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September 25, 2018:

READER’S DIGEST

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Well, dear readers, this month is flying by, like a gazelle having hot flashes whilst reading back issues of the Reader’s Digest.  Does anyone still read the Reader’s Digest?  Does the Reader’s Digest still exist?  Well, my goodness, it does exist and is still very popular with the populace.  That is some run – it began in 1922.  Who knew? It was, up until about a decade ago, one of the best-selling magazines – in fact it may have been the best until it was usurped somewhere around 2009 by Better Homes and Gardens.  I can’t remember if we ever had the Reader’s Digest magazine at our house when I was but a child, but I do know we had several volumes of those Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, the appeal of which I never understood.  People still use the expression, “I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version” (I use it all the time), meaning “to make a long story short.  I feel today’s notes will be the Reader’s Digest version just to celebrate the long run it’s had.  What the HELL am I talking about?

Yesterday was a Reader’s Digest kind of a day.  It was short and to the point and moved right along.  I did get eight hours of sleep, so that was good.  I had Reader’s Digest dreams that were quite abbreviated.  Once up, I did the usual things – answered e-mails, had telephonic calls, and did a few things on the computer.  Then I went and picked up a couple of packages and of course they hadn’t scanned in an additional package, which was the one I was actually expecting.  Then I came right home and rustled up a batch of Wacky Noodles – a particularly good batch if I do say so myself, which I do. I ate them all up – I made a bit less than I usually do so that was good.

Then I got a little residual for The Faculty from the WGA – it had been forwarded from the old house – I thought they only forwarded for six months, but I was happy this got through to me.  I then called the WGA and gave them all the new updated information and they were able to ascertain that the only other check this year was mailed in April. I honestly cannot remember if I got that one or not so they’re checking on it and will get back to me.  I’m hoping I didn’t get it so that I get another little residual, just because that’s so enjoyable.  I must say that the folks in every department I talked to at the WGA could not have been nicer and more helpful.

I listened to some music, did more work on the computer, had more telephonic calls, and then at some point I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, on the Flix of Net I watched some Danish crime movie entitled Department Q: The Absent One.  I’d never heard of it but ascertained quite quickly that they’ve done three of these films and that they’re based on a series of Danish crime novels in the Nordic Noir tradition.  This film is the middle film of the three they’ve done – they’re doing a fourth this year.  I enjoy Nordic Noir as frequent dear readers know, but this one was even drearier and more dank than they usually are, with a hero so morose (a detective with zero social skills that looks completely dead) that it gives morose a whole new meaning. The story was pretty by the numbers, it had some rather ugly violence, but I stuck with it – no surprises and certainly not the equal of the Millennium Trilogy or even a great Wallander, The Killing, or The Bridge episode.  I recognized a lot of the actors and in looking them up, every one of them has appeared in Nordic Noir series and films that I’ve seen.  In fact, the lead actor played a major role in series three of The Killing.  I may give the other two films a gander – Netflix has all three.

After that, I listened to more music, took a hot shower, and relaxed.  I uploaded what will be a new release for mastering and started in on that booklet.  I’m waiting to hear if we’ll have any bonus material, but I can assure you it’s something all dear readers will want.

Today will be more of the same and also same of the more.  I’ll do stuff, do a show order and begin writing commentary (still waiting on the final two song choices), I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and do whatever else needs doing, after which I shall relax.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals, more auditions (we must complete casting by Saturday), a Kritzerland work session, and lots more.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do stuff, do a show order, write commentary, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and at some point relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What magazines were always in your house when you were growing up?  And which were your favorites?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have given you the Reader’s Digest of these here notes, which were originally much longer.

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