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August 19, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, let me just say this about that: Yesterday was the day that was almost a musical.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, yesterday was the day that was almost a musical.  Now, what exactly do I mean by that rather obtuse sentence?  Well, it’s simplicity itself – yesterday, it was 108 in the shade.  If it had been two degrees hotter, we would have had us a musical – 110 in the Shade.  It was so hot out that I never actually left the house until ten o’clock in the evening.  Who wanted to be out in that heat?  Not me, let me tell you.  This is a record-breaking hot spell for this time of year.  And we really need it to stop, so if anyone has any connections at all with the heat people, please have them give us some damn relief already.  But the good news is that we changed the filter in the air conditioner – that should have been done six months ago and I think that was a lot of the cause of my allergy problems, all that dirt and dust that had gathered on the filter blowing into the house and directly on me.  Otherwise, I’m just sitting here like so much fish, listening to Barbirolli do some Elgar, which is a good thing.  In other news, here’s the flyer for the anniversary show on September 13 – what a cast and of course the four weeks of trying to land our performer legend paid off and there is a whole lot of excitement building up about it.

Yesterday was a crazy old day filled with craziness.  I was up at ten-thirty after a little less than seven hours of sleep.  Once up, I did all the stuff that needed doing and there was plenty of it, so much, in fact, that I never got around to finessing the commentary, which I will today for sure.  I had a bunch of telephonic conversations, got some tracks redone, and then ordered a chicken and avocado wrap for food.  That arrived and was very good.  Then it was more work on the computer, more e-mails, and more telephonic conversations.  We had a Zoom meeting scheduled at eight, but at seven the Internet went out and stayed out for an hour, so we rescheduled for nine and thankfully it was back by about eight-thirty.  Until then, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I tried watching three or four episodes of the 1959 TV show, Mr. Lucky.  I loved this show as a kid – I thought it was witty, I loved John Vivyan as Mr. Lucky and Ross Martin as his sidekick, but what I really loved was the Henry Mancini music.  The show only lasted one season despite it being the twenty-first most watched show – the sponsors pulled out and they couldn’t find a replacement sponsor.  Watching it now, I was not prepared for how ordinary it was and how boring and predictable it all was.  The main title sequence was brilliant, and I still love the music, but the show has not charm at all and doesn’t hold up at all, unlike some of the Peter Gunn episodes.

Then we had our Zoom session, which was fun and went very quickly.  After that, I started watching a motion picture on DVD that I’m very fond of, Defending Your Life, written, directed by, and starring Albert Brooks, along with Meryl Streep, Lee Grant, Rip Torn, and Buck Henry.  I’ll talk more about it when I’ve finished.

After that, I took a drive, just to get some fresh air.  And the good thing about the new filter in the air conditioner is that it now cools the house done more quickly, so that’s good.  The rest you know.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll finesse the commentary, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat something reasonable, then I’m sure there’ll be Kritzerland show stuff to do, and then at some point I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is more of that, then on Friday we have our Zoom rehearsal day.  I will probably have a busy Saturday if all goes according to Hoyle and maybe even a busy Sunday if Hoyle goes according to all.  And then it’s another big and busy week.

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, finesse the commentary, hopefully pick up packages, eat, do Kritzerland show stuff, and then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like.  So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping that tomorrow will cool down and not be another day that was almost a musical.

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