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April 6, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, we had us an online Kritzerland show last night, a retrospective of past shows, and I have to say it was kind of amazing.  I’m sure it could have been smoother with more knowledge on my part, but the live thing worked out very well and was really fun.  It was a little confusing seeing who was on with me, but I can tell you that Alice Ripley stopped by and Glory Crampton stopped by and Bruce Vilanch stopped by and a few other folks from the recording days.  We had about forty people or more for the live bits.  So, I’d do the live bit and then instantly post the video.  Some folks were still confused because they were not accessing the live video from my actual page – but eventually everyone got it and there were so many nice comments on the videos.  And it played like one of our real shows.  I was pretty loose in the live stuff, even though it was all written out for me.  And at some point, I asked why no one had sent me pie and why wasn’t pie on my doorstep?  About fifteen minutes before we ended, the doorbell rang and it was a guy from BJ’s restaurant with some mini pizookies, courtesy of Dan and Kendra Miller, Hadley’s folks.  She works in their corporate offices.  In any case, it was really fun, and I’ll leave the videos up on Facebook.  I also posted them here, because that seemed of interest to folks who don’t Facebook, and yet none of those folks were here.  Go know.

Otherwise, yesterday was a typical day in Dogpatch USA.  I got about six-and-a-half hours sleep, got up, got all the commentary done then got all the links into that document so that all I had to do was cut and paste into Facebook and here.  That part worked very smoothly.  Then I ordered two sandwiches from Jersey Mikes via Door Dash.  I ordered a regular Philly cheesesteak and a regular turkey and provolone.  They arrived about twenty minutes later.  I ate the Philly cheese and it was surprisingly good.  And I ate half of the turkey and provolone and that was also good.  Then I shaved and showered and got prettified, then I listened to music and relaxed until six, when we began our show.  The show ran long and I’m sure it could have been shorter if I was savvier about these things.  All told it was close to three hours, mostly because I couldn’t really be exact on when to resume the live video and every time I did resume it I had to wait for everyone to join in.  But it was just the tonic I needed and I know everyone laughed and enjoyed the videos.

After we finished, I ate the rest of the turkey sandwich and one of the mini-pizookies, which was most excellent.  They sent vanilla ice cream with it, too, and it was great.  And I have one more and some little bite-size something or others for today’s sweet.  Then I took a fifteen-minute drive to keep the motor car in shape, came back, listened to music and relaxed.

Today, I’ll arise when it suits me, and then I’ll hopefully hear that the book has gone to the printers and that I’ll have my test soft and hardcover in about a week.  Otherwise, I’ll try to keep my energy on high, and we’ve begun making charts for the songs in the new musical I’m working on so I have to proof all that.  I’ll hopefully pick up packages (there are three there from the last few days), I’ll eat, most likely Taco Bell or McDonald’s unless I decide to rustle up a batch of Wacky Noodles, which I just may do.  Then I’ll listen, watch, and listen.

The rest of the week is more of the same, and more of the same, and more of the same, not necessarily in that order.  I may start reading another bio.  I really enjoyed the Woody Allen autobiography and didn’t think much of the Sam Wasson book on Chinatown.  I have so much here that I’ve never read and I’m thinking I might tackle the Jerome Robbins good, which is VERY long.

Before I get to our closing paragraph, I just want to say that watching these videos yesterday gave me such pleasure, both from the amazing talent and hearing the audiences have pleasure.  I put up several videos with our young performers and I get very emotional seeing them because we’ve literally watched them grow up.  For example, Jenna Lea Rosen started with us when she was eleven and she can drink now.  I can’t even process that.  And Sami’s not far behind her.  Anyway, if you missed it all, you can at least watch all the videos – they’re all here in yesterday’s topic and watch them in order – that’s the best way.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, arise when it suits me, hopefully hear the book has gone to the printers, proof some charts, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then listen, watch, and listen.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films starring Judy Holliday?  She had quite a run of them in the 1950s.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that our Kritzerland at Facebook retrospective show was so much fun.

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