Thursday, October 28, 2021

No Rest for the Weary

Kicked off the morning with breakfast and the first Doc McStuffins Halloween episode. Doc's dad has a new decoration in "Boo Hoo to You," a little ghost who pops out of a pumpkin. At first, all Doc and her friends have to do is fix the top of the pumpkin so the ghost will come out...but they have far worse problems when the little fellow is freaked out by the other decorations. Doc has to convince him that Halloween isn't really that scary. Doc's brother Donnie says "It's Glow Time" for his glow-in-the-dark monster Glo-Bo, but he won't glow. Doc and the others take him out in the sunshine to recharge his energy.

Headed out shortly after the episode left. No problems here. Called Uber; they arrived within 8 minutes. Got to work with just enough time to put my bag in the back.

Work itself went less well. Once again, it started out fine...but once our customers picked up, so did my chores. At one point, I was told to clean the men's bathroom. Someone made a mess in there. That took so long, I never did finish all of it and didn't have the time to sweep the store or gather carts. I flat-out told the manager I will not be doing that again. Even with the remaining cleaning left to others, I still had to sweep, gather carts, help a particularly demanding customer outside, make sure all the other bathrooms are working, and shelve cold items. And I didn't have any help until 4PM. It was 3:30 before I could even get to the overflowing outside trash. 

At least the weather was decent for pushing carts when I got out there. It was sunny, fairly warm, and humid through most of the day. The clouds and cooler weather didn't roll in until past 3:30. It's been cloudy ever since. 

Was dead tired when I rushed out and called Uber. Thank heavens I got someone quickly. They came within three minutes; I was home in five. 

Sent out a few more e-mails for apartments, then went into writing. King Allen and The Red King demand that Brett leaves immediately. The Cheshire Catwoman (Lee Merriweather) appears on her shoulder to remind everyone that she can't exactly walk out the door when she's ten feet tall. Brett grabs Ira the Knave instead. She shakes him until he confesses that he stole the tarts to frame Sir Richard and get him out of the way.

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Had leftovers while watching Match Game '77. The second question involved what someone has to do for "Old Man Rayburn" while hosting Match Game '99. This gets a little creepy when you realize that there was a version of Match Game on syndication around in 1999, but Gene didn't host it. He passed away that November. (And I've heard from several quarters it wasn't very good anyway.) 

Match Game PM was a bit less spooky. It's also an episode I have some fond memories of. It was the first episode I saw on Buzzr when I started watching about two years ago. There are some things you never Elaine Joyce in a leopard-print halter top or handsome Lou Grant reporter Robert Walden. Meanwhile, nervous Bill Daily dodges boos for his bad answers and finds himself answering "__ ing Pretty" in the Head-to-Head.

Was so happy stretched out on the couch, I stayed there to watch the first Halloween episode of the current Muppet Babies. Fozzie's upset when his yodeler costume isn't as scary as the other kids' costumes. He tries to celebrate "Happy Hallowokka" by creating a scary haunted playground, but everything he does comes out funny. Animal dresses as a ghost to help. Summer tells "The Teeth Chattering Tale of the Haunted Pancakes" in order to convince Kermit that Nanny's ghost-shaped "booberry pancakes" are worth trying.

Switched to YouTube after a shower for Monster Mash. I go further into this strange version of the Boris Pickett song from 1995 at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

Finished the night with the season 5 Halloween episode of The Facts of Life. "The Halloween Show" has an old man in a loud sport coat telling the girls and Mrs. Garrett a spooky story about four sisters who lived in their building and were murdered by one of them. Three of them think it's just a story, until they keep seeing clues everywhere indicating that the ghost of that killer may have possessed Mrs. Garrett...

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