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September 29, 2019:

TWO REPLACEMENTS

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much tired fish, listening to music and finally getting to these here notes after several telephonic conversations.  Those who traverse our discussion board already know what that’s about, but basically our leading player in The Man Who Came to Dinner decided it was in his best interest to drop out of the production, for a variety of reasons.  So, we’re on the lookout for a new lead and hence all the telephonic conversations.  We have some good candidates and we’re getting in contact with them and will set up meetings – we’d like to make the decision by next weekend.

Yesterday, I only got three hours of sleep, hence the tired fish thing.  She of the Evil Eye arrived at 8:50 and I was out of here about twenty minutes later.  I went to Jerry’s Deli and had my usual bacon and eggs and rye toast.  I was there until about ten, then I decided to mosey on over to Amoeba to kill another hour.  I must say I enjoy perusing the classical CDs – they have really off the beaten path albums, my kind of stuff, and they’re all used and between two and three bucks, so I always end up with ten or so and I get to discover all kinds of things, and I’m pretty good at what I select and usually really enjoy the new composers and music.  This, thus far, was and is an especially strong batch, I must say.  One of the most enjoyable things was an album of Schoenberg orchestrations of a Brahms Quintet and some Bach pieces – really great.  And I’m completely smitten with a Brit composer named Richard Arnell – I knew a little of his stuff, but boy is the album I got really great.

I only last about an hour, so I never even looked in the jazz or soundtrack/show section – that will have to be another time and another day, not necessarily in that order.  Then I went to the mail place and picked up some packages, got a spicy Eyetalian Subway thing to have later in the evening, and came home.

Once home, I answered a lot of e-mails, had some telephonic conversations, found out one of our What If gals can’t do the benefit, so I’m also on the lookout for that, and began my music listening.

At five, Jesus showed up with his helper.  They put plastic over EVERYTHING – if you saw the two small areas they were painting, you would have laughed at the overkill, but better safe than sorry, as the wags say.  They painted and were out in forty minutes with their plastic.  I listened to more music, did some work on the computer, and then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I wanted to watch the Twilight Time Blu and Ray of Rapture, starring Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Gozzi (she of Sundays and Cybele) and Dean Stockwell.  It’s such a peculiar movie – I first saw it at a sneak preview and then a few times during its run, mostly because I really liked Ms. Gozzi.  It’s still strange, beautifully photographed, and I really like the three stars, plus the lovely score by Georges Delerue.  I must say, I’m listening to some composer called Paul Dessau.  So far, the piece that’s playing, an homage to Brecht, I would call Music to Become a Serial Killer By.  VERY jagged, a jagged little pill and I’m hoping the other pieces are not of a similar stripe.  Anyway, I kept falling asleep during the movie, so I finally shut it off after fifty minutes and returned to the music listening.  And then all the telephonic calls happened and here I am to tell the tale.  I have, in fact, told the tale.

Today, I am definitely sleeping in.  Once up, I’ll do the usual things, and I believe there’s a package arriving, so I’ll go get that, I’ll eat something fun but not too heavy, and then I’m relaxing and I know I’ll be talking to one of our potential leading player choices in the early evening.  I’ll try to finish Rapture and move on to Ace in the Hole.  I’ve had the Blu-ray since it came out and have never watched a moment of it.

This week is all meetings and meals, meeting actors and hopefully finding our new leading player, find a replacement for the What If benefit, go and do and do and go, and I’ll probably have to go see one of the actors we’re considering in a show he’s doing.

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 and maybe even some unusual things, hopefully pick up a package, eat, relax, talk to one of our potential actors, and watch stuff.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics 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, as we begin the hunt for two replacments.

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