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June 2, 2018:

THE PRIVATELY PRIVATE LITTLE READING

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Well, dear readers, this month is flying by, like a gazelle doing a backflip whilst eating a chocolate peanut butter donut thing. I wish I could eat such a chocolate peanut butter donut thing, but I am trying to lost weight and cannot.  Unless I buy two of them and eat one for lunch and one for dinner – that would be within my daily calorie allotment. Hmmmm.  But enough about the chocolate peanut butter donut thing because I must write these here notes in a hurry because she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon and I shall have to leave and do a few things.

Yesterday was quite a pleasant first day of June. I got eight hours of sleep, did the usual morning stuff, did some banking, ate a chili, cheese, and onion hot dog, picked up a package and the second important envelope, did more banking, and finally came back home.

I went and did a three-mile jog, then got ready for our very informal privately private reading of the new musical.  It was just Doug, his daughter Hartley, and li’l ol’ me.  While we now have a lot of the tracks, we’re still missing about six so I had to play those on the piano, which I hate.  I’m happy to say that all the work Doug has had to do really paid off handsomely – the show is fast, has laughs, is touching at times, and has a terrific flow that will be even better when we get the between scenes music and it’s all staged. The rough read-through ran an hour and twenty minutes straight through, and that was barreling through some of it, and not having one two or three minute nightmare sequence that we won’t really create until we’re in rehearsal.  My guess is that we’ll end up around ninety to ninety-five minutes, which is just right for this kind of show, I should think. There’s really no logical or good place to insert an intermission either, and it would really be harmful to do so.  Anyway, I was very pleased, Doug was pleased, the songs all seem to work well and the tracks are sensational – I am cutting one verse of a song that will be replaced with the exact same number of musical bars but with a dance instead of lyrics. I was exhausted from all the singing and going back and forth between tracks and piano playing.

After that, I printed out more orders (I printed out the bulk earlier in the day), and then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Righteous Kill, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.  I couldn’t remember if I’d seen it before – but I checked and I did, back in 2009.  I didn’t care for it then and I haven’t changed that opinion.  The stars are fun, but the writing is horribly lazy, the “twist” isn’t that hard to figure out once you’re on to their game of what you see and don’t see, and the direction is just lousy stinky, as is the score. It was a time passer, certainly.

Then I had a couple of tiny tortillas with a tiny bit of low-calorie cheese and some Taco Bell sauce – I’d jogged off a good portion of my lunch calories, so the two things only totaled about three hundred calories tops, and I had a small sweet as well.  Then I relaxed and that was that.

Today, I’ll be up early, I don’t think I’ll have time to jog in the morning, so I’ll probably go have a light breakfast, do some errands and whatnot, hopefully pick up some packages, and then come back home. We then do our stumble-through at two, and I’ll probably jog after that, then just have a snack or two a bit later.  But mostly I’ll relax and rest my voice after all that singing.

Tomorrow I’ll jog and relax, and then I’ll mosey on over to The Federal for our sound check and then show.  I’m sure some of us will go out after, just because we can. Then next week I begin putting together the July show – I think I have something fun planned for it and will get a good cast.  I also have to really continue casting the Richard Sherman event, as we’re now only seven weeks away from that.  So, a very busy week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do stuff, have a stumble-through, hopefully pick up packages, snack, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Mr. Pacino and Mr. De Niro?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, very happy that our private little reading went very well.

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