Saturday, September 05, 2020

Beautiful Day In Late Summer

Began the morning a bit earlier than I have been with breakfast and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Dan Sr. set up "Daniel's Obstacle Course" all over the living room for him and Margaret to run through. Dan tries to make his little sister go faster, but she's only about a year old and isn't quite there yet. His father reminds him that he has to play with his sister gently. "Daniel Plays In a Gentle Way" on the playground when he wants to play turtle. He's the one who's upset when Katarina's octopus arms get a little too wiggly for his slow turtle walk.

Switched to Molly of Denali as I got ready to go to work. "Wild Moose Chase" sends Molly and Tooey all over town, looking for a pair of huge moose antlers her father traded to get a metal detector. They want it to trade to kids in Kaktovik up north for a whale bone. Molly's thrilled when she and her mother get to follow their friend Nina and her friend Professor Locklear to see "Where the Bison Roam." Molly and her mother are thrilled to discover a wood bison that separated from the heard had an adorable calf. Molly tries to take photos until her phone dies...but Nina gave her another way to record her notes and memories of what she's seen.

Headed out to work shortly after Molly ended. Work was on-and-off steady, absolutely nothing like it's been the past week. I thought it would be far worse on Labor Day weekend. Even some of the customers commented that they thought it would be a lot worse. Everyone was in a pleasant mood, I only made a few mistakes, and there were no problems whatsoever. I did have to call for a relief to take over a large order that arrived just as I was leaving.

Took the long way home down Nicholson Road. No wonder we were dead for a holiday weekend. The weather was gorgeous. Sunny, clear, breezy, warm but not boiling hot, and not too humid, either. The roads were only slightly busier than the store. It wasn't even bad around the mall. Everyone must have gone to the Shore or were setting up for whatever backyard barbecue they could get away with.

Went straight into writing when I got home, but I was too tired to do a whole lot. Demon-Malade throws the frog into the wall, to Betty's horror. She then turns her magic on the fairies, whose own magic fades at midnight. Debralee escapes, but Joyce and Jo Ann are turned into imps, mindless mini-demons who serve Malade.

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Had leftovers, then tried a recipe for Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies (actually, mini-chip, but I just had regular-sized ones) from The Hershey's 1934 Cookbook. I accidentally made it into a one-bowl recipe and put the flour into the bowl with the butter instead of adding it later. The finished product came out cakey, but still tasty and very moist. (I think I should have cooked the first batch a little more.)

Finished out Zombies of the Stratosphere while I worked on the cookies. Admittedly, I did enjoy some of the later action set-pieces, including an odd-looking ray gun battle and several underwater fights. Leonard Nimoy actually has something to do as the youngest Martian who ultimately helps the heroes and tells them where the cave with the atomic bombs are. It's still as cheap as it looks, though. The heroes are stiff as boards, and beyond the jet pack, about as interesting. And no, still no zombies or anything in the stratosphere.

Ehh, worth a look once if you love vintage sci-fi or serials. Anyone else would probably just be annoyed or mildly amused by the cheapness.

Finished off the night online with The Pajama Game before and after the Match Game syndicated "premiere" on YouTube. I go further into this Doris Day musical about two lovers on the opposite ends of a labor dispute at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Happy Labor Day! - The Pajama Game

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