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September 22, 2019:


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Well, dear readers, I don’t normally procrastinate, but today was a day of procrastination, What If-wise.  I just needed a day of doing nothing and nothing is exactly what I did, or next to nothing, which is also the sequel to Next to Normal.  I did get nine-and-a-half hours of very needed sleep, so that was good. I got up at around noon-thirty, answered some e-mails, listened to some music, and then I moseyed on over to the mail place, where I picked up a few packages.  Then I went to Jerry’s Deli but did not eat there.  I got a little turkey and a little roast beef, four pieces of rye bread, some cole slaw, a pickle, and then I came home and ate one roast beef sandwich and one turkey sandwich, both very good and both calorie friendly, and I ate the cole slaw.

I did do some work at the piano, though.  And because she of the Evil Eye didn’t come today (out of town for another week or so), I did the laundry, so everything is clean and fresh. Whilst doing said laundry, I had a telephonic conversation, and then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the new Twilight Time Blu and Ray of Otto Preminger’s Whirlpool, starring Miss Gene Tierney, Mr. Richard Conte, Mr. Jose Ferrer, and Mr. Charles Bickford.  It’s not my favorite Preminger film – the story starts off well, but then becomes a little silly.  But, as I said back in 2013 the last time I watched it, psychiatry and hypnosis were pretty novel things and people bought into the film then, where today you just sort of sit there like so much fish and go, “Yeah, uh huh.”  I do absolutely love the opening scene at a Wilshire Blvd. department store – really great.  The actors are terrific, and the David Raksin score is aces.  The transfer is certainly not new, which is disappointing.

I did stop the film a few times to move stuff from the washer to the dryer and to put new stuff in the washer while the dryer was drying – that continued for three loads.  Then I began watching the other new Twilight Time release, The Tall Men, starring Mr. Clark Gable, Miss Jane Russell, Mr. Robert Ryan, and Mr. Cameron Mitchell.  I’d only seen this once before, many years ago, and I remembered absolutely nothing about it, but it’s quite an amiable little western that just ambles along from scene to scene, which is kind of refreshing to see in a world filled with overplotted, overhyped, loud and obnoxious movies.  Gable is fun, Jane is feisty, and the dialogue is really pretty great, actually. Raoul Walsh was the director. This transfer is new and it’s pretty gorgeous.  I’ll await, of course, the usual suspects and their cries of TEAL, but the color is spot on and they will, as always, be completely wrong.

After that, and all the laundry, I put the clean sheets on the bed, got all the clothes in their respective drawers, and the towels where they needed to go.  Then Doug sent me the Creature booklet for proofing.  It looks great, I found two little typos, they’ve been fixed, and so that can go to the printers now.  Then I listened to some music and relaxed and that was pretty much it – a day of next to nothing.

Today, I WILL work on the What If benefit and get all the stuff assigned so people know what they’re singing.  I’ll eat, maybe take a drive if I have time, hope it cools off a bit, and perhaps I’ll watch something if I’m in the mood.

This coming week I must find our Banjo replacement, I have many meetings and meals, I’ll continue writing music if the inspiration is there, and I’ll begin structuring the What If benefit, figure out our brief rehearsal schedule, we’ll ship out all the Henry King at Fox, most likely on Tuesday, and I’ll do whatever else needs doing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, work on the What If benefit, eat, maybe take a drive, watch something, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topic and we all get to post about them.  So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a day of doing next to nothing.

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