Saturday, November 05, 2022

Saturday at the Hundred Acre Woods

I was supposed to wake up at 8 AM. I opened my eyes at 9:15. Yikes! I had work at 10. Barely had time to write in my journal, change, eat, and dash off. 

Work was a pain in the rear, and way too long. We were busy almost the entire day, with long lines often across the store and not enough help to deal with them. The Phillies played tonight, it's still the beginning of the month, and we have two major holidays coming up this week and Thanksgiving in three weeks. I often panicked and just couldn't keep up with the orders. At least they were able to send a teen girl in for me so I could get out on time. 

Went straight home and into dinner and Match Game PM after I changed. The first episode is rather appropriate for the upcoming Veteran's Day holiday, as one of the contestants was a Scottish soldier with a charming accent and a truly nifty uniform. The top row even stands to salute him in the opening. (Brett thought he was an usher at the long-gone Roxy movie theater in New York!) Mary Ann Mobley rambled on so much giving one of her answers in the second episode, Gene ended up sitting on the floor waiting for her to finish.

Moved to Disney Plus for Pooh's Heffalump Movie after dinner. I go further into the first movie to feature Roo's Heffalump pal Lumpy at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

Finished the night at YouTube celebrating the upcoming holidays with Lawrence Welk. Even as the controversial Vietnam War raged, Welk and his musical family did two episodes saluting the Armed Services for Veteran's Day in 1968 and '69. The 1968 episode features a charming rendition of "How About You?" from Naval officers Dick Dale and Natalie Nivens, while the others tease Jack Imel about being "The Sailor Who Loved the Sea." For some reason, we also get a random Beverly Hillbillies spoof, with them getting an award for having "the most cards and letters" sent to them. Myron Floren and a group of hobos perform "Alley Cats," and Jo Anne Castle enjoys being the only lady hobo playing ragtime piano. 

The show from 1969 gets more into the holiday, thanks to it also being a tribute to Irving Berlin. The orchestra gives us some "Soft Lights and Sweet Music." Larry Hooper admits "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up In the Morning." He also tells his Navy troops that "This is the Army, Mr. Jones," but they don't take direction very well. Arthur Duncan explains how "A Shine On Your Shoes" can improve the morale of any cadet. The episode ends with the singers in uniform, performing the theme songs of the various branches of the Armed Services. 

The other major holiday next week is Election Day, and I did find an episode from 1980 that revolves around elections and politicians. The band tries to play to both sides with "Baby Elephant Walk" and "The Donkey Serenade." Dick Dale runs for office as he encourages the singers to "Hey, Look Me Over." Bobby Burgess and Elaine Niverson drum up the crowd with "Happy Days are Here Again." Jack Imel and Mary Lou Metzger sing about their spurs that "Jingle Jangle Jingle," while Guy Hovis recites a tribute to "The Ragged Flag." Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer ends the episode with a stirring "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean." 

Celebrate two all-American holidays with these rousing episodes! (Warning that the 1968 and '69 episodes are not in the best of shape, and all are missing the opening and closing numbers.)

(Oh, and I'm afraid the Phillies lost their last game and the World Series to the Houston Astros 4-1. And don't forget to set your clock back tonight for Daylight Savings!)

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