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February 15, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, Valentine’s Day is done, not that I actually had a Valentine.  I can’t remember the last time I had an actual Valentine.  My daughter did wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day and frankly that’s enough for the likes of me.  But it wasn’t a bad day as days go.  I got eight hours of sleep, the alarm functioned properly, and I entered over 150 pages of fixes, leaving only another eighty or so, and then I can begin the next set, which shouldn’t take nearly as long.  What’s taken so long with this last set is this: I don’t punctuate lyrics – EVER.  I hate it and I just like no punctuation unless it’s after the final word or to add a question mark.  But I began to think that maybe they would read better with a bit of light punctuation, rather like Mr. Sondheim does.  So, this proofer did that and that’s what’s taken so damn long because there are hundreds of lyrics in the book.  If I’d only entered book fixes, I would have been done in an hour rather than four days.  I’ve added most of the suggested punctuation, but not all, especially if I feel it doesn’t get my point across or harms the flow of a line or multiple lines.  Mostly, it’s few commas, periods at the ends of verses, question marks and a few dashes.  And my other proofer will hopefully check out the punctuation and let me know his thoughts.

I never went out for food.  I had an English muffin and a bit of leftover a mini-cheese cake from Gelson’s, as the plan was to eat after the show.  I took several breaks during the day, I had some telephonic calls, settled (finally!) on our pianist for the March Kritzerland show and Doug made a tentative schedule that will hopefully work for everyone, and wrote the blurb for the show so we can get our flyer done and I can get the Facebook event page up and running.  Then I shaved and showered and moseyed on over to Gelson’s.

I got the cast some Valentine’s Day candies and I got Peyton a really cute Vaentine’s Day stuffed teddy bear. I then moseyed on over to the theater.  I gave the cast and Peyton their goodies, then hung out in the lobby.  Sami’s mom and dad came last night, so that was fun.  It was a small house due to the holiday, but actually there were more folks than were on the books, so basically we had the kind of house we had at our previews.  And I must say they were a wonderful group – laughing in the right places and seemingly really enjoying the show.  It ran very tightly and the actors did a terrific job, as always.  After the show, the Staitmans decided they weren’t up for food, so I just left and stopped at In-N-Out and got a burger and animal fries, came home, and ate all of that up and rather vociferously.  It was good.  Then I listened to music and relaxed.

Today, I’ll be up at eight-thirty, as she of the Evil Eye will be here and I’ll go have a light breakfast to kill time.  Once home, I’ll finish entering fixes, then begin the final set, which shouldn’t take all that long.  My goal was to get the corrected book to Grant by Monday and I think I’ll meet that goal.  I’m not intending to go see the show this night – I’ll stay home and relax and listen to music and maybe even watch something.  But mostly it will be fixes and more fixes.

Tomorrow, I’ll attend our matinee and we do a talkback afterwards.  Then I’m hoping some of us will go have a nice meal.  Then next week is all book stuff, meetings and meals, a work session for the Kritzerland show, a second put-in for our third-week replacement gal, and then I’ll attend her first show, but not the rest of the weekend’s shows because I’ve got to get ready for the big Kritzerland rehearsal week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up at eight-thirty, have a light breakfast, hopefully pick up packages, come home, enter fixes until I’m finished, and then begin the next set.  I’ll have a snack at some point and at some point I’ll have a snack.  I’ll listen to music, and maybe even watch something. Today’s topic of discussion: How did you spend your Valentine’s Day, and did you have an actual Valentine?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a pleasant non-Valentine’s Day.

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