Monday, May 18, 2020

Winds of Adventure

Began a cloudy, windy day with breakfast and Split Second. The woman champ had some tough competition from a female car engineer and a magic enthusiast. By the time the show ended, she and the other woman were neck and neck. No one pulled ahead in the speed round...until she managed to answer three questions on one go! Since she was on her fifth day as a champion, she won the beautiful red car outright, without having to turn boards

As soon as I finished eating, I went in my bedroom and went through papers, looking for the name of the doctor I went to in January. Didn't find them, but I did unearth very old tax documents going back to 2007 and all of the paperwork from when I hurt my ankle in 2012, along with every bill I ever got from Mrs. Stahl.

I'd no sooner given up and was looking up her name online when Cooper Urgent Care called. It took a few minutes, but we eventually scheduled me for a 3 PM appointment on Wednesday at the offices on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. They originally suggested Voorhees, but the Uber ride will cost less going to Cherry Hill.

Went for a walk after I got off with them. The weather was cool, cloudy, and quite windy, but that didn't stop parents and children from jogging together, children from riding their bikes or playing catch in their yards, or people from walking their dogs. I strolled down Goff to check out the view over the creek to the Ben Franklin Bridge, then went down Ridgeway and back around to Kendall.

One of the mayor's recent emergency comm phone calls mentioned some small, distant services being held at a new "Memorial Park" for Memorial Day. The "memorial park" was a dusty block of some greenery that took up part of the parking lot across the street from the day care center and next-door to Tonewood Brewery. The large granite and bronze memorials to Oaklyn residents who fought in the two World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam had been moved from the Library's front lawn to a large platform surrounded by tall metal light posts. A third plaque was for the VFW's contribution to the park. Even with people loading cases of beer across the street to deliver to local families, it still felt very peaceful there.

After I got home, I had yogurt and strawberries lunch, then cleaned the bathroom as well as I could one-handed. I had no trouble with the toilet bowl or the sink, but kneeling down to scrub the bathtub proved to be more difficult. At least my big new scrub brush took care of the tiles much better than the old one did. I should have done the cleaning at least two weeks ago...but not only have I been short on time, but I've done so much cleaning at work, it's the last thing I feel like doing when I get home.

Went to Hulu for one of the Barbie specials I haven't seen in a while. Most people wouldn't think of Barbie and swashbucklers in the same breath, unless she's playing the princess. Barbie and the Three Musketeers has her taking the D'Artagnan role of Corinne, the newcomer to Paris who wants to be a Musketeer, but is more-or-less laughed off by the more experienced members of the force. It doesn't help that she has bad encounters in town with romantic poetess Araminia, sensible and mercenary Renee, and fashionable Viveca. Turns out they're maids in the palace, and after they settle their differences, they give her a home and help her find a job cleaning.

One day, as the girls are dusting the chandelier near Prince Louis, it comes crashing to the ground! Corinne finds that the rope was cut, and there's suspicious gems around that aren't broken glass. No one believes their claims that the prince's life is in danger...except elderly Helen, the oldest maid. She takes it on herself to train the girls in the art of being a musketeer and allowing them to foil the evil Regent Phillipe's plot to take over the throne.

This one, oddly, has some things in common with the Disney film of the 90's, including Tim Curry as the voice of the villain and the girls rescuing an impossibly naive prince from certain doom. It's also one of the very few Barbie movies where no magic whatsoever comes into play, and she doesn't encounter any fairies or princesses. This one is so cute, I almost wish Mattel had adapted more kid-friendly classic action to balance out their girlier early efforts.

Switched back to Buzzr for Tattletales after I finished the bathroom. Adam 12 cop Martin Milner and his wife Judy joined goofy Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill and more glamorous southern belle Mary Ann Mobley and her laid-back husband Gary Collins. Oddly, considering they're usually pretty good at this, Charlie and Mitzi didn't get a single question right today. Long-time married couple Gary and Mary Ann (who would mostly remain together until his death in 2012) wound up winning the most money for the "banana" (yellow) section.

Spent the next few hours writing. Gene manages to whip up uniforms for Bobby and Richard that make them look worthy of being a prince and his entourage. Now the fairies have to create gowns for Queen Betty, Princess Elaine, and Fannie to not only hide them from Malade, but make them equally attractive to the members of the court...

Broke to finally make that Spinach Bacon Salad for dinner at 6. Watched Match Game as I ate. The first episode finished out Ed Asner and Trish Stewart's run, as well as the nutty male contestant Lyle's time on the show. The second jumped back a year to 1975, with Gary Burghoff replacing (and imitating) his former teacher Charles Nelson Reilly. Arlene Francis gets very hot and bothered over Gene, while Brett's more interested in the male contestant.

Sale of the Century began the run of one of the most famous contestant ever on that show, a jovial drummer and session musician. He beat the competition by a wide margin on the speed round and opted to return to try again the next day. Concentration pitted two women against one another. Ultimately, both went to the bonus round, but neither won. They were allowed to do a second bonus round to try to win some money to take home.

Finished the night on Disney Plus with The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men. Robin (Richard Todd) becomes an outlaw after his father (Clement McCallin) is killed by an arrow from one of the men who work for the new Sheriff of Nottingham (Peter Finch). He hides out in the forest with his men, including towering Little John (James Robinson Justice) and minstrel Allan-a-Dale (Elton Hayes), in Sherwood Forest. They steal from rich nobles who pass through and give some of the money to the poor of Nottingham, and save the rest to ransom King Richard from Austria. His brother John (Hubert Gregg) would rather his brother didn't come home and keeps doubling taxes. Queen Eleanor (Martitia Hunt) is more concerned about her lady-in-waiting Maid Marian (Joan Rice), who keeps sneaking out to see Robin and bring him information. She's eventually caught, which leads Robin and the others to rescue her as one of their own.

I haven't seen this one since it turned up on The Disney Channel occasionally when I was a kid. It's not the worst version of the story out there, but Rice in particular is a bit stiff, and it lacks some of the charisma and bravado of the Errol Flynn version or the authenticity and good humor of The Sword of Sherwood from a decade later. I do like the unique angle of bringing in Queen Eleanor as Marian's boss. Most retellings of Robin Hood make her a minor figure at best. It was fun to see her deal with John's simpering and figure out what Marian was up to with her sweetheart.

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