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July 12, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, I am happy to report that yesterday was a completely drama-free day, oh, yes, I’m happy to report that yesterday was a completely drama-free day. Perhaps Mercury has been in retrograde or Pluto has been in Mars or Mars has been in Uranus or Uranus has been in retrograde, but something was clearly going on in the early part of the week. In any case, a drama-free day was exactly what the doctor and I ordered.

I got only about six hours of sleep, and once up I answered a whole slew of e-mails, had a telephonic call, then spent an hour getting things taken care of to insure things get done on time and everyone cooperated, so that was great. I then decided to have an earlier-than-usual lunch – chicken tenders and a side Caesar salad, after which there were no packages to pick up so home I went. Then I got some packaging stuff on its way and then buckled down, Winsocki and got a set of liner notes done. My portion of them took only ten minutes.  Retyping the original set of liner notes from the LP took over three hours.  They were long, in teeny-tiny type on the back of the LP due to their length and I wanted to type carefully so I wouldn’t find tons of typos later.  But there were also tons of typos and misspellings on the LP so I had to fix those – and this I did while having to use a magnifying glass to actually read them. It was very exhausting but I got it done and on its way, and the hope is we’ll announce tonight at midnight. 

After that, I got ready for our rehearsals.  I was determined that this rehearsal be fun for everyone and it was and everything was calm and together, so that was excellent.  First up was Peyton Kirkner who’s doing my Sherman Nonsense Words medley and she’s got it down perfectly, so I was able to give her a few tiny little movement things, we made sure the tempo of each section was right, but I have to tell you this little girl’s instincts are just so good it makes it a pleasure.  We ran it about four times.  Then two other young ladies arrived and we ran Let’s Get Together from The Parent Trap. I had a choreographer her, but frankly they’d done their homework and already learned everything from the film, as we’re recreating everything exactly.  It’s really fun.  I did lower the key a step and that sounded better.  Then Robert Yacko came – he’s doing the song he introduced in L.A. Now and Then – The Whimzy Works – he knows it like the back of his hand and that went very quickly.

Then I went to Ralph’s and got some vegetable and avocado roll (low calorie snack) and I bought an assortment of pudding cups that are all pretty low in calories, came home, at the vegetable roll all up and had a pudding cup, so a pretty decent calorie day.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I just needed some mindless entertainment, so I watched some Netflix “original” – in other words, an independently made film picked up by Netflix – in other words, today’s equivalent of a film going directly to home video in the old days.  Well, it was exactly that, mindless entertainment minus the entertainment part. There wasn’t an original idea in the entire thing, it was entirely predictable, and it looked like every other movie of its ilk.  But I did like its leading lady, Maika Monroe – she starred in the good It Follows film. Tau, a computer, was voiced by Gary Oldman, but it sounded nothing like Gary Oldman so why did they bother?  It just kept getting sillier and sillier and then it was over.  I did like some of the music, too, by Bear McCreary. 

Then I listened to music, the soothing voice of Daniele Licari singing vocalese over pretty musical settings.

Today, I have more work to do, I’ll eat, I have to Xerox some music, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, I’ll prep our new release announcement, and I’ll stay on top of all the work being done. 

Tomorrow is more of the same, Saturday I’m going to try and get all the Kritzerland stuff done, then Sunday we have a four rehearsal day, so that will hopefully go smoothly and be fun.  Then Monday we begin our busy week, one to three rehearsals every day, we have another meeting at the theater to lock down all the final deals, I have to attend a rehearsal for the orchestra stuff to make sure the cuts I asked for have been made and that everything they’re doing meets the timings we’ve asked for, and I’ll attend a rehearsal of our big dance number to see how that’s going.  So, as busy a week as can be, and then our very long day on Saturday, beginning early and ending when it ends with our show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, work, eat, hopefully pick up packages, stay on top of things, prep our new release announcement, and at some point relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite movies that involve computers as major plot points? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a drama-free day.

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