Sunday, July 15, 2018

I Can See Clearly Now

I awoke to a gloomy, damp morning. Brightened the day with Blueberry Pancakes and the K-Tel collection I found yesterday, High Energy. It's pretty obvious this is from the height of the disco craze in 1979, with tracks like G.Q*'s "Disco Nights" and "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb. Other favorites here include "Fire" by Bonnie Pointer, "Le Freak" by Chic, "Love Will Find a Way" by Pablo Cruise, "Renegade" by Styx, and "Knock On Wood" by Amii Stewart.

Spent the rest of the morning writing. Palpatine tells Vader that he wants the swords, and he's to get them by any means necessary...including killing those who have found them. Vader thinks the Skylark twins would make better apprentices instead and convinces his seemingly frail boss to hire them rather than kill them.

Meanwhile, the Silver Falcon is on it's way across Europe. Leia wants to find the Sword of Wisdom, which was stolen from the temple before her godfather Bail's ill-fated dig. Harry suggests they head to the South of France to talk to his friend Laurence Caryle, the owner and manager of a casino in the town of Bespin on the Mediterranean.

It had started raining while I was on the computer. There was even some thunder at one point. It continued as I broke for lunch and finished the High Energy album. Thankfully, it had slowed down somewhat by the time I left for work. I couldn't have gotten a ride. Dad and Jodie went on vacation this week, and I didn't want to drag Rose and her kids out in this. It ended all together just as I rode into the Acme's parking lot. I arrived damp but not soaked.

Work was surprisingly pretty quiet, much more than it usually is on a Sunday. Some folks may have been avoiding the weather; others are still on vacation. It got busy enough at one point for me to briefly end up in a register, and another to do some bagging. Otherwise, I helped the teenagers with the carts and rounded up baskets and trash.

A Tastycake truck parked itself on the patio as I was helping the kids with the last round of carts. They were giving away free Chocolate Juniors (cakes) and Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes. I opted for the latter. I figured they'd be easier to eat on my way home than the slab of chocolate frosting and sponge cake.

Started dinner when I got in. Finally made the turkey hot dogs, with steamed broccoli and brown rice. Yum. Simple and tasty. The broccoli was especially good, given how long I'd had it around. Listened to another K-Tel collection while I ate. Superstars Greatest Hits is from 1974, probably the earliest K-Tel album I own. By far my favorite song on this set is the lovely Oscar-winning theme from The Poseidon Adventure, "The Morning After."

Finished the night with a long Lego Clone Wars session. Completed the prologue "Geonosian Arena" (after I finally figured out how to "corral" the droids in the electric pen) and the bonus missions "Hostage Crisis" and "Castle of Doom." Completing the rounds released Emperor Palpatine, a Red Imperial Guard, and a Tusken Raider respectively. Got three pieces on "Jedi Crash" and one on "Shadow of Malevolence."

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