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April 29, 2019:

TOO MANY WORDS

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Well, dear readers, here I am, writing these here notes after spending the last six HOURS writing two sets of liner notes and the additional commentary for the Kritzerland show.  That is a lot of writing.  That is a lot of words.  Too many words.  And now I am expected to write more words.  And those words are expected to be interesting.  And if this paragraph is anything to go by, I do believe I’ve failed miserably, but there are more paragraphs to come where I can write sparkling verbiage, shiny words, thoughts to tickle the brain.  I’ll let you know if any of that actually happens.

Yesterday was quite a busy day for a Sunday.  I was up at ten-thirty after seven hours of sleep. Then I had to get ready, which I did, and then I moseyed on over to the Monica of Santa, to visit with Julie Kirgo, the late Nick Redman’s very own ever-lovin’ Julie.  Nick was a collectaholic, rather like me, and a hoarder, rather like me.  He had a lot of stuff, including some extremely rare things.  So, the idea is to try and figure out where all that will go and how to maximize the money it brings.  Hence, me. So, we looked through a lot of stuff, and I think we found all the Sam Peckinpah material and got that all in one place.  That would be the gold of this – original scripts, signed letters, personal belongings, address books, posters, and ephemera on most of the movies.  It’s really a treasure trove.  To that end, I contacted one auction house already, and one book dealer who deals in all things movie-related and has very wealthy Peckinpah collectors.  I gave them both a head’s up and we’ll see who gets back to me first.  But we’re not giving this stuff away and I will not allow any dealer to badger me down, price-wise.  Because then that dealer will simply turn around and make ten times what he paid.  I actually don’t care what kind of profit he makes as long as the price to Julie is fair and respectful of the value of this stuff.  It’s kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity for a dealer or an auction house.

There are also tons of other things, some of which are ordinary, and some of which are rare.  I’ll probably go over there one more time to make some notes.  After that, we went to the nearby California Pizza Kitchen for lunch. We shared some spinach artichoke dip and I had the chicken Caesar salad, so around 1000 calories.  Then I came home.

I then buckled down, Winsocki and wrote the first set of liner notes.  Those took a long time because there were so many stupid errors in the original booklet and I had to check and double check everything.  Once that was done, I began the next set of liner notes instantly. Those also required research and fixing some errors from the previous release.  Then I chose the audio samples.  Those aren’t remastered, because the mastering guy has more work to do on this one since these two releases are really oddly mixed, and we have several hurdles to jump on its way to sounding much better.  One of the two titles has the channels reversed, so that will be fixed, thankfully.

All that took between six and seven hours.  I then went to Gelson’s and got some snacks – probably 300 calories’ worth.  I came home and ate the snacks, then went on to write the two additional commentary bits for the May Kritzerland.  So, all that work and I’m caught up and we’ll be ready to announce on Tuesday morning. Then I listened to music, had a telephonic call, and relaxed.

Today, I can sleep in a bit, then I’ll do the usual morning stuff, then hopefully pick up some packages, eat, and then we have our first Kritzerland rehearsal.  After that, I can relax.

Tomorrow, we have one thirty-minute rehearsal with our guest star, and then I may have a lunch after that.  The rest of the week is meetings and meals, our second Kritzerland rehearsal, a make-up rehearsal for one person who can’t be there today, then our stumble-through on Saturday, and our sound check and show on Sunday.  Then on Monday, which should be a day of rest, we have a run-through of our musical revue, which we then play on Tuesday night.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in a bit, do stuff and prep the new release announcement, hopefully pick up some packages, eat, have a rehearsal, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: How many of you are packrats, hoarders, collectors?  What do you hoard?  What do you collect?  And for those who aren’t and don’t, how come?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to be done typing words.  Lots of words. Too many words.

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