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September 16, 2019:

WHEN WHELMED BECOMES OVERWHELMED AND VICE VERSA

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, trying not to feel overwhelmed.  I don’t mind felling whelmed every now and then, but OVERwhelmed is, well, overwhelming. It’s a combo platter of a lot of stuff all needing to get done in the next week and me trying to stay on top of it all.  I still have a bunch of 10-CD perk e-mails to send because somehow when I was sending the first batch I missed quite a few.  So, need to get those e-mails out, then I need to get the helper over here to get the rest of the stuff that needs shipping, we’re out of boxes, so I need to order those and get some 10-CD boxes, since those will be going media mail. Then there’s proofing the two new releases that we’ll announce later in the week.  Then there’s completing the packaging for the DVD.  Then there’s casting and callbacks.  And writing.  And then preparing the two new releases and getting ready to ship the Henry King set as soon as the print is ready.  Yes, just a bit overwhelming.

Yesterday, I did manage to get eight hours of sleep, but erratically so.  I finally got up at one, answered e-mails, did some work at the piano, then on the computer, listened to some music, and then somehow it was time to get ready to attend the Group Rep new member auditions.  I first stopped at the mail place and picked up two small packages and one large envelope containing one smallish royalty check for The Brain from Planet X, the last we’ll be getting via check – everything now must be direct deposit, which I don’t really care for.  That’s one of the “upgrades” thanks to Concord’s taking over the theatrical world – they bought just about every major licensing firm and I’m not sure how any company is allowed to have that kind of monopoly, but what do I know?

Then I went to Jerry’s Deli and had a patty melt (only average – not the good chef – and some onion rings – they were very good), then I moseyed on over to the theater.  I suppose there were about eight or nine folks auditioning.  I liked four and since those four are going to get into the company, we’ll bring them in for The Man Who Came to Dinner.  Also, Laura Wolfe, who recently became a member, had to do her callback last night, as she’ll be out of town on Thursday.  I do suspect we’re going to have to cast some outside folks because not that many people have auditioned and some of those who did simply aren’t right for the show.  If we do have to go outside for a few roles, I’m going to try and use people I know because that will be easier than trying to hold auditions – we will if we must, of course. We were there from six to almost ten.

Then I stopped at Gelson’s and got some chocolate donuts, because I craved one.  I came home and ate it and will share the rest with the Geissmans today.  Then I proofed two booklets and tray cards, sent the fixes, and those should go to the printers tomorrow or Tuesday.  After that, I listened to some music – a really interesting composer named Florence B. Price, the first African American woman to ever have a symphony played by a major American orchestra.  Very enjoyable symphonies.  Then I had a long telephonic conversation, which is why these here notes are going up late.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, and then it will pretty much be a non-stop day – ordering boxes, hopefully getting the helper over here, organizing the perks for shipping, hopefully picking up some packages, eating, making sure we’re on track for the Creature DVD, and all that stuff that is, at the moment, slightly overwhelming.

Tomorrow we have more auditions, I also have writing to do, releases to prepare, meetings and meals, then on Thursday we do our callbacks and we’ll know what’s what, hopefully we’ll ship out the Henry King set, and also I’ll be getting the What If material to our cast.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, order boxes, get the perks to the warehouse for shipping, hopefully pick up packages, eat, check up on the DVD progress (I should be seeing the menu designs in the next day or two), get the packaging done and to the printer, and attempt not to be overwhelmed.  Today’s topic of discussion: Burgers – what are the best hamburgers you’ve ever eaten in restaurants or fast food – what made them so good, and what do you like on your burgers?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall try to be merely whelmed rather than overwhelmed.

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