Friday, December 23, 2022

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Started off the morning with breakfast and the second WKRP In Cincinnati Christmas episode from the third season. Station manager Arthur Carlson says "Bah Humbug" when he refuses to give out Christmas bonuses. Thanks to Johnny Fever's brownies, he dreams that the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jennifer), Present (Venus), and Future (Johnny) show him what will happen if he doesn't treat his employees better.

Worked on writing after that. The Mouse Queen (Jo Ann Worley) brags that she's already waylaid the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. Gene can't take her on by himself, but the Nutcracker jumps in to help...

While it wasn't raining like it did yesterday, it still came down this morning. Between that and it getting colder tonight, I called for Uber. Considering all the trouble I had getting Uber for work a while back, I had no trouble today. Took 7 this morning and and 4 tonight; was to and from work in 5 minutes.

My first of two 8 and 1/2 hour shifts in a row largely went pretty well. We were insanely busy almost the entire afternoon, with long lines down the aisles. It got even worse in the afternoon, when we had less help. It didn't slow down until nearly 6, and even then, they had to send one of the college kids in for me so I could get out on time. 

And no wonder we did die down. It was literally freezing when I got out of work. Biting winds blasted me as I waited for the Uber driver. (No snow, though. Looks like we managed to evade the white Christmas many other parts of the US, including Lauren in Pittsfield, got, but not the frigid temperatures.)

Soon as I got home, I grabbed dinner and put on Ernest Saves Christmas. Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) is a cab driver in Orlando, Florida when he picks up a nice old man at the airport. Turns out the man is the real Santa Claus (Douglas Seale), who came to Orlando to seek a replacement. He's chosen former children's show host Joe Carruthers (Oliver Clark), but Joe's sleazy agent (Robert Lesser) wants him to do a B-grade Christmas horror film. Ernest also has to deal with Harmony Starr (Noelle Parker), a selfish runaway whose constant lies hide her pain over her parents' divorce. It'll take a pinch of teamwork and a wild ride on Santa's sleigh to finally convince Harmony and Joe that Santa...and the Christmas spirit...are the real deal.

Went straight into the original animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas next. The Grinch (Boris Karloff) is a green furry miser who hates all the noise his neighbors in the valley the Who make on Christmas Day. He dresses as Santa and purloins their goodies, but even his best-laid intentions can't stop the holiday magic. It takes the Whos continuing their traditions no matter what to convince him that "Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

Finished the night on Disney Plus with the original 1947 Miracle on 34th Street, another movie about a Santa whom no one believes is the real thing. Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara) finds Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) scolding the Santa in the Macy's Parade for getting drunk. He's so successful as a substitute Santa in the parade, she gives him the job of being the store's Santa. Trouble is, Kris keeps insisting he actually is Santa. This troubles Doris, who has raised her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) to only believe in what she can see and hear after a nasty divorce. When Kris is put on trial for lunacy, he's defended by kindly lawyer Fred Gailey (John Payne), who turns the hearing into the talk of the town...and teaches, Doris, Susan, and all of New York a lesson in faith, hope, and the true meaning of the holidays.

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