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September 20, 2018:

THE SUCCESSFUL INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN ENDS AT 129% OF OUR GOAL

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Well, dear readers, as I write these here notes we are but one hour away from the close of the Indiegogo campaign.  I thank all dear readers for putting up with the plethora of postings these last couple of days, but that is simply what one must do, and one must always do what on must do – always.  We had a good day yesterday, with all the coaching perks going – not only that I added one back in when I was told one more person wanted it – so four coaching perks. And we are currently at 129%. Will we go higher by the end? Stay tuned for the final tally at the end of these here notes.

Yesterday was a fine little day as little days go.  I was up earlier than expected after six hours of sleep.  But I went back to bed around eleven, after answering e-mails, having telephonic calls, and doing some work on the computer.  I slept an additional couple of hours, which was a good thing, then I got up again, saw that all the coaching perks were gone along with a couple of other substantial perks.  I also got another little miracle that will give me some breathing room for at least a bit, so that was great.  I ascertained that no important envelope I arrived, so I wrote another e-mail about that, and if I have to write another, then I won’t be quite as solicitous as I’ve been as this has been going on for nineteen days now.

Then I did more work on the computer, then got ready for my meeting with the lighting designer.  We all met at the theater at five o’clock.  I liked her, we discussed my working methods, and she seems very together so she’s now part of the team.  After that, Doug and I went to Tony’s Bella Vista (different than Little Toni’s) for dinner and to hammer out a rough budget based on a budget for the last musical of Doug’s they did.  We got all the line items down, and while it’s a couple of thousand higher, this is a much bigger show, so that should be fine.  Then we have our Indiegogo money for the sound package, which I suspect will be a little higher than we thought, and a little extra for some extra lighting equipment and whatever set and costume needs that may go above what’s budgeted.  So, I think we’ll just squeak by.  We had what they call a baby pizza for an appetizer – pepperoni – baby it wasn’t – I had three pieces and I could have stopped there – but of course I didn’t. Doug had some what is it fish thing and I had a penne pasta in a pink sauce with a meatball that was great.  I was obscenely full by the end of the meal, but I’d fasted all day so hopefully it won’t do any damage.

Then I came home, did some more work on the computer, had more telephonic conversations, and kept up posting as the clock ticked for the end of the campaign. I also watched a little more of Flower Drum Song – I really hate the Hermes Pan choreography.  Without Mr. Astaire I’m afraid Hermes rates a pan.  The Love, Look Away arrangement and orchestration is spectacular and much better than the show orchestration.  The ballet portion is just plain outré and while I’m sure Mr. Pan knew what it meant, I don’t think I had a clew.  And I love Juanita Hall.

And then I began these here notes as the final hour began.  At this point in time there’s fifteen minutes left.  Hoping for some last-minute action.

Today, I’ll do the final song choices (we’re still waiting on word from our final gal), I’ll hopefully pick up packages and an important envelope, and then we have our casting session and heaven only knows who’ll actually show up. Then we’ll go out to eat and see where we are.  We do have to see at least one other person on Saturday morning.  Then I’ll relax.

Tomorrow I’m not sure what’s going on but whatever it is I’ll be jiggy with it, and I’m not sure what the weekend holds.  Then next week is very busy again.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do final song choices, hopefully pick up packages and an important envelope, cast, eat, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: For our animal lovers – why do some people like cats more than dogs?  Why do some people like dogs more than cats?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we cross the Indiegogo finish line at 129%!  We covered all the fees and took in an extra $1500 or so.  Wheeeeeee.

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