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May 25, 2018:

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE DISPOSABLE RAZORS

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, pondering the imponderables, and wondering why I cannot find my disposable razors online.  I ordered some from Amazon, they arrived, and weren’t what was pictured on the page so they refunded my dough.  I went to the Gillette site and found them but they don’t sell, they have click-throughs. I tried one and was taken to a completely different product.  So, I guess it’s off to Gelson’s today, which is where I’ve always gotten them.  Annoying really, but not a large annoyance.

Yesterday was quite an interesting day for reasons I no longer remember.  I did get seven and a half hours of sleep, and then I had a good work session for the Kritzerland show, and we also filmed my hands playing the remaining eight songs for the musical, so it was good to get that out of the way.  Once all that was done, I answered e-mails and then was quite hungry so I got in the motor car, intending to go to Antonio’s, a classic Eyetalian jernt, where I was going to have some sort of pasta.  But on the way there the cell phone rang and it was Sami’s mom telling me to come to Casa Vega since they were there.  I arrived, and we were joined by Brennley Brown and her mom and we had quite some fun telling all manner of tales.  Brennley’s been on a little tour, mostly to do with The Voice.  I had my usual beef taco and this time only one cheese enchilada, both quite good.  I only had about four chips, so that was negligible, and I don’t really eat the beans or anything.

After that, I picked up no mail or packages, then came directly home.  Once here, I went to the garage and found my spare Audioengine computer speakers, brought them in and hooked them up to the laptop.  I then uploaded all the mp3 tracks for the musical, because we’ll be doing a private reading of the show and I’ll be singing the score to the tracks and wanted to hear how it would sound – and it sounded pretty great, so that was good.  It was fun singing through all of them.  If, by the time we do the reading, all the tracks aren’t ready, then I’ll play the ones that aren’t.  Then I did a three-mile jog.  After that, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a new Twilight Time Blu and Ray entitled The New Centurions, a Richard Fleischer film starring George C. Scott, Stacey Keach, Scott Wilson, Rosalind Cash, William Atherton, Erik Estrada, and lots of good character folks.  I wrote about it back in 2008 when I saw the movie for the first time on DVD and I feel just as I did back then – it’s a really good film, but plotless – just one episode after another.  Back then I found the timeline confusing, but not last night.  George C. Scott shows what great screen acting is all about, Stacey Keach is terrific, but this time around I was really impressed with Rosalind Cash, who is luminous.  Of course the film is of its time, so there’s a little sequence about busting a gay fellow picking up men in the park – kind of mind-boggling now but this film wasn’t made now.  But the real eye-opening scene that could never be filmed the way it was then involves an abused baby.  They use an actual kid and you just sit there with your mouth on the floor while the scene unfolds.  The transfer is absolutely perfect in every way.  There are some wonderful scenes of Los Angeles – much of it was shot near Santa Monica Blvd. and Western – in one shot you can see the old Music Man Murray store that I frequented all during my LACC days.  Even when they say their really far from that area, you can see that they aren’t – in fact there’s one scene where they mention the cross streets when you can clearly see a street sign that says Sunset Blvd.  And you know what I love about Sony transfers?  They just do them – they don’t make a big deal out of it, they don’t pat themselves on the back, they don’t make with the fancy press releases – Grover Crisp does his job and does it better than just about anyone. You know if Twilight Time is putting out a Sony disc it’s going to be pretty perfect.

I then watched the first forty minutes of the Twilight Time Blu-ray of The L-Shaped Room, a movie I just love.  I’ll talk more about it when I finish, but it’s another amazing transfer.

After that, I relaxed a bit, had a telephonic conversation, then it was time to write these here notes, which, in case you haven’t been paying attention, I am doing.

Today will be a day.  That is all I can tell you.  I’ll be up by eleven, maybe earlier if I actually can get to sleep by two. Once up I’ll do the usual morning stuff, I’ll eat (perhaps the Eyetalian meal I didn’t have yesterday – or perhaps I’ll make something), I’ll hopefully pick up packages or, better yet, an important envelope, and then I do believe I’ll be able to have a bit of a ME day.

Tomorrow I have a noon o’clock meeting here, but otherwise I think it’s a pretty open day, Sunday will be more of the same, and then Monday we begin our Kritzerland rehearsal week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the usual things, eat, hopefully pick up packages and an important envelope, and then perhaps have a ME day. 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, too much stuff to mention.  Blu-ray, The L-Shaped Room and more Twilight Time stuff.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, not happy about the disappearing disposable razors of choice.

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