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March 9, 2021:

TWIDDLING MY THUMBS

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish doing a lot of technical stuff on this here computer, which is taking a lot of time while I get to sit and twiddle my thumbs whilst it takes the time it takes, which is the time it takes, taking its time-wise. Have you ever twiddled your thumbs? Why does that sound vaguely dirty? Twiddling your thumbs. That just sounds vaguely dirty but then again, I’m just sitting here twiddling my thumbs whilst technical things are taking their technical time and therefore slowing down everything on the computer. In other news, I did make a major discovery about Dropbox – maybe I already mentioned it – can’t remember. But it turns out that everything I have in Dropbox was also on my hard drive. I couldn’t believe it when I found out – why is that the default version? I just didn’t understand how I was down to only twenty gigs left and that was making everything run super slow and bad. I’d been deleting tons of stuff in iTunes, but it wasn’t making any difference and, as it turns out, was pointless. So, I Googled and found out about this phenomenon and what to do about it. If you right click on a Dropbox folder, you get a pulldown menu and one of the items is “select sync” – if you click on that you get two options: Local or online. If you make it online, that that means that folder is no longer taking up space on your hard drive but is there if you go to Dropbox online by clicking on the globe. You can always put it back, but you can work on it there. Well, needless to say, I put all of last year’s Kritzerland shows, which are huge files of many gigs, as you might imagine, online rather than local. I did that for every folder I wasn’t using save for Tonight’s the Night. And voila, rather than twenty gigs left on my hard drive, I’ve got 200 gigs left now, and as soon as I move Tonight’s the Night online, I’ll have around 250 or more. And suddenly, everything on the computer is working fine again. I hope that’s helpful information to those of you dear readers who may have Dropbox. This has been a public service announcement.

Yesterday went very quickly, due to getting over ten hours of sleep and not arising until almost one-thirty – and that’s quite enough of that now. So, once up, I answered e-mails and did some work on the computer, the Blu-ray guy brought back the hard drive, so he’s got everything he needs now. I had some telephonic calls, and then I showered and got ready to do the project two stuff. First, I went to the bank and put a check in the ATM and got that out of the way. Then I went to the mail place and picked up some packages and got that out of the way. Then I went and did the project two stuff, which went smoothly and quickly, and I think came out well.

Then, since we finished early, Marshall Harvey and I moseyed on over to the Smokehouse for food. They were pretty busy but not full, so we got seated instantly. Unfortunately, they put us near a table of eight completely obnoxious and quite drunk people, celebrating on of their party’s birthday. We could barely hear ourselves talk. I had my usual recent foodstuffs: cup of clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, and the wedge salad, and three pieces of the garlic cheese bread. It was all great. They have a special Dine LA menu for the next couple of weeks, and Marshall had that. It’s Prix Fixe and he got the clam chowder, stuffed salmon (huge), and a small piece of chocolate mousse cake, which he split so I could have some. It was good, too.

Then I came right home and began the technical stuff and that’s going to continue for the next hour or so. I did get three operas today, so I can start listening to those shortly: Two Pfitzner operas, and the three-act Lulu. Looking forward to all three. And then, of course, nasty little me began the twiddling of the thumbs.

Today, I’ll be up by eleven, Marshall will come over to retrieve his hard drive, and he’ll then put together the Indiegogo video so that we can go live tomorrow and get that on its merry way. Then I’ll do whatever needs doing, including the rest of the Indiegogo perks, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat something light but fun, and then I’ll watch Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Tomorrow we have Kritzerland rehearsals, three of them, I think. Then the rest of the week is making a show order, writing commentary, which is going to take some time, and lots of other little things.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eleven, give Marshall his hard drive, do the rest of the Indiegogo perks, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat, and then I’ll watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite romantic comedies of all eras, both stage and screen? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall try not to twiddle my thumbs – at least too much.

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