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March 5, 2020:

OBSCURE BUT EXCELLENT NOTES ON A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to yet more obscure but excellent classical music, whilst writing yet more obscure but excellent notes on a variety of subjects, none of which are known to me at this time, oh, no, none of which are known to me at this time.  And we must have a variety of subjects or, at the very least, a Hollywood Reporter of subjects.  I have, in fact, been sitting here like so much fish for most of the day and some of the evening, not necessarily in that order.  But enough about me.

Yesterday was something of a day.  I didn’t quite get eight hours of sleep.  Once up, I answered e-mails, pondered why there is a “w” in the word “answered” and had some telephonic calls.  Then I got the book folder with all the cover and dust jacket elements, wrote up an instruction sheet, placed the book PDF in the folder and off it went to the publisher.  They acknowledged receipt and I believe it’s moved through all the beginning channels already and is going to the design team, who are supervised by a gentleman who’s done the for the last twelve years.  So, I’m hoping we can move right along and really hoping that this year there will not be any hiccups.

After that, I went to the mail place, picked up a couple of packages, went to Taco Bell and got some food, came home, ate the food and opened the packages, one of which contained the wrong item, one of which was a Kritzerland package marked “unable to export” – it had been opened, but all the correct paperwork was present, so it will be taken to the post office and an explanation will be demanded by a demander of explanations (aka The Helper).  I listened to music, got involved in an unpleasant Facebook volley that was beyond stupid and which I finally put the kibosh on – I’m done calling folks out on their errors and not having them have the decency to acknowledge same.  It’s everything I hate about that sorry place, but one does get sucked in from time to time by those doing the sucking.  At some point, I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled The Entertainer, starring Laurence Olivier, Brenda de Banzie, Joan Plowright, a very young Albert Finney and Alan Bates, Shirley Anne Field, and Roger Livesay.  It’s directed by Tony Richardson, who directed Olivier in the play by John Osborne.  I, of course, immediately dozed off for thirty minutes, but then I watched almost an hour of it. I think I’ve only seen it once all the way through – it’s very good and I’m enjoying it and will finish this day.

After that, I had a telephonic call, did stuff on the computer, listened to more music, played around on the Tube of You, searching for this and that as well as that and this, and then it was time to write these here notes.

Today, I can sleep in a bit and once up I shall do the usual things in the usual ways – I’ll answer e-mails, I’ll hopefully have e-mails about the book and the progress (I usually hear from the design team guy right away), I’ll cast Kritzerland, I’ll eat something light (I swear that as of today I am on a DIET, baby) but amusing, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages and return the incorrect item, and then I’ll be able to relax at some point, finish The Entertainer, and then do whatever I feel like doing.

Tomorrow, I have to go pick up some tapes, then in the evening I’ll be seeing our show, just to make sure everything is right, tech-wise.  Saturday, I’m not sure what’s happening and I probably won’t see the show, unless someone I know is going and they’d like me to be there, Sunday I am seeing the matinee with Kay Cole and we’re having food after, I believe, then I have to set all the Kritzerland stuff on Monday, and I’m hoping I’ll see a galley and cover proofs sometime next week.  We’re going to start taking book orders in the next couple of days.  I’m trying to figure out what special something I can include with it.  I’m also thinking about doing a twenty-five-copy limited edition that comes with an original hand-written lyric sheet – would anyone be interested in that at a higher price.  Presuming I have twenty-five things I’d be willing to give away. But I think that would be a fun thing.  Would it?

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in a bit, do the usual things in the usual ways, hopefully hear from the design guy, cast Kritzerland, eat something light, hopefully pick up some packages and return one, and then relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Laurence Olivier?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, whilst I close out these obscure but excellent notes on a variety of subjects.

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