Thursday, July 28, 2022

Blow Gabriel Blow

Actually had enough time to eat a slow breakfast and still make it to work right as scheduled. Thankfully after all the trouble yesterday and Monday, today went just fine. We were quiet almost the entire afternoon, and never more than mildly steady. I spent the entire day bagging. The head bagger preferred dealing with customers and the self-checkout lanes. It wasn't really that hot, probably in the mid-upper 80's, but it was killer humid and on-and-off cloudy. I'm still happier outside and away from people. I even got the outside trash done. 

Took the long way home again after dumping a small bag of t-shirts in the clothes donation bins between the Acme and Audubon Crossings. It wasn't any busier on Nicholson Road and the White Horse Pike than it had been at the store. Most people are probably either on vacation, avoiding the stifling humidity, or waiting until they get their money next week to do their shopping. 

Went straight upstairs when I got home. Changed and settled down with game shows on Buzzr. Super Password just started when I lay down on my gamer chair. Vermont raconteur Orson Bean and Lori Handler of Gimme a Break were the celebrities here. The astonished look on Orson's face when his partner managed to guess "Aristotle Onassis" on just the word "Greek" was hilarious. His jaw almost literally hit the floor!

Tattletales was even funnier. Mel Torme and his then-wife British actress Janette Scott and World Championship high jumper Bob Seagren and his wife Kam played long-married Gene and Helen Rayburn. In this case, older was definitely better. The two elder couples tied in the end, with both coming up with some pretty darn adorable answers. (Loved Gene's response to if Helen could ever pull the wool over his eyes with anything important.) 

I nearly passed out over Press Your Luck and didn't get to see the first round. The Whammies flew all over the place in the second, knocking the champ out of the running early-on. The one man finally picked up a trip to New York and a sailboat, along with a wad of cash and two Whammies. (He even netted $3,000 for a home viewer.)

Worked on writing for a while after that. Thanks to the Vorpal Sword, Richard does manage to defeat The Red Knight (Jack Klugman). He takes off to warn his master the Red King. The others praise him as they help him to his feet, but he's oddly more interested in the little box he has attached to his horse.

Broke for dinner at 6:30. Watched Match Game '77 while I ate. I didn't know Connie Chung's career went back to the 70's. Apparently, she was an anchor-person in New York when Betty White teased Richard Dawson about him wanting to meet her. Gene was happier teasing Mary Ann Mobley about the fake flower on her choker. The others were more interested in figuring out the tough "__ Ointment" in the Audience Match.

Buzzr went into Match Game PM by the time I finished dessert. This one is from the hilarious week with Minnie Pearl and Tom Smothers. A handsome cowboy named Buck Rogers turned a lot of the ladies' heads, including Brett Somers', with his charming accent and down-home answers. Richard Dawson, however, definitely has the best one for a question about what the baseball player brings with him on his honeymoon.

Finished the night with the 1956 version of Anything Goes. I go further into this in-name-only remake with Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Oh, and it did finally rain around 9 PM. Good thing I was long at home and online by that point. It was brief, but noisy and heavy. The wind was so fierce, the drafts coming in my window blew down a picture on the ledge and my alarm clock!

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