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July 2, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, July is flying by, like a gazelle doing One Grecian Urn.  But before I get to that, I must tell you that I have come to embrace the mini cans of Diet Ginger Ale.  And they embraced me back and now we’re all huggy and having a nice relationship, after a somewhat bumpy beginning because I didn’t understand the point of the mini cans.  But sometimes a mini can is just the right amount of soda pop to satisfy, without pouring an entire can down your gaping maw.  I call this The Mini Cans and I and am writing a new musical with that title. I’ve already written some wonderful songs for the show: Hello, Young Mini Cans.  Is a Puzzlement Why There Are Mini Cans.  We Drink from Mini Cans in a Shadow. Getting to Know Mini Cans.  I Have Dreamed of a Mini Can.  I think we’ll premiere this in the year 2014 when we can all go outside again.  I no longer have a clew as to what the HELL I’m talking about, but I’ve enjoyed this paragraph more than you know, not that I actually know what you know – more than you know being a figure of speech, that figure being 10.

Yesterday was actually quite a nice day all the way around.  I was up at ten after seven hours of sleep, got myself together (no mean feat), and then left to do my banking.  I decided to chance just going to my bank and hoping they’d do what I needed, and that was the right choice – the line wasn’t too terrible – about seven minutes to get in the door and then another five to get to a teller.  She did indeed do what I needed her to do and that part went very quickly indeed.  Once I was done with that, I came directly home in the motor car.  Once here, I answered e-mails and did some work on the computer.  Then I had a short but fun visit with Adryan Russ and her ever-lovin’ Dale.  They were masked but came in and we chatted for a bit.  Once they left, I ordered from Stanley’s – my favorite pasta thing – and that arrived thirty minutes later.  I ate it all up and it was excellent, as always.  I was a good boy and only had a small piece of bread.

Then I got another thing that involves the mystery thing I’m working on – that was fun.  And then I did work on the August Kritzerland show.  I confirmed our core cast, then began assigning songs from my list o’ songs.  And I had to write some special material lyrics for the song that will open the show, and that took a while but was lots of fun.  Then I needed a break, so I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on Blu and Ray, starring the two and only Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson. It wasn’t as much fun as The Hound of the Baskervilles in terms of the Holmes and Watson stuff – this one made Holmes too kind of nasty to Watson, which I thought was a mistake.  But lots of it was fun, especially Basil in disguise singing a music hall number, with surprisingly fleet feet.  Fleet Feet – that’s the title of my next novel. A young Ida Lupino is in it, along with George Zucco as arch nemesis Professor Moriarty.  The music is terrible in the last third of the film.  The transfer is okay.  Now on to the Universal films.

After that, I went back to work on the August Kritzerland, almost finished assigning songs, finished the special material lyrics, and had a telephonic conversation.  That actually took the rest of the evening, so I got no listening in or relaxing, but I was simply really enjoying the work.  And speaking of Simply, dear reader Jrand wrote a lovely review of the book on Amazon.  It made me happy.  Hoping others will finish it soon and add some more reviews, as they’re very helpful.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages (I think one arrived yesterday, but I never got over there), I’ll eat something light but fun – it may finally be steak day, which will require a Gelson’s stop – then I’ll do more Kritzerland show work on both shows, and do whatever else needs doing.  I’m still hoping to hear from the two performers I’ve asked to join our merry troupe, but I had to private message them on Facebook so who knows how often they’re on it.  Then at some point I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow is more of the same, and then on the weekend I’m hoping to relax and not do much of anyone.  I don’t think they’re allowing any big fireworks displays this year, but people seem to have plenty of illegal fireworks so I’m sure it will be noisy.  Then next week is all prep for the Sunday August 12 Kritzerland show.  We’ll do our three live tests, probably on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – I’ll sing original me songs in those.  The more me songs on YouTube and Facebook the better, as people can then reference songs from the book while actually hearing the music.

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, I must hopefully pick up packages, I must eat, I must work on both Kritzerland shows, and I must do whatever else that needs doing, then I can watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite Sherlock Holmes films, stories, and plays, which actors did you think made the best Holmes and Watson, and when did your first discover Sherlock Holmes?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall sing my new score for The Mini Cans and I.

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