Saturday, September 06, 2014

Hot Child In the Suburbs

Started off another hot, steamy morning with this week's American Top 40 re-run. We boogied into early September 1978 as disco continued to dominate the charts, joined by R&B, ballads, pop, and hard rock. Hits that early fall included "Hot Child In the City" by Nick Guilder, "Don't Look Back" by Boston, "An Everlasting Love" by Andy Gibb, "Three Times a Lady" by the Commodores, and three big hits from that summer's blockbuster movie Grease - it's title song by Frankie Valli, "Summer Nights" by Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, and the cast, and "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Newton-John.

The #1 song for the next three weeks would keep people dancing into classrooms - "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey.

Finished out Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while getting ready to head out and after I got in. "Daisy's Pony Tale" is another fantasy story. Goofy accidentally squirts Daisy's hair with Professor Ludwig Von Drake's potion that makes things grow. Daisy winds up with a pony tail that Rapunzel would envy. Micky and Goofy help her find Witch Pete, who grows the Rapunzel Flowers that are used to make the antidote.

We also returned to Minnie's Bow-Tique on this set. My favorites of the ten episodes included as a bonus feature included "Locked Out" (Minnie and Daisy lose the key for the store under the door and can't get in) and "Feelin' Crabby" (Millie and Melody accidentally bring home some rather crabby friends from the beach).

I did make it to the Collingswood Farm Market today, despite the 90-degree heat and humidity. Evidently, the heat had scared off some folks. They were busy, but not quite as bad as usual. Too bad, because more of the fall harvest has debuted. I saw the first grapes and small squashes of the season today, and spinach has returned (large cucumbers seem to be done or close to it, though). I ended up with tiny Gala apples, Chinese beans, a small deep-red heirloom tomato, a small cantaloupe, a mini-acorn squash, spinach, an eggplant from the organic booth, and red and yellow peppers.

I tried a few yard sales, one in Oaklyn, one in Collingswood. No luck at either. It was really too hot to be biking all over Camden County anyway. I was dripping sweat when I finally headed home around 11.

When I got in, I put everything away, then decided to work on a project. I've been making collages to clear out old catalogs for about a year now. While I worked on the most recent one, I ran The Pirate Fairy. The most recent Disney Fairies story introduces the Never Land Pirates to Tink's world and goes further into the idea of each fairy having a talent and the dust that allows them to fly. Zarina is a dust-talent fairy who is curious about anything to do with the powder that grants them their magic. She's warned not to mess with it, but does anyway, getting herself banished in the process.

Zarina reappears during Pixie Hollow's big Four Seasons Festival, now sporting even more of her multi-colored pixie dust. It puts everyone to sleep...except for Tink, her buddies, and one of her guy friends. The girls leave Bobble to keep an eye on the other fairies while they go after Zarina. An attack by their former friend and her dust switches their talents, making it harder for them to go after her. (It doesn't help that a familiar baby crocodile thinks animal-phobic Rosetta is it's mother.) They're shocked to discover Zarina has joined a band of pirates, including a certain James Hook, and even become their captain. Now they have to convince Zarina that the pirates are bad news and she needs to bring her dust back to Fairy Hollow quickly!

If you're a fan of this series or of Peter Pan in general, you'll probably enjoy all the references to previous movies here, from a cameo by Periwinkle of The Secret of the Wings to James taking to waving a hook everywhere. Newcomers to Tink's world may want to start with the earlier movies in this series before coming here.

Switched to the Bowery Boys while making a spinach and mushroom egg pancake and a very ripe plum for lunch. Sach and Slip are Paris Playboys when Sach is mistaken for a famous French scientist. The scientist's colleagues are convinced that Sach has merely lost his memory, so they invite Sach, Slip, and Louie to France, hoping that seeing his laboratory and beautiful fiancee will jolt his they can steal the real scientist's secret formula for rocket fuel.

I got to work a little early so I could get my schedule. Other than I work unusually early for a Sunday tomorrow, most of my schedule is pretty normal for this time of year. I have one late night (Wednesday) and Tuesday and Friday off this time.

Work was much busier than it has been. People were trying to out-run the storms we were supposed to have had tonight. It was still sunny when I came at quarter of 3, but the dark clouds started gathering as early as 4:30. I don't think we ever got thunder, but the rain did its job. It was quiet enough by 9 that I was able to shut down without a relief. The ground was wet when I got out, but it wasn't raining. I got home dry this time.

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