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August 25, 2018:

CAMPAIGN ON THE VERGE OF A NEW PERCENTAGE

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Well, dear readers, we have a campaign on the verge of a new percentage, but we have not crossed the verge quite yet – we did have two cast album contributions and I believe we’re only five bucks away from the new percentage, so hopefully that will happen over the weekend, although we’re not going to do any pushing this weekend, but will start fresh on Monday with a few new perks and see if we can climb another ten percent at least.  I’ve been told that at least two perk contributions are coming this week and they’re of a slightly higher range, so that will definitely help push us up, percentage-wise.  For now, I must write these here notes in a hurry for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon.

Yesterday was a day in which I squeaked by in terms of irritants, so that was actually very nice.  I had a slightly rough night – I fell asleep around three-thirty and woke up at four-thirty with what I suppose was a little acid reflux fluxing around.  I was up for two hours, and then I fell back asleep until eleven, when the alarm went off and the doorbell rang at the same time. I’d forgotten my work session at eleven, which is when those two events happened, so I got as coherent as I could as quickly as I could and we had our work session.  That actually went fairly quickly and very easily. 

When that was done, I answered e-mails and had some telephonic calls.  I did the track list for the third of our releases we’ll be announcing on Monday (I don’t think we’ve ever announced three at one time, although maybe we did for one Christmas release), did some work on the computer, had more telephonic calls, got a nice text having to do with the drama of this week, so that was good, and then I got ready to sup with the Shermans.

I left myself an hour to get there, because, as we all know, Coldwater Canyon can be horrendous.  That said, every trip over it into the Hills of Beverly whilst doing the Sherman Birthday Concert thing was, for whatever reasons, sans traffic.  As I turned right onto Coldwater there were about seven cars in front of me, never a good sign, but luck was with me and we all zoomed along at a nice speed, got over the hill very quickly, and coming down Coldwater to Beverly Hills was even quicker.  And this was at prime rush hour.  Meanwhile, Elizabeth had called and said if I could get there early we could leave for dinner earlier than planned, as she likes a specific table in the restaurant we were going to and they don’t guarantee tables.  Well, because I’d had no traffic I actually got there in twenty minutes, which was a little too early.  So, I had a long telephonic conversation in the motor car, and then went and knocked on the door. 

It’s always great to see Richard and Elizabeth – they really are two of my favorite people in the whole world.  Elizabeth drove and off we went to an Eyetalian restaurant called Pasquale’s on Little Santa Monica about five blocks west of Beverly Drive.  It’s a charming little place and Elizabeth got the table she likes.  I ordered a Caesar salad and a chicken pasta dish in a light pink sauce.  They had a half chicken with potatoes and onions and tomatoes, that they love, and they also had a salad of some sort.  The bread was fantastic – I didn’t eat much of it, but it was great and great without anything on it.

We had so much fun yakking away.  We talked about so many interesting things from the past – stories that were hilarious and we laughed and laughed until we could laugh no more – and then we laughed again.  Our salads arrived and the Caesar was an instant classic, just perfect really.  Then our main courses arrived.  My pasta was out of this world but it was a really small portion, which I was actually fine with.  They ate all the chicken and potaotes up so that must have been good. All the while, we continued yakking. It was all very relaxed and we had the best time.  We all split a tiny white chocolate gelato thing that was excellent and just the right size.  I plan on returning to try some other dishes.  They treated, which was very sweet, but I did see the bill and I have to tell you that for the three of us, with everything included, the bill was no higher than it would have been for three people at Jerry’s Deli – that was mind boggling to me. 

We went back to their house and I spent another ninety minutes there, with more fun chatter and stories.  It was just a perfectly grand evening and just what I needed, frankly. 

I did find out a couple of things – we added Eric Thomas Petersen to our Kritzerland cast – he just closed in Escape to Margaritaville on Broadway and prior to that he’d done a year in the lead role of School of Rock on Broadway.  He’ll probably do a song from the latter.  Our reservations are looking pretty good but I really want to sell out this show and we have a ways to go before that happens, but we’ve got a week so we’ll keep slogging along.  But about ten of our regulars, who should be at our important anniversary show, will not be with us because they’ll be at the Hollywood Bowl seeing a John Williams film music concert.  It’s an unfortunate clash, but what can we do.  I know what event I would attend but that’s just me.

Then I came home and it was already time to write these here notes.

Today, I’ll be up early and she of the Evil Eye will arrive and I have to go to Ralph’s immediately because I forgot to get her some supplies she’s in need of.  So, she’ll tell me, I’ll go, and then I’ll go do stuff, including picking up packages, until it’s time to come back here. Once back, I’ll finish the final set of liner notes, then try to relax until it’s time to mosey on over to sup with the Pearls at Ruth’s Chris – I believe it’s a five-thirty dinner.  My plan is not to have the huge New York this time, but rather the slightly smaller filet, which has half the calories of the New York.

Tomorrow I need to sleep in, then I need to prepare all of the three releases for announcing and then I plan on doing nothing but relaxing. Then Monday we’ll announce our three titles, hopefully I’ll print out a LOT of orders, we’ll do the second big push for the Indiegogo campaign with some new perks added, and of course it’s our Kritzerland rehearsal week, the first of which is Monday, then one on Wednesday (brief) then our normal Thursday, then our stumble-through on Saturday, and then sound check and show in our new venue on Sunday.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get up early, get supplies, do stuff including picking up packages, come home, write liner notes, and then sup with the Pearls.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite movies for which the Sherman Brothers provided songs?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, whilst we have a campaign on the verge of a new percentage.

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