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June 6, 2019:


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Well, dear readers, what the HELL happened to yesterday?  I think the day simply disappeared.  It was here and it was gone, just like that, just like poof (foop, spelled backwards) – all I know is that at some point I began watching some videos and it was evening.  Well, let’s go back and see if we can reconstruct what happened to the disappearing day.

I was awakened at ten-thirty after about seven hours of sleep. I then stayed in bed, fell asleep, and got up just before noon o’clock. So, I did get eight hours of sleep and that was a good thing.  Once up, I answered e-mails, that much I remember.  I’m sure I did some work on the computer, and I’m equally sure I went to the mail place and picked up no packages or mail.  I’m equally sure that I stopped at McDonald’s for a Filet-O-Fish and a Big Mac, and I know, for example, that I came home and ate both.  What I can’t exactly remember was what I was doing while the food sat here like so much fish/Big Mac.  Because I did something that had some urgency to it, and yet I can’t remember a damn thing about whatever it was.  Not a damn thing, do you hear me?

Then I do remember going out to the garage and spending ninety minutes out there trying to locate a box o’ stuff that I could not locate. It’s somewhere, but I don’t remember what it looks like.  I’m pretty sure I know in which area it resides, but after lugging boxes up and down, I just had to stop.  I did find a few interesting things, including another box of Kritzerland show music, so that’s a good thing.  I’m going to try and get the helper over here with her truck so we can cart some of this stuff I don’t really need here over to her big 5,000 square foot space.  I think we can get about thirty boxes out of here and that will make everything nicer and make things that ARE here easier to find.

I came back in the house and went through the stuff I found – I watched Jersey Men, the concert I directed for Kevin Spirtas and Sean McDermott, which we filmed professionally for release a decade ago, but which never came out because the boys ran out of funds to do the pressing.  It’s very entertaining, and it contains a number whose staging I’m still very, very proud of.  I may have the master transferred (I have a rough DVD that doesn’t look great and doesn’t have the finished sound mix), and then I’ll have it broken up into clips and perhaps post some of it.  I also watched some of the Two’s Company video – most of that’s on YouTube, but it was fun to see it “in one”, as it were.  There were a bunch of unidentified CDs, so I labeled those, threw out some junk, and then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish because I was all in and couldn’t remember a damn thing about the disappearing day.

Last night, I watched bits and pieces of a home-grown Blu and Ray someone gave me at some point, that I’d never looked at.  Several episodes of The Dinah Shore Chevrolet Show, said episodes all from the 1960-1961 season.  Lots of fun guest stars – Charles Laughton, Miyoshi Umeki, Polly Bergen, Jack Jones (in uniform – he was given time off from basic training in the Air Force), Red Skelton, Carol Channing (about to start her tour in Show Girl), Nat King Cole, and other fun folks.  Lots of musical numbers and dancing, but the credits are all cut off save for one episode.  I believe most of the choreography was by Tony Charmoli, but the one episode with credits has choreography by Tom Hansen.  These shows were produced by George Schlatter, who would go on to do Laugh-In.  Anyway, they don’t do stuff like this anymore – simple, quaint, and no flash – bring it back, is what I say.

After that, I went to Gelson’s and got some salad from the salad bar – just some lettuce, scallions, red, green, and yellow peppers, egg bits, some crumbled blue cheese, and some black olives.  I came home, made some Good Seasons Eyetalian dressing and ate the salad up.  So, not so many calories.  Then I relaxed and listened to music.

Today, I’m hoping to get eight hours of sleep, then I’ll go back in the garage and hunt for what I’m looking for, then I’ll eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’m doing a radio show with our very own Donald Feltham. After that, I’ll come home and relax.

Not sure what’s happening tomorrow, but Saturday is a Group Rep rehearsal, Sunday I can relax, I think, Monday is a stumble-through, and then we do the show on Tuesday and Wednesday night.  If you’re in the area, do come and support the Group Rep – it’s going to be a fun evening, I think.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, try to get eight hours of sleep, hunt around in the garage, eat, hopefully pick up some packages, do a radio show, and then relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What were your favorite classic variety shows?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall ponder the mystery of the disappearing day.

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