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August 18, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, I shan’t bore you with the details of yesterday’s day, which happened yesterday.  I’m boring even myself with these tales of woe so I’ve said whoa to the tales of woe and I’ll just keep such things to myself.  I did manage to keep a low profile for some of the day, but not all of the day.  As I write these here notes I am listening to soundtracks from the films of Akira Kurosawa – I got these at the turn of this century – they were very pricey box sets with six CDs in each of the three sets, but for me they were must haves and as it turns out it was a good investment because you can’t really get the three boxes in mint condition for less than five hundred dollars.  I began with volume two, which is all music by the wonderful composer Masaru Satoh.  That set includes my favorite, High and Low, and Red Beard, Yojimbo, and Sanjuro – they’re all terrific.  There’s more Satoh on volume on, including The Hidden Fortress and The Bad Sleep Well, and I intend to hear all these scores, having put them all into iTunes last night.

Yesterday was a day that happened yesterday.  It was basically a repeat of the previous day in that I avoided that which needed avoiding.  I didn’t fall asleep until around four-thirty and I woke up two hours later with a some acid reflux or something like it and that kept me up for ninety minutes.  Very annoying.  Then I went back to sleep and slept until noon – only seven hours but I needed it.  Once up, I answered some e-mails, made some telephonic calls, the helper came by, I picked up no mail or packages for the second day in a row, and then I went with Grant for some food.  It was his thirty-second wedding anniversary and yet his wife and daughter left for Canada for a little vacation adventure – when it was booked she didn’t realized it was falling on the anniversary day. 

We went over to the jernt Grant likes, El Torito – we may as well enjoy it while we can because the folks who own El Torito, Acapulco, and Chevy’s are filing for bankruptcy so who knows what will happen.  I had one cheese enchilada and one beef taco and no chips, so that was good. We had fun, and then I came home. I made a show order for the Kritzerland show, and then wrote the beginning of the commentary, so that’s on its way.  I also did a few packaging things for the upcoming releases.  I also sat on the couch and nodded off before I could even turn the TV on.

After that, it was a bit more work on the computer, and I began the Kurosawa soundtrack listening event.  I hadn’t shaved in about four days so I shaved and showered. 

Today, I shall go about my business – the weekend should be safe, thank goodness. I will finish writing the commentary and then move on to three sets of liner notes I have to get out of the way. At some point I’ll eat something fun and hopefully calorie friendly, I’ll hopefully pick up some mail and packages, and then at some point I’ll relax and watch a motion picture of some sort.

Tomorrow is more of the same, then on Monday we make the Indiegogo campaign live in the morning, then later I judge that yearly talent contest that Michael Sterling does, so that’s always sort of fun to do.  Then it’s meetings and meals, a work session for the Kritzerland show, callbacks for A Carol Christmas, and I must get back to jogging.  And I must try to stay out of harm’s way but that’s getting to be very difficult.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, go about my business, finish writing the commentary, then begin more liner notes, I’ll eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then relax and watch something.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Akira Kurosawa?  If you don’t know him, what are your favorites of Japanese cinema?  If you don’t know Japanese cinema, what are your favorite bad jokes?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, whilst I continue to keep a low profile, although I always prefer to keep a high profile.

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