Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Very Warm for Winter

Began the morning with breakfast and To Tell the Truth. The first contestant was a young man who not only survived a parachute jump where his chutes failed and got tangled, but continued to jump afterwards. Nipsey Russell and Bill Cullen went for tough number two. Kitty Carlisle and I went for handsome number three on the end...and we were right. The second guests wrote a book on masks and their place in society. This time, almost everyone went for number three, the lady who said the most on the subject, and yes, we were right.

Caught the first guest on What's My Line? as I got ready for work. Today, the panel (including Melba Moore and Gene Shallit of the mega-mustache) got to talk to a man who was involved in real history. He was the last living member of a group of Army Air Service pilots who flew around the world in 1924. Soupy dropped out early-on - he was old enough to remember when it happened - but the others were younger and had a harder time figuring it out. The footage we saw when they did guess right was absolutely amazing, and so was hearing him talk about it.

No problems at work whatsoever today. The Uber driver going to work took less than ten minutes to get here; the one going home took less than five. I spent almost the entire afternoon pushing carts, and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. The day was stunning for March, with sunny skies and cool breezes. It had to be in at least the mid-60's. I even had help from two baggers in the afternoon who took over the sweeping and inside duties. 

Went straight into writing when I got home. Richard Dawson arrives in the town of Televisa City in 1877, wearing a fancy city suit and hoping to find a place to raise his two sons after their mother abandoned them to return to England. He gets to observe the town, including the lanky fellow with the square chin pounding horseshoes, the very nervous deputy, and the lady with the fluffy blonde-brown hair who really loves the horses in her livery stable.

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Watched Match Game '76 while eating leftover beef stew. Not for the first time on this show, the toaster thing that's supposed to give Gene the answers wouldn't work. He had to bang on it to get it moving. Meanwhile, Penny lost to a lady who got to hear some interesting answers to the Audience Match "Earl __."

Settled down on the futon with cake decorating magazines as Match Game PM began. We learn how popular Richard Dawson was by 1977 when the female contestant admitted point-blank that she hoped for a kiss from him even if she lost. She got her wish and more when he did, indeed, kiss her in the end...and then he tried to pull her away from Gene when he attempted to break them apart! There was also Richard keeping track of how many answers he and Betty got right or wrong. 

Sale of the Century was even more exciting. All of the contestants bought something or won something, and no one was far ahead until the very end, when the portly pizza-loving gentleman won the Speed Round and a pair of diamond earrings decisively. He didn't do nearly as well with the Bonus Round, though.

Ended the night online after a shower on Shout! Factory's website with another Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Last of the Wild Horses. The convoluted story of a rancher who almost starts a range war when he's accused of forcing smaller spreads out of business was far less interesting than the wisecracks from the robots and Mike and Tom Servo trying to figure out how everyone else ended up in an alternative universe.

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