Monday, December 14, 2020

Raining In Christmas

Awoke to gloomy clouds and cold showers. Cheered up the morning with breakfast and the Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph (Bille Mae Richards) is an adorable baby reindeer born with a glowing nose. Everyone at the North Pole finds his nose offensive, including Santa (Stan Francis). The only ones who aren't bothered by it are sweet doe Clarice (Janis Orenstein) and Hermie (Paul Soles), an elf who wants to be a dentist. Hermie and Rudolph take off across the frozen north, encountering boisterous Yukon Cornelius (Larry Mann) and avoiding the Bumble Snowmonster. They end up at the Island of Misfit Toys before Rudolph finally heads home, hoping to confront the others. But then a huge snowstorm hits...

Headed for work shortly after Rudolph ended. The showers continued as the quiet Uber driver pulled up in front of Jodie's side of the house. The Uber rides to and from work were smooth sailing; I had a nice chat about pets with the pleasant lady going home. 

Work was equally smooth sailing. We were mildly steady during rush hours, but otherwise quiet. The weather may have scared some people off; others are likely finishing out their Christmas shopping at the malls or online. At the very least, I remembered to pick up the roll of Christmas wrapping paper I bought on Saturday and forgot. It's very pretty and old-fashioned, with a dark poinsettia print over a white background.

Thankfully, by the time I finished, the rain was gone and a lovely orange sunset blazed across the sky. As soon as I got home, I admired the last of it while working on my fanfic. Betty White admits to Gene she knew Brett's secret. They're old friends. Brett fled her husband when she got fed up with his gambling and their constant arguing, left her children with her parents in Maine Territory, and signed up with the first pirate ship she could find that would take her. She wanted to prove she could make money and live her own life away from her husband.

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Had shrimp and peas while watching Match Game '75. The champ won again...but this time, they played a Sousa march. Not that this stopped Betty or Brett from doing their own interpretations of belly dancing! Meanwhile, Allen went to have a talk with Gene after he joked about "having Betty" during the Audience Match. Brenda Dickson didn't do as well in the next episode, accidentally blurting out an answer and forcing them to toss the question. Gentle giant Richard Kiel joined Mary Ann Mobley, diminutive Paul Williams, Gene, and the regulars for Match Game PM. The moment Kiel stood, Gene told him he could write whatever he wanted!

Sale of the Century heat up as I made Chocolate Chip-Coconut Muffins for work later this week. The champ tried, but the other guy bought all three Instant Bargains (including the trip to New York with the dancing Big Apple), and the woman won two of the three Fame Games. The other man decisively won the Speed Round and picked up a trip to Singapore on the Match the Prizes board.

Finished the night online with another classic Rankin-Bass special, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. I go further into this and Rudolph in this blog entry from December 2018 at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

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