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December 1, 2018:

DECEMBER AKA THE BIRTH MONTH

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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon and therefore I must try to go to bed at a reasonable hour.  Going to bed at a reasonable hour is the ticket, because I have not done so for many months.  I’ve gotten used to staying up very late.  However, before we go any further may I just point out to you that it is December?  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, it is December, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that December will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  And now, the notes.

Yesterday was an up and down sort of day.  I was hoping our three new releases would get healthy orders right out of the gate, but while they were decent, they weren’t what I’d hoped for. Hopefully in the next couple of days they’ll go up.  What I was hoping for was so simple, too – 100 orders that had all three titles. Or, 100 orders per title.  That is just so low a number for a show release, but that’s where we are these days for CD sales.  Even eleven months ago when I began with the Bagley albums, I had 150 to 200 orders immediately.  Well, we’ll hope for the best is what we’ll do.  I only got about six hours of sleep, got up, printed out the orders that had arrived, answered e-mails, and rustled up a very small amount of spaghetti with butter and cheese.

I ate that whilst doing work on the computer, got news that CDs would be ready at three, made arrangements for the helper to deal with that and then get them to me, and then I went and picked up a couple of packages – this year’s Christmas cards and a DGA screener called First Man – and thankfully the pension check arrived on time.  Then I came right home, took possession of the A Carol Christmas CDs, did more work on the computer, and then shaved and showered and got ready to mosey on over to the theater.

I arrived at the theater, and gave the cast a free copy of our CD.  Some bought extra copies, too.  We had a smallish audience but they were really excellent and laughed a lot, which is not always the cast.  Then again, the cast was very sharp and played with good energy.  There were a couple of tripping over words moments, but it was really quite a good show and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. D.C. Fonatana and her ever-lovin’ Dennis Skotak were there and they bought a CD after, as did Henry Stanny and his ever-lovin’ Nancy Hoven.  One gal came up to me – turned out she was our sound operator on The Brain from Planet X’s original run at LACC.  Hadn’t seen her since, so that was fun.  I hung out a while after the show, but was till home by ten, which is the fun of doing a ninety-minute show.

Once home, I listened to some music, and ate some homemade beef jerky that the helper made – it was really good.  I also had a few chocolates from the early birthday box of candy from FJL and Skip. They were very good.

Today, I’ll be up early, and I’ll go have a light breakfast, then do some banking, then hopefully pick up some packages, then come home and get everything set up for our one o’clock stumble-through.  After that, I’ll relax and then I’ll head over to the theater. I know some folks who are coming so I’ll say hey to them and then determine whether I’ll stay or not.  We’re also going to put in a new speech for our leading lady as soon as Doug writes it.  It comes at a moment that’s too glossed over – it needs some heft there and more of a one-liner – an additional five or six lines to beef up the epiphany that’s happening.  I think it will really help.  IF I stay and anyone wants to go out after, I just might.

Tomorrow, I’ll relax and then get ready for both matinee and then the Kritzerland show. I’ll attend the matinee, then rush over to Vitello’s for our sound check, and then we do our show.  Monday, I start planning the January show, which is the second Monday so I have a bit more time, which is nice.  But I also have a lot of stuff to do, including trying to survive what could be a very messy week.  I sure would like some comfort and no stress for my birthday week – we’ll see if that happens.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up early, eat a light breakfast, bank, hopefully pick up packages, have a stumble-through, relax, attend our evening performance, or at least be there for the start of it, and then relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite chocolates – when you get a box of chocolates?  Mine are See’s dark chocolate nuts and chews – there is nothing in that box I don’t love. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have resumed performances and gotten the CDs.  And don’t forget, it is my fervent hope and prayer that December will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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