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June 7, 2020:

TONIGHT AT FIVE/EIGHT

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Well, dear readers, we had our third Facebook and YouTube Live test last night and it went smoothly, so I think and hope we’re ready for tonight’s show.  We had very few with us live, but people apparently watched it later as there were quite a few views.  For this one, I sang Three Acts, a song I haven’t really performed much over the years.  But these three songs for these tests are but a prelude to tonight’s Kritzerland show, if you get my meaning and I know you do, because there are no dear readers smarter than you dear readers.  In other news, the house is sparklingly clean after eleven weeks of me trying to at least have a semblance of clean.  It took she of the Evil Eye an hour longer to clean than usual, but I’m happy to have no dusty floors and everything cleaned properly.  To be cleaned properly is what we all need, don’t we?  I gotta tell you.

Yesterday wasn’t such a bad day.  I was up at eight-thirty, she of the Evil Eye arrived soon thereafter, and I decided to drive over to Jerry’s Deli to see if they were doing dine-in – it certainly did not appear so.  So, from there I drove to the Four ‘N’ Twenty Pies on Laurel Canyon.  They were indeed doing dine-in but the parking lot was full and there were five cars pulling in, so that was a no-go.  I then drove to that Bank of Bur, to the Coral Café – they were also doing dine-in and so that’s where I went.  The table distancing was very well thought out.  There were about six tables taken and I found an open one and sat.  The wait person was gloved and masked.  I decided on the Eggs Benedict with hash browns.  It was great and it was so nice to sit in a restaurant again.

After that, I went to the mail place, but there was nothing to get, and then I drove home.  Whilst she of the Evil Eye finished up, I was in the garage doing some organizing – things have been piling up so I’m trying to get it all clean in there again so I can actually look for a few things.  She left, and I finally did some work on the computer, had some telephonic conversations, and then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Yesterday, I watched a motion picture called It Should Happen to You, starring Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, and introducing some young actor named Jack Lemmon, written by Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor.  I have never found Mr. Cukor very interesting as a visual filmmaker, but he gets the job done.  It’s not a great movie, but Miss Holliday is wonderful, as always, and Mr. Lemmon, despite an annoying character, is charming.  Peter Lawford was never really my cuppa.  There are some wonderful 1954 shots of New York, especially Columbus Circle.

After that, it was time for our third Facebook and YouTube Live test and that was fine.  Once that was over, I tried to decide on what food I’d have for the evening.  I thought about the small frozen pizza things, but I knew I’d have to eat two since they’re not very satisfying, but two is almost 900 calories, so instead I decided to be healthy and had a Chinese chicken salad from Stanley’s – it was great and the bread was especially fresh. After that, I sat on my couch like so much fish, once again.

Last night, I watched four Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes from season five – I had the DVD box and had never even opened it.  The first two episodes, Arthur, and The Crystal Trench were both directed by Hitchcock.  Arthur is really fun, with Laurence Harvey and a young Patrick Macnee.  The Crystal Trench isn’t as good, and interestingly Macnee is in that one, too.  The next two episodes were duds.  But season five has two of the best episodes in the entire run, so I’m looking forward to those.  I think they’re both on disc two.

After that, I listened to some music and we made sure everything was ready for our show tonight.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, but certainly no later than eleven-thirty.  I haven’t decided whether I’ll eat something before the show or wait until after.  I’ll relax until show time, and then we do Kritzerland 106 and I do hope all of you dear readers will tune in and watch live, because it’s really fun when you do, and you can comment and stuff.  And the fun part is you can comment live on both Facebook and YouTube.  Here are the direct links to those pages so you can find them easily.  Our show begins at 5:00 PT and 8:00 ET.  And there are two really fun surprises that will happen at some point during the show.  After the show, I’ll relax again.

https://www.facebook.com/KritzerlandUpstairsatVitellos/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEtKuDonRVT0hUV9k4LwIeg?view_as=subscriber&fbclid=IwAR2wZJHSmTv_jYEyp91FVeLXyMAbl5vSV7BTTfO77xryyFM-3f8u7bnyrzo

This coming week is all preparing for the July Kritzerland – finishing casting, choosing songs, and getting the music to the singers.  I have actually only cast one person so far, so there’s work to be done.  One night this week, the Haverty and Powers clan and I will be dining in at the Smoke House to celebrate our having done the two online shows.

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, decide whether to eat something before the show or just save the meal for after the show, which is the likely scenario, I’ll relax, and then we do Kritzerland 106, after which I’ll probably sup and relax and watch more Hitchcock episodes.  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, as we make ready for tonight’s Kritzerland show.

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