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September 27, 2019:

NEXT TO NORMAL

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Well, dear readers, things are back to normal, Internet-wise, at haineshisway.com.  Well, next to normal, anyway.  We can never be completely normal, can we?  Writing these here notes last night on an iPhone was a bit of a trial, but I did it, got them posted, and changed the topic of the day, all on the iPhone.  And the second I typed the word of the day, which was FIXED, well, with a certain irony, the Internet came back at that very moment.  Go know.  At this moment, I am listening to the sax stylings of the rather amazing Paul Desmond.  I think it’s safe to say that he was one of the greatest of them all with a tone that’s never been equaled by anyone.  Smooth, baby.  Sensual. Sublime.  Soulful. Sparkling. Scintillating.  Shimmering.  And those are just the S words.  I love him on all the Brubeck quartet albums, but I also love his solo albums on A&M with the Don Sebeskey orchestrations.  Luscious.  Right now, I’m listening to his A&M Simon and Garfunkel album, which is absolutely fantastic.

Yesterday was a day that came and went so fast that one moment it was here and the next moment I was writing these here notes.  Part of that was because I didn’t arise until noon o’clock after nine hours of scintillating, shimmering sleep.  Once up, I answered e-mails, ascertained that the iPod had finished loading 27,000+ songs, ejected it, and then did the two updates – one for the new OS and one for Safari.  That didn’t take too long.  Then I made the most interesting discovery with the new Mojave main screen.  If you have it in regular “light” mode (rather than “dark”), it actually changes as the day changes – becomes brighter with a bright blue sky at noon, then at dusk the sky and screen begin turning to nightfall, and then we have a starry sky once night has happened.  I like that.

I worked on the new song for a bit, then moseyed on over to the mail place and picked up one package and no mail, went to Jerry’s Deli, where I had the best ever chili, cheese, and onion hot dog and a few fries.  It really was the best it’s ever been.  Then I came right home.

I did some work on the computer, listened to a lot of interesting music, and then at around eight I went to Gelson’s for my evening snack.  I got some shrimp cocktail shrimp and some little crab claws – those items are just about calorie-free, very filling and the best kind of snack.  I came home, made some cocktail sauce, and ate it all up, and boy was it filling, but hardly any calories, so I do think I was either right at 1000 or even a bit under.  And no sugar.

I continued listening to music, I had not one telephonic conversation, I shaved so I wouldn’t have to do that today, and then it was time to write these here notes.

Today, I can sleep in again, then I’ll do the usual things, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then I’ll relax until it’s time to mosey on over to the Group Rep for our table reading of The Man Who Came to Dinner.  I hate table readings, but was asked to do this so why not?  I wouldn’t do it if it was close to rehearsal, but this can’t hurt.  And two of our guest performers can be there – Barry Pearl and Kay Cole, so that will be ever so much fun.  I’ll also make some notes as we go.  Then I’m hoping some of us can grab some food, since I won’t really have eaten before then.

Tomorrow, she of the Evil Eye is back, so I’ll be up early and go have the usual early breakfast.  Then I’m not sure what’s happening for the rest of the weekend.  Next week is busy – working on songs, writing some stuff, doing some more prep work for next year’s book, and welcoming in a brand-new month.  Hard to believe we’re heading towards the last few months of the year and into a new decade.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, do the usual things, hopefully pick up packages, relax, do a table reading, and sup.  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 – Blu-ray, can’t remember what’s on the pile, but I want to watch the movie Rapture again and also Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole.  CD, so many.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that things are back to next to normal.

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