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March 22, 2019:

THE DAY THE WEATHER COULDN’T MAKE UP ITS MIND

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Well, dear readers, the weather simply couldn’t make up its mind.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, the weather simply couldn’t make up its mind.  First of all, I only got about six hours of sleep because apparently sleep couldn’t make up its mind.  I wrote some e-mails and had a telephonic conversation but there was no news on being able to place the book order because the files going live at the printers is moving slowly and my gal is trying to find out why.  She hopes to place the order today.  But while all that was happening it was pouring rain, pounding rain that sounded like 1000 gazelles marching on the roof of the home environment.  It was crazy and then there was the loud cracks of thunder.  By the time I got off the phone, the sun was out, with not a trace of rain save for the motor care being wet.  So, I took a shower and got ready for my lunch meeting.  By the time I was ready to leave it was pouring rain, pounding rain and since my umbrella is buried somewhere in the trunk of the motor car I had to make a mad dash and still got pretty drenched.

I then drove to the restaurant in the City of Studio.  I had to valet park since every street parking space was taken. I hurried from the car to the restaurant and managed to keep dry.  The lunch meeting was fun and as we were readying to leave, my pal Sara Ballantine came in with a friend of hers, so we chatted a bit.  The meeting was about the musical revue and we set the next date, which will occur, as did the last one, just a couple of days after the May Kritzerland show. I think we may lose one short number and a piece of another, but other than that I think it will be what we played last time.  I didn’t care for the sandwich I had, some kind of pulled chicken thing that had zero flavor.  So, we exit the restaurant and it’s not raining and the sun is peeking through the clouds.

I went to the bank and did some banking, which is what I like to do when I’m at the bank, then I picked up the big box o’ books – the error books but from the good printer and they looked much better than the previous copies – nice glossy jacket and better gray scale.  I’m anxious to get non-error books so we can get them shipped. Whenever the order is placed, the books should ship within a day or two after that since they’ll be expedited, and then they’ll be overnighted to me.  I’m hoping my mid-week next week that they’ll be here and all will be well.  In order to avoid this ever happening again, any new book will be delivered with a RULES sheet that lays out everything that they can and cannot do.  I will not allow any work to begin until the design team reads and signs off on the RULES sheet.

Then I came home and the rain had pretty much stopped by then, but it started up a while later but didn’t last too long.  I then buckled down, Winsocki and wrote half the commentary, so that was good.  It took several hours, and then I spent some time looking at newspapers.com as my free trial ends at some point today.  I ate a couple of eggs and tortilla things as my snack – very low calorie intake for that. I also had several telephonic conversations throughout the day and evening.  And then I relaxed and listened to music.

Today, I’m going to try and take my car to a smog check place (this is the year I have to do that) and while it’s there I’m hoping they can also do a lube and oil servicing.  IF I do that, I’ll then walk to a lunch meeting that’s not too far from there, and that meeting should probably take ninety minutes or so, then I’ll walk back and hopefully the car will be ready by then.  Then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then come back home and finish the commentary.  It will be good to have that off my plate.

Tomorrow, she of the Evil Eye will come early so I’ll go eat a light breakfast, then the rest of the day and evening are mine all mine.  I’ll eat some kind of snack later, and then I’ll probably watch something fun.

Sunday, I have to be up early to do my eleven o’clock signing hour at the paperback book show.  I’m going to put the word out there and hope maybe some nice folks will come visit.  I know Grant will come and then we like to roam around the dealer room.  Then maybe we’ll go have a fun lunch somewhere.  Then the upcoming week will be busy, including a work session for the Kritzerland show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I must do, I must, for example, try and take my car to do a smog check and servicing, have a lunch meeting, hopefully pick up some packages, finish the commentary, and relax.  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 things.  Blu-ray, I have no idea.  Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping that today the weather will be able to make up its mind.

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