Friday, May 14, 2021

Perfectly Spring

Kicked off a late morning with breakfast and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The Clubhouse "Road Rally" two-parter has the entire gang grabbing any wheeled conveyance they can find to join the race. Pete thinks the Rally is all about getting ahead and keeps rushing past all the fun things the others see on the road and the surprises they find. Meanwhile, Toodles is upset that Goofy's new rescue vehicle is better at helping than he is. The others prove that they need both of them to solve problems.

Switched to Match Game '75 as I did the dishes. Tough guy actor-producer Sheldon Leonard and blonde bombshell Louisa Moritz joins in for this one, which starts off fast with Charles and Brett fighting. Sheldon has even less luck helping the contestant in the Head-to-Head with "__ Shirt." Later, a contestant has no idea who Zorro is, which leads to Gene giving a demonstration of swordsmanship and a near-riot over the panel's too-specific answers.

Made my way out as the second episode began. I needed to run some errands at the Audubon Crossings Shopping Center. More specifically, the only things left that I really need are shoes. My work sneakers and walking sandals are falling apart, and I never did replace my good sandals. I couldn't find anything I liked at Ross or Marshalls, and the one pair of sneakers I did find at The Shoe Depot were too narrow and pinched my toes. I ended up ordering sneakers on Amazon and will probably buy sandals from LL Bean or Lands End later in the summer.

Treated myself to lunch at Tu Se Bella's, the Audubon Crossings pizza parlor. I haven't eaten there in ages. I've been trying to avoid eating out a lot, and not because of the pandemic. I'm still trying to avoid a lot of salt. Once in awhile can be fun, though. I had a slice of white broccoli-shrimp and a slice of cheese with the new Pepsi Mango. By quarter of 2, the lunch crowd subsided, leaving only a few people to come in and pick up pizzas.

At least it was a gorgeous day to run errands. It was even nicer than yesterday, warm, bright, and breezy. I was fine in a t-shirt and shorts all day. I had to assure the bagger that I was at the store to do shopping, not pushing carts! 

Walked back around to the Acme after lunch. I needed to do my grocery shopping and pick up my schedule. Made use of an online freebee for eggs, along with good online coupons for butter, yogurt, and the first US blueberries of the season. Two crusted fish fillets and a container of ground turkey came with manager's coupons. Restocked milk, tomato sauce, mandarin oranges, and bananas. 

Kind of a strange schedule next week. In good news, more hours, shorter shifts, and mostly later hours. Those later hours mean I also get out late, which means fighting traffic going home and racing the twilight. I'm also back to mostly cashiering and just doing bagging on a few weekdays. They likely have too many baggers now and not enough cashiers.

Put on Super Password when I got home and put everything away. Patricia Klous and Orson Bean continue with brand-new contestants, as the previous champion won for his allotted five days. Orson was the one who got his new contestant to the bonus round this time. Once again, Lynda Day George and Christopher George won Tattletales, over happily married dancers Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce and producer, writer, and voice actor Lorenzo Music and his sensible wife Henrietta. 

Went into writing next. "The Ace" emerges from the shadows as Richard Dawson, former host and comedian searching for a job. Match-Up Network program director Allen Ludden is willing to give him a chance. He almost misses it when he's nearly late. He gets in on time to hear theatrical critic Charles and restaurant critic Brett bickering. There's something strange about them besides their ability to drink everyone else under the table, as  he discovers when Charles' handshake is wet and clammy, and Brett's is fiery hot to the touch...

Broke for a very quick Berry-Banana Smoothie dinner at 6:30. Match Game '76 began with Gene discussing dog breeds with a canine-loving contestant, which lead into jokes about what Dumb Dora brought home when her husband wanted to hear "the pitter patter of little feet around the house." Later, Charles scolds the grammar on a question about what someone has to play on a nude orchestra.

Made Blueberry Honey Muffins while Match Game PM was on. Not for the first or last time, Debralee Scott spent the episode happily flirting with a single young man contestant. The woman did much better, getting all six panelists in the first round and going on to answer "Thumb ___" in the Audience Match and raise eyebrows at Joyce Bulifant's canary-yellow feathered jacket.

Slid the muffins into the oven as Sale of the Century began. This started out as another close one. The champ bought both Instant Bargains and finally pulled ahead in the Speed Round. She missed the Bonus Round at the last minute, though.

Ended the night on Paramount Plus with a two-part fifth season Love Boat episode. A writer (Charles Nelson Reilly) and a widow (Charlotte Rae) who got married on a whim spend the cruise in their cabin "Getting to Know You." A newly-divorced couple (Michelle Lee and Tom Bosley) take "Separate Vacations" on two different boats, but find they can't let each other alone. A scientist (John James) wants to conduct "The Experiment" on a shy young man (Doug Barr) to see if he'll be attracted to his girlfriend (Mary Crosby), but it works all too well when she falls for him. 

"The Pride of the Pacific" is on the line when the Pacific Princess competes against the cruise ship the Sun Princess in a series of contests that culminates with Stubbing and the Sun's Captain Norquist (Ted Knight) taking part in a snow-less dog sled race. Not only does Norquist's son Tom (Woody Brown) join the Pacific Princess, but he doesn't know how to tell his father he'd rather be the ship's entertainment director than a sailor.

(Oh, and I did end up ordering shoes from Amazon. It's really the only way I'll be able to find what I need. They'll hopefully be here by Tuesday.)

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