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August 29, 2018:

THE BIG G

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Well, dear readers, may I first just say 77%.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, yesterday we jumped to 77% so we’re just 23% from our goal.  That was lovely to see because some of yesterday was downright or upleft irritatingly irritating.  I had to go into BK terse mode twice (which worked, actually) and by mid-day I’d averted disasters of the day. 

I got seven hours of sleep, maybe a bit more, got up, answered e-mails, printed out some more orders, did some work on the computer, then went and picked up a package and no mail and got a spicy Eyetalian sandwich from Subway.  Hadn’t been in ages and since it wasn’t all that tasty to me, I don’t imagine I’ll be back anytime soon.

I came home, ate the sandwich all up, whilst pimping our Indiegogo campaign.  And happily we got a few more reservations for the Kritzerland show.  In the front section of the room there are only eight seats left, so the back section has started to have some action, but by back section I mean mid-room – those are great seats.  I dealt with all the petty problems promptly, had a long telephonic conversation that wasn’t all that pleasant, ate some pistachio nuts, and then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled Gojira aka Godzilla.  I don’t know why, really, but I just felt like watching buildings get stomped.  Gojira, of course, is a completely different beast that then American version entitled Godzilla.  While both are really kind of somber, the original Japanese is very much also a political piece and of course pro-Japanese, whereas the American version with Raymond Burr is not that at all.  I really like the original version, but I also really like the American version, which I also watched a bit of.  It’s done very cleverly and the fact is, when I first discovered Godzilla in either 1959 or early 1960 on the Million Dollar Movie neither I nor anyone else had any idea there WAS a Japanese version.  But Burr is inserted into scenes pretty cleverly and it’s just a different kind of film and effective in its own way.

About two decades ago I went through a huge Godzilla phase, buying up everything I could, including models, posters, books, and limited edition stuff – I still have most of it and I should probably take it out and catalog it at some point.  I had all the movies, too.  And isn’t it amazing that something that began in 1954 is still with us today, in both Japanese and American versions – sixty-five years of the big G, my oh yes, I mean Big G little O little DG little Z little I double L and a little A – and that spells Godzilla.

After that, I listened to music, I took a shower, I had another long telephonic call and that was that.

Today, I’ll hopefully print out more orders, I’ll eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then we have part two of our first Kritzerland rehearsal, with Robert Yacko, Kim Huber, and Roger Befeler.  Then I can relax.

Tomorrow I have a lunch meeting at one, and then we have our second Kritzerland rehearsal, Friday I have a meeting with my set designer and sound designer at the Group Rep, Saturday is our stumble-through, and Sunday we’re in our new venue for sound check and our show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hopefully print out more orders, eat, hopefully pick up packages, rehearse, and relax.  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 questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall hopefully not dream about the Big G.

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