Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Dog, the Damsel, and the Beatnick

Actually, I slept in again. I did manage to fit in a laundry run this time. It wasn't a huge load, but I did need to get it done. Thankfully, by the time I got there around quarter of 12, it wasn't really busy. The Acme called me in early, and I didn't have a lot of time to get things done. I was in and out in less than an hour.

At least it was a nice day for a walk. The weather continues to be perfect here. It was slightly warmer today, but otherwise no different. The trees are just starting to lose their leaves. Mums and asters (not to mention Halloween and fall decorations) are popping up in gardens and lawns. It was really very pleasant.

I ran the rest of the Scooby Doo set while sorting the laundry and getting ready for work. Scooby and the gang fall victim to "The Stony Glare Stare" on a trip to ancient Greece. A cursed mummy on display in a museum also turns his victims into stone in "Scooby Doo and a Mummy Too." The kids visit Velma's aunt, uncle, and cousin to enjoy "A Scooby Doo Halloween," at least until the arrival of a group of scarecrows bent on destroying the party!

The final two episodes are from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. This 1985 series was the first of two Scooby shows to date to have an ongoing plotline, rather than just the gang stumbling into monsters. (The second was the most recent show, Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated.) Scooby, Shaggy, Scrappy, Daphne, and an orphan named Flim Flamm travel around, trying to find the ghosts of the title that Scooby inadvertently released onto the world. "Scooby Kadoobra" is something of a riff on several 80s sword and sorcery cartoons as Scooby and the others try to rescue a princess from the dark magic of an evil sorcerer and restore her kingdom to it's original pleasant state. "Scooby In Kwackyland" allows the crew to run rampant through several comics spoofs and a take on Alice In Wonderland. A monster traps them in the funny pages, and they have to find the key that got them there and avoid the monster in order to get home.

(Oh, and unlike the previous holiday-themed set, those who have trouble with Scrappy will only encounter him in four episodes, two of them from 13 Ghosts.)

The Acme wanted me in at 1. I told them 2, and didn't make it until past 2:15. As usual, it really wasn't that busy when I finally made it. Supposedly, one of the older women called out because her daughter was in labor, but I saw her sign out later. Whatever. Once again, it was only busy during rush hour, but this time it was so bad, we really did need to call up more help. It slowed down enough by 8 that I got out quickly without a relief.

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