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April 13, 2018:

THE WINDS OF APRIL

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Well, dear readers, it is once again late and I must once again write these here notes in a hurry.  The reason for the lateness is that I saw a South Pacific dress rehearsal this evening and therefore did not get home until after eleven. Add to that, that while I was away the Oaks of Sherman lost power due to ridiculous and unnatural windiness – it was crazy.  So, the microwave and stove clocks had to be reset.  I guess when the modem, router, and computer shut down, they all automatically restart when power is restored, so thankfully that was all fine.

Prior to all that malarkey, I got about seven hours of sleep, then Kay Cole came by and we had our brief meeting, which was fun. Then I went and picked up some packages but of course there were more that were supposed to be there but that were coming from an actual Amazon delivery person (the worst) so those didn’t arrive until it was too damn late for me to retrieve them.  I spent most of the afternoon slaving over a new musical number – went through many tunes until I found the one I liked and once I did then the song began to take shape and work.  I stopped around four and got ready, then watched the first twenty minutes of a new Twilight Time Blu and Ray entitled Underworld USA, a film of Sam Fuller, starring Cliff Robertson – it’s great, and the transfer is stellar, but I’ll write more when I’ve finished it.

Then Robert Yacko arrived at five and we headed up to Northridge.  We avoided the 405 freeway, but even the surface streets were horrible and I haven’t a clew as to why.  Going north at that hour has never been a problem.  It took forty minutes to do what is basically a twenty-minute drive. We went to a deli called Weiler’s Deli, which is a deli called Weiler’s.  I liked it pretty okay.  Robert had a Cobb salad, I ordered potato pancakes for the table (three) and some kishka – I only had a few pieces of the latter and one potato pancake, and then I had the pastrami with Russian dressing and cole slaw – it was decent and certainly not the worst pastrami I’ve had.  Our server was very nice.  And the pickles were really good.

We talked about many, many things – he told me tales and I told him tales and then more tales were told.  Then we moseyed on over to the theater on the campus of Cal State Northridge (CSUN).  It’s a beautiful space, similar to the Ahmanson in style.  It’s always amazing that colleges and teachers complain about funding all the time, but there’s miraculously millions upon millions of dollars to build these state of the art facilities on high school and college campuses. We both knew lots of folks there, even though it was only about forty people in all.  And I knew folks in the small band and the show, too.

I shan’t say anything since it was a dress rehearsal and kinks were being worked out, other than to say South Pacific is not an easy musical to get right – it’s dense, packed with drama and comedy, with somewhat complex characters.  It’s not a show I’ve ever thought would be fun for me to direct, although watching it I began to think it WOULD be fun to do at some point.  Go know.  We hung around after to see Marc Ginsburg, my Levi, but he never came out.

The drive home only took twenty minutes. Then we did the clock thing and then I finally began to write these here notes.

Today, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, I’ll eat, but mostly I’ll be choosing songs and working on writing and finishing the number I’m working on, so that I can move on to the next.  My goal is to maybe have eight complete numbers done by end of next week.  That will leave between four and six.  I’m kind of going in scene order now.  The Muse Margaret dinner is postponed, as she woke up with some kind of stomach bug. At some point I’ll watch motion pictures.

Tomorrow is a ME day for sure – writing and song choosing and finalizing our final cast member, but just having a nice leisurely day and evening of fun and frivolity, not necessarily in that order.  Sunday is the same and then I’m seeing a show that night, which will hopefully be short.  Next week is very busy with all the usual things, plus booking more people for the Sherman event.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hopefully pick up packages, eat, choose songs, write, and 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, many Kritzerland projects.  Blu-ray, many Twilight Time titles.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping that the winds of April have died down and shall not return.

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