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July 13, 2019:

UNBOUND AND DETERMINED

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Well, dear readers, she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon and I am bound and determined to get a decent night’s beauty sleep, although sleeping may be difficult if I’m bound.  So, perhaps I should be unbound and determined.  Since I remember very little of a day called yesterday, this should go fairly or unfairly quickly.

Yesterday – what can I say about yesterday.  Well, I can say that I was awakened by the boisterous, noisy neighbors and if they do that one more time at nine in the morning, they will RUE the day, oh, yes, they will RUE the day.  I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I had to settle for the six-and-a-half hours I got.  Once up, I answered e-mails, then had a long telephonic conversation with ACX – they are very helpful.  We got GEE listed properly and ready for uploading.  Then we went over each step of how we needed to do this, which I wrote down carefully.

After that, I went to Jerry’s Deli with a copy of GEE, and whilst lunching on a chili, cheese, and onion hot dog and a side Caesar salad, I split the two halves of the chapterless book into five sections of about twenty-three pages each.  That’s how you have to do it with ACX – not sure why, but apparently that’s what works and what works is what works.  Then I went to the mail place and picked up no packages and no mail, not necessarily in that order.  After that, I came directly home directly.

That’s where I don’t really remember much, other than the day passed and at some point I sat on my couch like so mcuh fish and dozed off for a few minutes.  Then I finished watching Circus World – no it’s not great, but I enjoyed it for what it was and there was a fire scene that was done very well.  After that, I watched the first forty minutes of another Samuel Bronston production, 55 Days at Peking, another superb transfer (even better than Circus World) from the original 8-perf Technirama negative. Gorgeous color, wonderful clarity, and insanely good sound.  I know that this, too, doesn’t quite work, but I really have always liked this film very much.  The actors are terrific, Tiomkin’s music has wonderful themes, the photography is fantastic, and Nicholas Ray’s direction is impeccable, and the whole spectacle is wonderful, especially in this transfer.  That one’s also a French Blu-ray but without forced subtitles.  I look forward to the rest of it.

Then I listened to quite a lot of interesting music – some film scores, some classical.  If I don’t love something, I nuke it right out of iTunes.  I worked a bit on a song, read some of a script someone asked me to read, and then I took a shower.

Today, I’ll be up early for she of the Evil Eye’s arrival, then I’ll go have a light breakfast consisting of a light breakfast.  After that, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages. Then I’ll come home and I will have me a ME day, although I will choose some songs for the September show.

Tomorrow, I can also have a ME day, since the Canova woman couldn’t meet this weekend.  So, we’ll convene on Monday at the recording place, where we’ll hopefully get part one of the book done.  I’m going on the ACX time estimate, which is a bit over six hours for the word count of the book.  Hopefully four hours won’t be too taxing and I’m sure we’ll take a couple of brief breaks. That continues on Tuesday and hopefully we’ll be finished and they’ll give me the files I need on a thumb drive (mp3s – don’t take up much space).  Since we’re editing as we go, it should be done when we’re done.  The rest of the week is meetings and meals and going and doing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a light breakfast, hopefully pick up packages, then have a ME day, and choose songs, too.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite performances of Mr. Charlton Heston and Mr. John Wayne?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, unbound and determined to get a decent night’s beauty sleep.

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