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October 6, 2020:

THE MORNING MELTDOWN

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Well, dear readers, I do believe I had a little BK meltdown early yesterday morning, due to not being able to sleep due to having a sore lower back that is sending pain down my leg.  I hate when that happens.  I literally could not find a sleeping position that would alleviate that annoying pain.  So, I slept maybe an hour or two, finally got up because I could take it no more and had my little rant on the discussion board and finally went back to sleep at some point and got lucky and found a position that worked.  Once asleep, I did get about six hours, but it wasn’t enough and I was a wreck for about two hours before I really just shouted out, “Enough is enough!”  Otherwise, I’m sitting here like so much fish and not listening to music whilst writing these here notes.  Why is that?  I have no idea.  I enjoy writing to music so let me rectify the situation, oh, yes, let me rectify the situation because the situation surely needs rectifying.  Ah, there, a situation has been rectified with the playing of Henry Mancini’s beautiful score to Me, Natalie, a score of his no one knows and/or talks about.  If find it to be one of his greats.  And now, I must write these here notes quickly, because the tree people, who were supposed to come yesterday, didn’t, and instead are coming at seven-thirty this morning, just what I needed.  I have no doubt they will be as loud as can be and I really need sleep and clearly won’t be getting enough of it and I have really important stuff to do that will need my full attention.  Why people can’t come when they’re supposed to, I will never understand.  I instructed them that they are not, under any circumstance, to ring the doorbell or disturb me, although loud three cutting machines will be disturbing enough.

Yesterday, after the meltdown and once up and having gotten by bearings, was a hugely productive day and evening.  I worked non-stop from noon to four, when I stopped to eat – one rotisserie chicken breast and a little thing of chicken pasta salad – then resumed for two more hours.  It was all Backstage at Kritzerland stuff – preparing all the questions for the interviews we’ll be doing, getting them to everyone, writing the opening and closing patter, and organizing everything down to the smallest detail so we don’t have any hiccups during the show.  Then I took a short break and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled The Man Who Knew Too Much, the first version.  That’s right, the same Blu-ray I said I must’ve not bought because I could find it nowhere.  I went to the garage to choose something and it was literally the first thing I saw.  Go know.  As I’ve said, it’s not my favorite of the British films, but it is fairly audacious for its time, Nova Pilbeam is enchanting, but all the actors are excellent, especially Peter Lorre, whose character doesn’t even exist in the remake.  This is the best looking of the Brit Criterion transfers and this one actually has interesting extras.  So, I enjoyed it very much and was happy to see it again.

After that, it was right back to work and I worked until about nine-thirty, finished up, then did a quick Gelson’s trip and got some melon squares and the small egg roll thing they have.  Naturally, they were out of Diet Coke, which is beyond absurd, so I got Diet Ginger Ale, which is better anyway for my purposes, although I haven’t figured out what those purposes are exactly.  Once back home, I had some melon squares and the egg roll thing and that brought me right up to 1000 calories.  Then I relaxed but didn’t listen to music for reasons that aren’t entirely clear.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up and hopefully I’ll get at least a decent night’s sleep.  If they finish early, I might go back to bed for an hour or two, but that depends on how much I actually sleep.  Once up, I have some more Backstage at Kritzerland stuff to do, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages (two arrived yesterday), then I’ll come back home, do more Kritzerland stuff, and then I’ll be able to eat something light and fun.  After all that, I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is gearing up for airing Sunday’s Backstage at Kritzerland show, which I’m hoping will be fun.  And I also need to finish all the casting and song choices for November – I’m having a devil of a time with the guests for this one.  I have one but would like two more.  Here’s the flyer for the show.

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, do whatever needs doing, do some more Backstage at Kritzerland stuff, hopefully pick up packages, do more Kritzerland stuff, eat, then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite film scores of Mr. Henry Mancini and what was the very first Mancini album you got?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping to have no more morning meltdowns.

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