Friday, July 23, 2021

In the Summertime

Began my morning with breakfast and Hogan's Heroes. The boys reveal themselves to be "Diamonds In the Rough" when they try to appease a Gestopo agent who has found out their secret. He demands a million dollars in diamonds...and as you can imagine, London's not about to appease them. The guys try to figure out how the can deflect him without giving him hot rocks.

Worked on writing for the rest of the morning. Sir Richard Dawson, the White Knight, arrives at the croquet party in place of White King Gene and Queen Helen. They're currently under siege by the Red King's army...which the Red King hotly denies, of course. Brett quickly tells him about his men in the dungeon, while Betty tries to get him into their wild game.

Broke for lunch at noon. Put on Match Game '79 while I had leftovers for lunch. Brett shows off her black puffed-sleeve gown in the opening, while she and Barbara Rhodes admire a tall and handsome young contestant. We also get some racy answers to what Sleeping Beauty gets instead of a kiss. The episode after that one is lost, but I did get to see the second episode of the next week as the others joke about Betty White's safari-style jacket and what teddy thing a tough guy had.

Work was off-and-on steady the entire afternoon. A gorgeous day probably helped. It was sunny, but also not nearly as hot or humid as it has been lately. It didn't get really busy until the dinner time rush hour. We had plenty of help, and other than some cranky customers, no problems whatsoever. Spent a lot of time between customers working on story ideas. It slowed down enough by 7 for me to get out with no trouble.

Jodie called me while I was at work; she poked her head out as I rolled my bike into the garage. She left white pizza with broccoli in my refrigerator for dinner. Sure! I had a sandwich at work, but it didn't really do much for my appetite.

Watched the end of Match Game PM while I ate. Tonight's episode would be the last time Allen Ludden and Betty White appeared together on television before his untimely death from stomach cancer. Jimmie Walker is happier to help the contestant out in the Audience Match and Head-to-Head.

Sale of the Century once again started closer, though the champ did buy an Instant Bargain early-on. Just like in the last few episodes, she pushed ahead in the second half and killed at the Speed Round. Picked up a beautiful pine cabinet on the Match the Prize board. 

Finished the night online, watching The Love Boat at Paramount Plus. "The Lady from Laramie" (Nancy Dussault) convinces a handsome Italian escort (Ceasare Danova) to teach her Italian. She's smitten with him and first thinks she'll keep him...but then decide to give him something that'll let him earn his bread. "Vicki Swings" when she falls for an 18-year-old boy (Patrick Labyorteaux) and tries to look older to impress him. A woman (Juliet Mills) whose husband (Buddy Hackett) is so into his ghost-chasing he's neglecting her comes up with the story of "The Phantom Bride" to reignite his interest in their marriage...and gets Gopher caught up in her tale, too. 

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