Saturday, August 08, 2015

Dogs, Cats, and Mysteries, Oh My!

Started off the morning with more Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. "Pluto's Puppy-Sitting Adventure" has Mickey and Pluto taking care of Bella, Clarabelle Cow's adorable puppy. (Somebody did their homework. For an orange-and-white polka-dot puppy, Bella acted pretty realistic. She even played with Mickey's ears when he was holding her. Too cute.) Pluto doesn't like all the attention Bella's getting, especially when his attempts to help are rebuffed. The others have to remind him that they love him, no matter what size he is.

I didn't get to the farm market until nearly 11. Even that late, it was still crazy, with the stalls packed elbow-to-elbow with people buying food for barbecues and birthday parties. Blueberries are just about done, but I saw the first acorn squash and leeks of the season. I ended up with blackberries, small golden apples, small peaches, two cucumbers, two ears of corn, three leeks, Chinese long beans, an heirloom tomato, and a lavender eggplant.

When I got home, I put some things away and others aside. My fruit salad and chicken veggie salad came out so well, I decided to try something similar. This time, I just made a chicken vegetable salad with half the heirloom tomato, a leek, the last old cucumber, mayo, seasoning, and canned chicken. Pretty much just added coconut to the fruit salad I made last time.

Had the chicken salad for lunch while finishing Mickey and the gang. "Donald's Ducks" is one of the show's stranger episodes. Donald and Mickey have to help a group of (normal) ducks prepare to fly south for the winter. "Pluto Lends a Paw" has Mickey's rescue pup helping to find Figaro when he flees the Clubhouse, looking for someone to play with.

Switched to Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo while vacuuming the apartment and washing the windows. There's quite a few things that have changed in the decade since the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You? debuted. In addition to the arrival of Scooby's pugnacious (and controversial) puppy nephew Scrappy, the mysteries now had more of a topical bent. "The Scarab Lives!" has a popular comic book super hero coming to life and turning on his creator.

"The Night Ghoul of Wonderworld" plays like a cross between the wish-fulfillment TV show Fantasy Island and the movie Westworld. "Wonderworld" is a fabulous new theme park where guests are taken to the world most representing their true desires. Velma gets a chance to match wits with a robotic Sherlock Holmes, looking for the Crown Jewels...until Shaggy and Scooby discover that the thieving Night Ghoul is no robot.

"Strange Encounter of the Scooby Kind" has fun with the reemergence of science fiction after the huge successes of Star Wars and Close Encounters. An alien seemingly terrifies people out camping. As usual, Velma thinks the mystery is quite a bit closer to home.

You can't get much more late 70's than "The Neon Phantom of the Roller Disco!" The title character is a spectre that absorbs electric energy, especially the energy from a popular local roller disco club. The owners will have to close down if the kids don't figure out who this "phantom" is and what he has against the night club.

(Incidentally, I don't have anything against Scrappy. He can be annoying at times, but you've gotta admire the kid's spirit. I suspect people had more problems with the changes the character brought than the character. If you really don't like Scrappy, you'll probably want to steer clear of this set. It's not as Scrappy-centric as the early 80's episodes with him, Scooby, Shaggy, and later Daphne, but he is in there a lot.)

Work was steady when I came in, dead by the time I finished. Once again, I stood around and worked on story ideas a lot. It was so quiet by 7:30, I was able to leave with no relief and no need for one.

Oh, and my newest Remember WENN fanfiction, Scott White and the Seven Actors, is now online! For now, it can be found at my writing-oriented blog, Writer's Desk at the Riverside, and at my WENN fanfiction website. I'm hoping to get it on tomorrow.

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Writer's Desk at the Riverside

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