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May 24, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, we had us a little bout of restless and fidgety last evening.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, the comedy team of Restless and Fidgety made a special appearance last night and hilarity ensued.


Restless: I’m feeling fidgety tonight.

Fidgety: Oh, no you’re not, keep your mitts to yourself.

Restless: Just because I said I’m feeling fidgety you get all huffy?

Fidgety: I’ll give you huffy.  Or I would if I wasn’t feeling restless tonight.

Restless: I’ll call the cops if you come near me.

Fidgety: Call the cops because I’m feeling restless?

Restless: You bet your life I will.

Fidgety: Well, I’m feeling restless, what can I do about it?

Restless: Stay on the other side of the room because frankly I’m feeling fidgety.

Fidgety: How can you feel Fidgety when you’re on the other side of the room, I’d like to know?

Restless: I can feel fidgety from anywhere.

Fidgety: News to me.  You’re creepy.

Restless: I’m creepy says Mr. I’m feeling Restless.

Both: That’s what I’m talkin’ about!


We laughed and laughed even though it wasn’t that funny.  But I happily got over the feeling restless and fidgety because I willed myself to get over it.  Will wasn’t too happy about it but then again Will is never happy unless HE’S feeling restless and fidgety.  I have no idea what the HELL I’m talkin’ about.

Yesterday wasn’t much of a day.  I slept ten necessary hours and got up at noon-thirty.  Once up, I answered e-mails, had a telephonic call, and did some work on the computer.  Around two, I went to the mail place and was quite irritated that there were neither packages or mail – several things are quite late, including the books and this does not make me want to dance a jig, I can tell you that and I have told you that.

On the way home, I stopped at Jerry’s Deli and got a Cobb salad with 1000-Island dressing, brought it home, and ate it all up.  It was very good.  I did some more work on the computer, then sat on my couch like so much fish.

I managed to finish watching South Seas Adventure, but it was a real slog.  Of course, had I seen it at the Warner Cinerama I would have loved every second of it.  But the fact is, that didn’t happen until either late 1959 or early 1960 when they played a reissue of Seven Wonders of the World.  That’s also hard to watch on home video, but as a twelve-year-old, it bowled me over large.

After that, I took a drive to Gelson’s and got their tiny little bite-size Parisienne cake sliver and came home and ate that, then sat on the couch again, beginning to feel restless and fidgety. I began watching Jean-Pierre Melville’s Two Men in Manhattan, which I’d only seen once when the Blu-ray came out seven years ago.  But I had to stop due to restless and fidgety syndrome.  I tried listening to music to no avail, so back to the couch I went, willed away the restless and fidgety and finished the movie.  It’s pure Jean-Pierre Melville – his films are unique, and I really like him a lot.  Shot in gorgeous black-and-white with a lot of incredible 1958 location shots of New York, it’s a brisk eight-five minutes.  Not much plot to speak of, but it’s all very weird and atmospheric and you’ll just weep looking at the glory that Times Square was in those days – two or three movie palaces on every block, none of which, not a single one, survives today, save for the Palace, which, back then, split its time between stage shows and films.  We see posters from Flower Drum Song and Redhead and more, all the eateries, the incredible neon – it’s fantastic.  The transfer is tops.

After that, I began listening to the symphonies of the marvelous Brit, Edmund Rubbra – he’s not a pastoral Brit like others, but I’ve always enjoyed his music and his symphonies are really marvelous, ten in all.  And then, out of the blue, it was time to write these here notes.

Today, I’ll arise when I arise, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll get out of the house for a while, then I’ll decide on food, I’ll eat whatever food shows up, and then I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

This week is all stuff to do with the Kritzerland show, so that will keep me energized and busy, not necessarily in that order.  And I think that this week I’ll call and order from two of my favorite restaurants – Barone’s and Casa Vega.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the ham chunks and cheese slices, let’s all dance the Hora and the Monkey, because today is the birthday of our beloved dear reader Jeanne, who I’ve known for a very long time.  So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our beloved dear reader Jeanne, who I’ve known for a very long time.  On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR BELOVED DEAR READER JEANNE, WHO I’VE KNOWN FOR A VERY LONG TIME!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, arise when I arise, do whatever needs doing, eat, and then watch, listen, and relax.  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, happy to have willed away the comedy team of Restless and Fidgety – they weren’t that funny because it’s hard to do comedy with a mask on.

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