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May 31, 2019:

A DAY EARLY

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Well, dear readers, remember how I said she of the Evil Eye was coming a day early, today?  Well, she came two days early, much to my chagrin. I stayed up later than I should, watching a movie, but knew I could sleep in.  And yet, the doorbell rang just before nine.  I couldn’t believe it.  Five hours of sleep.  This is just the kind of thing that causes me to be on the verge of getting sick and I have no time for such things, especially three days before a Kritzerland show.  I was furious.  I then had to go kill time, had some breakfast I didn’t want or need to have, and then picked up some packages and came home.  Once home, I began taking my preventatives.  But before I go any further, has anyone noticed that it’s the last day of May?  How did that happen?  And tomorrow it will be June, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that June will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

I had to have several telephonic calls, listened to music, shaved and showered, and then it was time four our second Kritzerland rehearsal. Only a couple of folks were off book, but I suppose everyone will be fine by Saturday.  The material is working really well and they’re really a good group.  One of our performers wasn’t with us, so they have a make-up rehearsal today, which, of course, means I don’t really get to sleep in as I wish to.  Then I found out dinner wasn’t happening, which was probably a good thing, and then we had two people from the Group Rep cabaret, and naturally one of them was sick as a dog – just what I needed to be around, so I got some Lysol anti-germ spray and sprayed that around and doubled the preventatives, some of which I now need to get more of.  Happily, I always have plenty of Sambucol on hand.

I went to Gelson’s and got a couple of chicken tenders, a small amount of teriyaki chicken and a little thing of white rice, and a tiny bit of creamed spinach.  I came home and ate that all up.  By that point, I was fighting a headache, so I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled Morituri, starring Mr. Marlon Brando and Mr. Yul Brynner.  I’m not sure I’d ever seen it before.  I did doze off twice, about fifteen minutes each time, so I had to rewind and watch what I missed, but I did finish it, which is why these here notes are going up just a little late.  It’s not a great movie or anything, but Brando is very good, as is Brynner and Janet Margolin.  It could be tighter, but I kind of enjoyed it anyway.  I’m not at all sure what to make of the transfer, which has some bits that are very good and some that are very bad.

And the reason I’d gotten to bed so late the night before (thinking I could sleep in) was because I watched the remake of Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.  Of course, there was no real reason to remake Death Wish – the original film, whatever one may think of its premise, is very well done and it’s one of Charles Bronson’s best performances.  It’s gritty and it works, for what it is.  Here, in the remake, they of course change much of the plot – like making Paul Kersey a surgeon instead of an architect, a rather pointless change, especially as it makes the character used to the sight of blood and gore.  An architect isn’t, and that works better for the story. Willis is good, but the movie is all about the gore effects (unlike the first film), and in the end it’s just not very good.  The movie go astonishingly bad reviews, mostly one-star.

Today, I’m hoping to get at least nine hours (going right to bed after posting these here notes), but I have to be up by ten-thirty at the latest for an eleven-thirty pick-up rehearsal.  I’d love to say that’s it but it isn’t – I’ll hopefully pick up some packages and hopefully an important envelope, and then I have to attend an opening night.  I will come directly home after.

Tomorrow, I’ll have to be up by eleven or thereabouts, and then do some stuff, and then have our stumble-through.  I think dinner will follow and then I’m doing nothing but resting my voice and taking my preventatives and praying I don’t get sick. Send some excellent vibes and xylophones if you feel like it.  Sunday, I have to be up by nine-thirty at the latest, so I can get myself together, get warmed up, and then we have our sound check at noon, and then we do our show at two-thirty.  Some of us will go out after, to sup.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a pick-up rehearsal, eat, hopefully pick up packages, relax, and then attend an opening night.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player?  I’ll start – CD, new composers to discover.  Blu-ray, the new Twilight Time titles.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, still recuperating from the day early arrival of she of the Evil Eye.

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