Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rainy Days and Libraries

I slept in this morning. When I got up around quarter of 10, it was pouring. I read in bed until 11. Watched Lucky Losers as I had breakfast. Slip and Sach are working for a prominent Wall Street broker...until the broker seemingly kills himself. Slip and their friend Gabe find information that leads them to a local gambling casino. With the help of a sidewalk hustler, the Boys infiltrate the casino in order to flush out the real murders.

It was still raining when the movie ended, so I went online until around 1:30. By that point, I decided I just couldn't wait anymore. I had DVDs that had to go back. I picked up my DVDs, went outside, and got wet.

The Haddon Township Library was busy; a lot of people must have come to avoid the nasty weather. I mostly concentrated on shelving and organizing the kids' DVDs. Still couldn't get all those "S" titles on there. (It's those darn Scooby Doo cartoons. They have every single one released in the last five years, and some older movies. I like Scooby too, but really, there are limits.) There were also lots of adult DVDs to put away, though only one CD. I didn't take out anything myself. I have tons of movies to watch that I've bought over the past few weeks, and plenty to watch for Halloween, too.

I made a quick stop at Thriftway on the way home. I wanted to buy a hoagie for a very late lunch. Turned out they were also having a sale on the box of Domino's Dark Brown Sugar for $1.19, and their regular large eggs are only $1.99. Stopped at Dollar Tree as well, but couldn't find anything for my Halloween costume and left with nothing. By that point, the rain was down to light showers, though it would pick up on and off even as I made my way home.

Needless to say, I spent the rest of the evening at my apartment. The continuing rain made it no day to be running around. I baked a Chocolate Mint Cake and had leftover chicken sausage and fried peppers with Brussels sprouts for dinner while dubbing McLintock! This 1963 John Wayne vehicle is one of his more popular comedies. The title character is the owner of a huge ranch spread in a small town in the west in the early 1900s. The town is seeing big changes that McLintock doesn't entirely approve of. More settlers are moving in, and with them come more disputes over land. The local Native Americans, who have long been friendly with the townspeople, are getting pushed off of their land, too. Matters come to a head when McLintock's stuffy wife (Maureen O'Hara) comes to town to seek a divorce and custody of their daughter Rebecca (Stephanie Powers). The battle of the sexes is on, not helped by the arrival of an attractive cook (Yvonne DiCarlo) who has enough sense to know how to deal with both McLintocks.

This movie brings back many wonderful memories of when Dad first bought the video in the early 90s. He loved it as a kid, and we used to watch it all the time with him. The Taming of the Shrew-inspired story hasn't always dated well, but it's still very funny, especially the brawl towards the middle that ultimately has just about every character in the movie knocked into a mud pit. A must if you're a fan of Wayne or O'Hara, especially his later comedies.

Switched back to the Bowery Boys as I cleaned up from dinner. Slip thinks he's Hard Boiled Mahoney when he and Sach stumble onto a case involving a missing young woman. As it turns out, there's a lot more to this case than meets the eye. Slip and the Boys may not get the chance to find out when a phony medium and his men chase them all over town, including into a radio game show!

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