Saturday, March 13, 2021

Take Me for a Ride

Started off a quick, sunny morning with breakfast and the original My Little Pony special, Rescue at Nightmare Castle. When two of her friends are captured by an evil demon who wants to turn them into dragons to pull his chariot, feisty Pegasus pony Firefly (Sandy Duncan) heads to Earth to get help. She comes back with Meghan, a young girl who protests she isn't what they need. Meghan's a lot tougher than she claims, especially with the help of the Rainbow of Light the ponies pick up from the Moochick (Tony Randall).

Got up later than I should have and got a later start calling Uber. They originally said the driver would be there in six minutes...then suddenly, when I checked seven minutes later, it was twelve minutes! Even with the drivers going the right way, I was still ten minutes late to work.

Thankfully, that was the worst thing that happened all day. We were on-and-off steady at work, but never overwhelmingly busy. There were a few fussy customers, but most were in good moods, happy to be enjoying decent weather after our long messy winter. I didn't have a relief; a manager was nice enough to come in and finish a customer so I could get out on time.

It cleared out enough by 3 that grocery shopping was no trouble at all. The Acme's having one of their periodic "Buck a bag" vegetable sales. I grabbed cherry tomatoes, celery, bananas, a grapefruit, those baked pea snacks I like, and a bag of cole slaw and a potato to make Irish Chicken Stew on Wednesday. Picked up raisins for Irish Soda Bread and breaded flounder for dinner tonight. Restocked milk, fruit bars, whole wheat flour, butter, and ground turkey.

Not thrilled with my schedule next week. Very early and long day tomorrow, and I work at the register on Wednesday as well as the weekends. One of the regular cashiers went on vacation this week. Not to mention, my next day off isn't until Thursday, though I have Thursday and Friday off, the former for counseling.

Had a hard time getting a ride home. It took me three tries, and the lady couldn't get there for 22 minutes. Thankfully, unlike the one in the morning, she didn't make me wait any longer than that, and was pretty apologetic about it when she did arrive.

Put on Muppet Babies when I got in and started putting things away. "Lone Eagle" introduces Baby Sam the Eagle in a little star spangled sweater vest. He does enjoy hanging around with the kids, but really prefers reading on his own. The kids think he doesn't like them and do everything they can to try to get him to play with them. They form "The Fellowship of the Rainbow Yo-Yo" when they fear they won't be able to share a beautiful old yo-yo Nanny lets them play with and go on a quest to the top of a volcano to get rid of it.

Worked on writing after I changed and had a snack. Richard drops Robert off at the offices of The Match Up Times, then hits The Peacock Saloon for a whiskey. The bartender is a tall, nasal-voiced fellow with glasses and a dimple in his chin named Charles Nelson Reilly, who sends him to Marshal Gene Rayburn in search of a good job. 

Broke to make pan-fried breaded flounder, noodles, steamed green beans, and a spinach salad for dinner. Ate while watching Captain January. I go further into this nautical Shirley Temple vehicle at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

Finished the night online after I wrote my review with two episodes of The Lawrence Welk Show on YouTube. Of course, I had to watch the "Irish Show" from 1979, with the ladies in green peasant dresses and the men in vests, caps, and tweed jackets straight out of The Quiet Man. There's some outstanding dancing in this one, including two delightful Irish reels. "Fashions and Hits" showcases the clothes and songs of the 20's through 1971. The winners in this one are Bobby and Cissy's amazing jitterbug to "In the Mood," and the girls in 50's poodle skirts, joined by an unusually energetic Welk himself for the polka "Hoop Dee Doo."

1 comment:

Linda said...

I suspect the original script had January die at the end because he does so in the book. Victorian children experienced many deaths in their lifetimes, not just grandparents, but brothers and sisters, due to the terrible infant mortality rates back then. Death was considered just another "fact of life" back then, and novels like this often ended with someone dying, including the child protagonist!

Some interesting facts about the author of the book: this was Laura E. Richards, a noted writer in her day for both children and adults (she published a memoir of her childhood in "St. Nicholas" magazine). Her father was Samuel Gridley Howe, the founder of the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, MA, which was one of the first schools for blind people that assumed that they were not just helpless individuals who would have to be cared for by family all their life--they learned Braille, how to do many things that people up to that time thought impossible (like feed themselves), and also how to knit, sew, crochet, and make fishing nets. He figured out a way to teach Laura Bridgeman, a little girl who was both blind and deaf, and paved the way for the education Anne Sullivan gave to Helen Keller (Anne attended the Perkins school because she was nearly blind from trachoma before a series of operations gave her most of her sight back).

Laura Richards' mother was Julia Ward Howe, most famously known for having written the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Her mother was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women's suffrage, and suffered under the female social restraints of the day.