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January 3, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, does this seem like a Friday to you?  It seems like a Tuesday to me.  Oh, well, if it’s Friday it must be Tuesday and vice versa.  Well, a Friday seems as good a day as any to get serious about some weight loss around these here parts.  I think I’m going to have to be very focused about this and I think it’s going to be VERY difficult, but I must because I cannot stomach looking at my stomach, my roly-poly stomach.  As Babs and Donna once said, enough is enough.

Yesterday was a Thursday that felt like a Monday.  I only got six hours of sleep.  Once up at ten, I futzed and finessed once I was coherent – I added a few things, deleted a few things, and smoothed out more than a few things.  Then I had to get ready and mosey on over to the House of Pies for a lunch meeting with a set designer, who, I’m happy to say, is now our set designer.  She’s a very nice young woman from Thailand.  She’s been designing sets over at LACC and was highly recommended by my set designer Tesshi.  I liked her, we talked about the play and I basically only told her what I didn’t want, which is a realistic set.  She’ll send me some designs this weekend.

I had a little salad with ranch dressing and eggs benedict, both very good.  Then I went to the mail place and picked up some packages, including one CD that was smashed to smithereens like nothing I’ve ever seen before and the CD itself is so scratched up it was ridiculous – so, that’s going back to its third-party seller as soon as they generate a return code for me.

Then I began writing and did that for a few hours.  Then I had a chocolate donut and some tuna pasta salad in the very late afternoon.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched all but the final fifteen minutes of Jean-Luc Godard’s quite weird film, Alphaville, a new 4K transfer from Studio Canal, distributed by Kino.  It looks very good most of the time and the movie is as weird as ever.  I read one Blu-ray review on a site I loathe, where the reviewer actually has the temerity to say that Kino lavished a lot of hard work on the transfer.  No, dear reviewer, they lavished nothing on anything – they merely licensed a transfer that was done by others.  It’s not really hard to get this stuff right.

Then it was back to writing – by the end of the evening I’d done a little over forty pages.  I know that seems huge, but again, when you know what the book is, you’ll understand how that’s possible.  I do think this book will be over four hundred pages, though, as a real book – as a manuscript, it may well be over six hundred pages.  And then I relaxed, did some dishes, and then listened to some great music – tonight’s Russian composer is Leonid Polovokin, who was a terrific symphonist and writer of other classical music as well as film scores.  I’m going to grab some more of his music from the Tube of You.  I listened to his ninth symphony, having already heard his marvelous seventh symphony and a wonderful suite from a film he did.

Today, I’ll be up by ten, I’ll futz and finesse, I will begin a serious attempt to lose some weight, I’ll write new pages, I’ll eat something light, or perhaps I’ll mosey on over to the theater early and go to the Chinese jernt on the corner for some of their yummilicious Wor Wonton soup.  We shall see.  I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and I’ll spend the afternoon writing, right up until I have to leave.  I’ll do the pre-show speech, but I’m not sure if I’ll stay for the show or not.  It’s Kay Cole’s final weekend, so I’ll definitely watch the Sunday matinee, but just not sure about tonight and tomorrow night.

Tomorrow, I’ll have to be up early due to she of the Evil Eye, but once I’m back, I’ll write all afternoon.  In the evening, I’ll do the pre-show speech and then decide whether to stay or not.  Sunday is our matinee, which I’ll definitely see.  Next week is very busy, getting all the Kritzerland show details done, plus meeting on the Elmer Bernstein concert, which I’ll be the host of, and starting rehearsals for Doug’s play on Tuesday evening.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by ten, futz and finesse, begin a serious attempt to lose weight, write new pages, hopefully pick up packages, eat, do a pre-show speech, and then either stay or leave.  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, more Russian symphonies from the war years.  Blu-ray, Alphaville and then Winter Kills.  Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to know that if it’s Tuesday it must be Friday.

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