Thursday, October 13, 2022

Rainy Daze

Awoke to gloomy, gray skies and heavy humid weather. The damp roads indicated that it rained overnight, but not recently. I managed to eat a quick breakfast and hurry off to work without getting even damp. 

The weather must have scared everyone away. The Acme was dead for most of the day. It would pick up a little when the rain slowed down, only to die again after it started up again. I spent the time between customers shelving candy and organizing shelves and coolers. Of course, it started to get busy again just as I prepared to go. I shut down just in time with no relief. 

Despite the shower coming down when I left, I had a few errands to do. Started with the T-Mobile in the shopping center behind the Acme again. My phone still wasn't working right. I couldn't use the internet or text or make phone calls. Turns out my old SIM card didn't work with my new phone line, and I had to buy a new one. 

Thankfully, by the time they fixed that problem, the rain had vanished. It remained damp and humid, but not not wet. I dodged early rush hour traffic on Nicholson, heading across Oaklyn to WaWa. Picked up a Peach Perrier and money from the ATM machine.

Hurried in by quarter of 4 and went straight upstairs. Tossed popcorn in the microwave and watched It Started With Eve. I go further into this romantic comedy vehicle for soprano Deanna Durbin and Captain Bligh himself Charles Laughton at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

Went online for some writing around quarter of 6. Bill Cullen, who moved out to California with his wife Ann in the late 70's, wonders why Gene Rayburn won't do the same. It would cut down on communiting time and give him more opportunity to act on TV. Gene disagrees. He and his wife Helen dislike the LA pollution, traffic, noise, and glittering lifestyle, preferring quieter Cape Cod. 

Broke for dinner at quarter of 7. Watched Match Game '74 as I ate. A soft-spoken Frenchwoman with a charming accent became the big winner, though she didn't do as well against a gentleman with a pompadour who said he'd buy his children a pony with his winnings...despite not having anywhere to keep it. 

Cleaned up during Match Game '77. Brett laughed so hard at something Charles said at one point, she nearly fell off her chair. While the others figure out "__ Form" in the Audience Match, Gene literally puts himself in the place of the contestant after he gets fed up with their answers. 

Finished the night watching more Murder She Wrote after my shower. Jessica's nephew Grady makes his first appearance in the second-season episode "Murder By Appointment Only." Jessica's shocked when one of her former students dies in what seems to be a robbery. The door, however, shows no signs of forced entry. Turns out the young woman had many secrets, some of which didn't make her fiancee, the president of a cosmetics company (Robert Culp), happy. Meanwhile, Jessica keeps trying to dodge his sister (Jayne Meadows), the bossy head of the company who insists she sell her product.

Earlier in the season, Jessica takes what she hopes will be a relaxing weekend at a local lakeside inn. It turns out to be anything but when she witnesses a woman get pushed into the lake by her husband. When the body finally turns up, he's accused of drowning "A Lady In the Lake." Jessica thinks there's more to it, especially after she discovers the husband just sold his family business for millions of dollars. 

Oh, and the rain came back during Murder She Wrote. It poured for the next couple of hours, but seems to have settled down now. 

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