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March 12, 2021:


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Well, dear readers, as I type these here notes we have gone up to 38% in our Indiegogo campaign, which is fantastically fantastic. Last night, when I posted these here notes we were at 21% and a bit over $1700 – we’re just about to cross over $3,000. So, a very good day two and day two isn’t actually over until around eleven this morning and I’m hoping by that time we’ll have gone over 40%. I did put up a new perk, so check that out, and more new perks will come. Here, once again, is the link.


Other than that, I finished listening to all the Hans Pfitzner orchestral music, which was wonderful, and now playing is George Szell doing Dvorak’s eighth symphony, which is tiding me over until more opera arrive, hopefully today. I also had time to watch a motion picture on Amazon Prime. I saw said motion picture back when it came out in 1997, and I really liked it, it being The Spanish Prisoner, written and directed by David Mamet and starring Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Steve Martin. I saw it again in 2011 via TIVO and liked it even more and I liked it just as much this time. It’s a crafty thriller, typical of Mr. Mamet’s “con” pictures. The dialogue, as you might expect, is pure Mamet and so are the performances. The Carter Burwell score works fine for the film and it’s photographed very nicely. It’s a labyrinthine plot and what really surprised me this time around was how many films since have used devices from this film in other lesser films. Also,  surprisingly, I can find no Blu-ray release for this film, which is odd.

Yesterday was another short day, due to not falling asleep until four and not getting up until one, so about nine hours of sleep. I’d actually intended getting up at eleven, but I didn’t. Of course, I instantly checked our Indiegogo page and at that point we’d only gone up to about 23% but then it just kept on going up as the day went by. I went to send out a Kritzerland eBlast, only to find that Constant Contact no longer recognizes the “Legacy” program – their own damn program – for blasts. Most annoying. So, I had to call them, got a nice gal on the phone, and she helped me do a template that pretty much matches what we’ve been doing, and we set it up and then I was able to get everything into the new form and out into the world.

Once that was done, and that took an hour, then I made two tuna sandwiches on bagels for food and ate those all up and they were very good. Then I did the cheerleading thing all afternoon – one simply must – always trying to keep it all light and fun. At some point, I did a quick Gelson’s run for muffin tops, came home and ate them, had a couple of telephonic conversations, and then watched The Spanish Prisoner right here on my computer screen. The rest you know, and you know the rest, not necessarily in that order. Oh, and for my evening snack, another bagel, this time with cream cheese. And now, I’ve moved on to Mauceri doing Street Scene because I can’t seem to get enough of it, frankly.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’m hoping we’ll have gone over 40% and are moving to 50%, which will be halfway home. I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat (haven’t decided what yet – maybe a couple of egg sandwiches since I have bagels and buns and eggs), I’ll cheerlead day and evening, and then perhaps watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow, she of the Evil Eye comes and I’ll go somewhere for a light breakfast, then it’s more of the same and more of the same on Sunday. Then next week the campaign continues so I’ll be dealing with that every day, plus making a show order, writing commentary, and getting all the videos of the singers in.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up when I’m hope, hope we’ll go over 40% and head towards 50%, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, eat, cheerlead day and evening, and then watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player? I’ll start – CD, hopefully two new operas to hear. DVD, might try a screener, maybe Nomadland, although I suspect that it’s really not my kind of film. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have reached 38% and hoping we have another strong day for day three.

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