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Hi Dolls,

I finally flew... to Cleveland. So I guess I'll be flying commercially again. However, I'm not sure I look like a terrorist so somebody please tell me why I was hand searched four times. At security and at the gate, flying out of New York and out of LA. My favorite moment, post 9/11 is being hand searched and asked for my autograph at the same time. "Oh Miss LaPoon, could I please have your autograph?" "Yeah, as soon as I can pull my pants up." You know what? They don't know what they're doing. They're going through the motions but they don't know what they're looking for. One screener felt my toes and my ankles three times. I am not reassured.

I went to Los Angeles to shoot a pilot called "Life at Five Feet". I worked with some wonderful actors. The star of this show is Alex Borstein from MAD TV. She is so talented, so funny, and so generous. We will know May 13 if it gets picked up for NBC's Fall season. I'd like another television show again, and situation comedy is the best job in show business. I would be able to see my family a whole lot more than I see them now. Last night Josh said to me, "Mom, if you ever get another job like this one (a Broadway run) please don't do it." This has been hard for my family. It's almost over, eleven weeks left. My contract expires July 15 and five of us are leaving. I don't know what the rest of the company has chosen to do, but I shall miss them all.

I would like to thank all of you for your support over the "Broadway Cares /Equity Fights AIDS" nonsense. I got two very funny negative e-mails. But I'm happy to say there was more understanding and support than negative response. I still do not feel that soliciting funds from the stage is appropriate. Maybe it will be a good thing if this TV show gets picked up. I won't have to worry about it.

It's springtime in Connecticut. My husband bought me a weeping cherry for my birthday. Happy Spring to you all. That's it for now.

Love, Patti


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