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April 12, 2019:

THE THIRD BURGER

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Well, dear readers, I was just going to type “How can it be Friday already,” when I had one of THOSE moments and couldn’t actually remember if it was Friday already, but that was probably because it was still Thursday.  Occasionally the mind does get confused, but I’m pretty sure today is Friday, or it will be when I post these here notes.  So, how can it be Friday already?  This week has flown by, like a gazelle trying to figure out the existence of Betsy DeVos.  I told the gazelle to get in line.

Yesterday was a day called Thursday and as Thursdays go it wasn’t half bad, which means it probably was half good.  I’ll take half good, and why not?  I got eight hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails, had telephonic calls but not the ones I actually needed to have, chose more songs, then moseyed on over to the mail place, where I picked up no mail and no packages.  Then I went across the street to Gelson’s and got the makings for burgers – meat patties (the lowest fat kind and 190 calories per patty), shredded lettuce (no calories), a tomato (no calories), low-calorie, low-fat buns (120 calories per), and then I came home and rustled up two of them burgers with a slice of low-fat low-calorie cheese on each, along with some onion (no calories).  I used a combo of ketchup and mustard so no calories there either.  So, the two burgers were only around 700 calories. They were good and filling and I hadn’t rustled up burgers of my own making in quite some time.

After that, I did more work on the computer, and actually wrote a couple of paragraphs of what will probably be my twentieth book.  I’ll be working on that sporadically throughout this year.  Then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled Phantom Lady, what they call a film noir, starring Miss Ella Raines and Mr. Franchot Tone.  It’s from a novel by Cornell Woolrich (writing as William Irish) and it’s one of my favorites.  I’ve never cared much for the film, even though I want to.  The first forty minutes or so are great – wonderful atmosphere, good sequences, and everything with Elisha Cook, Jr. is wonderful in those forty minutes.  Then, when Mr. Franchot Tone enters the picture basically goes into the toilet and just becomes predictable and almost silly in its melodrama.  Why?  Because the screenwriter thought he was better than Cornell Woolrich.  He wasn’t.  If he’d followed the novel it probably would have resulted in a classic.  But it was his first screenplay and perhaps the producer and the studio asked for the change-ups.  The writer, Bernard Schoenfeld did write the teleplay for one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes, Specialty of the House.  He was mostly a TV guy.  The transfer is certainly not a new one – Arrow just accepted what Universal gave them.  It does take a turn for the better about an hour in, but it certainly won’t be winning any awards.  What the film does have going for it is the director, Robert Siodmak, who is great, as well as Ella Raines, who I’ve always really liked.

Amusingly, after about two minutes into Phantom Lady I fell asleep for an entire hour.  So, I went back and watched from the start.  After the movie, I made the third burger, but sans cheese, just to get the calorie count to 1000.

Today, I have a noon-fifteen lunch meeting at a favorite jernt, then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then I’ll come home and prepare everything for our next release announcement, which will probably be Sunday at midnight.  After that, I’ll relax.

Tomorrow, I’ll be up early and I’ll do the third and final workshop at the Group Rep.  I have no idea how many will be there, but attendance has been spotty, which is disappointing.  After that, I’ll see the matinee of the upstairs show.  I also have to shoot a brief tribute to David Cassidy right after the workshop.  I’m not at all sure what’s happening on Sunday.  Next week is meetings and meals and announcing a new title and all that sort of thing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a lunch, hopefully pick up some packages, prepare our next release’s announcement, 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, too many to name.  Blu-ray, something from the little stack on the couch.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to know it’s actually Firday, and that I had a three-burger day for only 1000 calories.

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