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April 11, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to some excellent music, feeling like I want to eat the head of a chicken due to a most irritating day, which should not have been irritating but was, due to irritations that were quite unnecessary and drama that was quite unnecessary, naturally taking place on Facebook, but I knew what to do to rid myself of the meddlesome irritation and I did it without blinking an eye.  Well, maybe I blinked an eye, I can’t be certain.  I am so terribly tired of the barrage of negativity that comes at us every minute of every day.  I am essentially a positive person and this constant negativity is taking its toll, not only on me but other positive people I know.  I mean, we in Los Angeles and environs have just been told we’re staying home another month and a week, so we REALLY don’t need negative on top of that.  It’s almost like they KNOW that keeping everything negative and fearful that people will take it more seriously, but at this point if you don’t give people some damn hope there are going to be even worse things happening, as any psychologist will tell you.  In any case, I’m glad the day is done, and I don’t want a repeat of it, oh, no, I do not want a repeat of it.

Yesterday was an irritating day.  Have I mentioned that yet?  Oh, yes, I think I did.  I got about seven-and-a-half hours of sleep, with weird show business-related dreams, but that’s all I remember about them, no specifics.  Once up, I answered e-mails, had some telephonic conversations, then moseyed on over to Doug Haverty’s and picked up a mask so that I can now be the Masked Avenger.  Then I stopped at the mail place and picked up a really hefty residual of seventy-seven cents.  That was a little irritating, too.  Then I came directly home.

Once directly home, the thread thing happened, which was all about outside wearing of masks becoming mandatory in LA on April 15.  So, that thread took up some of my day and funnily after I finally nuked it I could not find that article again, even though a bunch of folks had posted it – it’s like it never existed and despite doing a lot of Googling, I could find no reference to outdoor masks being mandatory in LA on April 15.  Isn’t that weird.  I mean, I searched it every which way but loose and then I searched it loose and nothing, not a word.  Go know.

I had two egg and bacon sandwiches on bagels for the main food of the day.  I listened to music, tried to rid myself of the irritation, which didn’t work, and then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the rest of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  I do love Bea Lillie in it – she’s hilarious.  And Julie is always a wonder.  Mary Tyler Moore is just weird in it, and James Fox is so goony with his horrible American accent.  John Gavin comes off surprisingly well (both were dubbed for the singing – Fox by Jimmy Bryant, who dubbed Richard Beymer in West Side Story, and Gavin by Bill Lee, who dubbed Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music), and, for me, Carol Channing is like fingernails on a blackboard.  I thought it back then and think it more now.  The film falls apart in its final third, save for Lillie, and it’s long at almost 145 minutes (there’s an intermission, too).  It’s truly odd that there hasn’t been a Blu-ray release, but it would probably be expensive to do.  The music does sound great, and there are some incredibly awful blue screen and effects on view.  I think elmore also mentioned the costumes, which are indeed glorious.

Then I tried to watch a William Castle movie I’ve never seen, Project X.  I’m thirty minutes in and it’s really bad and I don’t know if I can stick it out – I’ll decide today.  If it were an eighty-minute film I would, but it runs 100-minutes.

Then my irritation returned like a nagging toothache, so I had my evening snack of a Lean Cuisine pepperoni pizza bread and that was fun.  Then it was more music.

Today will, I hope, be a day without irritations.  I will mention that the best of yesterday was reading the lovely comments about LA Now and Then.  And I’ll give you a little head’s up that I’ll have a few more things for your viewing pleasure soon, possibly even this very day.  I’ll eat (not sure what, but here for sure), I’ll definitely be taking a drive, I’ll see if there’s any mail to pick up, and then it will be more watching and listening, although I may do listening and watching instead.  And why not?

Tomorrow will be very interesting in that it will be exactly the same as today.  And then we have next week to look forward to and the new dictum in LA is we’re staying home until May 15 now.  If they push that to June 15 I suspect the reaction is going to surprise those doing the pushing because people are going to not react well to it, as any decent psychologist will tell you.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hopefully have a day without irritations, I must eat, I must see if there’s any mail because I sure could use another seventy-seven cent residual, I must take a drive, and then watch, listen, and take deep breaths.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Miss Julie Andrews?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that I nuked the cause of the irritation.

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