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July 4, 2020:

THE TALE OF THE FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE

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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon.  So, let me begin by telling you the most interesting tale: I wanted to go to Gelson’s and get a cube steak and baked potato, but at three-thirty in the afternoon there was a line of about twenty people to get in.  I’m guessing these are the usual yahoos who wait until the last possible minute to get their goodies for the fourth of July, although who they’ll be celebrating with is anyone’s guess, since we’re all supposedly supposed to be socially isolating, but I think today we can replace socially with selectively.  Anyway, I turned right around, got in my motor car, and drove directly to Panda Express, a mere block away.  They take one person at a time and even at three-thirty there were three ahead of me.  Until they service each person you wait outside.  So, it took about ten minutes, but I got my usual two plates, one side combo – one orange chicken, one mushroom chicken, and white rice, and then a side of two vegetable spring rolls.  The total with tax was just under eleven bucks.  Whilst enjoying the food I went to DoorDash and placed the exact same order – total cost with fees and delivery?  Just under twenty-five dollars.  Even without the delivery fee it’s still nineteen bucks.  I do think I am now completely done with these delivery services.  From now on, I either call the restaurant or order from their site and then pick up curbside.  This will save me from five to fifteen bucks a meal and I’m all for that.  Isn’t that just crazy?  Just under eleven bucks if you get it yourself, and just under twenty-five bucks if you deliver.  I gotta tell you.

Yesterday, I could not fall asleep until six in the morning, so I slept until one – seven hours.  Once up, I had a ton of e-mails, so I answered those, and then had to do Kritzerland show stuff for the next couple of hours.  Then I had the interesting food adventure.  The food was good, and I only ate about a third of the rice, so it was pretty calorie friendly.  Then it was more work on the Kritzerland show, assigning a few more songs for the August show, and I had a few other things that needed doing so I did them, which is what I like to do when things need doing.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched two more Sherlock Holmes movies – Sherlock Holmes in Washington, another wartime Holmes and not based on a Holmes story – it wasn’t so good, actually, and at seventy minutes it was the longest of them.  The second of them was more interesting, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death.  First off, some very interesting unbilled one-scene performances by a very young Peter Lawford and also Norma Varden.  This one had Milburn Stone as a romantic lead, which was – odd.  Hillary Brooke was in it and I always have loved Hillary Brooke.  These last three films I’ve watched were all directed by Roy Willian Neill, who’s very good and who is the director for the rest of the Universal series.  The Washington picture was the best transfer so far, whereas Faces Death was one of the lesser lights of the set.

After that, I did some more work on the computer, listened to some music, and relaxed.

Today, I’ll be up at eight-thirty and I’m not sure what I’ll be doing to kill time while she of the Evil Eye makes the home environment clean as a whistle.  And now that I’m thinking about it, when was the last time you saw a clean whistle, so what does that even mean?  I may go to get a few bagels, and then to Jerry’s Deli to perhaps get some lox and cream cheese for my food o’ the day.  I wish I could go to Jerry’s and dine in but our governor and mayor paint with much too broad a brush and closed down all dine in, thereby punishing decent restaurants who spent the money, trained their staff, and were following the protocols.  It irks me large, frankly.  I guess I’ll check the mail place and see if anything came yesterday or today.  At around noon, I’ll come home and stay in for the day and evening.  I think I don’t really have to do much of anything until Monday and that will be nice.  I have a book here I want to read, so I’ll start that.

Tomorrow is more of the same, and then this coming week is all Kritzerland show stuff, our three live tests on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, all of which you’ll want to see and each of which has a ME song sung by ME in dim light.  And then we do our third online show and show number 107.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up at eight-thirty, kill time whilst cleaning occurs, get food for the day, check out the mail place, then come home, eat, do a few things, then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What is the most expensive meal you’ve ever eaten?  Where was it, what was it, and was it worth it?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to be done with delivery services.

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