Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Harts on a Spring Day

Was very happy to see the return of the sun this morning. No problems taking my bike to or from work. In fact, it was so nice, I took the long way home. Warm but not humid, sunny, breezy, with a bright blue sky overhead. Just about as perfect of a day in mid-May as one could wish.

Which is probably why we were dead for most of the morning. It did pick up a little around 1, but even that could have been worse on our Senior Discount Day. I volunteered to refill the spray cleaning bottles in the back, just to have something to do in the morning. Needless to say, I was in and out with absolutely no trouble whatsoever. 

Went straight upstairs and changed when I got home. Had a snack and rested while watching Golden Dawn. I go further into this truly peculiar early talkie operetta, one of the worst movie musicals ever made, at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Went down for a nap after the movie, then did some writing. Brett finally hauls her rear onto the plateau, to find Charles about to become food for a huge bird-monster in a nest. Brett has to find a way to distract it, and quickly, before Charles is fed to its hungry babies...

Grabbed dinner downstairs and threw my laundry in the wash, then came back up for Match Game '74. Michele Lee, Robert Morse's co-star in the film version of How to Succeed Without Really Trying, turned up on Charles' last week before he went to Broadway to direct a hit play. Poor Brett seemed especially upset that he'd be leaving, acting out even for her.

Match Game PM featured a very pregnant contestant who seemed to make Gene a little nervous and a nice old man who didn't seem to grasp the game very well. Betty White didn't seem overly happy about a question claiming her husband Allen Ludden is as funny as a case of blank. Richard had even more luck with "Nursery __" in the Head-to-Head.

Finished up the night with Hart to Hart on The Roku Channel after a shower and putting the laundry in the dryer. A case comes "Too Close to Hart" when a maid friend of Max's mentions the people supposedly sent by her employers to watch their home while they're on safari. Worried about a rash of art being stolen and replaced with forgeries in their area, the Harts invite the couple over for a party...and to find out what they're really up to at the house. 

Oh, and I finally checked the patient portal at Collingswood Family Practice. My bloodwork came in, and I have...absolutely nothing wrong with me, besides my weight and the stress and anxiety I've been under for the past few years. No prediabetes, no heart trouble, blood pressure close to normal, nothing out of the ordinary. I have the feeling my being tired is more due to stress, anxiety, and poor eating and sleeping habits than anything else. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Lone Star State Tales

Got a late start this morning. I'm still pretty tired, but I did want to at least set up an appointment with the dentist for my regular check-up. I was hoping to do it on Friday, but they're booked solid through Memorial Day. Ended up making it for a few days after my vacation.

It wasn't raining when I had a quick lunch, but I didn't like the look of the dark clouds or how humid it was. Not to mention, I saw the weather reports when I was online. We were supposed to get storms later. I ended up calling Uber. The driver arrived in a quick three minutes. Left a little early to eat a fast lunch at work.

Work was off-and-on steady. We'd get busy, and then it would suddenly die and I'd be bored again. There were some grouchy people - folks are still complaining about the bags - and my first break was late, but nothing really horrible. By the time I finished, we were so dead, I shut down a tiny bit early to refill the reusable bags. 

Sun broke up the clouds around 2, but by 5:30, they moved in again. I walked out of the store and into heavy downpour and strong winds. There were even a few rumbles of thunder, though nothing deafening. The Uber driver was originally supposed to be there in three minutes, but it quickly upped to six once the weather started. She didn't take longer than that, though. The rain slowed and vanished, even as she pulled up to the house.

Rushed upstairs to change, then downstairs to wash out the air conditioner vent. There was no putting it off now. It was too hot not to run it. Also tried some of the Gatorade powder for the first time. Not bad. A little harsher than the Propel, and much bluer!

Finished the night online watching Giant on HBO Max. Jordan "Bick" Benedict Jr. (Rock Hudson) marries Maryland socialite Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor) in the early 20's. He takes her to his sprawling Texas ranch, where his rough n' ready sister Luz (Mercedes McCambridge) holds sway.  Leslie doesn't do well there at first. She's too outspoken for the Texas belles, and rebellious ranch hand Jett Rink (James Dean) has a huge crush on her. 

Things change when Luz is killed in a horse-riding accident and bequeaths Jett a small patch of land. Turns out the land holds oil...and a lot of it. Jett becomes wildly wealth and respected, but he's never forgotten Leslie. Bick would rather raise cattle, until shortages during World War II and his rivalry with Jett forces him into oil production. 

Meanwhile, his family with Leslie is flourishing, but his children aren't quite as he hoped. He wanted them to take over the ranch, but Jordy (Dennis Hopper) hopes to be a doctor, Judy (Fran Bennett) wants to start her own life with her husband Bob (Earl Hollman), and Luz II (Carroll Baker) becomes enamored with dashing Jett and his fast-paced lifestyle. Things come to a head when Jordy marries sweet Mexican doctor's assistant Juana (Elsa Cardenas), and she's refused entrance at a big party honoring Jett's new airport...and Bick finally realizes what Leslie had said for years, that his family and championing the burgeoning civil rights movement is a more important legacy than any cattle or oil wells.

I've wanted to see this one for years. I love a good through-the-years story, and this one of the most unique in cinema history. It was also James Dean's last film, released after his untimely death, and he's mesmerizing as he goes from bad-boy hired hand to drunk billionaire who substitutes oil wells and material desires for real love. I'm surprised at the topics covered here too, including feminism in Leslie's desire to be respected and treated as well as the men to civil rights in the treatment of the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in Texas. And while it does get soapy in the second half when the kids are older, it's never too hard to take.

If you love historical epics, tales of rough and ready Texas, or anyone in the cast and have a spare three hours on your hands, I can't recommend this one enough. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Talking About Games

This time, I began a much nicer morning with breakfast and the By Jupiter off-Broadway cast album I bought last week. The Greek soldiers must get the girdle of Diana from Amazon Queen Hippolyta. They do this by falling in love with her warriors, including Theasus with Antiope. Meanwhile, Hippolyta's husband Sapiens, who stays home with their children, is forced by his wealthy mother to finance their campaign against the Greeks and use all of his charms (such as they are) to get her to give up the girdle.

It's a good thing there's some good Rogers and Hart songs in this one, because as you can tell from that plot description, the story is incredibly dated. Ray Bolger played Sapiens in the original 1942 cast, which should give you an idea of his character. The songs give more of a hint as to why this was Rogers and Hart's longest-running show on Broadway, with the lovely ballad of longing "Nobody's Heart" for the head Amazon warrior, "Wait 'Till You See Her" for a smitten Theseus and his "when the girls come home" spoof "At the Gateway of the Temple of Minerva," and Sapiens and Hippolyta's comic marriage squall "Everything I've Got."

Went straight to work after breakfast. Work didn't start out busy, but by lunch, we had long lines snaking down the aisles. I'm getting tired of people complaining about the bagging. I understand complaints about the situation with the baby formula, even if there's nothing we can do about it. Parents and those who can't eat food need it. The bags...not only is getting rid of them not life-threatening, but frankly, people don't need them. You use them for the trash? To carry your pet's litter? You can buy bags for that. Keep them around for a while. And the reusable bags hold so much more, and you don't have to lick your fingers to open them! 

I was very happy to hurry out and rush home. In fact, I celebrated a beautiful day by taking the long way down Nicholson Road. Needless to say, there were many people enjoying a leisurely Sunday ride. I ducked down Atlantic to avoid them, then went even longer, crossing at WaWa.

Went straight into writing when I got home. Brett sees a monstrous bird-creature carrying off a screaming human figure. She climbs to the top of a rugged cliff to find out what's going on, leaving her blue Victorian gown (and her knees and palms) in tatters. She's out of breath when she finally gets up there...but what she sees when she can think again makes her blood run cold...

Had a quick leftovers dinner while listening to an older soundtrack album I've had for years. I've had the soundtrack for Swing Time and Shall We Dance for so long, I forget where I got it from now. I think it's a bootleg album, but it does contain all the songs from both movies. Good thing, too, as they're two of the best scores from any Astaire-Rogers films. Jerome Kern standards from Swing Time include "A Fine Romance," "Pick Yourself Up" and the Oscar-winning "The Way You Look Tonight."  Shall We Dance gave us the Gershwins' "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."

Finished off the night with word association games in honor of the debut of the 1989 Canadian word game Talk About on Buzzr Memorial Day. Talk About lasted two years in its native Toronto; it also did two years here, in syndication (which is probably where I saw it), and later on USA.  Two teams, one of men, one women, were given two topics to choose from. They then had to describe the topic they chose. If they used words associated with the topic that were on the board, they'd win points. If they could get all ten words, they'd get a 500 dollar bonus. If not, the other team could steal the topic. 

The bonus round had one member of the winning team trying to guess the ten words. If they didn't get them, they could take their money and go home, or call out their partner and continue. If the latter, the partner had to guess all the words.

Fast-paced and fun, I can see why Buzzr opted to pick up this one. It's a lot like a TV version of the group game Outburst, which my family played quite a bit in the 90's and early 2000's. Host Wayne Cox is charming and never fails to keep things moving.

Word association games have been around long as game shows have. Password and Match Game are the long-runner word association champs. NBC announced a new Password starting later this summer; Match Game just ended its run on ABC.  I went with one of the earliest surviving Password episodes, a black and white nighttime episode from 1962 featuring Gary Moore playing against his star and protégé Carol Burnett, the show from the first week to feature Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Betty White on the panel in Match Game '73, and an episode from the week on Password Plus where Betty White hurt her ankle and had to be carried to the Alphabetics bonus round by her hubby Allen Ludden and Robert Pine.

The Pyramid franchise is another long-runner that's still with us today. I jumped way back to The $10,000 Pyramid in 1973 to showcase a big win for Barbara Feldon and her contestant. John Schuck doesn't have nearly as much luck with his.

Not every word game went over as well. The 1977 NBC show Shoot for the Stars is sort of a Bob Stewart cross between Pyramid, Whew!, and Talk About. The contestants and their celebrity partner would choose a numbered box and get and then try to figure out how the two words behind it were related. The bonus round was similar, only the dollar amount was chosen by a randomizer, and the accumulated money would increase with every attempt. Bill Cullen and Anita Gillette were the celebrities in the pilot. Originally titled Shoot the Works, it seems to be the only episode of this show available for viewing today. 

Another Bob Stewart show, Chain Reaction, has a long and complicated history. Two teams (contestants and celebrities in 1980) guess the next word in a word chain. The winners move on either guess the words or phrases the celebrities put out. The original 1980 Bill Cullen-hosted show fell victim to NBC wanting to give David Letterman his own morning showcase; there's only two episodes currently available for viewing online. The Canadian version without celebrities did better on USA Network in the late 80's-early 90's. Game Show Network revived it three times. It barely lasted a year each in 2007 and 2015; here's hoping the new version that launched last year does better.

Words a' Poppin' is probably the most unique word association game out there...because it was made for kids. A gentleman in a forest ranger's hat named Shotgun Tom Kelly asked a panel of six kids to unscramble words under a specific category. The second round had them guessing letters in a word. The bonus round was sort of a child's version of Now You See It - kids have to find words from connected letters on a board. Really cute syndicated show was a big hit in the late 70's, and I can see why. Too bad the episode I saw seems to be the only one currently online.

Let's talk about Talk About and other games requiring quick thinking to find the right words! (The rare Words a' Poppin' is in three parts, but like I said, it doesn't otherwise seem to be online.)

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Science Fiction Double Feature

Once again, I awoke to a cloudy morning. No rain, though, or even wind. Figured I was fine to ride the bike to work after breakfast. Of course, it started showering on my way there. I arrived more than a little damp.

Work wasn't nearly as exciting as yesterday. In fact, for a lot of the morning, it was pretty dull. Most people took advantage of the rain holding off to attend various local weekend events. They didn't start coming in until after lunch, by which time we had plenty of help. My relief was even right on time. I was in and out with no trouble.

Did some grocery shopping afterwards. I'm tired of hauling bottles of Propel home and tossing piles of them in the recycling. Decided to try Propel and sugar-free Gatorade powder instead. Had digital coupons for grapes, free organic nuts (went with almonds), and buy-one, get-one free containers of Haagen Daas. Small containers of Purex are on a good sale, too, and I needed to restock sanitizing wipes. Fished corn muffins for lunch and those yummy fudge-topped shortbread cookies off the bakery clearance racks again.

Went straight home afterwards. This time, it was raining at a good clip. Just hurried home as quickly as I could and got wet.

Put everything away when I got in, then changed and put on Make Mine Music. I go further into this rare Disney shorts anthology from the 1940's at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Worked on writing after the movie ended. Brett finds herself in a desolate landscape of gray cliffs, gray rocks, and scraggly trees. She hears what she think sounds like Charles in the cliffs above her and starts climbing the cliffs to find him.

Broke for dinner and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at 7. "Goofy On Mars" has him crash-landing on the Red Planet. Mickey and the others suit up, make their own spaceship, and dodge a snoring baby moon to rescue him. 

Finished the night online with two science-fiction shows featuring Match Game regular panelists. Richard Dawson appeared on an episode of the original mid-60's Outer Limits. "The Invisibles" are crab-like beings that attach themselves to politicians and other important humans in order to take over the globe. One security agent infiltrates the Society of the Invisibles, humans devoted to aiding their cause, and poses as a chauffeur to the wife of one of the infected governors. Her British personal secretary (Dawson) suspects something is up, and he and his master will do anything to stop the agent before he can tell the authorities about their plan.

Brett Somers appeared on a somewhat lighter science fiction program, Battlestar Galaxia, over a decade later. She's Siress Bellaby, whose grain harvesting machine may help "The Magnificent Warriors" trade for food from a grain-rich planet. Trouble is, the human settlers aren't popular with two rival alien clans, who keep stealing their supplies. Siress falls hard for Commander Adama (Lorne Green), though he's not nearly as enamored of her. Meanwhile, Starbuck (Dirk Benedict)  turns sheriff to con the owner of the local farms out of a few extra shares of grain. 

Oh, and it's rained off and on, sometimes hard, for the rest of the night. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Blackout On Friday the 13th

It was cloudy when I woke up this morning, but the sidewalks and streets were still a bit wet. It wasn't raining when I finished breakfast, so I rode to work. Of course, it started showering at a good clip half-way there, but I still only arrived damp.

Work was off-and-on steady for most of the morning. It picked up a little bit around noon, then died again. In addition to the nasty weather, it's the middle of the month, and there's nothing going on again until Memorial Day Weekend. 

I was on my last break and was just pulling out my pen to write down my schedule when suddenly, I couldn't see the pen, the schedule, or anything else. The entire store was plunged into darkness! For a few moments, everything was black and silent. Even our new TV system constantly running documentaries on food history in the employee's room blinked out. 

The lights flashed on after a minute or two, and then the TV about five minutes after that. It took everything up front longer to come back to life. Apparently, anyone who was there couldn't buy their orders because the computers went down, and many of the few customers we had left their orders behind because they wouldn't or couldn't wait. (I later found out that we weren't the only ones who lost power. I don't know what happened, but it went out in the entire area. It never rained again after this morning, and we never had any thunderstorms.)

I did take some customers...but by the time of my last hour, not only was it quiet, but we had plenty of help. We had full carts of returns before the lights went out, so I volunteered to put a dent in those. Got out with no trouble whatsoever. 

Oh, and I did get my schedule once the lights came back on. Not happy at all. Fewer hours, and my next day off isn't until Friday, though I do get Friday and Saturday off. I'm thinking of changing my availability to give me two regular days off. Apparently, some people have done it. I can't keep working 8 and 9 and 10 days in a row without a rest. 

Changed and put on Match Game '74 when I got home. These may have been some of the wildest episodes of the year! In the first, a besotted Kaye Stevens chased a handsome contestant when he lost and was being spun off and for some reason gives a very strange answer to "__ Fry." There's also the question about what anyone who kisses Brett today gets...and Brett isn't overly happy with the contestant's answer! Charles gives his own weird answer in the next show when he claims a fake medium will look into a cherry instead of a glass ball.

Had dinner while Match Game PM was on. This was the one with the very funny former Marine from the Bronx and the pretty lady with the long, elaborate braids. Gene was on the receiving end of a couple of jokes in the first question about what the waiter brought to someone's table when they ordered a ham sandwich. I'm surprised Brett's answer to a later question about what a baseball team was holding wasn't censored! 

Finished the night after a shower with spooky, schlocky fun on YouTube in honor of Friday the 13th. Mystery Science Theater 3000 frequently dipped into the cheesy horror genre...and they didn't come much cheesier than Bloodlust, a low-budget imitation of The Most Dangerous Game from 1961. Four teenagers (a young Robert Reed among them) find themselves stranded on a jungle island. The boys are hunted by a mad man who brings over convicts, shoots them, and stuffs them. For all the cheapness and bad dialogue, this does have a genuinely creepy atmosphere. It gets scarier in the second half, when the kids figure out what this hunting nut is up to. 

Spooks Run Wild is equally cheesy and cheap, even more atmospheric, and a lot more fun. The East Side Kids end up at a haunted house when one of them gets hurt. Another creepy gentleman (Bela Lugosi) takes them in and seems to have control over the injured one. The kids think he's "The Monster," the serial killer who has terrorized the area...but for once, Lugosi is no killer, and the real "Monster" is the last person anyone would suspect. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Sunshine Surprise

Got a quick start today with breakfast and a glance out the window. It was supposed to rain, but while there were clouds outside, they were neither heavy, nor threatening. I was able to ride my bike to and from work normally.

No trouble at work for once, either. Today was my first bagging day in a while...which may be just as well, since we were dead for a lot of the day. They never even needed me in a register. Worst that happened was I kept having to take cardboard boxes to the back room when I was trying to do other things. It did pick up a bit later, to the point where I had a harder time keeping up with the carts...but the evening bagger arrived at 4, took over the sweeping, and helped me with the carts. 

At least it wound up being a nice day for pushing carts. It never rained, or even got close. We had off-and-on clouds all afternoon. The sun was actually coming out by the time I went home. 

Went straight home, changed, had a quick leftovers dinner, and watched Match Game '74. The first episode began with Gene literally pulling a leg his entrance. The others are more interested in figuring out "__ Nun" in the Audience Match and chuckling at Gene's actually pretty accurate Columbo imitation. Jimmie Walker made his first appearance on the show in the second episode, and yes, Gene gets him to say his signature "Dyn-o-mite!"

Another young sitcom actor, Helaine Lembeck from Welcome Back Kotter, joined Dick Martin and Betty White for the Match Game PM episode. Everyone had some pretty darn amusing answers to what a hapless honeymooner found between him and his wife in bed and how Betty White's __ hasn't been the same since it was washed in the goldfish bowl. The others didn't do much better with "__ My Heart" on the Audience Match.

Worked on writing for a bit after that. Instead of having Jack push Richard out the window, Jack hangs back when Brett tries to pull him away. The Red King finally shoots Richard with his magic. Brett tries to deflect it, only for it to hit him in the head, and Richard to trip and go out the window anyway. Brett does manage to help Marcia and Queen Helen escape, but the Red King sends her to Limbo before she can.

Finished the night with The Gay Divorcee on HBO Max. I go further into Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' first starring vehicle at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

In the Secret Garden

Slept in and finished re-reading The Secret Garden, which I do every spring. It was so late when I finally rolled out of bed, Match Game '77 was on by the time I had my fried egg with broccoli. Greg Morris of Mission Impossible and Roz Kelly of Happy Days join the crew and Joyce Bulifant for a few racy jokes about what what Sir Lancelot's bride says he does in bed during their honeymoon. I'm surprised Roz wasn't called on for "__ On It" in the first episode. The second had Richard recalling how his Hogan's Heroes co-star Werner Klemper brought his own uniform to the show for "Werner __." 

Headed out after the second episode ended. Despite the cloudy and blah day, I had a lot of errands to run, starting with finally dropping that Mother's Day car in the mail box. Since I was two blocks from the post office, went there next to buy pretty floral stamps. 

Cut through Newton Lake Park next. It was so busy with people enjoying the weather before the rain starts up again, I ended up riding on the street.  The ground that isn't flooded from our recent storms is greener than emeralds. The leaves on the trees grow fatter and wider every day. Soft purple and yellow irises and starry white clover perfume gardens and yards with their spicy and sweet scents. 

The Haddon Township Library, on the other hand, wasn't busy. Grabbed the next mystery in Laura Childs' Tea Shop series, Lavender Blue Murder. Also picked up two from series I hadn't read before, Scone Cold Dead and Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti. East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of my favorite fairy tales; found a young adult version of the story called East that looked intriguing (and long). 

Made a fast stop at Target next. I can't find my headbands, so I just bought new ones. Picked up more of the Good & Gather lemon date bars, too. Target wasn't busy, either. I had no problems hitting self-checkout to get out fast.

Went straight home and took the laundry downstairs. Got organized and had a quick lunch while watching Buzzr. William Shatner and his then-wife Marcy and snarky Conny Van Dyne and her hubby Larry Coates beat Dick Gautier, his ego, and his then-wife Barbara Stuart on Tattletales. It came down to the ladies on Press Your Luck after the one guy Whammied out. One of the ladies should have passed at least twice while she was ahead. She got hit with Whammies, and the winner finished with $1,000 and one Whammy.

Worked on writing for a while after that and switched out laundry loads. Sir Richard, Brett, and his sons are all horrified when the Red King destroys Richard's sword. Brett's even more upset when she realizes how much control the Red King has over Jack when he obeys him and tries to shove Richard out the window! 

Broke for dinner and Match Game '74. Richard Deacon made his first appearance on the show this week, joining Gunilla Hutton of Petticoat Junction and comedienne Mitzi McCall. While Mitzi jokingly explained how one can tell if one needs undergarments, the others tried to figure out "Boot __" on the Audience Match. 

Had dessert and got the laundry out of the dryer while Match Game PM was on. Richard did his best to help a dapper out-of-work engineer from Liverpool (with the accent to match), while Gene made jokes about a stewardess-to-be squirming in her seat. Later, Richartd has a couple of then-topical answers for "__ Boone" on the Head-to-Head.

Finished the night after a shower with the 2020 version of The Secret Garden on Hulu. Mary Lennox (Dixie Everrickx) is still a sour child sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) after her parents die, but they've upped the period from the early 1910's to 1947. This time, a dog leads Mary to the garden (though a robin still helps too), and the garden is in the woods rather than on the grounds of Misslewaithe Manor. Her cousin Colin (Eden Hayhurst) is far less receptive to her getting him outside. She and Dicken (Amir Wilson) practically have to kidnap him to get him to see it. Colin and Mary knew each other as young children; their mothers were dear friends. The old gardener Ben Weatherstaff was cut entirely, and the Magic that the kids talk about in later chapters is real Magic, rather than just the seasons doing their work. Colin's father is so stubborn about not sending Mary to boarding school, it takes a huge fire in the Manor for him to see the light.

For all that, there were moments that really worked, like when Mary first discovers the garden, or when she shows Colin the things that once belonged to their mothers. The kids all do splendidly, and Julie Walters isn't bad as the cold housekeeper Mrs. Medlock who can't see the magic that's changing her charges the way the kids can.

Not for purists who prefer their movies to be exactly like the books, but if you're willing to give it a chance, you might find a little bit of magic in this haunting retelling as well. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Riding Down to Oaklyn

Began the morning after a quick breakfast with writing. Brett, Richard, and Queen Helen watch in horror as the Red King shoots a light at White King Gene that puts him into a deep slumber. He won't awaken unless Brett checkmates him and reverses his spells...and he pushes her towards Jack the Red Knight to keep her from doing that. Richard angrily retaliates, but Jack may have the upper hand...

Broke to have a quick lunch and get ready for work at quarter after 11. Watched Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood while I ate and changed. Jodi Platt is upset when "Jodi's Mama Travels for Work," while Daniel isn't happy that his mom will be away for the day. When Jodi reads paper rings her mother left for her to open every day and Dan sees his mother pick him up, they know that grown ups will always come back for you. Likewise, Jodi's twin toddler brothers Teddy and Leo cry when their Nana leaves them at the Tigers' house while running errands. "The Tiger Family Babysits" and distracts them until their nana returns.

Headed off to work even before the episode ended. Work was on-and-off steady, probably because this is the day seniors get an extra 5 percent discount. Otherwise, it was too nice for a lot of crowds. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and it was in the upper 60's-lower 70's, just where it should be in mid-May. Not to mention, we're now between holidays again. The next major holiday isn't until Memorial Day at the very end of the month. We didn't have anything resembling the trouble we did last Tuesday! I even did some returns early-on. I was in and out with no problems. 

Came home and had dinner while watching Flying Down to Rio. I go further into this South American extravaganza that was the first movie Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers stared into together at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Finished the night on Shout Factory TV with another Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode. Joel and the robots dive into the shadowy world of ninjas, masters, mentors, and Japanese gangsters with Master Ninja I. This was actually two episodes of the failed 1984 TV show The Master strung together. A former Army soldier who learned the ways of the ninja while in Japan (Lee Van Cleef) trains a young man (Timothy Van Patten) in the way of the ninja while searching for his lost daughter and being chased by gangsters and a shadowy ninja cult. 

Joel and the robots complained about how cheesy it all was and Demi Moore's character disappearing at the half-way point with no explanation, but that's kind of what I liked about it. It was an early, live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that didn't take itself seriously for a minute. I'm glad there's a sequel. I liked this so much, I may have to check it out. 

Monday, May 09, 2022

Trouble In the Spring

Started off my day with a very quick breakfast, then went online for counseling...and found out via e-mail that the counselor would be late and it had been pushed back to 11:30. Fine. I couldn't find the list of jobs I thought I wrote down, so I started looking them up again. The phone interrupted me around quarter of 11. Yes, he did come in earlier than expected, so we were able to have that meeting after all.

I wish it went better. I don't think he understood me when I tried to explain my predicament, or I didn't go about explaining it in the right way. I wouldn't mind a second job, but it would have to be at home. What I want is to become an archivist of some type, then do writing gigs at home. He said he'd find someone to help me get a second job to go with the Acme job. I do NOT want to keep the Acme job. I want a job I actually enjoy doing and am really, genuinely good at. I can't handle retail anymore. I keep trying to tell people that, and they keep not listening.

I was so wiped out after I got off, I just decided to take another nap. This time, I slept until almost 2 PM. It was pretty warm in my rooms when I finally rolled out of bed. Checking my phone revealed it to be almost in the 70's. It was too nice to hang around any longer, so I headed out for a ride.

Was originally going to eat at Amato Brothers or Aunt Berta's Soul Food on the White Horse Pike. Alas, like most local businesses, they're closed on Mondays. Ended up riding over to Applebee's in Audubon instead. Enjoyed a Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich and half the huge portion of fries in a nearly-empty restaurant. Saw a former Acme employee who now works for the post office and a grandmother and mother treat a little girl to a late lunch.

Next stop was Great Cuts to get my hair done...or it would have been, if the wait wasn't 40 minutes! I prowled around The Shoe Depot and GameStop until they were ready (though I didn't buy anything). Frankly, I'm not entirely happy with how my hair came out, either. The layering makes it hard to clip back, and I should have gone a little shorter.

At least the weather was gorgeous today. I enjoyed it as I took the back roads through Audubon and over the train bridge going home. Sunny, no wind, in the upper 60's-lower 70's. Couldn't get much nicer for early May.

Worked on writing when I got home. The Red King takes Duchess Marcia and the boys hostage. He's about to turn Brett over to the Red Knight and get rid of the White King Gene when Richard intervenes. The Red King's had enough of his meddling and turns Jack the Red Knight on him...

It was 7 before I broke for Match Game PM. Sweathog Ron Pallilo and bombshell Elaine Joyce join in here for jokes about an LA cop and the only thing an old folk's home resident could get to rise on Old Man Periwinkle. They have even more fun with "__ Is Right" in the Audience Match, given the obvious answer for game show fans. 

Ended the night after dinner and a shower with sitcom episodes featuring Match Game panelists. Rose (Betty White) doesn't know what to do about "Rose's Big Adventure" on The Golden Girls when her latest boyfriend Al decides to spend his retirement buying a boat and sailing it around the world. Meanwhile, the other ladies want to make over their garage as a guest bedroom, but have a hard time getting through to the Italian architect in the wheelchair Sophia hired.

Eddie gets a shock of his own in the later-season Family Matters episode "Getting Buff" when he sees his girlfriend Greta posing nude in his art class. He breaks up with her, until his sister Laura tells him why she did it. Meanwhile, Carl deals with an obnoxious bullying neighbor who stole his son's football, and Laura's surprised when her eccentric sculpture teacher Mr. Vreeland (Charles Nelson Reilly) praises her work after it had an encounter with Urkel. 

Oh, and Match Game Productions at YouTube decided that, in addition to continuing the alternating premieres of Password Plus and Super Password, he's going to re-run Match Game for everyone's chatting enjoyment, starting with the 1973 episodes. While the early episodes were relatively subdued compared to the nuttiness that followed, the pilot did give us our first riot five minutes in when Betty White disagreed with the judge's not matching "friend" and "boyfriend." The very first episode showcased the first sexually-charged answer, via Laugh-In comedienne Anita Gillette. We also see Michael Landon's only week; he disliked the new rules for the game and declined to return. 

Look for Password Plus and Super Password alternating at 9:30, followed by "That 70's Hour" of a Match Game double-header at 10 and 10:30 Eastern!

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Mothers and Games

Awoke to a cloudy, gloomy morning. It remained cold for the time of year and gale-force windy, but dry. Any rain was likely long gone by the time I finished breakfast and headed off to work. 

Needless to say on Mother's Day, work was busy almost the entire day. Even with enough help, we still had lines down the aisles. Fathers and children eager to treat their mothers to gifts stripped almost every flower and box of chocolate-covered strawberries in the entire store. People are still grumbling about not getting plastic and paper bags for free anymore, too. I think it's just that most of them tend to leave them in their cars and aren't used to bringing them along everywhere. At least my relief showed up when they were supposed to this time, and I remembered to pick up salad bowls for later in the week.

Changed and had a snack when I got home, then called Mom. I texted her earlier for Mother's Day and told her I'd call after work. She's mostly getting ready to move to Virginia with my brother Keefe and his wife Julie in late July. She's also delighted to announce that they're having a girl, and intend to name her Aurora. Oh, and Rose is apparently now speaking to Anny. She got together with her and her kids at a nearby park a few weeks ago. 

Anny's having more problems. Her dance-obsessed younger daughter Lilah broke her foot and won't let it rest, and her 13-year-old son Collyn is apparently giving her trouble. Skylar, who will be 18 in late July, is doing better. I'm going to have to think of something good to buy him, not only for such an important birthday, but for his graduation as well. Apparently, neither he nor his mother have any idea of what he's going to do after school.

Listened to the Patti LuPone Gypsy cast album CD and puttered online after I got off with Mom. There's some good performances in this recording of the 2008 Broadway revival, starting with LuPone herself as a Rose who is bold, and yet a bit warmer than brassy Merman or kittenish Bernadette Peters (who played the role in another revival just five years before). Laura Benati does a touching "Little Lamb," and Boyd Gaines partners LuPone well for "You'll Never Get Away From Me."

Finished the night on YouTube after a pleasant meal downstairs with family game shows or ones revolving around mothers. The Dating Game, of all shows, did a Mother's Day episode in 1972. First, little Dawn Lyn of My Three Sons chooses a date for her mother. Then, three mothers answer questions for their daughters to decide which one would go out with a handsome young man.

Most other shows brought the whole family in. Family Feud, whether with Richard Dawson in 1977 or Ray Combs in 1990, never failed to have some of the wildest answers from any mother's mouth. Family Double Dare from 1988 proved that the family that plays together, slimes together in an unusually intense episode that culminated with a rare obstacle course win. Blockbusters pit a pair of twins with identical impressive handlebar mustaches against a young lady and proved that two heads really are better than one, especially two that look and think alike!

Not every game involving families was as successful. Chuck Barris attempted to follow up The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game with more "Games" shows. The Family Game was basically "Newlywed Game with kids." Parents have to guess what their kids answered to questions about them. Bob Barker tried hard and worked well with the children, but matches were few and far between, and it just wasn't as funny to get weird answers from kids and parents as it was from newly married couples. ABC agreed and canned it after six months; the episode shown here is one of only two known to exist.

Family Game Night went over far better on The Hub (now Discovery Family) in the early-mid 2010's. Two families compete in a series of challenges based around Hasbro board and electronic games. My favorite here was the Bop It! Boptagon, which had the families playing objects and trying to keep up with the changing commands, including to move to the next instrument. It came down to an intense showdown between the moms that was actually riveting to watch.

Introduce your mom to some of the wildest mothers to ever compete on television with these crazy game shows! (The Family Game is in two parts, but as I mentioned, it's very rare.)

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Rainy Daze

Awoke to pouring rain...which wouldn't have concerned me as much if they didn't come with blustery 40-mile-an-hour winds. Though the rain slowed down slightly as I ate breakfast, it still wasn't a day for riding bikes. I called Uber; got them in less than ten minutes, not bad for a rainy morning.

Work was, once again, a mess almost the entire afternoon. While no one screamed at me this time, a lot of people are really annoyed about having to buy bags constantly when they forget them. I just wish they'd either be better about bringing them, or do what other folks do and take them outside to bag them. I'm just tired of the grumbling about something we really can't do much about...and maybe should have been doing much sooner. I've been bringing my own bags to the store for years, mainly because it's hard to carry paper and plastic bags on bikes. Didn't help that we had long lines, despite actually having help for most of the day.

Picked up a few things after work. The big one was a 12-pack of Propel. They actually had a pack with a three-flavor variety. Found more salt-free cashews on the clearance shelves in the back...and forgot what I really wanted, which was salads for later in the week.

Despite the rain having taken a temporary leave of absence by quarter of 5, I still had a hard time finding an Uber home. It took over 20 minutes for one to arrive. He was prompt when he did come, though, and even managed to find a quick away around the White Horse Pike being closed off due to an accident.

Went straight upstairs when I got home. Watched Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood while changing and getting organized. "Daniel Likes to Be With Dad" when he takes him shell-hunting on the beach and to the Enchanted Garden. Dan Sr. is disappointed when his surprise at the Clock Factory doesn't work the way he wants it to, but his son assures him that he's just happy to be with him. "Daniel Likes to Be With Mom" when they fix her old wagon together.

Took an early shower, then came back upstairs and had leftovers for dinner while watching an early Good Eats episode. He wonders "For Whom the Cheese Melts" when he visits a good cheese shop and sees how gouda is made. This leads into the perfect pot of fondue and a quick method of making grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Finished the night online with My Blue Heaven at Amazon Prime. I go further into the story of a dance team who are desperate to adopt a child at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

Incidentally, it's continued to rain and blow, sometimes heavily, off and on for the rest of the night. 

Friday, May 06, 2022

On a Rainy Afternoon

This time, I started a gloomy morning by heading out the door. I was giving the bloodwork appointment at the Walgreens in Westmont a second shot. It showered lightly as I hurried down Cuthbert, enough to make me fairly damp as I made my way to the back of the store.

In good news, despite the rain, the computer system worked this time, and they were able to draw blood. I went to the bathroom before I left, so the rest of the appointment took longer. I had to buy a bottle of water and women's multivitamins...and then they ladies went on lunch. I killed forty minutes at Phildelity Records a block from Walgreens. Made some great finds here. Dug two interesting records out of the 2 dollar bin, plus two DVDs, one hard-to-find.

The records: 

1967 off-Broadway cast album for By Jupiter

Walt Disney Presents Folk Heroes, a 60's album with recordings of songs from various Walt Disney Presents episodes about American folk heroes

The DVDs were even better finds. Solo Warner Archives DVDs can usually cost anywhere from $10 to $30 dollars online. I found the Jane Powell vehicle A Date With Judy for $4.99. The last Disney package film of the 40's I hadn't reviewed, Make Mine Music, was $6.99. It's the only Disney package film not currently streaming anywhere, even Disney Plus. 

After I finished my appointment, I took advantage of the rain's temporary leave of absence to dodge lunch hour traffic on Cuthbert and head to Target. Had lunch at Starbucks first. They were pretty busy for them, with two big guys looking over their laptops and two girls out for a birthday treat. I enjoyed a turkey and pesto sandwich, a vanilla bean scone, and a chilled (and too sweet) chai latte while the barista brought a decorated cup for the birthday girl.

Target was even busier with shoppers on their lunch hour. I did manage to find what I wanted. Yes, they had the cheapest vitamin prices of anyone. I picked up the smallest bottles of B12 and D they had. Those date bars I love are on sale again, buy one, get one 25% off. Tried "cashew cookie" (dates and cashews) this time along with the cashew chocolate chip, apple, and lemon. Grabbed a Mother's Day card for my mom, who certain deserves something special after having been so supportive the last few months. 

Even as I unlocked my bike at Target, the rain started to fall harder and faster. I had considered going to Good Cuts and getting my hair done, but this was no day for lingering. Just rode straight home instead.

As soon as I got in, I put everything away, then went down for a nap. I am utterly exhausted, mentally and physically. I've been going non-stop since January...and pretty much for the past two years. I didn't even really relax when I broke my elbow two years ago. I moved the first time. The last time I called out for reasons other than being sick was the day I moved the second time.

Woke up around quarter after 4, feeling slightly better. Had a snack while watching Press Your Luck. Came in time for the second-round questions. We had a really good game. One woman amassed over 16,000, only to lose it to her only Whammy on a passed turn. The young man also lost his winnings when he Whammied out. In the end, the other woman won with over $3,000 in cash and no Whammies.

Spent the next few hours writing a story for Lauren. It's really for her eyes only. It's a bit adult and rather personal. It did come out very well, though, and she loved it later. 

Checked my schedule online during this point as well. In good news, thank heavens I have two days off this time, including Monday for the Vocational Rehabilitation appointment. Not really happy about two eight and a half hour days in a row, though. 

Broke for dinner at 7 PM. Watched Match Game PM as I enjoyed leftovers. Tom Poston and southern belle Mary Ann Mobley joined in as Gene was rather amused by the panel's answers to whose brain makes Frankenstein's monster grab pretty girls.  Later, Betty White had to dig for a previous answer under the desk, Charles joshed Brett about her drinking habits, and Richard had a hard time figuring out "Crew __" on the Head-to-Head.

Finished the night on YouTube with some wonderful memories. Walt Disney Presents was The Disney Channel's blanket title for the many different Walt Disney anthology shows of the 50's through the early 80's. That was where we got to know Professor Ludwig Von Drake and his love of color, heard that Jiminy Cricket was no fool, and learned about the great legendary folk heroes. Rose favored the exotic south-of-the-border heroes Elfago Baca and Zorro. Anny preferred sheriff Texas John Slaughter. Dad still loved Davy Crockett, whom he watched as a young child. 

My heroes were the more homegrown and scholarly ones - Gallagher the brave newsboy, The Swamp Fox of the American Revolution, and Dr. Syn, Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. I opted to go with Dr. Syn tonight. The not-so-good Doctor (Patrick McGoohan) is a smuggler posing as a vicar. He brings in booze, then sells it to help farmers with high taxes, so they can stay on their land. The three episodes cover his escapades dodging King George's men and helping an American deserter and a young nobleman pressed into service escape the hangman's noose. 

I've almost spent the crazy amounts of money the Walt Disney Treasures DVD set costs on eBay to pick up this one. I'm glad I finally saw it. I've always loved a good hidden hero story, and this one is a lot of fun, with its shadowy cinematography on real shores. If you're a fan of McGoohan or love a good Scarlet Pimpernel-style swashbuckler like me, it's a lot cheaper to look up the original episodes strung together on YouTube than to spring for that DVD set (or even the Blu-Ray set from the Disney Movie Club). 

Thursday, May 05, 2022

All Bagged Up

Got a quick start upstairs with a blueberry scone and oranges for breakfast. Barely managed to get out on time. It was a little cloudy this morning, but already relatively warm. I barely got to work on time.

I wish I hadn't gotten there at all. Work was a royal pain in the rear again. Most people are handling the no-plastic-bags rule fairly well. Either they shrug and buy bags if they don't have them, or put their things in their cart and bag them in their car if they left them there. Honestly, the latter may be the fastest way to do it, even faster than bagging with those teeny flimsy plastic bags. One lady even gave a man who forgot his bags her spares from Aldi.

Not everyone dealt with the changes that well. One woman literally screamed at me about how disgraceful it was that we couldn't provide free bags for elderly people. They can't afford to buy them and apparently can't be bothered to make them. I finally got fed up and yelled back at her that there's nothing we can do about it. Talk to the government. The law is the law. Made the mistake of trying to be nice and help another older woman with her new bags, but all she did was complain and demand and yell at me about how I was doing everything wrong. 

It didn't help that we were busy almost the entire day with very long lines and had no help until late in the afternoon. They kept having to call deli workers and stock managers to take customers. Thank goodness by the time I finished, they slowed down enough for me to shut down with no relief.

Rushed home the moment I could. Hurried upstairs and changed, then had leftovers for dinner while watching Holiday In Mexico in honor of Mexican holiday Cinco De Mayo. I go further into Jane Powell's movie debut at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Finished the night watching the Match Game episodes I didn't get to earlier. Penny Marshall made her first and only appearance on Match Game in mid-1974. She did play well enough, but she was supposedly very shy in real-life and seemed rather intimidated by all the lunacy around her. (Though she did admittedly loosen up a bit by the end of the week.) 

David "Bosley" Doyle and Juliet Prowse joined in for Match Game PM. Brett was delighted to attempt to order drinks from a handsome young restaurant owner. Richard had a far easier time handling "__ Pollution" in the Head-to-Head. Future Super Bowl-winning Ravens coach Brian Billick appeared as a contestant on an earlier episode with Dick Martin and southern belles Polly Holiday and Fannie Flagg. He proved to be far better at football than matching and fumbled the ball, never matching a single panelists in three rounds. 

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Considering it was raining when I got up this morning, it was a good thing I could sleep in a little bit. Spent most of the morning after a quick breakfast completing the paperwork I needed for the Vocational Rehabilitation appointment on Monday. Some of it, I sent in the mailbox on the White Horse Pike on my way to work. Sent anything that was too big or heavy for the mail via e-mail later in the evening. Thankfully, the rain was long gone by the time I left. It was just windy, cloudy, and a little cool.

Work wasn't anywhere near as much trouble as yesterday! Yes, we had a lot of people grumbling over having to buy bags instead of getting them for free, and others just carried their food out in their carts when they left their bags in their cars. I'm hoping that people will gradually get better about remembering their bags and this will be less of a problem. Otherwise, we weren't that busy, and there really wasn't much trouble beyond a few grumpy customers. It got so busy by 6, they sent the girl from self-checkout in for me.

Needed a few things after work. Found salt-free organic cashews on clearance in the back. Grabbed scones from the bakery to take to work, a gift card for Mother's Day, cranberry walnut salad for lunch tomorrow, and milk for the household. 

As soon as I got in, I changed and got organized while watching Match Game '74. This is one of the ones I watched last night, where Gene asked everyone what Robinson Crusoe said Friday was after he stuck a banana in his ear. Robert Morse did ape imitations to indicate "Ape" to the contestant behind Gene's back. Everyone said variations on "bananas" or "crazy" after the contestant did say "ape" (except Fannie Flagg, who said "deaf"). None were accepted by the judge, leading to a near-riot and Gene starting the round over.

Had leftovers for dinner while watching Match Game PM. The audience was incredibly rowdy during this episode, even for this show. I couldn't help wondering if some of them had been partaking in the consumption of alcoholic beverages with most of the panelists. They loudly booed pretty much every answer given, even the ones that made sense. Poor David Landsburg looked like he was ready to hide, and Lee Merriweather was upset, too. Gene was happier to meet a woman contestant who spoke fluent Serbo-Croatian like him. 

Finished the night on YouTube with their free streaming of Sailor Moon R: Promise of the Rose. This is the first of three hour-long "movies" made for the series in its later seasons. Here, Mamoru and the girls first encounter a strange young man who says he's an old friend of Mamoru's at a hot-house nursery. He's really a lonely alien who befriended Mamoru when he was an orphan. Mamoru gave him a flower, and he wanted to give him one that was even lovelier...but the flower he chose was a wicked creature that took over his mind and used him to steal energy from living beings. The Guardians have to rescue Mamoru from his clutches and prove that even the most delicate flower can weather any storm with a little help from their friends...and that friends don't abandon friends in time of need.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Burning Out

Once again, got a quick start this morning. At least it was a nice day to rush out. The weather at this point was gorgeous, sunny and breezy but not too warm. At the very least, I was only slightly late.

I wish I'd been infinitely late. Work was nothing short of a royal pain in the rear for my entire eight hour shift. Tuesday is our Senior Discount Day, and this is the first Tuesday of the month, which meant we were overwhelmed not only with older people looking for that 5 percent off, but huge, rowdy families using their beginning-of-the-month money. It also doesn't help that I'm really too tired to be dealing with anyone's bad attitudes. 

One older woman kept yelling about not being able to get a digital coupon and yelling about me not helping her with the online rewards app and yelling about her daughter not getting everything she wanted fast enough. After all her fussing, it turns out the item she wanted was part of a sale that required you to buy 25 dollars worth of baby products; she ended up leaving it. Even her daughter and the people behind her said she was being obnoxious and very rude. 

About an hour later, a young couple literally walked out and left in the middle of their order with no explanation. To my knowledge, they never returned, either. We were so short-staffed, we didn't have anyone to put away the cold items they didn't want. I ended up doing it before I signed off to go home. 

When I got in, I had a pleasant dinner and put the laundry downstairs while watching Sing You Sinners. I go further into this race track yarn featuring Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, and a young Donald O'Connor as a trio of very unalike brothers at my Musical Dreams Movie Review blog.

Finished the night on YouTube with Match Game '74. I watched the week of episodes I didn't get to catch on Buzzr tonight in honor of Broadway star Robert Morse, who passed away on April 20th. Morse is best-known nowadays for appearing as one of the ruthless advertising executives on Mad Men, but for most of his career, he appeared as goofy or slightly weaselly young men on the make. Broadway fans know him for his Tony-winning role as another ad executive, the rapidly upwardly-mobile J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. (Charles Nelson Reilly also won a Tony as the whiny villain in that show.)

He certainly livened up this wacky week, which also included a very eager young redheaded contestant with a crush on Brett who had no problems with kissing Fannie, either. I suspect Robert and Richard were happier when he was defeated by lovely blonde Darlene, even if she didn't always have the most brilliant answer. Robert's attempt to help Darlene figure out the answer to what happens when Robinson Crusoe's man Friday stuck a banana in his ear and a lot of similar answers nearly sparked a riot; the very next day, he blurted out the answer to a question, and they had to throw it out. No wonder this would be his only week on the show.

At any rate, here's the entire week, for your enjoyment!

Monday, May 02, 2022

Springtime Mysteries

This time, I started off the day with a quick breakfast, then went back upstairs. I wanted to get all of the information the Vocational Rehabilitation Office wanted printed, scanned, signed, and sent out. I was able to sign everything...but there's so much information I need to send them. It took me too long to scan the paperwork Dr. Sarah Gullick sent me. I almost wound up being late to work.

I almost wish I was. Work was a pain in the rear. We were busy almost the entire afternoon. It's the beginning of the month, which means a lot of people using their government money who can't shop at any other time...and a lot of people putting back orders or giving me trouble about the high prices. We can't do anything about the inflation. I was so happy it slowed down enough for me to get out of there.

Rushed home in time to have leftovers for dinner and watch Match Game '74. No idea why they jumped way back to the week with Nipsey Russell, Anita Gillette, and Jo Ann Worley. Brett, for once, gets to do the Head-to-Head for "Candy __.," and she's nervous as heck about it. Richard was more interested in the pretty blonde southern contestant and her answer to what Adam told Eve not to do to his fig leaf. 

Nearly passed out during Match Game PM. Nipsey sticks around, while Sarah Purcell of Real People and Betty White joins in to find out what 102-year-old Mr. Periwinkle swaps at his swapping party. Richard doesn't have as much luck with "__ Wolf."

Switched to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse after the show. Goofy is "Chef Goofy On the Go" when he shows Mickey and Minnie his new lunch truck. Suddenly, the whole gang has orders they want, from Chip and Dale needing lunch in the jungle to Daisy and Donald needing their lunches on the mini golf course to Pete's grandma just needing help getting down from the Shape Rock Formations.

Finished the night online with episodes of 70's police and detective mysteries. Jamie's up to her neck in Clue-esque dark old house mystery and, maybe a touch of "Black Magic" in the second season of The Bionic Woman. Vincent Price plays the late Cyrus Carstairs, who hid his fortune (including a secret formula) in a strong box, and his brother Manifred. Jamie poses as an estranged fortune-telling niece to find that strong box. She'll have to dodge both the eccentric and greedy members of the Carstairs family and the shifty butler (Abe Vigoda).

I've wanted to catch Barnaby Jones for a while, another 70's mystery featuring a Match Game semi-regular. In this case, Lee Merriweather is the daughter of the aging private eye of the title (Buddy Ebsen). Went with the finale of the second season, "Foul Play." Jones investigates the murder of a hood who was blackmailing the star player on the local basketball team. The team's owner, who wants to keep his star out of the papers, may know a lot more than he's telling.

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Showoffs and Name Games

Got a quick start this morning with breakfast and bringing down the rent. The weather, at least at that point, was gorgeous for riding. The gales were replaced by soft breezes, blue skies, and warm upper 60's temperatures. Everyone must have been at church when I went to work. Even the White Horse Pike wasn't busy. 

Wish I could say the same for work. We were off-and-on crazy all day. It's the beginning of the month, and people are starting to get their money. It wasn't fun. I'm tired of fielding complaints about the switch from plastic and paper to bringing your own bags and our prices being expensive. I can't do anything about state rules or inflation. 

An older couple got into an argument with me over the bags. They don't want to buy them. They cost too much to buy in bulk. Ok, then why don't they make them? No time. They'd rather whine about how terrible the New Jersey government is. My last customers were a very annoying family who claimed they only had $100 to spend...then kept throwing in turkey burger patties and other things that brought them well over $100. And they ended up putting back half of it. Thankfully, my relief showed up in time to deal with them.

Rushed home the second I could get away, ignoring the showers that rolled in sometime earlier in the afternoon. Changed, had a snack, and went into writing. White King Gene (Rayburn) defies the Red King, telling him he'll never checkmate Brett or get his throne. The Red King (Mark Goodson) thinks otherwise. He shoves Brett at Jack (Klugman) the Red Knight and orders her sons and Richard's to be locked in the dungeon. Richard is horrified and wants to defend his king, but Gene has that same forwards-backwards memory and knows what will happen when he attempts to save him...

Finished the night online after a leftovers dinner and a shower with game shows based around charades. Charades has been fun to play for centuries, but it doesn't seem to work out well on TV.  Most of these shows didn't last long or were summer replacement shows, like Body Language. Brian Stokes Mitchell and Phyllis Diller are the celebrities in the episode I chose from 1984. Admittedly, this is the first time I've ever seen someone guess all the bonus round words and win the 10,000. Brian did extremely well, showing the dexterity that would make him a Broadway star in the late 90's and early 2000's. 

Body Language was a heavily revised revival of the short-lived 1975 Goodson-Todman show Showoffs. Most of the show was erased, but we do have the pilot episode with another Broadway star, Larry Blyden, hosting. It may well have been the last thing Blyden appeared in. He died in a car accident in Morocco less than a month after filming wrapped. Dancer Bobby Van hosted the regular show. 

Charades games were among the earliest game shows on TV. Not only were they something you couldn't pull off on radio, but they were cheap to do. All you needed was a simple studio backdrop and a bunch of people willing to act out goofy phrases and guess the answer. 

Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz was one of the earlier charades shows. It ran on all four networks off and on from 1947 to 1959, usually as a mid-season or summer replacement. If the 1949 March of Dimes not-for-air special I dug up is any indication, it was about as simple as you can get. Two groups of celebrities guess what the others are acting out for charity.

Pantomime Quiz was revived as Stump the Stars in 1962. Pat Harrington Jr. was initially the host, but Stokey eventually took over. Under any circumstances, it was placed pretty much the same as before. Viewers sent in goofy phrases for two groups of celebrities to act out. The episode here, featuring the cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show playing a panel of regulars, is one of the earlier ones with Pat Harrington hosting. Harrington is barely recognizable with the suit and glasses that makes him look like Robert Q. Lewis. 

Stump the Stars had short-lived revivals of its own with Celebrity Charades in 1979 and much later and even more briefly on AMC in 2005. Can't seem to find the AMC show, but the first episode of the 1979 syndicated version is currently online. It's once again played pretty much the same, only with far less time to guess.

Masquerade Party has a history similar to Pantomime Quiz. It's a relatively cheap show that achieved a "long run" only because it was another go-to summer replacement staple. This early Masked Singer prototype featured popular celebrities of the day wearing masks and costumes. The panel has to guess who is under the mask. It was revived briefly and unsuccessfully in 1974, although that version did give Richard Dawson his first national hosting job.

Charades returned to syndication with Celebrity Name Game in 2014. Amiable Scot Craig Ferguson referred two celebrities and two contestants who are friends or relatives as they attempt to mime the names of other celebrities, book or movie titles, or fictional characters. In the bonus round, the contestants have to guess the random names or places under squares on a board that the celebrities act out. It's a lot of fun to watch everyone try to figure out the words; I can understand why this had a three-year run. 

The charades games were popular enough to be adapted by our neighbors to the north, too. It's Your Move from Toronto is basically the same as Pantomime Quiz, but this time, the contestants bet on whether or not they can guess what they're going to act out. It's cheap and looks it, but the contestants are having a good time, and Paul Hanover seems to enjoy egging them on.

See if you can guess the phrases these wacky celebrities act out before the contestants do! (Look for commercials on It's Your Move and Stump the Stars. And thanks to Wink Martindale and his channel for the rare Showoffs pilot!)

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Musicals On a Sunny Day

Got a quick start this morning with breakfast before hurrying out. I couldn't believe how gorgeous it was. The wind finally settled down, and while it remained fairly strong, it was nothing like earlier in the week. The sun was out, and there wasn't a cloud in the searing blue sky. 

Maybe that's why we were so quiet today. It was slightly busier than yesterday, but still nowhere near overwhelming. Audubon had a lot of events going on, too, including their Town-Wide Yard Sale. Not to mention, this is the last day of the month, and we're between holidays. It died so quickly and we had so much help by 2:30, I was able to leave with no relief and no need for one.

I'm furious about my schedule next week. A lot more hours...but I don't have my next day off until Friday! My last day off was TUESDAY! And it's all 6 to 8 1/2 hour shifts. One of the cashiers had family trouble and had to take off, and now we're even more short-handed. When am I going to get anything done? 

Took the long way home via Nicholson Road, as I did yesterday. It was busy with Saturday shoppers around the mall, but otherwise wasn't too bad. Even the White Horse Pike could have been worse. Most folks were likely either still at local events or at the Shore. At least everything is really gorgeous now. The leaves grow fatter and fatter on the trees; the gardens glow with pansies and tulips.

Went straight upstairs and into Match Game '78 while I changed and had a snack. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman made his first appearances on the show in these episodes, along with the only appearance in the original show of Rhoda regular Nancy Lane. They added a great deal of New York flair to the week, from Nancy's jokes about New Jersey to Bowzer showing off his 50's greaser look.

Watched A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song while going through papers on top of my printer and dusting the rooms. I go further into the third entry in this series at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Worked on writing for a while after the movie ended. White King Gene and Queen Helen are being held prisoner on their own thrones. They know what's going to happen - their memories work forwards and backwards, too - but the Red King still threatens King Gene with being stripped of his "muchness" if he doesn't give up his move to him. 

Broke for dinner at 7. Threw on PAW Patrol while I ate. The Pups are on vacation out west when the robotic dinosaur a diner owner keeps to advertise his wares suddenly walks off with his trailer and his wife. The "Pups Save a Robo-Saurus" and manage to get his wife back in time for her to watch her favorite show. "Pups Save a Film Festival" when Daring Danny X's overdone stunts keep interrupting everyone's attempts at making a movie for the local outdoor screen, including their own.

Finished the night with something unique at YouTube. I'd seen bits and pieces of the first Musical Comedy Tonight before, but I never found the full show until tonight...and never knew there was more. Sylvia Fine-Kaye, the witty songwriter wife of Danny Kaye, introduces us to the history of the Broadway musical, from the college-themed show Leave It to Jane in 1919 to Company in 1970, performed by major talent. 

In the first concert, we get to see Ethel Merman bray the title song from Anything Goes that made her a star in 1934 and be ecstatic when handsome Rock Hudson joins her for "You're the Top." Bobby Van and Bernadette Peters make a charming couple singing about how "The Best Things In Life are Free," while a redheaded Sandy Duncan is the perfect flapper leading the chorus through "The Varsity Drag" from Good News. John Davidson sings about "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and leads the chorus through the rousing title song of Oklahoma!, and we get to hear Agnes DeMille narrate her famous ballet. Carol Burnett is a hilarious Aldo Annie singing "I Can't Say No." She, Duncan, and Peters return for Company. Duncan gets "Another Hundred People," while Peters joins Richard Chamberlain, whose legendary charm will certainly keep her from leaving for "Barcelona." Burnett gets to practice her drunk routine with "The Ladies Who Lunch."

The third entry focuses wholly on older shows. Beth Howland of Alice explains why she admires "Cleopatterer" in the big comic song from Leave It to Jane, while Broadway star Christine Andreas leads the chorus through the title song. Peter Noone and Clive Revell make odd choices for a brief excerpt from The Mikado, and Show Boat is represented by the 1936 Universal movie with Irene Dunne and Paul Robeson rather than a recreation. 

Other shows come off better. Florence Henderson sings a gorgeous "They Didn't Believe Me," Jerome Kern's first major hit. Patti LaBelle starts a "Heat Wave" with the chorus in a sequence from the Irving Berlin revue As Thousands Cheer. Donna McKechnie joins Dick Van Dyke for "Thou Swell" from the Rodgers and Hart A Connecticut Yankee and "This Can't Be Love" from The Boys from Syracuse. Elaine Stritch reveals what Morgan LeFay does "To Keep My Love Alive" in the last song Rodgers and Hart wrote together. Kaye Ballard joins McKechnie and Roberta Peters as they "Sing for Their Suppers" and reveal why "Falling In Love With Love" is a bad idea. 

Honestly, if you love older musicals like I do, this is highly recommended for the numbers recreating rarely-seen older shows like Connecticut Yankee and Good News alone. (And I hope the full second special shows up online soon - it apparently can only be found at the Paley Center in New York at the moment, though the Lady In the Dark sequence with Danny Kaye and Lynn Redgrave is on YouTube.)

Friday, April 29, 2022

Rest Is Best

Started off my day with breakfast and dashing off to work. Today was my only bagging day this week, and it was just for four hours, until the afternoon bagger came in. Mostly swept the store and gathered carts, but I also took recycling and trash from the offices up front to the compactors in the back. The afternoon bagger took over sweeping for the last hour, allowing me to focus on carts. We also got to say goodbye to our long-time grocery stock manager, who's retiring today after 40 years. 

Did a little grocery shopping after work. They were expensive, but the closest the I could find to Target's date bars at the Acme was the Larabars; went with Apple Pie. Bought more blood oranges, but I won't be doing that again. They went up in price at the Audubon Acme, too. Looks like they're finally out of season. Picked up oatmeal cookies and muffins for work from the bakery clearance racks and shrimp for lunch today. 

Had said lunch as soon as I got home and changed. Watched Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood as I ate. Dan and his parents go on "A Trip to the Enchanted Garden" to pick strawberries for strawberry pancakes. Daniel has to look a little closer to learn about how strawberries grow and where they end up in his pancakes. Daniel, Katarina, and Miss Elaina are excited about "A Trip to the Crayon Factory," but poor O the Owl has a cold and can't go. Dan Sr. takes pictures of the machinery so he can get a closer look, and little Daniel makes sure to get him a fresh yellow crayon.

Switched to The Roku Channel for The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About That. The Cat takes the kids on an "Incredible Journey" up the river and a waterfall to see where Salmon Samantha goes to lay her eggs. The kids are "Bamboozled" about what to give Sally's stuffed panda for a birthday present. They visit Zhu Zhu, a real panda, to find out what she loves best, and why bamboo is so important to her.

After the show ended, I went down for a nap. I am totally wiped. I've been busy for months, and it looks like there's no sign of slowing down. I know I should be excited about making money, but...I'm exhausted. I haven't had more than a day off at a time since I took those three weeks off in December to find an apartment (which didn't end up helping), and I haven't called out since the day I moved. The only time I've had off has been for doctor's appointments or days I asked to have off. There have been weeks when I only had one day off, and I've worked as much as 7 to 10 days in a row without a break. I'm not a nurse or a police officer who is used that kind of a schedule. 

Went down around quarter after 3 and didn't get up until 5:30. Tried to work on writing for a while. The Red Knights force Orson the March Hare, Gary (Burghoff) the Doormouse, and Bill (Daily) the White Rabbit into cages. Marcia's dragged away; the boys are taken to the Red King's tower. Richard tries to challenge Jack (Klugman) the Red Knight, but he has more opposition than he thinks...

Broke for dinner at 7. Watched Match Game PM as I ate. Bob Barker is thrilled when not only is there a question about his days on the original TV version of Truth and Consequences, but Eva Gabor calls him a sex symbol. Joyce Bulifant was equally delighted to get not one, but two kisses for her winning answer to "__ Tigers" on the Audience Match.  Richard has to figure out "__ It Away" on the Head to Head.

Finished the night online after a shower with one of the Joel episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Hercules Unchained. Early on, Joel and the robots covered a series of cheesy Italian epics featuring muscle men as the famously strong Greek warrior Hercules (Steve Reeves). Here, he's traveling home with his wife Iola (Sylvia Koscina) when he's asked to intervene between two brothers who wish to rule Thebes. Before he can deliver messages from one brother to another, he drinks from he "Spring of Forgetfulness" and loses his memory. Queen Omphale (Sylvia Lopez) takes advantage of his state to convince him he's her man. Meanwhile, Eteocoles (Sergio Fantoni) wants to throw Iole to the animals in his stadium. It'll take intervention from young and impetuous Ulysses (Gabriele Antonini) to restore Hercules' memory and send him after his beloved.

I...actually enjoyed this one, with or without robot wisecracks. The story about Hercules losing his memory was fairly interesting. Lopez actually did quite well as the treacherous queen, and Fantoni wasn't bad as the nastier of the two brothers. It's surprisingly fun to watch if you love the sword-and-sandal epics of the 50's and 60's. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Winds of Spring

Got a quick start today with breakfast, then went straight into writing. Brett is horrified to realize this has all been a trap. Jimmie (Walker) the Dodo manages to escape down the hall, but the Red King rounds up the others and turns Brett and Duchess Marcia (Wallace) over to Jack (Klugman) the Red Knight. Richard wants to fight for her and the boys, though...

Hurried off to work as soon as I finished and changed. I needn't rushed. It was a little busy when I came in, but that died quickly. Between a lovely (if still very windy) day, it being between holidays again, and this being the end of the month, we were dead almost the entire afternoon. I went in for a few people, but I got too bored just standing around. Ended up spending most of the evening quietly and happily putting away returns and dodging people reorganizing the candy at the registers. (And...yay! Looks like they finally sent out the cards for the WIC customers. Saw my first one today, and it went so much quicker, especially compared to customers who had checks and didn't have everything they needed.)

Hurried home the second I finished. Went straight upstairs for dinner and Match Game PM.  The female contestant gets her wish to kiss Richard in the end, twice, actually. After the second time, Gene tries to drag her back, only for him and Richard to end up tugging her back and forth in a tug of war. There's also come goofy comments to what Richard Nixon will be (or won't be) wearing to his next interview with David Frost. Richard and Gene get in some depreciating comments about the 1970's version of the Match Game board game, too. 

Finished the night after cleaning up from dinner with Girl Crazy on HBO Max. I go further into the final full Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland vehicle at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Windy Matches

I hadn't been up for more than 10 minutes when the phone rang. It was Mom, whom I keep forgetting to call. I have a lot to tell her, under any circumstances. She's proud that I made all these doctor's appointments myself and kept them with no prompting. She mainly recommended a lot of vitamins to help with feeling run-down lately. And no, she hasn't heard from Rose. I haven't heard from her since she called on my birthday and never called me back, but that's not uncommon with her. Even when she is speaking to me, she can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to get back to me, depending on how busy she is. 

Had breakfast while watching Mickey Mouse Funhouse, the most recent show to feature Mickey and the gang. Here, the "clubhouse" is sentient and goes by the name of Funny. "Daisy & Goofy Clean Up" when they accidentally make a mess in Funny while preparing their things for a day of adventure with their friends. They keep getting distracted while cleaning up, but finally find a way to keep them on track. "Crayon World!" is a white space where you can draw anything...but all the crayons besides Donald's brown are missing. Donald's upset that all he can draw are potatoes, but he ends up having to use those potatoes to rescue his friends and the crayons from a group of obnoxious weasels. 

Went online to send a few quick messages. Used the patient portal at Collingswood Family Medicine to ask Dr. Jessica to recommend me a gynecologist close-by. All she came up with was one in Voorhees. I was hoping for something closer. I'll keep looking. Asked my stepbrother TJ on Facebook Messenger when he can get the rest of my records back. He said not until the weekend - he works during the week. 

Put on Match Game '78 while having lunch. Gene welcomes three "new kids on the block," Mabel King from The Wiz and What's Happening, Guich Koock of the Grand Ol' Opry, and comedian Ken Olfson. Koock wasn't much at matching, but he made good eye candy and had enough fun that he'd appear a few more times. I'm surprised Olfson never turned up again; he played fairly well, seemed to enjoy himself, and got a few good quips. Mabel King, on the other hand, played badly and seemed bored. It's no surprise this would also be her only week.

Rushed out as soon as I changed, finished eating, and brought up the outside trash can. Work was off-and-on busy. This was not a good thing, especially early in the day. The other morning and afternoon cashier never called or showed up, and we had absolutely no help whatsoever. Thankfully, by the time I finished, the evening cashiers had arrived. I was able to leave on time with no trouble. 

The worst that happened was I made the mistake of letting a WIC Check customer into the Express line. We're not supposed to take checks in the Express Line, period. They take forever to write out. The WIC Checks are such a pain. You need to have just the right things for them. Admittedly, we've had problems with getting the right bread due to the supply chain trouble, but she couldn't be bothered to get the right cheese, either, twice. I had to go get it for her. I wish they'd just switch to the cards they promised in January and be done with it!

Went straight home and upstairs after work. Watched The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About That while I had a snack. Nick and Sally say "Hooray for Hair!" when they're getting their hair cuts and want to find new styles. The Cat introduces them to a long-haired yak, a fur seal, and a prickly porcupine who teach them about hair and why their styles work for them. The kids learn about different types of ice from Polly the Polar Bear when they say "Ice Is Nice," especially in lemonade!

Finished the night online after a shower. The original Magnum PI is at The Roku Channel in its entirety. Magnum learns why beauty - and romantic relationships - are "Skin Deep" when a grieving husband calls him to probe his actress wife's suicide. The woman had an up-and-coming career, but her husband was jealous, and she kept increasingly trying to get away from him, making him believe she had a lover. Magnum follows her trail to a small island, where the truth turns out to be far simpler than he believed.

Moved to YouTube for more classic Match Game episodes, mainly from 1975 and 1976. Wrestler and football star-turned-actor Alex Karras looked incredibly bored for most of his one week on the show in 1975, but he did wake up when called on to help a woman wrestler named Lola Kiss show what she could do. She got him down in no time flat, with Richard acting as the announcer. 

Gene had a nasty cold during a week in 1976, which meant he couldn't kiss anybody for once. Brett didn't mind getting close to him to ask him about a question, though! (He also did a wacky "sneeze" before the fade to the first commercial.) Later that week, Fannie showed up in a long, curly wig. Between the wig and her bad Brooklyn accent, she reminded me a lot of Maple LaMarsh on Remember WENN

Gene also had a rough time when talk show host Mike Douglas turned up in the beginning instead of him to congratulate the panel for making Match Game the #1 daytime show at that point. Gene crept out and claimed Douglas hit him on the head! Richard had his own time in the spotlight about a month or so later when he made an incredible match to "Irving __" in the Head-to-Head.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Eyes and Dolls Have It

Ate a really quick breakfast this morning, then dashed out for my first of two appointments today. Kresloff Eye Associates is in a blocky office building on Haddon Avenue. Unfortunately, I thought it was further down in Westmont and went in totally the wrong direction. It's in Collingswood, in the Station Office Building. I was upset when I rushed in 15 minutes late, but the secretary who took my information said I made it in just within their grace period.

Though I was technically here for a routine eye exam, my real reason for the exam was to replace my glasses. I haven't had new glasses since at least 2008. The wire frames themselves have actually held up pretty well over fourteen years, but the lenses are scratched to the point where they're getting really hard to see through. I had contacts for a while in the early-mid 2010's, but not only did replacing them get too expensive, but I got tired of putting them in. I chose an attractive brown wire pair with a shape similar to my current ones.

Made a few short stops in Collingswood next. Since it's about four blocks from the Station Office Building, I hit PNC Bank next. Treated myself to a tasty Blackberry & Cream Smoothie from WaWa after that and drank it on a bench at Knight Park. It was cloudy and cool earlier, but by that point, the sun was trying to come out. It jumped into the 70's, even as I headed home. 

Went straight home and into Match Game '78 and a quick lunch. Ace pitcher (and later announcer) Don Sutton fields talk about the Dodgers' loss in the World Series in the opening, much to the annoyance of New Yorker Jon "Bowzer" Bauman. Nancy Lane is a lot more nervous when she has to figure out "__ Writer" on the Head-to-Head.

Changed the dolls into less formal clothes for late spring after the show ended. Molly pairs the red shoes from Samantha's Spring Dress with an eBay recreation of her Victory Garden Dress. Samantha celebrates her birthday in her Pink Striped Birthday Dress and ruffly pinafore. The boots from her Ice Cream Dress actually suit this outfit even better. Whitney wears the Our Generation Retro Picnic Outfit with simple black flats. Ariel boldly shows her middrift in a brief ruffled top and floral bell bottoms Lauren sent for Christmas two years ago. Jessa's more laid back in the high-necked striped shirt from her original meet outfit and Springfield Collection capris and sneakers. Felicity's ready to help me dust in her green striped Work Gown. Josefina celebrates Cinco Del Mayo in her pretty red and gold print dress and black velvet vest with the black mules. 

Finished them with almost literally no time to spare before counseling. I had a lot to tell Mrs. Stahl. Like Mom, she's proud of me for seeing so many doctors and finally getting some ideas of what's wrong with me. Now I just need to talk to Vocational Rehabilitation, so I can learn how to push through my fears and get a decent job (and finally get the blood work done).

One of my neighbors from Hillcrest finally agreed to help me get some things to storage that I didn't need, and pull out things that I wanted in the apartment. Everything went fine until we got to the door to my storage area. I couldn't figure out the lock. I panicked and got upset, going on and on like an idiot until my neighbor realized I never reset the lock. I didn't there, either. I really just wanted to get my boxes and get out. I'll do it another time.

It started to rain while we were in the storage unit. It thankfully took a temporary leave of absence as we hauled everything back to my place. The rain returned shortly after I got in and has been off and on for the rest of the night. 

Among the things I finally retrieved were my adult paperback novels, the bin with the collectible bears, an empty wooden bin for records, and the boxes with my wooden cut-outs that I made in wood shop classes at the Special Services Middle School years ago. Found my crocheting books and supplies, too. I had the yarn here, but not the needles. Moved the Star Wars books to the living room on two crates next to the TV and put the paperbacks in their place in my bedroom. The stuffed animals went on my bed or the top of the record crates. 

(Also brought in my final two birthday presents to myself. Look for Holiday In Mexico next week for Cinco Del Mayo, and the notoriously bad early talkie operetta Golden Dawn later in the month!) 

Watched more Match Game as I worked, and later as I had leftovers for dinner, starting with Match Game '76. Richard pulled off a big win for an older woman with the difficult "__ Ball" on the Head to Head. Greg Morris and Elaine Joyce are more interested in where sparks fly out of the Six Million Dollar Man when the Bionic Woman kisses him. 

Brett definitely likes a 71-year-old man who claims he's a veteran bartender ("mixologist") in the Match Game '77 episode. She's also pretty impressed when Dick Martin actually starts matching the contestant for once, and there's Patti Deustch's name for "boxing gloves." Patti did even better on the Audience Match in the next episode, topping Richard's answer for "__ Army." Later, Gene used one of the seats as a trumpet to get the question across to Charles.

Patti and Dick carried over into the Match Game PM episode for that week. Gene makes jokes about a contestant with a long, bushy hair and beard that makes him resemble Grizzly Adams. Brett and the other ladies thinks he looks fine the way he is. Richard has an even easier time with "Jack the __" on the Head-to-Head.

Finally put my laundry away, then finished the night on Amazon Prime with Babes On Broadway. I go further into the third Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland teen backstage movie at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.