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October 1, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, I think I can safely say that it is October.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, in what seems like the blink of an eye, September is done, and October is here.  And it is my fervent hope and prayer that October will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  Of course, as I sit here like so much fish writing these here notes it is still September and I hope all the lingering heat from this month goes the way of the dodo bird soon.  It was somewhere around 106 yesterday – I mean, in what universe am I living?  Certainly not a normal one.  It is currently 90-degrees out right now.  The house is hot and uncomfortable, but not as uncomfortable as having the air blowing on me and causing my allergies and throat issues to worsen.  And on top of all that, earlier this evening there was a knocking at my front door.  When I opened it there were two firemen there and I could see a big ol’ fire truck and its blinking lights behind them.  They said a neighbor had called and reported a branch had split off the big tree way back in the yard and a power line was on it and sparking.  They checked it out and ascertained it was safe enough to wait for the DWP to deal with it and they’d already called that in.  When Grant got here to check it out, I finally saw the “branch” – it was more like a third of the tree had split off and come to the ground.  The firemen said it was the heat and they’re seeing this a lot.  And an hour later the DWP arrived and did whatever they needed to do.  At first, the fellow in the back house and I were worried about us losing power, but apparently that power line has nothing to do with us, so that was reassuring.  It was like a final September “I’m giving you the finger” joke in a month filled with such annoying jokes.  September did have a few nice moments, the best of which was the tenth anniversary Kritzerland show, but overall it was just a difficult, unpleasant month and I’m glad to be rid of it and I’m truly hoping October will start to turn this horrid year on its ear and start bringing us some positive things. Let’s make the tenth month a new beginning to better.  Make it so.

Yesterday had its moments.  I did get ten hours of sleep, which I desperately needed, so I missed quite a bit of the day, which was fine.  Once up, I did stuff that needed doing, answered e-mails, ascertained that the important envelope had indeed arrived, moseyed on over to the mail place to retrieve it, and then came directly home.  The heat, of course, was unbearable.

I then made two tuna sandwiches and ate them.  They weren’t quite as good as usual mostly due to the hamburger buns I had them on – I like them better on onion rolls or bagels, but the buns were very low-calorie and that’s the mode I’m in.  I think the total calorie count for the two was around 800.  Then I did some work on the computer, chose some songs, and then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled Talk Radio.  I’ve had the Blu-ray since Nick Redman gave it to me, but I’d never opened it.  I’m not a big Oliver Stone fan and I remember seeing the film at the DGA and hating every minute of it.  100-minutes of unpleasant people saying unpleasant things. The acting is fine, and I do give it to Mr. Stone that he keeps the thing moving along at a fast pace, considering the yak fest that it is.  It just unpleasantly goes along right to its unpleasant conclusion.  Transfer is rather typical of Universal, at least what they were licensing out five years ago – it’s okay but doesn’t really look like film.  This is not something I ever need to see again, frankly.

After that, I continued with the Villa-Lobos music, which is wonderful and then all the drama started with the fire department and that you know all about.  At some point, I made a little tortilla with a little cheese to bring me up to 1000-calories.  Oh, and the fellow in the back house told me I looked thinner, so that was the best thing I heard all day.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, then I’ll go to the bank and hope that goes smoothly and without too much of a line, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then I’ll eat something, then do Kritzerland show work.  Then I can watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is more of the same and getting our little October Backstage at Kritzerland thing ready.  And I will, of course, continue on my 1000-calories a day weight loss program.

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, bank, hopefully pick up packages, eat, do Kritzerland show stuff, and then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What is your specialty dish, the one thing you think you make better than anyone?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we welcome in October, the tenth month, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that October will be a month filled with health, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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