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March 26, 2019:

WELCOME TO THE NEW/OLD HELPER

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to music, namely a 3-CD compendium of Tony Hatch tracks.  He was such a great songwriter, but also a great arranger and these discs are chockfull of great tracks.  It was a rather exhausting day for reasons I can’t really remember now, other than I was exhausted, even though not much actually happened. But we made the transition to the new/old helper and all is well now and it’s going to result in several things being much easier, most especially moving out of the office we’ve been in for the past twelve years, which is a joke of a place, tiny, and now with the new helper’s help, we’ll be moving everything into her 5,000 square foot warehouse.  She keeps stuff for her main business there but has tons of room.  And considering that our office is 250 square feet, well, that stuff will take up that space – more but not that much more, and we’ll be able to move out of the storage facility and we’ll also get all the stuff the pressing plant is storing and in the end we’ll save $600 a month, which will be fantastic.

Yesterday, was an exhausting day, at least I think it was. I got a call at nine from my gal at the publisher and they were finally told what the issue was – a printing plant issue that’s taken days to fix.  But by two she called back and had placed the order and told them to rush it through and overnight it.  And just a couple of hours later I got a shipping notice and a UPS delivery notice for today.  I’m really praying that that’s accurate.  Sometimes I get those but then you get another one saying it’s coming the next day – praying this happens, though, so we can finally get the books out to those who ordered.  I’m excited for people to actually read the thing.

I went back to bed for another hour, then got up. I answered e-mails, then drove the motor car over to the place to get a quick lube and oil and smog check.  This was at eleven o’clock, which, according to the snippy woman, was too late and so therefore everything would take three hours. She suggested I come back on Wednesday morning at eight and so I shall do so.

I went and had a chili, cheese, and onion hot dog and a side Caesar salad for my main meal o’ the day, then came home.

Once home, I listened to music whilst doing work on the computer and having a few telephonic conversations and getting the good news that the order had been placed.  Then began a lot of back-and-forth with the old and new helpers and trying to get everything straight.  They finally connected and met up at the office and I’m pretty sure they got everything shipped and sorted out so that we’re starting fresh today with the new helper.  Then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I decided to watch a Blu and Ray, namely Levi, in memory of Larry Cohen.  It’s really pretty terrific, a very enjoyable watch.  I’m very proud of the production and everyone in it.  But I would sorely love to do it again with an all-pro cast because as good as the LACC kids were, and each of them really stepped up to the plate, certain roles are just crying out for great musical theater performers – I think if I had those few roles filled with those kinds of actors, there would be more fun and a bit more depth, which, watching it a year and some months later, would smooth out a few problems I’m seeing.  I would also do a bit more adjusting.  But the pace is great, the production moves along seamlessly in a very appealing way, the set is great as are the costumes.  It’s very funny at times, very moving at times, and never overstays its welcome.  The video runs a tight 110 minutes, which is just a bit shorter than it actually ran in the theater.  In the theater, with the intermission, we usually came in at two hours and five minutes.  It was fun to see it again.

After that, I did the blurbs for the two new releases we’ll be announcing, hopefully tonight at midnight. I had another telephonic conversation, began my Tony Hatch listening experience and was – exhausted.

Today, I’ll be up by ten or thereabouts, and then I’m praying the books really do arrive – send some most excellent vibes and xylophones, won’t you – if they do, I’ll go retrieve them and whatever other packages are there.  I’m making food at home, the new helper will come by and pick up some stuff, including the books if they’ve arrived and she’ll get those shipped off.  Then I can relax and get everything ready for our new announcement.

Tomorrow, I’ll take the motor car in at eight, then eat something, then pick up the car, then hopefully print out a LOT of orders. The rest of the week is meetings and meals, a work session, attending an opening night, doing another musical theater singer workshop on Saturday morning, and then we’re into a new month and our Kritzerland rehearsal week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hopefully pick up books and a few other packages, make food at home, have a new helper visit, watch something, and then announce our two new releases.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite Tony Hatch songs recorded by Miss Petula Clark?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that the switchover to the new/old helper was relatively easy.

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