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November 1, 2019:

HAPPY NOVEMBER

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Well, dear readers, may I just say it’s November.  How did THAT happen?  That means we’re in the final two months of this year.  How did THAT happen?  In any case, it’s November, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that November will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  I tell you, October flew by, like a gazelle eating five pounds of Halloween candy, having a sugar high, and recounting the story of The Randy Vicar and the Almond Joy.  I gotta tell you.

The final day of October was a lazy kind of day, really.  Well, I slept until one – nine hours of sleep.  Once up, I answered e-mails, had telephonic calls, the helper’s mom came by to pick up some stuff, and then I went to the mail place and picked up no packages and no important envelope.  After that, I went to Gelson’s and got some mayonnaise for my tuna sandwiches.  I had two things of mayo in the refrigerator, but both were past their expiry dates.

Then I came home and made the tuna and ate my tuna sandwiches all up and I must say they were excellently excellent.  After that, I listened to music and relaxed, then worked at the piano for almost two hours.  And then it was time for the trick-or-treaters to arrive.  They didn’t, really.  All told, between seven and eight-thirty we had about twelve kids, as opposed to the 500 kids we’d have in the City of Studio.  So, dangerously, I have a LOT of candy left and I overdid it a bit and am currently having a sugar high and recounting the story of The Randy Vicar and the Shelled Peanuts.  That one’s a corker, I must say.

I watched a few of the Night of the Living Dead extras, then for my Halloween motion picture viewing I watched Godzilla – or Gojira, to be more accurate – which is part of a huge new Criterion set of all the Showa era films.  Sadly, Toho refused to give them elements to work with, other than older transfers – Toho is just about the worst in the regard and shame on them.  I enjoyed Gojira, as I always do.  It’s basically the same transfer they’d put out a few years ago – it’s a little dark, but decent, certainly.  Also included on the disc is the Raymond Burr version, and that is also the same transfer as before.  I did check out a little of Godzilla Raids Again, and that transfer is kind of pathetic, but then again, so is that film.

I did get up the few times people arrived for candy.  There were some cute costumes, and all of the kids who came here seemed to be under eight years old.  After the movie, I will admit I ate some peanuts, unshelled (unshelling them takes work), and more candy.  I feel rather disgusting right now.  Then I listened to more music and relaxed.

Today, I can sleep in again, then I’ll do the morning routine.  Then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages and an important envelope, then I’ll do work at the piano and computer, then I’m having a dinner meeting – where, I have no idea.  After that, I’ll probably watch another Godzilla movie, unless a screener arrives.  It’s a little unusual to have only gotten one prior to this month.  VERY unusual, actually.  Then I’ll relax.

Tomorrow, we’re back rehearsing The Man Who Came to Dinner and it will be great to finally have The Man with us.  Very much looking forward to working with him and seeing how much our company of players retained after three days off.  That lasts four hours and then we’ll see about having food.  Then I can relax and listen to music and watch stuff and of course work at the piano and computer.

Sunday can, I think, be a ME day, and then on Monday we begin four days of rehearsals, followed by a day off, and then resuming on Saturday.  But I also have to prep two new releases and write those liner notes, plus meetings and meals and going and doing and doing and going, so a very busy week and, in fact, a very busy November.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, hopefully pick up packages and an important envelope, work at the piano and the computer, have a dinner meeting, and then watch a motion picture and relax.  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 – CD, all manner of things.  Blu-ray – lots of Godzilla movies.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we welcome in November – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that November will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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