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August 23, 2018:

THE BITTERSWEET FAREWELL AND THE SWEET 66%

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Well, dear readers, when I wrote these here notes last night we were at 57% and as I write these here notes tonight we are at 66%, which is pretty great for two-and-a-half days.  I’m hoping we can do another five to eight percent today, then we’ll take a breather for a day or two, at which point I’ll put up a few more fun perks.  So, here’s the direct link if you know anyone who’d like to use it.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-carol-christmas-a-new-musical-needs-your-help/x/9165600#/

Other than that, yesterday was a bit of an up and down day, some of it incredibly irritating, some of it quite lovely.  The irritant I knew was coming came and I dealt with it as best I could, after only seven hours of sleep.  I answered e-mails, had telephonic calls, happily saw we were at sixty-one percent and happily watched that rise as the day went along.  I did a few other things but the important thing was I signed the contract for the Outside the Box episodes and had to then upload both seasons to a Dropbox folder.  What should have been easy/breezy was anything but, because my computer was spazzing out, everything took forever, and sometimes the videos would play fine and sometimes they’d stutter, but I finally figured out that all had to do with my computer and not what I was uploading.  The frustrating part was that some of the videos would upload in three minutes and others would take thirty minutes.  Then the computer froze and I restarted but still had the problems, so I finally called Apple and he talked me through refreshing the entire operating system.  That seemed to help.  Even the Mail program wasn’t working properly, but after we did what we did it was better.  That literally took all day and then I had to get ready for a farewell dinner with Sami.

I moseyed on over to the Woodland Hills Ruth’s Chris, where we met at six.  We were seated, we ordered mounds of food, Sami looked cute as a button and we’re all going to truly miss her.  But I know she’ll have a grand adventure in New York and I told her if she ever needed to talk or ask questions or run something by me that she should call or text immediately.  I’ll be introducing her to a few people in New York that might be able to offer a little help.  We had a ton of fun, but it was bittersweet, I must say.  I’ve spent six years with this young woman – from twelve to now, and to watch her grow, mature, and bloom, watch her go from someone I would only trust with duets, to being a knockout performer, to watching her carry a one-girl musical on her fifteen-year-old shoulders, giving her material that would send seasoned adults running for the hills, and working with her to tame and conquer that material, having her in several of my shows, and especially having her with us for six years of Kritzerland shows – she’s done more of them than anyone – well, it’s been a journey and I’m very proud of her. She’s family to me and I know she’s determined as determined can be and I’ll be cheering her on every step of the way. And of course, if the timing is right and she’s back here for a break and it coincides with a Kritzerland show, she’ll of course join us.  The one thing we definitely already know is she’ll come back to do our one-hundredth show.

I had the New York steak, which was, as always, superb, Sami and her mom split the New York, and we all had salads, bread, lobster mac-and-cheese, they had garlic mashed potatoes, and it was all just too too.

After that, I came right home to upload the final four videos and it was the same story – some slow, some quick, and I also gave them a fun bonus (there’ll be outtakes to, when we can pull them): When I saw the rough cut of the Psycho episode it ran well over eight minutes, which was longer than I wanted any episode to be. So we trimmed as much by tightening everything, but in order to get it under seven minutes I ended up cutting the entire intro verse of Showering My Troubles Away and the entire final verse of Nobody Here But Mother.  It was the only way and the show did play better shorter.  But I had the uncut versions of both numbers so uploaded that, too. I will, of course, let you know when they begin to air and give you all the details about how to get the channel.

After everything was uploaded, the Mail program was still spazzy, but finally started to work properly, so that was good.  We’d hit our sixty-six percent around six and there was no action after that, so I’m hoping we can get a bit more today – make it so. 

Today, I will have to deal with the same irritant as yesterday, then I do need to write the two sets of liner notes, and then we have our callbacks for A Carol Christmas, which I’m looking forward to.  Afterwards, we’ll go grab a bite to eat.

Tomorrow I have a work session for the Kritzerland show and then I’m relaxing. Not sure what the weekend will hold. And I’m hoping to have another surprise performer for the Kritzerland anniversary show. 

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora and the Black Bottom, for today is the birthday of our very own wonderful TCB.  So, let’s have a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer for our very own wonderful TCB.  On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER FOR OUR VERY OWN WONDERFUL TCB!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, deal with the irritant, write liner notes, hopefully pick up an important envelope, have callbacks, and eat.  Today’s topic of discussion: For our meat eaters – what are the best steaks you’ve ever had and why were they so great?  For our non-meat eaters, what are your favorite vegetarian dishes? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, thrilled to be at sixty-six performances and feeling bittersweet as Sami heads off to her new adventure, which I know she’ll love.

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