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April 5, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, after my relentless complaining about how gas prices have plummeted everywhere but here, here finally got the memo and today the nearby Shell station had gone from 3.90 to 3.13 in one fell swoop.  Or was it one swell foop?  Funnily, Arco seems not to have gotten the memo and they’re still close to 3.80.  When no one goes there, perhaps they’ll decide that their continual gouging isn’t working for them. Otherwise, I am sitting here like so much fish, having just had my daily or nightly ten-minute drive.  Streets are pretty empty, but Ralph’s was still open at eleven, people were in the drive-through line at In-N-Out, but Taco Bell was closed and McDonald’s drive-through was open.  It’s so weird to see the two late-night jernts everyone goes to, Casa Vega and Jerry’s Deli, with no cars in the parking lot.  I have eaten nothing but stuff I didn’t enjoy all the livelong day and night and that, dear readers, is going to stop tomorrow.  As long as I’m stuck here, I am eating things I like, and I must stop with the unnecessary eating because it’s unnecessary.  I has spoken.

Yesterday was Saturday, which is about as much as there is to say about it.  I got almost eight hours of sleep, I answered e-mails, I did a few things on the computer, and then I had two helpings of the tuna pasta salad with fusilli rather than the elbow macaroni noodles.  Well, the simple truth is it simply doesn’t work with fusilli.  In fact, it’s gross with fusilli.  I don’t really know why, but the consistency of fusilli is weird, the shape is weird, and the tuna, mayo, and red onions seem not to enjoy being with the fusilli.  So, I’m throwing out the rest and that’s all there is to it.

I then spent quite a bit of time doing the final choices for the Kritzerland Online Best-Of show for tonight.  It was hard and I still probably have too many things chosen, twenty-one I think, so I may knock that down one or two things, but it’s not a real show so it doesn’t really matter, I suppose.  And then I did a show order, as I’m structuring this as I would any Kritzerland show.  I waffled back and forth on many things – I was originally in several videos, but I got rid of all but one of those, wanting to feature as many of our regulars as possible. Even so, I didn’t have any good Kerry O’Malley videos and I don’t really know why that is. I do have one from a recent show but it’s a weird angle and there’s a waiter in the shot about five times.  Anyway, I think it’s a fun list and I’m hoping everyone watches in order.  That will be easier here than on Facebook, although I’ve asked everyone there to show up on my page at six and if they do that and keep refreshing after they watch they should get it all right.

I tried my damndest to watch a motion picture on Blu and Ray after the first one I watched, but I kept starting and stopping stuff until finally settling on Born Yesterday, which I watched forty minutes of and will finish today.  The movie I did watch was entitled The Jayhawkers, starring Mr. Fess Parker and Mr. Jeff Chandler.  It’s a very bad motion picture.  Mr. Parker, who was great as Davy Crockett, has no real acting ability and he kills the film, basically.  But it’s really badly written, which is surprising given a couple of the writing credits.  Also weird is that it’s a Panama and Frank production and directed by Melvin Frank, but they weren’t exactly known for much outside of their great comedies. Anyway, it plodded along for 100 minutes and ended, which is the best I can say about it.  The transfer on this Olive Blu-ray is horrible – some old master sitting around – this was a VistaVision picture and should look fantastic.  Alas, it does not.

I then tried to watch something called The Mad Magician, another 3-D film, but as soon as the first scene began I realized I’d seen it already and it wasn’t good enough to see again.  Then I tried to watch Otto Preminger’s Hurry Sundown, but despite an excellent cast and good writers, it was the beginning of the end for Mr. Preminger.  From this film forward he never made another good film and certainly never had another hit.  Perhaps his experimenting with LSD had something to do with that.  And it didn’t help that it was yet another substandard Olive Blu-ray where they just accepted whatever they were handed.

After the forty minutes of Born Yesterday, I listened to music, then had a Stouffer’s corn souflee – only 150 calories – but it was pretty mediocre.  I had a few pretzels and a couple of pieces of salami and provolone – one of those little snack things – I only had three pieces of each.  And two English muffins.  Calorie-wise, it wasn’t too too terrible a day, but taste-wise it was thoroughly yuckilicious.  Then I took my drive.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up and I will not be cooking, so it will either be Taco Bell, McDonald’s or something delivered, probably the latter if I can find something that’s not too calorie crazy.  And then we’ll have our Kritzerland Online Best-Of show beginning at six my time because my time is high time and high time is my time.  After that, I’ll finish Born Yesterday and listen to music.

This week is more of the same and I’m starting to think about doing something here that would be productive, so I’m pondering what that might be – I do have some ideas.  Other than that, it’s eating, listening, watching, a daily or nightly drive, hopefully picking up some packages, and whatever else I might find to do around the home environment.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up when I’m up, eat, have our online Kritzerland show on the Facebook and right here at haineshisway.com, finish watching, and listen to music.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them.  So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, not wanting to have any more yuckilicious food days.

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