Thursday, September 03, 2015

Fantasy In the World of Tomorrow

Slept in this morning and got a quick start with breakfast and more Remember WENN. The first season ends on a dramatic note with "World of Tomorrow." Jeff Singer is called to London to work with former station manager Victor Comstock. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast is preparing for their big show on the last day of the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Jeff's stirring first broadcast gives them a spectacular finish....but thanks to the London Blitz, he and Victor may not survive their own program.

Work was quiet once again. It was a tad bit busier than it has been, but nothing like yesterday. The ongoing heat and humidity may have scared some people off. Others could be waiting for Labor Day Weekend. At any rate, there were no major problems, and my relief was right on time.

There was a message waiting for me on my phone when I got home. As I suspected would happen, Rose canceled our dinner date. First of all, Khai had his first day of kindergarten at the Oaklyn (Elementary/Middle) School. He loved it, but was cranky after a long day and not up to company. Second, she was right that it was really too hot to make or consume a big meal. We'll try to reschedule for next week.

I spent the rest of the afternoon writing. Betty and Gertie discuss what the demons were doing there and who the man was who helped her. The demons are creatures who live in the Shadow Realm, a dark world that weakens a kingdom from within, strips it bare of its beauty, prosperity, and magic, then moves on to the next kingdom. Gertie's worried. They haven't been seen in Wennaria for decades. She does know who the man who helped Betty is, but she's not about to tell her. She knows he has his own reasons for staying hidden.

Gertie slips out and meets an old friend - Mr. Eldridge - by the forest. She tells him about the demons and gives him a book to give to others in their organization. Mr. Eldridge tells her that Scott is with him, but is afraid to let Betty see him. Mr. Eldridge asks Gertie if he's trained Betty in magic. Gertie says no - her father won't let her. He doesn't want her to end up like her mother.

Continued with fantasy while I made a chicken-cucumber salad for dinner. "Jack and the Beanstalk" is one of the earlier episodes of Fairie Tale Theatre. This one is pretty much a straightforward retelling of one of England's most popular fairy tales. Jack (Dennis Christopher) climbs the title beanstalk and finds himself in a world above the clouds populated by a dim-witted giant (Elliot Gould) and his wife (Jean Stapleton). Jack has to take back the gold, gold-egg-laying hen, and singing harp that are rightfully his and outwit the giant, before the giant makes him his next meal!

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