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July 25, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, yesterday was the day from hell.  It was that from the time I got up after seven hours of sleep, straight through to the late afternoon.  At some point, I stopped all communications, as it was pointless.  It got to be a joke after a while, the pile on, but thankfully by evening it was pretty much done with.  Even when I was out for a bit, drivers were insane, weaving in and out of lanes, turning in front of me like crazy people, and what can you do about it – they’re so consumed with themselves they don’t even notice what they’re doing. 

The good parts were reactions from a few folks here to the videos, and certainly on the Book of Face the reactions were wonderful.  I uploaded lots more, so I’ll share some of those in a moment.  Trying to get some food to bring back here proved to be as irritating as the rest of the day.  I couldn’t make up my mind, finally went to Jersey Mike’s at two and there were no parking spaces anywhere so I left, tried to turn into Taco Bell but there was so much cross traffic that I just gave up and went to In-N-Out. I got two cheeseburgers and the wait wasn’t too terrible.  I came home and ate them, but I’ve come to the realization that this particular In-N-Out has real consistency problems.  I’ve had one or two great meals, but the others have just been odd tasting, and that should not be.  I’ve never have a bad or odd tasting In-N-Out Burger at any other location.  And if you look at Yelp reviews of this location there are a lot of complaints.  So, that was just another irritant in a day filled with them.  I did pick up a couple of packages. 

I listened to music for a bit and some of it was very good and some not.  If I don’t like something enough to keep it in iTunes I nuke it right on out of there.  Right now, I’m listening to Chuck Mangione with our very own Grant Geissman’s incredible guitar work.  He made that band, I have to tell you.  The albums prior to him joining it simply don’t have the magic.  Then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled A Matter of Life and Death, starring David Niven and Kim Hunter and written and directed by Powell and Pressburger.  It’s a film I love.  Those of us who have seen 35mm or 16mm dye transfer prints have had to suffer through every previous home video iteration, all of which were terrible.  But now we finally have this incredible film looking as it should – a fantastic 4K restoration from the original Technicolor separations. The color is brilliant, the sharpness and clarity is breathtaking, and this is Technicolor as it should be.  The black-and-white scenes also look great. It took my breath away on several occasions.  If you love film, you really do need this incredible Blu-ray.

After that, I went to Ralph’s for some snacks, none of which were very good save for the little bit of potato salad, but at least their deli food is very inexpensive, unlike Gelson’s.  Not a great food day, I must say. 

So, maybe it’s time for some damn videos, what do you say?  They’d perk anyone up, especially this one.  Here’s Brent Barrett doing a killer job with I Wanna Be Like You.

Here’s Keala Settle saving our bacon with a glorious rendition of The Age of Not Believing, which she did on a moment’s notice when Roz Kind dropped out. 

Here’s Linda Hart absolutely bringing down the house and then some with You’re Sixteen.

In the evening’s most emotional moment, here’s Johnny Whitaker doing the song he did in the movie Tom Sawyer.

Here’s Kerry O’Malley doing an incredible rendition of Where Did the Good Times Go from Over Here.

And here’s Jenna Lea Rosen doing Suddenly It Happens from The Slipper and the Rose.

I’ll post more in tomorrow’s notes.

Today, I think I can have a ME day, at least that’s the hope.  I’ll make the show order and write commentary, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat, perhaps here, and mostly I have to relax and try to have a better day and boy do we need a major damn miracle – please send your strongest most excellent vibes and xylophones for that to happen VERY soon or there will be hell toupee in a very unpleasant way.

Tomorrow I rehearse with Kay, I may have a lunch, and I’m supposed to go see the Larry Cohen documentary, but it’s a long drive and I’ll probably not go.  Friday I’m having a lunch with our very own Mr. Nick Redman, which I’m looking forward to very much.  Saturday we have the last of our musical theatre workshops at the Group Rep.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a partial ME day, make a show order, write commentary, hopefully pick up packages, eat, and pray for a major miracle.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like.  So, let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping that we do not have a repeat performance of the day from hell.

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