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June 6, 2020:

THE RETURN OF SHE OF THE EVIL EYE

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Well, dear readers, we had our second Facebook and YouTube Live test last night and it went very well.  We had more viewers during the live showing and as of now over two hundred folks have viewed it.  I sang another of my songs, and another one I haven’t sung for thirty years.  It’s funny to revisit this stuff because my fingers have to remember how to play the accompaniment – it takes a few minutes, but, like riding a bicycle, it comes back pretty quickly.  Last night’s song, Someone Special, was a staple of my nightclub act that I did from 1985 to 1991, usually my second song.  I always feel that the best kind of song to have second in a club act is a charm song and one that shows the humor and charm of the performer and that one really played to my strengths back then.  The song from the night before, Lady at the Piano, has always been a favorite of what I’ve written, and it, too, was a staple of my club act and one of only three songs that I played and sang.  And we’ll have a third test this very evening at six o’clock PT and nine o’clock ET, so do tune in to hear another song of my own concocting – of all my songs that Richard Sherman has heard, this one’s his favorite.  I really enjoy doing the tests because they’re so off the cuff and I have fun.  I had so much fun, in fact, that when it was done, I got some Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and I don’t care who knows it.

Yesterday was about a half-a-day due to the fact that I did not arise until one-thirty, after ten very needed hours of sleep.  Once up, it was the usual stuff – answering e-mails, telephonic calls, doing work on the computer – then I went to the mail place and picked up some packages, then came right home.  I did some Kritzerland show stuff, went looking for a few things in the garage, and had my first ever Chick-fil-A thing.  I got two chicken sandwiches and a tiny thing of mac-and-cheese.  While I have to admit the sandwiches were very tasty, I don’t really understand the enormous popularity of a fried chicken sandwich on a bun with pickles.  It’s really curious.  Then it was time for the test thing.  After that, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first twenty minutes of the new Criterion Blu and Ray called The Great Escape.  I had the first Blu-ray from MGM and I didn’t have that many issues with it, but this is quite a nice step up from that.  But I had other things that needed doing, so I’ll finish it tonight.  Then I got the Baskin-Robbins ice cream – this time small things of pistachio almond and chocolate peanut butter – I had a little of each and both were quite yummilicious.  Then I listened to music and then it was time to write these here notes.

Today, I’ll be up by eight-thirty and then she of the Evil Eye will arrive and I’ll go do some organizing in the garage but will also go see if Jerry’s Deli is open for dining in, which I’m hoping they are.  Several restaurants have announced they are.  I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll come home to a sparklingly clean home environment.  I’ll do whatever needs doing, and then we’ll do our third Facebook and YouTube Live test, after which I’ll probably have a snack and finish The Great Escape.

Tomorrow is, of course, our Kritzerland show, number 106 and I’ll have those links in those notes and I’m hoping ALL of you will come watch us as it airs – it’s much more fun that way – you get to leave real-time comments, whether on Facebook or YouTube.  I’ll just relax up until show time at 5:00 PT and 8:00 ET.  Then next week is all planning and casting and choosing songs for the July Kritzerland.  We usually take July off but since we’re at home still we don’t have to do it on that first Sunday, which is the fifth – we can do it a few days later or a week later if we feel like doing it on a Sunday.  I do think we may have a shot of doing the August show back at Vitello’s, at least that’s my hope.  Otherwise, next week is the usual stuff and a dinner out at the Smoke House, which is now open for business.  That will be grand.  I also got notified that someone had already received their book (here in LA), so I’m hoping others get theirs soon, so we can get some damn Amazon reviews.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eight-thirty, do stuff, maybe have an early breakfast at Jerry’s Deli, should it be open, hopefully pick up packages, do a test, and then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are you looking forward to most when everything is finally back to normal?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as I happily await the return of she of the Evil Eye.

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