Saturday, July 24, 2021

Beautiful Summer Days

Began the morning with breakfast and Hogan's Heroes. "The Battle of Stalag 13" begins when Hoschetter starts complaining about the increased sabotage in the area...and so does a member of the German underground who claims their blowing things up has brought unwanted attention. Things get really hairy when both the Getstopo and the German Armed Forces decide they have their own uses for the prison camp.

Headed out just as the episode ended. It was too gorgeous for the store to be busy. Everyone went to the Shore or are enjoying the sunshine in their backyards. I spent almost the entire afternoon outside, pushing carts, gathering trash and recycling, and basking in a perfect lower-80's, dry, and breezy day. Plenty of help, including from a couple of baggers who arrived later.

Waved hi to Rose and her brood twice, including while doing my own grocery shopping after work. Had a lot of good online coupons, including for butter, grapes, peanut butter, ice cream, and free eggs. Picked up a pack of toilet paper, two bottles of raspberry syrup, and Lemon Lavender Lane tea off the clearance rack. Restocked parchment paper, bananas, peaches, yogurt, milk, chicken, black beans, and diced tomatoes.

Also got my schedule. In good news, three days off, including for my next dental appointment on Tuesday and Jodie's big "celebration of life" party for Dad next Saturday. I also have two 8 and 1/2 hour days, including Sunday; the regular weekend morning and afternoon bagger took this weekend off.

Changed and went straight into putting everything away and making dinner when I got home. Watched The Happiest Millionaire while I ate leftovers and made Fudgy Brownies. I go further into this long and strange Disney live-action movie at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Finished the night at YouTube with Lawrence Welk. His orchestra honored Walt Disney twice, once in 1967, and again in 1973 for the studio's 50th anniversary. The shows had some things in common. Norma Zimmer sang a lovely "When You Wish Upon a Star" in both (gowned as an exquisite Blue Fairy in the 1967 episode), they both had three of the girls dressed as Siamese kittens to sing "The Siamese Cat Song," a piano version of "With a Smile and a Song," someone dancing to "Waltz of the Flowers," and male dancer Bobby Burgess recalling his days as one of the original 1950's Mousketeers as he joins the others for "The Mickey Mouse Club Mambo." 

1967 begins and ends with a weird "Heigh Ho," with one of the girls dressed as Snow White cavorting with very strange dwarves. Kids get involved for "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" as people in costumes resembling the animated short act out the story for a little girl and her dad in 1973. Some folks might be disturbed by black dancer Arthur Duncan doing a soft shoe to "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" costumed as Uncle Remus in '67...which may be why his number in '73 is "A Spoonful of Sugar," joining the others in costume as an Edwardian kid. 

Here's both episodes, so you can enjoy this salute to Disney!

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