Saturday, February 11, 2023

You Gotta Have Heart

Began the morning with breakfast and the 2018 Muppet Babies at Disney Plus. No one's happier to celebrate Valentine's Day than Gonzo. It's his favorite day of the year! He's so shocked when he finds no valentines in his cubby, he says "Happy Villain-tine's Day" and becomes the super villain Dr. Meanzo to ruin everyone's holidays. The others also turn into superheroes to stop him. Gonzo and Summer hope "My Best Toy's Wedding" between her stuffed narwhal and his potato will be the best party ever. Trouble arises when Gonzo insists on a western-themed ceremony and ignores Summer's hope for a sea-themed one. When Summer calls off the party, Gonzo remembers what Nanny said about the importance of compromise in marriages. 

Worked on writing for a while after that. Richard tries to convince Jo Ann to go out with him, but she's too busy with her big breaking story on the Ace and the Master Magician. She shows him around the studio quickly as possible, including the vice president of programming's slinky secretary Lee and the eager camera boy Gary.

Grabbed a really quick lunch, then hurried out to work. We were a mess when I arrived at 1:30, with lines down the aisles, and we stayed that way for most of the afternoon. Even after they yanked people from produce and the bakery, the lines were still long. If people aren't shopping for the Super Bowl tomorrow, they're preparing for Valentine's Day parties at school or work next week. February is a big birthday month, too. There were huge orders numbering as high as $650, and not everyone was in the best mood. I was worn out, too. At one point, I even dropped a container of pre-sliced onions and peppers that burst open. Thankfully, the lady decided they didn't need it. By that point, it had slowed down enough for me to take the open container to produce and leave with no relief.

Dashed home quick as I could after that. Ate while watching Match Game Syndicated. Caught the second episode featuring Kirstie Alley as a contestant. Robert Pine tries to help her with "__ Starter" on the Head-to-Head. 

Switched to Disney Plus and YouTube after I ate for a pair of Valentine's Day specials from the 80's and 90's featuring bear characters from beloved children's books. I go further into these at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Finished the night at YouTube celebrating Valentine's Day with Lawrence Welk. The two episodes that flat-out revolve around the holiday online are black-and-white shows from the early-mid 60's. We get Jo Ann Castle tickling the ivories on a heart-covered piano, Bobby Burgess and his partner doing a romantic waltz behind a giant heart, Arthur Duncan's flying feet, and everyone reminding the audience "You Gotta Have Heart" in the '65 show. The '62 episode has Bobby and his partner doing a more cutesy two-step to "Honey" and the Lemmon Sisters singing "When I Fall In Love." The '62 show ends with a more stirring patriotic salute to Abraham Lincoln, with Norma Zimmer singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Aladdin recites the Gettysburg Address as a lead-in to the finale in 1962 and a comic recitation on the differences between girls and boys in '65. 

Later Valentine's Day episodes were more general. Elaine Niverson joins Bobby Burgess for a lyrical "Our Love" and the sprightly "Our Melody of Love" with the cast in the finale of the 1980 "Love Songs" show. Mary Lou Metzger and Jack Imel are explorers discussing their ape friends on an "Abba Dabba Honeymoon." Arthur Duncan goes tropical with his big solo to "Pagan Love Song." Ken Delo also leans on the tropical side of romance as he sings of "Makin' Love, Ukulele Style." Sweet Anacani admits "It's Impossible" in a lovely Spanish ballad. 

Celebrate old-fashioned romance and salute our 16th president with Lawrence Welk and his musical family! (The 1960's episodes even come with the original commercials.)

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