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January 31, 2019:

THE LAST OF JANUARY

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Well, dear readers, once again time got the better of me and it is late and I must therefore write these notes in a hurry or there will be hell toupee. I have not time to dilly-dally or even dally-dilly, I have no time for tomfoolery or even normanfoolery, I have no time to even have a single Girl Scout cookie because time has got the better of me and time waits for no notes.

Yesterday was a day, certainly.  I actually don’t know how much sleep I got but it wasn’t enough – maybe six hours.  Once up, I had lots of e-mails to answer, some telephonic calls, and some work to do on the computer.  After all that, I went and had some chicken tenders and did about ninety minutes of proofing – some fifty pages or so.  The chicken tenders were very good, in case you were wondering, but they were pretty small as compared to usual.

Then I went and picked up a couple of packages, then came directly home. Once here, someone came and picked up some CDs.  That was mercifully quick.  Then I decided on the March Kritzerland – I was waffling between two things but went with the one that felt right.  I was worried about the one I chose only because there would be so many ballads, but I found enough up-tempos so it’s fine.  We’re fully cast, too, so very ahead of the game.  I then listened to some music and did more work on the computer, after which I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, after dozing off for twenty minutes, I watched a TV movie from the year 1978 entitled Someone’s Watching Me, starring Lauren Hutton, Adrienne Barbeau, and David Birney.  I wrote about it the last time I saw it, which was twelve years ago.  It’s out on Blu and Ray now.  It’s written and directed by John Carpenter and made right before Halloween and his other TV thing that year, Elvis.  I have to say (and said back in 2007) that the writing is really horrid. Terrible dialogue, terrible plotting, a villain who is kept hidden from us until the last second and turns out to be no one we’ve seen before.  Really?  Lauren Hutton isn’t very good, Barbeau is good (playing perhaps the first female gay character in a TV movie), and David Birney is always David Birney.  The calling card for me is that all the location shots of the two facing high-rise apartment buildings were shot at The Shores in Santa Monica, where I resided for a decade.  The interior apartments were sets, but everything else – exteriors, parking garage, laundry room, lobby, is all The Shores, so that’s fun for me, at least. There are two versions – one in TV ratio and one widescreen.  Of course it was never shown anywhere in widescreen but it’s decent.  I chose TV.  There were a few extras and I watched those.

Then I listened to more music, at a couple of Girl Scout cookies and, later, a bagel and cream cheese for my snack.  And before I forget, has anyone noticed that this is the final day of January?  How can that be?  January, for me at least, actually didn’t fly by, it moved rather leisurely. I can’t really believe I did everything I did this month.  It was also sad, due to the untimely passing of our very own Nick Redman.  So, that must mean that tomorrow is a month I like to call February.  And it is my fervent hope and prayer that February will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

Today, I’ll get up when I get up, I’ll do the usual morning stuff, then I’ll go somewhere and eat and do a lot of proofing so I can be done with that.  I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then I’ll start to gather all the music for the March show, so the singers have a lot of time with it.  Then I’ll keep proofing until I’m done, then I can relax.

Tomorrow I’m not sure what’s happening, frankly.  I seem to recall something might be up, but hopefully if there is someone will remind me of what it might be.  Saturday and Sunday are unknown to me, although there is a book fair this weekend and I haven’t been to one in years, so that might be a fun little adventure to have.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora or the old-fashioned polka, for today is the birthday of dear reader Michael Shayne.  So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to dear reader Michael Shayne.  On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO DEAR READER MICHAEL SHAYNE!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get up, do stuff, eat, proof, hopefully pick up packages, proof until done, gather music, and then relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite Michel Legrand scores and songs?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we have the last of January.

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