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March 31, 2019:

A FOND FAREWELL TO MARCH

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Well, dear readers, is this really the last day of March?  I do believe it is the last day of March, and therefore I do believe that tomorrow will be the first day of April, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that April will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. And we get to be foolish, oh, yes, we get to be foolish. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves or ever afoot of ourselves, let us stay on course, end of March-wise.

Yesterday was a perfectly okay day.  I was up early, and then we did our workshop at ten. Meant to be three hours, we wrapped early as there were only eight people there.  We do one more in a couple of weeks and then I’ll begin to figure out and put together the fundraiser cabaret.  After we finished, Doug and I went over to the Coral Café for food.  I had their yummilicious chicken fried steak – they really do it well there and I ate it all up.

After that, I picked up some packages and an important envelope and then came home.  Traffic was ever so much nicer than it was the day and night before.  Once home, I answered some e-mails, and then Robert Yacko texted me asking if I’d join him at Jerry’s Deli, so I went over there.  I just had Diet Coke but we had a fun chat about this and that as well as that and this.  I came back home, did some work on the computer and then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched three more episodes of Aquarius.  As I’ve mentioned, these forty-two minute episodes seem like their two hours, mostly due to the multiple story lines we’re supposed to follow.  There are certainly interesting things in this endless show, but as always with these things, and I think the season is twelve episodes, the padding out is just ultimately irritating because there’s so much repletion. The writers are endlessly guilty of having characters behave one way one minute and another the next minute because they need them to, which never rings true, and then they take the easy way out an episode later by having one of them say, “I want to apologize for what I said.”  It’s the writers who should apologize for the lazy writing, but that’s another story. In the final of the three I watched, it went to hyper-violent land and it was so over the top and so unnecessary I almost shut it off then and there.  I mean to say that not only was it too violent and over-the-top, but it was ineptly directed as well.

After that, it was music, music, music, mostly the wonderful music of Alexandre Tansman, whose music I first discovered via one of his film scores, but his classical work is first rate, accessible yet edgy in certain instances, and just very appealing to these particular ears.

Today, I shall sleep in, then I do a phone interview about The Creature Wasn’t Nice aka Spaceship aka Naked Space at two, after which I’ll go eat something fun or, more likely, get something fun to bring back here.  I suppose I could make some pasta with red sauce but I’m kind of pasta’d out at the moment.  I do know there’s a package coming so I’ll also go gather that up.  Then I’ll relax and watch stuff.

Tomorrow is our first Kritzerland rehearsal, but it starts very late in the afternoon, so prior to it I hope to have the good news that the books have shipped, and I have to do some banking and other stuff. The rest of the week is meetings and meals, our second Kritzerland rehearsal, then our stumble-through, then sound check and show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, do a phone interview, eat, pick up a package and the relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them.  So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we bid a fond farewell to March (all this horrid Mercury in Uranus in Pluto retrograde nonsense).

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