Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Return of the Sunshine

Got a quick start this morning with breakfast and To Tell the Truth. Gene Shallit of the impressively massive mustache joined Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, and Kitty Carisle to first figure out which of three ladies was a housewife who taught other women how to win at contests. I thought it was gentle #3, but it turned out to be sturdy and sensible number #1. The second gave us a real-life Indiana Jones who backpacked across the Mara animal reserves in Africa and wrote a book about his experiences. Everyone (including me) said #2 but Bill Cullen, who pegged big #3...and smart Bill was right. 

What's My Line's first guest was a man who designed a line of body suits (or as Arlene Francis called them, body stockings) for men. Allen Ludden got close, but Arlene finally got enough for them to pass her. They'd just finished a fashion show of the man's colorful designs and were moving on to the next guest as I hurried out.

Work was off-and-on busy for most of the day, likely due to the one-two combination of the first day of the month and Tuesday being our Senior Discount Day. I alternated between doing the carts and sweeping the floor the entire day; didn't have the time for anything else besides changing the inside trash and taking the inside recycling in the back. The customers cleared out somewhat when the sun came out later in the day and it got warmer, but they never cleared out completely.

Rose and Khai were cleaning the pool when I got in. I'm so tired and frustrated, I was thinking of taking a week off in the middle of June to get organized. Rose suggested cutting it down to a day or two. I'll need to save my weeks off for when Lauren visits in September and when Jodie has the driveway redone and I have to move...whenever that is. I really, really need to talk to Jodie and get exact dates on all this, or at least some ideas. I hate not knowing what's going on, or what I'm doing. I want to know exactly when I should be out of here and what I should do now.

Worked on writing for a while after I got in. Jimmie (Walker) the Dodo finally arrives with the White Knight, the champion of Wonderland, to rid them of this, er, "monster" stuck in Bill (Daily) the White Rabbit's house. Brett's just happy someone with half a brain is around who can help her. She's less delighted when the champion turns out to be the double of Richard Dawson, whom she doesn't get along with well in real-life. Sir Richard's squires are his sons; his men are members of the Queen of Hearts' Card Guard.

Broke for a quick leftovers dinner at 6:30. Ate while watching Match Game '76. Isobel Sanford of The Jeffersons and Patti Deustch's comedy writer husband Donald Ross joined Betty White and the regulars for one of the funnier weeks of the year. Earl, the little fellow who pulls out the answers on the Audience Match, got a rare chance in the spotlight when he had to explain to Gene whom one of the answers to "__ Butler" was.

Made Key Lime Cookies while watching Match Game PM. The female contestant sweetly asked Gene if she could still give Richard a kiss if she lost. Not only did she win, but she did get to give Richard a kiss twice. He got so into it the second time, Gene tried to drag her away. It lead to a tug of war between the two of them on her arms! She joked after they finally let go that her arms were a bit longer now.

Slid the cookies into the oven as Sale of the Century began. The show celebrated its sixth (and as it would turn out, final) Christmas week with one of the tightest games yet. Once again, no one got really far ahead of anyone else, and everyone won or bought something (including the Instant Cash). The woman champ jumped ahead in the Speed Round by one question, but she didn't get to celebrate her holidays by winning the Bonus Round.

Finished out the night on The Roku Channel with Flashdance. I go further into this wildly popular musical melodrama from the 1980's with some of the most iconic dance routines on film at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

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