Thursday, November 12, 2020

A Dark and Cloudy Morning

Began a gloomy, chilly morning with breakfast and my first Thanksgiving special of the year. Garfield's Thanksgiving is not going well. Liz, the veterinarian Jon has a crush on, puts him on a diet just as Jon invites her to Thanksgiving dinner. Trouble is, Jon's never cooked something as complicated as a turkey in his life. Good thing Grandma Arbuckle from the Christmas special knows what to do.

Had enough time to get in a little writing after sleeping in. Gene points out that Richard sounds a bit nervous for a man who's just going to help his friends with the liquor. He claims it's last-day jitters. He'll be taking over The Family Fortunes when they return to land. Gene asks him how he got the ship again, but he evades his questions.

Broke for lunch at quarter after 1. Watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving while I ate. Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving doesn't start off well, either. Peppermint Patty invites herself, Marcie, and Franklin over for dinner, even though Chuck and Sally are going over to their grandparents' house to eat. Chuck, Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock make a meal of popcorn, pretzels, toast, and jelly beans for their friends, but Peppermint Patty is offended. Marcie and Linus eventually remind their friends that Thanksgiving is more about who you eat with than what you eat.

Was about to head off on my bike when I realized the wheel wouldn't turn. The bike fell over and the chain came off again. Darn it! I did manage to pop the chain back on, but it almost made me late for work.

Thankfully, after all that, there were no problems whatsoever. We were on-and-off steady all afternoon, busier than I thought it would be given the weather and we're now between holidays again. By the time we got to 6:15, it slowed down enough that I was able to shut down a few minutes early and with no need for a relief. They even had candy, fruit, and snacks in the back room again.

Went straight home and found a package waiting for me on the porch of the main house. Lauren said she sent two Amazon boxes as early Christmas presents. My second Christmas gift from her this year is The Radio City Hall Christmas Spectacular on DVD. She and her parents used to see it every year, but I've only heard the music on a soundtrack CD. I'll watch it tomorrow or over the weekend, when I have more time to enjoy it.

Was just in time for most of Match Game '74 as I had leftovers for dinner. Comic Jack Carter, sweet soap star Trish Stewart, and eternally giggling Kaye Stevens joined Gene and the regulars to guess the Audience Match for "Ring Around the ___" and admire a handsome young fireman contestant. Match Game PM had its second big win in a row as Jon "Bowser" Bauman ran off, Gene and Bill Daily drooled over Charlene Tilton of Dallas, and Brett and Patty Duke provided sarcastic commentary.

The lady champ started out well on Sale of the Century, buying both Instant Bargains...but despite getting a money card on the Fame Game, the other woman pulled ahead by the half-way point and won the Instant Cash. She beat her easily in the Speed Round, but just barely missed the Bonus Round money.

Finished the night online with Whoopee! at Amazon Prime. I go further into this goofy modern Western that introduced Eddie Cantor and Busby Berkeley to the big screen at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

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