Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hot Fun In the Springtime

We started a hot, sunny morning with more WENN. There's "Magic" in the air when the staff discovers sabotage in on their own airwaves and Betty finds that Victor Comstock is closer than she thinks. It's a busy late night in the third season opener "In the WENN Small Hours." Betty is trying to find out what's going on with Victor Comstock while waiting for the others to return. When Eugenia's explorer guest catches them together, they have to think fast to keep Victor's survival a secret.

We finally headed for Collingswood out around quarter of 11. It was already hot and killer humid, at least into the 90's. At the very least, it was also sunny and breezy, an improvement considering it rained the last two years we did our Collingswood/Philly trip. We had lunch at Tortilla Press. They'd been open a half-hour by the time we got there, and we only saw a few groups in the dining room, including parents with an adorable little boy. Lauren had steak tacos and an iced tea. I had strawberry, bacon, and brie quesadillas with strawberry-jalapeno glaze. We shared a plate of sweet potato fries. Mine was messy but absolutely delicious, and not as hot as I thought it would be with the jalapeno glaze.

We took the 12:28 train into Philadelphia, getting off at 12th Street and Locust. We were just going to keep things simple, due to the heat (and several of our favorite smaller Philly stores having closed in the last few years). We headed straight to the big FYE on Broad Street, exploring them for about an hour and a half. I picked up the original Barry Manilow TV version of Copacabana, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles In Time, and something I've been looking for, the first and second season set for the original 1969 Scooby Doo, Where are You? (I did the buy two, get one for a dollar used sale again. The Turtles were the dollar movie.) Lauren bought A Letter to Four Wives for her parents and a lot of wrestling DVD sets for her.

We headed through City Hall and over to the Market Street Macy's after we made our purchases. They were a bit less busy than FYE, for once. Lauren found two blouses for work in a style her local Macy's no longer sells. I picked up a nice floral blouse that was on sale for $12.98.

We retraced our steps and took a very, very full 3:30 train back to Collingswood. We were hot, sweaty, and tired, and Lauren was hungry. Stopping at the Pop Shop was practically a requirement. I took advantage of their Milkshake of the Month and had a delicious German Chocolate Shake, with lots of big chocolate cake pieces. She had sliders and an Orange Cow ice cream soda (orange soda, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup).

We were even hotter and sweatier when we finally made it back to my place. We spent the rest of the day indoors. We first played Pac Man Party. Lauren won the Spooky Hallow game; she kept getting my haunted houses. Played a few rounds of Kirby's Epic Yarn after that.

I made a very simple dinner of Tuscan Tuna Bean Salad (tuna and white beans in a vinegar-based dressing) on a bed of spinach for dinner. We listened to the soundtrack from Three Little Words (I think it's the only record I have with Red Skelton on it) as we ate.

I put on Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach after dinner. Commander Lassard is retiring. Captain Harris is hoping to take over his job, but first, he has to help Lassard take the Academy graduates to Miami Beach for a convention. What they find are beach gags, Lassard's laid-back nephew, and a trio of jewel thieves. The thieves take Lassard hostage during a party. While the others try to get him back, Harris and his yes-man Proctor go off on their on after Lassard in the hope of getting promotions.

Despite the loss of Steve Gutenburg, I've always liked this one. Maybe because it showed up frequently on cable in the late 80's - early 90's. At the very least, the Miami Beach setting is unique, and it has slightly more of a plot than some of the previous entries. If you love the series, or just the snobs-vs-slobs comedies of the 80's, this one is worth checking out.

Ran more WENN next. We've made it up to the early third season and some of my favorite episodes, including the funny and suspenseful season opener "In the WENN Small Hours," the hearbreaking "Who's Scott Sherwood?', and the hilarious "Two For the Price of One."

We finished the night with DuBarry Was a Lady. Lauren and I both love this cute musical that has Red Skelton dreaming he's Louie the Eighth, Lucile Ball is the scandalous lady of the title, and Gene Kelly is a dashing revolutionary.

Tomorrow, Lauren and I will be taking a bus this time to the Voorhees Library to check out the County Library Book Sale and take a walk around the Voorhees Town Center. I need to go grocery shopping, too.

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