The job with the tight deadline was due November 2 (as much of it as I could get done, they said), and I hand-delivered 25 Jumbo and 45 regular Kakuros (cross sums), with 60 still to go. Unfortunately, the editor had just left as I arrived. I finished the rest over the weekend, and am waiting to hear if I should bring them in or if there's leeway to mail. I'm working on more cross sums, and need to do Uptown in the next day or so. And LA Times is accumulating. It never ends.
Someone on C-L was complaining that many of the blogs linked on that site don't really talk about crosswords. True, I almost never talk about specific puzzles. Does constant discussion of "Wordplay" count?
I don't like to travel, but there may be some travel next month. I'm being vague since I'm not sure I can talk about it.
The "Wordplay" DVD comes out tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing the extras, and to freeze framing tournament sequences to see people I missed the first 15 times. I'm still annoyed I'm not on the cover (Diva? Moi?).
Speaking of tomorrow, best of luck to Jeffurry. Oh, and the Democrats.
Last week, I saw the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio play the Brahms trios at the 92nd Street Y. I'm especially familiar with the Opus 8 trio, since I have the sheet music. Not that I can play it. Although I love listening to Brahms, he just isn't made for my hands. My seat was against the wall on the far left and offered a full view of the piano. Then violinist Jaime Laredo sat down directly in the path of my view. Oh well. At first, the sound seemed spare but then I got used to it and enjoyed the concert. Laredo was married to pianist Ruth Laredo, and then married young, glamorous cellist Sharon Robinson. I don't know if there was any scandal involved. I was surprised to see that Robinson was born in 1949, as she still looks young and glamorous.
On Thursday, a TV organization I belong to offered tickets to "Flushed Away." Mike came along, and despite some hassles where the people at the theater had no idea our group existed, they let us in anyway. The movie seemed more for kids than other recent animated films - lots of noisy, slapsticky, violence - but it was enjoyable. Not as good as "Toy Story" or "Antz" but not bad. Usually I complain that the sound is too loud, but in this case it could have been louder.
Star Magazine 7/16, Britney Spears says about getting back on stage, "I can't wait...I really have to take my time and do it right and be safe. Actually...not that safe. When you perform, you have to be dangerous!" Isn't she known for lip-synching? How dangerous could that be?
The lead in the Marianne Pearl biopic being produced by Brad Pitt's company will be played by Angelina Jolie. Jennifer Aniston previously expected to get the role. Ouch, that's gotta hurt! But if they're going for physical resemblance, wouldn't Halle Berry be a better choice?