopping. Mostly little things to snack on should the fancy hit me – of course, if the fancy hits me I shall hit the fancy right back, because fair is fair, fancy hitting-wise.  I got all manner of liquid refreshment – waters, Diet 7-UP, Diet Ginger Ale, Diet Coke, various juices, nice-looking apples, various cheeses, a cheese, salami, pepperoni, crackers platter, tortillas, eggs, pasta, butter, chips, and various other things.  My plan is to eat a reasonable meal in the day, and then have 200 calories in snacks in the evening, never more than that, so I come out at about 1200 to 1400 calories a day, which should start me losing some weight, which I really need to do. With my handy-dandy Ralph’s card, I saved forty bucks – pretty good.

Then I came home, wrote another third of the song I’m working on.  I was struggling with it – the first four lines of the main tune and lyric were fine, then I didn’t like anything I tried.  So, instead I wrote the opening verse and for whatever reason I began writing it in C rather than the Bb the song is in.  So I just stayed in C when I began the song proper and suddenly everything felt right and the rest of the music I’d been struggling with just came so easily.  Funny. Then I made one little photo change to the MASH page of the Mandel booklet.  It made me laugh.  Then I listened to some music and relaxed for about thirty minutes. We had a computer freeze, I restarted, and now all is well and well is all.

Today, I’ll be up by ten to do the Kritzerland event page for the May show – I got that information so late that I didn’t want to do it at that point.  Then I have a noon o’clock meeting regarding the big Richard Sherman event.  After that, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then come home, hopefully print out more orders, work at the piano, do a show order and start writing the commentary, the relax and watch stuff.

Tomorrow, she of the Evil Eye comes, and then I have a completely ME day and night, which I really need.  Then Sunday we have Kay’s show, so a sound check, dinner, and then show. It’s a pretty decent house so far. Then next week is another very busy week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the Kritzerland event page, have a lunch meeting, hopefully pick up packages, maybe do some banking, hopefully print out orders, do a show order, work at the piano, start writing the commentary, and then relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player?  I’ll start – CD, various projects.  Blu-ray, after Trigger, Jr. back to some Outer Limits episodes, then back to Twilight Time Blu-rays.  Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have found my little treasure trove.

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