Saturday, June 20, 2015

Those Meddling Kids

Began a cloudy, humid day with a quick stop at the Collingswood WaWa for money. Headed across the street next to the Collingswood Farm Market. Needless to say, considering this is the day before Father's Day, they were very busy with people shopping for barbecues and parties tomorrow. The strawberries seem to be done, but I saw the first cucumbers and Jersey corn, raspberries, and blackberries of the year. I needed mushrooms, spinach, and a zucchini; also grabbed blueberries and cherries.

When I got home, I finished out the Scooby Doo episodes I started earlier. It seems like "Foul Play In Funland" when the gang spot a creepy, rather stiff character running around a local amusement park. But in a rare instance for the original show, this odd fellow isn't a villain in a mask, or even really doing anything criminal - he's a robot on the rampage. (In fact, I believe this is the first episode of the series with no real criminal or typical bad guy.)

"The Backstage Rage" takes the gang to a local theater after a violin case filled with money vanishes while Scooby is distracted by a cute girl dog. When the dog turns out to be a puppet, the kids investigate a local theater that's holding a puppet show. It turns out there's a lot more going on than meets the eye when the kids find that the theater's hiding a counterfeiting ring.

I just made it to work on time. Work was on and off busy, though not as bad as it could have been. I suspect a lot of people may have taken their dads down to the Shore. There were no really major problems, and my relief was on time.

When I got in, I had leftovers for dinner, then turned that Tropical Mango cake mix into a Tropical Fruit Cake with the addition of pineapple, sparkling water, and coconut. Ran more Scooby Doo as I worked. The kids encounter "Bedlam In the Big Top" when a clown ghost with hypnotizing abilities keeps putting the kids under spells that make them work in the ring. (This is also one of the few times the villain isn't someone the kids met early on.)

The gang has their first encounter with Universal's finest in "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts." A gypsy tries to warn the crew away from a spooky castle, but they ignore her and try to solve the mystery anyway. If losing Daphne almost as they arrive isn't scary enough, they run headlong into a werewolf, Frankenstein's monster, and Dracula!

"Scooby Doo and a Mummy Too" pits the kids against a former Egyptian prince come to life. He seems to have turned the professor who found him and his assistant to stone. Shaggy and Scooby are afraid that if they don't turn over the ancient coin they've found, they may be next!

They're starting to wonder "Which Witch is Which?" when they get lost in a scary swamp that's inhabited by a strange zombie. A local tells them the story of a swamp witch who brought the zombie to life. The kids search the town and an old riverboat to see if the stories are true.

(And incidentally, the cake came out perfectly, moist and sweet. Much better than my previous two cakes.)

Oh, and we had a nice, noisy storm earlier. I don't hear anything now. Hopefully, it'll hold out on more until I'm off on Monday.

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