Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Phone Troubles

Slept in again this morning. By the time I got going, Match Game '75 was on. Carol Bartos became the all-time winner on the show to that point, thanks to Fannie Flagg helping her with "Tie __" on the Head-to-Head (and what Fannie wore in that episode). Bartos kept a small piece of paper with her, a good luck charm from her dear friend and another enjoyable all-time winner, the sweetly adorable Janet Finn.

Let Tattletales run as I found and inserted my old SIM card into my phone. This time, though Richard and Jody did well, they only came in second. I had more concerns about my card. No sooner did I put it in than my phone wouldn't send text messages or let me make calls. I don't get it. If it doesn't want the original SIM card or the new one, what does it want? 

Got fed up around 1:30-2 PM and rushed out to run a few errands. Started at the Haddon Township Library. They're not really a very big library. While they do have a good selection of children's books and DVDs, their adult section leaves something to be desired. They had absolutely nothing from Ben Aaronovitch or Glenn Cook, and I didn't feel like ordering them from other libraries. I'll have to look those up online or in used book stores. I did end up taking out the newest books from Joanne Fluke's Caramel Pecan Roll Murder (which kept vanishing earlier in the year) and Lauren Childs' Haunted Hibiscus (which I saved for October due to its Halloween setting), and two books on managing money for women.

Didn't get to Target until past 3:30. Picked up an extra-large container of conditioner they had there for the price of the regular-sized one at the Acme. I mainly wanted to look at things for my Mystery Bags. I got the go-ahead to hand out candy for a friend yesterday. Target, however, had already pulled the majority of its Halloween section except the costumes. Why, I have no clue. Everyone else in the area still has extensive Halloween sections, and we're still a good two weeks from the holiday. They could have waited until after Halloween to pull everything. 

Had far more luck at Dollar Tree a few doors down. They still had a ton of Halloween decorations and party favors. Ended up with mini-notebooks, chalkboard ornaments, regular wooden ornaments you can paint on, plastic ping-pong ball eyes, vampire teeth that squirt candy "blood," and two boxes of pumpkin spice mini-Moon Pies. 

Soon as I got home, I went upstairs and straight into Acting Blank. Gene Rayburn loves being able to disappear into a character, whether it's Scrooge or randy Old Man Perriwinkle. Bill Cullen understands his interest, but he prefers talking to people and hearing their stories as himself. 

Broke for dinner at 7 PM. Watched more Match Game '77. The rest of the week isn't quite as wild, but we do get a few jokes about a contestant named Tom Parker (who even looked a little like the infamous Colonel Tom Parker who managed Elvis Presley). In the second episode, Elaine Joyce points out that Gene's shoelaces are untied...because she did it. 

Finished the night on the Roku Channel with the 1944 version of Gaslight. Paula Alquist (Ingrid Bergman) witness the terrible murder of her beloved opera-singing aunt as a teen. She later trains as an opera singer herself, then marries handsome Frenchman Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer) despite barely knowing him. That turns out to be a big mistake. They move into her aunt's old house and intend to use some of her furniture, until she reads a lettter that mentions a "Sergis Bauer." He gets angry...and that's where the trouble begins. He claims she's sick, refusing to allow her to visit neighbors or even leave the house. He tells the new maid Nancy (Angela Lansbury) she's crazy. She almost starts to believe it after she hears strange noises upstairs. Scotland Yard Inspector Brian Cameron (Joseph Cotten) had interest in Alice's death, and now he believes there's more to story, and more to what's happening to her niece as well.

Classic psychological thriller veers from the play it's based on, but still manages to work thanks to incredible performances from a tense Bergman, cold Boyer, and coy Lansbury. You'd never know Lansbury was 17 at the time and this was her first performance. She and Bergman got Oscar nominations, as did the film itself. Highly recommended for lovers of psychological mysteries or dark romances. 

1 comment:

Tina said...

It's Lansbury. No D.