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March 6, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to music Finnish composer and a wonderful one at that – Erkki Melartin – relaxing, after a day called Thursday.

A day called Thursday was a perfectly fine day, I suppose.  I almost got eight hours of sleep, did the usual things, then went to Gelson’s and got three hamburger patties, a head of lettuce, an onion, a tomato, and some low-cal hamburger buns.  I came home and made two of the three patties and put them on two buns, with the lettuce, onion, and tomato – total calories for the two was 680.  So far, so good.  Then I had a set of liner notes to write, which I did and that took up most of the afternoon but they’re on their way where they needed to go.  I had some telephonic conversations and did some work at the piano.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the rest of The Entertainer.  It’s a very good motion picture with great performances from the entire cast and very well directed by Tony Richardson.  Olivier is fantastic as Archie Rice.  I never saw anyone else play the role and there have been a lot of revivals over the years as well as an American TV version starring Jack Lemmon, which I’d like to see just because.  Most recently, Kenneth Branagh did it in the UK.

After that, I re-watched some Jerome Robbins ballets on a Blu and Ray and was once again bowled over by them.  What a genius he was.  Then I had more telephonic conversations, listened to music, and made the third hamburger, so total calories for the day right around 1,000.  Haven’t done that in ages, and I need to do it regularly.

Today, I’ll be up by eleven, and then I need to pick up some tapes, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and hopefully get confirmation that the book went to the design team, which I was told would happen yesterday – it may have, but I have not been alerted.  Then I’ll do Kritzerland show stuff until it’s time to mosey on over to the theater.  I’m going at six-thirty to make sure the sound is back to our settings – they moved everything for this staged reading they did – none of us were happy about it, but I’m told our stage manager photographed the sound board so that he could put everything back the way it was.  If there are ANY problems, it is going to be my strong suggestion that this never be allowed to happen again when there is a running production.  The equipment is old and it’s too dangerous to change settings.  Then if I know anyone I’ll stay and see the show.  If not, I’ll decide whether to watch or go home.  If I don’t watch then I’ll probably attend Saturday evening and Sunday matinee.  If I do, then I won’t attend the Saturday evening show.

Tomorrow I have a few things to do, and I’ll see the Sunday matinee and then I’ll be supping with Kay Cole after the show, so that should be fun.  Then next week is all book stuff and Kritzerland show stuff and, I think, that paperback book show signing on the fifteenth, which I can only do if they have me scheduled early, as I must attend our final performance.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eleven, pick up some tapes, eat, hopefully pick up packages, hopefully get confirmation that the book went to the design team, do Kritzerland show stuff, check out the sound for our show, perhaps see it, then come home 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, an excellent American composer called George Frederick McKay.  Blu-ray, not sure.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have finished these here notes about a day called Thursday.

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