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September 7, 2018:

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE ANGRY PLAYWRIGHT

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Well, dear readers, you won’t believe it, but we had The Further Adventures of the Angry Playwright.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, there were more e-mails yesterday.  In the first of them, he sent me a link to a review but accidentally sent one that was not so positive.  Oops.  Then he sent the correct link to the rave review.  I then asked him if the not so positive review would be getting an e-mail, since they didn’t seem to care for his play.  His response to that was basically that she liked his direction and the actors and that she didn’t have enough education to understand his play. I’m not makin’ this up, folks. So, thus far he’s said Rob’s review is slanderous and this one is by an uneducated reviewer in terms on not “getting” his “great art” of a play.  Then I had to point out to him that the rave review was from an Internet site – one where you pay them money to advertise your show and for that money you are guaranteed a great review.  Oops. But that critic, of course, was great. I also pointed out that had Rob and the other reviewer loved his play they, of course, would be the greatest reviewers in the world.  Thus it has been, thus it will always be.  Just before I sent that response I checked to see if any other reviews had come out and indeed I found one – a complete pan and certainly as “slanderous” as Rob’s review.  I sent him a link.

He had an excuse for that bad review, too – it was political, whatever that means. I wonder if he e-mailed that guy and the site for which he writes.  Hmmmm. He sent one more missive, saying simply, “You are not interested to find the truth about my play.” To which I responded, “I am not interested in carrying on this conversation.  I have no idea whether I’d like your play or not, although I’m not a fan of political theatre in general.”  I think I may have tired him out because there were no further e-mails – either that or he was busy writing Angry e-mails to the other guy who panned his show.

Yesterday was an up and down kind of day.  The up part was I got up.  That’s always a plus.  Seven hours of sleep, and then I answered e-mails and did my morning ablutions.  I had a few annoying e-mails – a few miracles would do wonders in taking care of them.  But the big morning stuff was my computer going berserk.  It happened right away – I began getting annoying pop-up windows all over the screen saying keychain couldn’t find anything, wasn’t working, asking to reset everything, not finding the Cloud, asking for that password but not taking it.  So, I called Apple and after a few minutes with someone who didn’t really understand the problem, I got with a senior tech.  We screen-shared and he was a bit baffled by it, but talked me through things. First we ascertained that the Cloud was fine and that all my passwords were in the saved keychain there.  He had me remove the keychain folder and restart the computer, but that was even difficult.  He did say that my older version of Word (the new version just came out some months ago) was not compatible or supported by the new OS – and I believe Microsoft did that to make sure everyone would have to buy the new Word.  So I had to force quite Word and then the computer finally restarted.  Once it did, he told me to keep Word closed for a while, we ran a virus check and that was fine, the pop-up windows stopped and my passwords were still remembered in keychain thanks to the Cloud.  But Mail wasn’t working and hadn’t been all morning, so we checked various things and saw that Dropbox was trying to synch 8,000 files, so we shut that off and suddenly everything worked fine.  He said I could open Word later and then do Dropbox at night when I wasn’t doing anything.

Then I ascertained there was no mail or packages, then went and had a cheeseburger and a small amount of fries over at Islands.  The same burger you get in the evening, is three bucks cheaper at lunch, which is nice. After that, I came home, did some work on the computer whilst listening to some fairly wacky Toho science fiction soundtracks – things like The Mysterians, The H-Man, The Human Vapor, Matango (Attack of the Mushroom People), and stuff like that.  Then it was time for our setting keys session.

That went pretty smoothly and we didn’t have to change all that many keys and when we did mostly it was just a half-step or step down from the written key, so that was good.  Only Little Miracles had to really come down, because I wrote it where I could sing it and it was just too high for our gal – so that came down from Eb to C and sounds great in her voice there.  That all took about two-and-a-half hours and it’s not nearly as much work as we thought, which is great.

Then I went to Gelson’s and got three small snacks for my evening repast, came home, ate them all up whilst listening to music and relaxing.

Today, I will try to put out the most excellent vibes and xylophones for some kind of miraculous miracles, I shall finish casting the Kritzerland show, I’ll eat a little something, and then I’m seeing a Shakespeare show entitled Romeo and Juliet, which Shakespeare adapted from the musical West Side Story but without the score.

I’m not sure about the weekend.  I mean, I’m sure about the weekend in regards to it happening, but I’m not sure what it holds in store for me or the likes of me.  We shall see.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hope for more miracles (what I’d really enjoy is not needing them, oh, yes, that’s what I’d really enjoy), cast, eat, hopefully pick up packages and the important envelope that somehow I think has not even been sent – but I’ll be asking that very question as soon as I’m up – and then see a long play.  Today’s topic of discussion:  It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player, and your DVD/Blu and Ray player?  I’ll start – CD, endless CDs.  Blu-ray, not sure.  Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping that we’re finally done with The Further Adventures of the Angry Playwright.

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