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April 6, 2021:


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Well, dear readers, let me start by saying 155%! Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, 155%! We are now only about $800 for our new goal of $12,500. And we’re going to need every penny of that, because I got the costs of everything we’d like to do and, as I knew it would be, it’s all very expensive. We’re definitely doing the commentary but if we can get to 12.5K I can add some small videos, about four of them, which I’d love to do, and we’d also be able to do some commentaries on the Outside the Box episodes. If we get more than that, then I can do commentaries on all the Outside the Box episodes, which would be fun. It’s always shocking to me how expensive all this is and they’re even giving me good deals. So, let’s keep going in our final day, evening, and next morning. Let’s go to the moon, let’s go onward and upward, let’s go to infinity and beyond. To that end, as soon as these here notes are posted, I’m putting up a few more fun perks, including one that for any Benjamin Kritzer fan would be the holiest of holy grails. That’s how good I want this Blu-ray to be. So, check out the new perks, grab one, or grab one of the other perks, and let’s bring this puppy home in the best possible way, shall we? Here’s the handy-dandy link.


Otherwise, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to one of the Shostakovich piano concertos, conducted by Andre Previn, which will be followed by Previn conducting Copland’s The Red Pony. I also watched the first forty minutes of a very bad motion picture entitled The Domino Principle. I read what I wrote about it when I first watched it a few years ago and it made me want to see if I still felt the same way, since it stars Gene Hackman, Richard Widmark, and Eli Wallach – I mean, that’s some cast, right? And Stanley Kramer directed. But by this point in his career, Kramer had lost whatever it was he had and it’s every bit as bad as I remembered it being, especially the rather wacky opening sequence, which is as bad as anything I’ve ever seen in a major motion picture. The three male leads are, however, their usual great selves, so that’s a plus. And the transfer is very nice. And as much as it saddens me to say so, Candice Bergen gives one of the worst performances ever and wears one of the worst wigs ever.

In other news, we’ll be doing project two aka Revenge one more time only and that’s it. So, no excuses this time, oh you who missed it. The coming Saturday at 5:00 PDT/8:00 EDT. I don’t think we’ll be doing a Q&A for this one. But we’d like a full house, so be there or be round, and a few of you who saw it did express interest in seeing it again. There was talk about trying to include it on the Blu-ray, but it’s cost prohibitive, unfortunately.

Yesterday was an okay day. I got about eight-and-a-half hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails, and spent much time cheerleading and watching us go from 150% to 155%, which made me very happy indeed. I had tuna sandwiches for food, and never went to the mail place because I’m not expecting anything right now. I had to pay a couple of annoying bills, which was annoying and annoying, not necessarily in that order. I watched a little two-and-a-half hour Follies fiftieth reunion Zoom thing, which was amazingly put together and hosted by a thirteen-year-old. I know he had a lot of technical issues and couldn’t air it on YouTube as planned and I’d posted that he should have contacted me, and I could have helped him. That prompted his mom to private message me and tell me what the tech problems were, and I commiserated with her, but he was quick on his feet, moved the whole thing to Zoom, and now it’s up on YouTube. It turns out that this young man is a fan of my books, especially the Kritzer books. He’s going to e-mail me and I’m looking forward to chatting with him. His mom is very sweet.

At some point, I went to Gelson’s and got muffin tops and came home and ate them, then watched the first forty minutes of The Domino Principle, then listened to music, did some work on the computer, and that was that.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll cheerlead, I’ll hope that we go up, up, and away, I’ll eat something light but fun, I’ll write liner notes, I’ll get the word out about doing project two aka Revenge one more time, I’ll ascertain whether there’s any mail, and then I’ll watch, listen, and relax – and cheerlead because after tomorrow night there are but a few hours left in our campaign.

The rest of the week is making the final decision on an online May Kritzerland show, which I’m definitely leaning towards doing, figuring out which two titles will be our next Kritzerland releases, preparing whatever two titles they are, and doing whatever else needs doing.

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, cheerlead all day and evening, eat, write liner notes, get the word out about project two aka Revenge, ascertain whether there’s mail, and then watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films of Gene Hackman, Richard Widmark, and Eli Wallach? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have gotten to 155% and hoping we can go higher and higher.

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