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May 24, 2019:

GEE, WE HAVE OUR AUDIOBOOK READER FOR GEE

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Well, dear readers, it is very late and I must write these here notes in a hurry because it is very late and I must write these here notes in a hurry.  The reason for the lateness is all to do with the Group Rep cabaret show.  We’ve been so clear at every step of the way how this show was going to be done, what rehearsals were involved, and that knowing the song at the first rehearsal was not only imperative but part of the deal. Somehow, many people in the show say they never saw that e-mail, even though we know it was sent.  So, many did not know their song by heart and I could not do any helpful work.  And then new issues keep popping up.  I’m so used to the smoothness of how Kritzerland has always worked, and that’s what I was hoping for here, but alas it has not happened that way and it really needs to start happening that way.  I’m not certain how the new issue thing will be resolved.  And that, dear readers, is why these here notes are being written so late.

Yesterday was a day that had a bit too much drama at times, and yet it was a day that had some splendidly splendid things in it.  In the non-splendid department, I swear there were about fifty robo-calls yesterday.  It was relentless and you can’t block the numbers because they change them every single day.  I am at the point where I’m going to let the land-line go as I get much fewer spam calls on the cell phone.  The helper called early – I’d only gotten about five-and-a-half hours of sleep at that point.  She came by at nine-thirty and picked up what she needed.  Then I printed out orders and had some telephonic calls, and then got back to bed around eleven and slept until one-thirty – so somewhere in there I got eight hours.  At that point, I didn’t have a huge amount of time before our Kritzerland work session, which we’d decided to do an hour before the Group Rep rehearsal, so I shaved, and then had a really lovely telephonic conversation with the gal I’d decided would do the audio book of GEE.  She was gracious enough to want to audition, and both Muse Margaret and I agreed that of the other three I was considering, she was the best in terms of understanding the rhythm and character of the third-person narration and having the gravitas, especially for part one of the book.  There were things that weren’t quite right, but this woman is a terrific actor and a couple of words about those things and she’ll be just fine.  So, I told her the deal, and her response was, “So, you want me to do it?”  To which I responded, “Yes!”  So, she was thrilled and I was thrilled and I sent her the galley of the book so she can read it, after which we’ll converse about it and she can get to work on it.  The best thing about this decision is the history involved.  So, I’m happy to announce that GEE will be read by the one and only Diana Canova.

We then had our second Group Rep rehearsal and while it was okay I could not do any work with the singers, at least the kind I wanted to do. So, that’s all going to happen at their second rehearsal, I guess.  We had quite a few people, and of course we had Kritzerlanders Robert Yacko and Daniel Bellusci and they’re doing songs they’ve performed at Kritzerland.

Then I immediately moseyed on over to Barone’s for dinner with David Wechter.  I hadn’t eaten a thing all day, so I couldn’t wait to eat.  We split that great antipasto salad and it was as good as it was the first time.  David had some whole wheat pasta with veggies thing, while I had the shrimp scampi thing, which was really good.  And then a little crème brulee thing for a sweet.  We had a lot of fun catching up and I gave him the new Adriana book.

After that, I came right home and immediately had to deal with the new issue, which involved e-mails and telephonic calls and then it was time to write these here notes.

Today, I can sleep in, then I’ll go to the mail place and hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll hopefully print out more orders, I’ll eat, and then I’m relaxing come hell or high or even low water.  I’ll listen to music and perhaps watch something, not necessarily in that order.

Tomorrow, I must be up early and to Thousand Oaks by 9:45 to attend a Bat Mitzvah, which will be followed by some kind of light lunch thing. Then on the way home I’ll stop by Sami’s to say hello.  Then I’ll come home and relax.  Sunday, I’m seeing a new musical, and then Monday we begin our busy Kritzerland rehearsal week.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora and the Hully-Gully, for today is the birthday of our very own beloved dear reader Jeanne.  So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own beloved dear reader Jeanne.  On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN BELOVED DEAR READER JEANNE!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, hopefully pick up packages, hopefully print out more orders, eat, 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, lots of Nino Rota, which I am absolutely loving.  DVD, some Liza concert.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have my GEE reader cast.

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