Wednesday, July 21, 2021

When the Storms Came

Started off my morning with breakfast and Hogan's Heroes. Hogan and the boys have to make "The General Swap" when London wants them to send a famous American general their way. General Barton is furious with Hogan for seeming to work with the Germans, calling him a traitor. He proves otherwise when they kidnap a German field marshal and exchange him for Barton.

Headed out to work shortly after the episode ended. Work was off-and-on busy, probably due to the weather. It continued to be sunny, warm, humid, and hazy in the morning and early afternoon, but clouds moved in around 2. The first storm came down around 2:30; a second drenched the parking lot an hour later. Thankfully, I was stuck in a register and sweeping during the first one. Sprinted to the patio with several carts fast enough to avoid being too badly soaked by the second. Towards the end of the afternoon, I showed two new baggers how to push carts and round up the trash and recycling. Thank goodness the rain ended well before 5, allowing me to arrive at home perfectly dry.

Changed and went straight into writing when I got home. Brett returns to fiercely smacking her hedgehog. The Red King's wrong, she says. Sure, we need rules...but people also need to have a little fun. Betty just wants everything to go her way and for her to always win.

Broke to make flounder filets, honey-glazed carrots, and roasted potatoes for dinner while watching Match Game '76. The episode began with Gene loaning Ron Palillo of Welcome Back, Kotter his plaid jacket and ended with Richard helping a man with an impressive Afro with "__ Service" on the Head to Head. Alas, it turned out the contestant was ineligible and wouldn't get his money, making the lady who played him at the end of the episode win by default. Brett wasn't too happy about the answers to one question early in the game, either, especially Richard's! 

It was Game Show Host Night on Match Game PM. All of the panelists on this episode but Brett - Elaine Joyce, Betty White, Peter Marshall, Dick Martin, and Bill Cullen - had or would host a game show. (Including Charles, who was on hiatus to direct a play.) Betty White helped a contestant solve "Yours __" in the Head to Head while a happy Taylor Van watched her mommy Elaine play in the audience.

Despite only picking up one Instant Bargain, the champ blew everyone away on Sale of the Century. Though the one guy did get two Fame Games, no one otherwise got near her. I suspect she remembered what happened yesterday when the champ did too much buying. At any rate, she got one of the highest Speed Round scores I ever saw and was thrilled to pick up a trip to the Mexican Rivera on the Match the Prizes board. Evidentally, she and her husband were never able to have a real honeymoon.

Pattering on my back windows drew my attention away from the TV...and to my surprise, I saw it poured again, coming down in heavy curtains. It slowed down before Sale ended, and to my knowledge, hasn't rained since then. 

Finished the night checking out something different on YouTube. Hallmark Hall of Fame did a version of Beauty and the Beast in 1976 with Trish Van Devere as Beauty, George C. Scott as the Beast, and Bernard Lee of the James Bond films as Beauty's father. I agree with one comment that pointed out how well they portrayed the relationship between Beauty and the Beast, possibly better than any version of this story save the two from Disney. It helped that Scott actually ended up marrying Van Devere in real-life, and the two would remain married until his death. If you love fairy tales, it's worth looking around for. 

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