Friday, February 02, 2018

No Shadow for the Groundhog

The sun was trying to come out when I finally rolled out of bed this morning. Celebrated Groundhog's Day with Jack Frost, one of the most unusual of the Rankin-Bass holiday specials. The title character (Robert Morse) falls in love with a human girl after saving her from going over a waterfall. He begs Father Winter to make him human as well in order to win her heart. Father Winter tells him that he needs a bag of gold and a home as well as a wife to make his dream come true...but the nasty Cossack King owns the land, gold, and the only horse for miles around. Jack ultimately gives up his humanity to call up a blizzard around the Cossack's castle. He finally turns to Pardon-Me-Pete the Groundhog (Buddy Hackett) to help him make sure that the blizzard keeps going for six more weeks. Meanwhile, even if he can defeat the evil king, there's a kind-hearted knight who seems to have won the girl's affections far more than Jack ever did.

It was close to quarter of 1 when I made it out of the house. Stopped at the Oaklyn Library first. There were a couple of people talking politics at one of the tables. Otherwise, it was just me and the librarians. The adult DVDs had been organized by genre and weren't too bad. The kids' movies remained the same.

Headed out at 1:30 to get my grocery shopping done. Picked up icing and two bottles of soda to make marble cake tomorrow for the Super Bowl. Restocked skim milk, apples, grapefruit, bananas, ground turkey, yogurt, brown sugar, peanut butter, canned navy beans and diced tomatoes, mozzarella pull-apart snacks, chocolate chips, buttermilk, and honey. Picked up mangoes and avocados on a really good sale.

My schedule next week is somewhat similar to what I have been having. I still have three days off (Tuesday instead of Saturday along with Thursday and Friday) and one long day on Wednesday. Mixed feelings on working late afternoon-evening on Sunday. While that means I may avoid the worst of the crowds and will have time to write in the morning, I get off at 6:30...right when the game begins. It's also supposed to rain that day. I may bring the cake over to Dad and Jodie's house before I go to work, then go straight back to their house from the game. If they don't end up driving me there.

Ran a couple of romance-themed Peanuts specials when I got in and during lunch. Charlie Brown spies a beautiful little girl in the stands at a football game in the beginning of Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown. He, Snoopy, Linus, and Woodstock spend the rest of the special searching everywhere from the stadium to the countryside for her. A Charlie Brown Valentine has Chuck hoping against hope that he'll somehow gather enough courage to ask The Little Red-Haired Girl to the school dance. Peppermint Patty and Marcie would rather he asked them.

Worked on writing for a while after I ate. Leia takes off into the early spring sunshine on Chewbacca's back, leaving the mouse and the obnoxious mole far behind. Chewie brings her back to the frog pond, where Luke fights off the frogs and toads who have Han. While Chewie helps him, Leia looks for the missing king. She does finally find a deep sleep, frozen into a block of ice. The ice is melting, but not fast enough to restore him.

Broke at 6:30 to have leftovers for dinner. Did some Backyardigans while I ate. "Samurai Pie" has Tyrone as the master baker teaching Austin how to make the Great Pie for picky Empress Tasha. The Great Pie may be "really really hard to make," but what really takes all of Austin's skills is helping his mentor fend off pie-snitching ninjas Uniqua and Pablo!

Played video games for an hour after that. Neither "Escape from Bespin" nor "Rescue from Jabba's Palace" are that hard. They're both pretty standard build-and-run rounds. Just missed True Jedi on both, though I did find the red brick at Jabba's Palace.

Finished out the night with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) goes off in search of the Ark of the Covenant, a fabled lost biblical treasure that could give its owner immense power. He first has to get a medallion that'll reveal its exact location from his former flame Marion Lockwood (Karen Allen), then find the Ark itself in the desert with the help of his friend Sallah (John Rhys-Davies). All the while, the Nazis and a rival of Indy's are on their tail, dogging their every move. Even after Indy does find the Ark, it ends up in their hands...and all involved learns why some mysteries are better left undiscovered.

I love the Indiana Jones series. This is another one that's a big part of my childhood. Marion's presence as the sassiest and most interesting of Indy's love interests and some really awesome action set pieces (including the famous opening sequence and the fight around the airplane) elevates the first of four (to date) Indy movies.

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