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March 13, 2021:

50%!!! HALFWAY HOME

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Well, dear readers, we are currently at 49%, which is pretty great for two-and-a-half days. We got there despite having only one contribution thus far, which was a bit weird but thank heaven for large and small favors. We did get to 40% right after I posted yesterday’s notes. I woke up and we were at 42%, if I remember correctly. Then nothing for a few hours, then one person, a wonderful lady, came in and made a large contribution without even taking a perk, and that brought us right up to 49%. I was hoping someone would take us to 50%, but surprisingly that didn’t happen. We do need another strong day – that’s the way these things have gone, and then things taper off and we go up but not as dramatically and then we do the big push. I did spend time in the garage and found some fun stuff for perks, theater-related and film-related. So, those will go up soon. But I’m hoping we can go up today and get more towards 60%. So, share with your friends and we can DO this because you dear readers are AMAZING. Here’s the link.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tonight-s-the-night/x/9165600?fbclid=IwAR1FNZtZAEZA21CfuDLo4xv-HygajzD1lGGsbamfi95b8NDeD4Hvbt0sQvM#/

Other than that, I listened to nothing because the two operas that were supposed to arrive, didn’t. I hate when that happens and yes, it’s due to the continuing ineptitude of the USPS. What can one do with such ineptitude? Not much. But I really must write these here notes in a hurry for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon.

Yesterday was a weird day any way you slice it and I slice it lengthwise. I got nine hours of sleep, more than I’d intended, got up, found we’d gone up just a couple of percent, but I kept cheerleading, but the Facebook algorithms are really working overtime to keep people from seeing the updates, so I did another one and just tagged fifty people. Then we got the big contribution so that was great. I got a troubling call from Marshall Harvey, but it’s been worked out and will be fine, thank goodness, an easy thing to deal with, actually. I decided to have mac-and-cheese and a Caesar salad from The Federal and both were really great. I did a bit of work on the computer and then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a DGA screener of a film I’ve been avoiding, called Nomadland. It’s gotten nothing but raves and people say it’s brilliantly directed. Well, it was just what I figured it would be – a kind of character study, meandering, mostly plotless, all the things Oscar and actors and critics love. It’s not brilliantly directed, in my opinion – it’s not that kind of film. Many of the people are in it are real nomads. Frances McDormand is always excellent and I’m a big fan of David Strathairn and he was fine here. In the end, how many beautiful sun going down shots do we need, how many ravishing sunsets do we need, and, well, it’s just not my kind of film, but the Academy and critics eat this stuff up as if it were a Dino’s pizza.

After that, I watched a ninety-minute South Bank show about Sweeney Todd’s 1980 London production. Lots of rehearsal footage, performance footage, Sondheim at the piano talking about the score and playing stuff, and I enjoyed it very much – it’s on the Tube of You if you want to check it out. Dennis Quilley looks like he was a great Todd and Sheila Hancock seems fine as Mrs. Lovett.

Then I finally put on some music, the two symphonies of Kurt Weill, just because I find them so interesting and different than his usual stuff. And then, in a last-minute development, we hit 50%. So, halfway home. We can DO this.

Today, I’ll be up by eight-thirty, and out the door by around nine. I’ll go have an early breakfast somewhere, although it’s been rainy and cold so not outdoors. Several places here have enclosed areas and that’s what I’ll be looking for. But two weeks ago, Jinky’s was unbearable outside – just too cold for the likes of me. I’ll hopefully pick up some packages (haven’t been in two days), then I’ll come home, make a show order, start writing the commentary, and then we have our encore showing of Tonight’s the Night, so come watch again and then come to the Q&A – you never know what I might be revealing. Here’s the direct YouTube link.

And here’s the link to the Q&A.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86726620892?pwd=cXhyMEl1S0MyVm53aGk1NUdTZnh0dz09

After that, I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow, I’ll finish writing the commentary and then I’ll hopefully be able to just relax before starting another busy week, mostly to do with the Kritzerland show, trying to get everything in to the publisher (waiting on a blurb), and also making sure our Indiegogo campaign remains strong. You will want to check out the new perks.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eight-thirty, have a light breakfast, hopefully pick up packages, make a show orders, write commentary, attend our encore showing of Tonight’s the Night and then the Q&A, and then watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite “road” pictures, and I don’t mean of the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby variety. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have just got to 50%, halfway home in just two-and-a-half days.

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