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February 28, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry, for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon and I must try to get some semblance of a beauty sleep.  Normally, she of the Evil Eye comes on Saturday morning, but because we have to do an early stumble-through I had to have her come a day early.  So, that is why I must write these here notes in a hurry so let me end this damn paragraph already.

Yesterday, I did get almost eight hours of sleep. Once up, I answered lots of e-mails with a lot of back-and-forth regarding the theater and someone messing up the light board for our show, causing last Sunday’s show to be missing three key lights on stage left.  The e-mails from the theater to the people involved and to the membership in general were pretty strong, as they should have been.  And hopefully, the project involved are following the new rules that were set up so that we don’t have any issues this weekend.

I did some work on the computer, then went and got a little Taco Bell for food, came home, ate it, and then an hour later I moseyed next door so Grant and I could put in the rest of the fixes (the final fixes) and fix all the wonky page numbers.  The first thing he addressed was the wonky page numbers.  We ascertained where the numbers went wonky, he saved the text from the latest version, then deleted those pages in total, then cut and pasted in what he’d saved, and then all the numbers were right and the acknowledgements were back, so that was good.  Then he had to redo the photo pages for the second insert, which was easy (just leaving the blank pages), and then we entered the nine or ten simple fixes that were left.  I’m giving it the once-over, but that should be it for the text, so that’s a good thing.

After that, I came home, shaved, and then we had our second Kritzerland rehearsal.  First to arrive was Jason Graae, who hadn’t been with us on Monday.  He’s doing songs he’s done many times.  First up was I’ll Be Here Tomorrow from The Grand Tour, in which he starred a few years ago, then Tap Your Troubles Away, then Marianne, also from The Grand Tour.  We laughed a lot.  Then everyone but Kim Huber came and ran their songs, as they had on Monday.  I finessed a few things along the way.  And Brittney Bertier was with us for the first time, too – her songs are fun – Look What Happened to Mabel, That Was Yesterday (from Milk and Honey), and Wherever He Ain’t.  We finished around 8:45.

Then I ate an obscene amount of cherry chocolate chip ice cream, whilst giving the book its final once-over, answering more e-mails, having a telephonic conversation, and occasionally listening to music.

Today, I’ll be up by eight-thirty, I’ll go have a light breakfast, go to the mail place to hopefully pick up packages and praying that an important envelope is either there or arrives today – it’s going to be a very difficult weekend if that doesn’t happen.  Then I hope to work with Grant as he does the photos and then all he’ll have left is the front and back covers and the dust jacket flaps and their copy, which is already written.  Then I’ll see our show in the evening.

Tomorrow, I’ll be up by eight-thirty again, the two singers who’ve only had one rehearsal are coming at ten-thirty to run their stuff, then we do the stumble-through at noon o’clock.  I’ll give whatever notes I have, and then some of us will go out for a bite to eat, I’m sure, and then I’ll relax and rest my voice.  Sunday, I’ll sleep in, arise, relax, get ready, and then mosey on over to Vitello’s for sound check and then show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eight-thirty, have a very light breakfast, hopefully pick up packages and an important envelope, hopefully work on the book, then see our show.  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, classical stuff.  Blu-ray, who knows?  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have inched closer to finishing the designed book and happy to have had a good second Kritzerland rehearsal.

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