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June 11, 2020:

THE BIG HEAT

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Well, dear readers, it’s too darn hot her in the home environment, just as it was too darn hot outside the home environment.  And yet, I can only have the air conditioning on for short periods because it’s really cold and it hurts my head and throat.  So, I cool it down, shut it off, and then it’s hot thirty minutes later.  Go know.  Otherwise, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to music and being frustrated by a lack of communication from certain quarters.  I hate when there’s a lack of communication from certain quarters, so I’ve tried dimes and nickels to no avail.

Yesterday was fun in certain ways.  I got eight hours of sleep, so that was nice.  Then I had quite a long telephonic conversation with my assistant on the New York sessions we did from 1996 to 1999.  She lives in Vienna now and it was fun to catch up on stuff.  After that, I ascertained there was one package to pick up, so I moseyed on over to the mail place.  It was just some Kritzerland CD being returned – someone ordered an extra of something.  So, that was irritating.  Then I came home and rustled up a batch of Wacky Noodles and ate them all up.  It was a good batch and very filling but that didn’t stop me from ordering three different flavors of Baskin-Robbins – pistachio nut (my favorite), Rainbow Sherbet, and chocolate chip.  They arrived and I had a tiny bit of all three, all excellently excellent and cooling in the big heat.

I did a lot of work on the Kritzerland show, but out an ask for our other New York guest star, chose some songs, had more telephonic conversations, and was too darn hot in the big heat.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray called The Light at the Edge of the World, from an unpublished Jules Verne book.  I’d never seen it but had long liked the Piero Piccioni musical score.  Well, it’s not very good.  Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, and Samantha Eggar star.  It’s a one man trying to survive a band of bad guys and it goes on for 128-minutes.  It is, for its time, very violent, not very much fun, and certainly not very Jules Verne-like.  It was an expensive production, but apparently the didn’t have much dough left for post-production and it looks like it.  The music is mixed so low that it may as well not even be there.  The miniatures are not so hot.  The best thing is the photography by the amazing Henri Decae and the actors are all fine.  The script is less than fine.  The transfer certainly looks pretty good most of the time, save for the main titles, which look like they were done by a very bad optical house, and the fact that all the day for night sequences are printed way too light.  Can’t really recommend this one but do recommend the soundtrack.

After that, I did more work on the Kritzerland show, was tempted to have more ice cream but didn’t, and then it was time to write these here notes.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll hopefully hear from the New York potential guest star, I’ll continue choosing songs for the show, I have about four more people to book for the group number, which I have to do today, I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages or some packages will hopefully pick me up, and then at some point I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is more of the same and why shouldn’t it be?

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, hopefully hear from our potential guest star, continue choosing songs and getting people music, book the rest of the folks for the group number, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What unpopular opinions do you have – about plays, movies, musicals, books?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping to cool off from the big heat.

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