Thursday, October 26, 2017

Something Strange In the Neighborhood

It was cloudy, windy, and chilly when I woke up this morning. Perfect Halloween weather! I celebrated the arrival of cooler temperatures with a spooky Laurel & Hardy short. Ollie is thrilled when a wealthy widow proposes to him. His romantic hopes vaporize when he and Stan discover that, after the woman was jilted by a man named Oliver, she's killed seven other men by that name...and "Oliver the Eighth" is next!

Worked on writing for the rest of the morning. Leia is shocked when her son Benjamin - now Kylo Ren - is among the apprentices Snoke is offering as grooms for her daughter. He's cold to her, insisting that he's gained more power from studying the dark arts with Snoke than he ever did learning about light magic with his uncle.

With Ren are two pale young men, the other two apprentices. Armitage Hux is a stiff, ambitious youth from a very rich and powerful family. Dopheld Mitaka is smaller and eager to please. None of them are impressed by Leia's daughters in their shabby finery. The girls are even less impressed with their stuck-up and cold attitudes.

Broke at 1 for lunch and to get ready for work. Did more Laurel & Hardy while I ate. Ollie and Stan arrive at the home of Stan's late uncle. It turns out that the uncle died under mysterious circumstances...and the late-arriving duo are the prime suspects in "The Laurel & Hardy Murder Case." Now they have to find out who's behind the spooky goings-on, before they disappear along with the rest of the household!

Work was pretty much the same as yesterday - quiet for most of the afternoon, and never more than mildly steady. Though I cleaned the bathrooms and briefly rounded up what little outside trash there was, I mostly either gathered carts and baskets or did returns. I did accidentally spill a bucket of water in the back storage area, but it was only a quarter of the way full. I mopped it quickly.

As soon as I got in, I steamed broccoli and made pasta with butter to go with my leftover orange chicken legs for dinner. Watched a couple of horror-themed episodes of Perfect Strangers while I ate. It's a "Fright Night" in the 7th season when Balki discovers their new house is haunted. Larry doesn't believe it, until strange things start happening, including them and the girls finding themselves in mid-air. Now Balki and Larry have to get rid of a ghost who is mad as heck with them and determined to throw them around for fun.

"The Horn Blows at Midnight" from the 3rd season also plays with the supernatural. Balki is convinced that a psychic's prediction of Larry's death at midnight is going to come true. Larry and the girls think he's being silly...until a sudden storm arrives, and the predictions seem to come true.

Hit the shower, then ended the night with the original Ghostbusters. After being fired by Columbia University for their dubious supernatural theories, three paranormal scientists (Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, and Harold Ramis) go into business for themselves as professional ghost-chasers. They have a hard time finding clients, until a classical musician (Signorney Weaver) calls them after finding a nasty monster in her refrigerator. As the Ghostbusters try to figure out what to make of this, they're suddenly swamped with work, including a little green ghost in a hotel who is their first major catch. But there's more to that monster dog in the freezer than they think...and it turns out the musician, her nerdy neighbor (Rick Moranis), and the Art Deco apartment building they live in are about to be taken over by an ancient god who wants to bring about the end of the world!

This is a long-time favorite of mine, with an awesome cast, hilarious script, and special effects that, for the most part, still hold up today. While the sequel's not bad and the remake is better than most critics gave it credit for, the original is still the one you want to see.

And...Charlie's home. I can hear him, his parents, and the dogs downstairs as I type this. Hopefully, he's in too good of a mood to fuss over anything.

Oh, and inspired by watching the Disney "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" yesterday, I found this live-action TV movie from 1980 on YouTube, with a young Jeff Golblum perfectly cast as Ichabod Crane. This is the full broadcast from Atlanta's NBC station, including the commercial breaks in their entirety.

The Legend of Sleep Hollow (1980)

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