Friday, June 17, 2022

Are You Ready for the Summer?

Started the day with a quick breakfast and writing. Brett suggests to Charles that they use the Jabberwock to get back to Looking Glass Land. It's the only creature that can travel freely between the Under Kingdoms and Limbo. Charles isn't happy about that, and just barely manages to get on when it takes off into the heavy gray sky.

Rushed off to work with time to pick up something for lunch before I went in. Work was off-and-on busy, not as dead as Wednesday, but not as busy as yesterday. There may be some graduation and birthday  parties still going on, but I suspect a lot of people went to the Shore for the Juneteenth holiday weekend. Worst that happened was my computer suddenly went down. I felt really bad, even though it wasn't my fault. The manager re-rang the lady's order...then wasn't happy when the register came back up faster than expected and it turns out she didn't have to do it. 

Picked up a few things after work. I finally found the right tops for my electric toothbrush. Needed something for lunch this week, too. Also grabbed my favorite fudge-topped shortbread cookies as a treat, and had a coupon for bags of organic nuts. 

Mixed feelings on my schedule next week. In good news, two days off in a row this time, Thursday and Friday, and at least one bagging day. Unfortunately, also two 8 1/2 hour days, one of them next Saturday, both cashiering.

Got home in time for Match Game '74. Elaine Joyce and Mitzi McCall show off form-fitting tops in the opening. Richard just opts to show off his chest. Gene's happier to meet a contestant who speaks Serbo-Croatian like him. Don Adams gets to show off his odd answer to what you meet in the park one enchanted evening.

Had dinner and cleaned up while watching Match Game PM. Jon "Bowser" Bauman also shows off his fancy duds in the opening, in this case a huge red polka-dot bow tie. Charles accuses Brett of drooling over Bowser during a question involving someone who has the difficult job of being marriage counselor to __. Bowser has less luck with "Cheryl __" in the Audience Match.

Finished the night online after a shower with Meatballs at The Roku Channel. Bill Murray had his first starring role in this classic comedy from 1979. He's Tripper, the head and nuttiest counselor at Camp North Star in the backwoods of Canada. He befriends lonely camper Rudy Gurner (Chris Makepeace) and tries to hit on head female counselor Roxanne (Kate Lynch), while the counselors-in-training who assist with the kids spend the summer chasing each other. They also compete with the snotty rich kids at nearby Camp Mohawk, including in the big Olympiad at the end of the summer. Rudy finds himself tagged to run in the marathon and hopes he can remember Tripper's advice.

Hilarious comedy is probably the best-known movie about summer camp, and by far the best and most popular in the long-running series of unrelated Meatballs summer camp comedies. Murray and Makepeace's relationship wasn't originally supposed to be the focus...but they were right to switch it to their charming banter from the more typical shenanigans with the CITs. Some of their gags and a sequence with Tripper practically attacking Roxanne borders on uncomfortable today; otherwise, this is still a lot of fun for fans of Animal House-style comedies from this time or Murray. 

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