Saturday, April 08, 2023

Spring In Overdrive

Began the morning with breakfast and Mickey and the Roadster Racers. "Mickey's Spring Grand Prix" is a big event, with the Racers riding with their celebrity racing friends from around the world. They're to stop at famous landmarks in Hot Dog Hills and pick up tokens representing each place. Pete is upset that his junk yard wasn't considered a landmark and does everything he can to sabotage the race. The Happy Helpers are recruited to watch the flower store for Ms. Mulch on Mother's Day while she helps with a brunch. Bitsy brings "My Little Daisy" for them to revive...but when Pete accidentally buys it for his mother, they end up chasing him all over town. 

Worked on writing after I ate. Fannie scolds Richard and Gene for not showing up sooner, and Brett argues with Gene over him not working harder to find her cattle. She really has no desire to go back east or sell out to the railroad. 

Switched to The Bernstain Bears' Easter Surprise on YouTube during lunch, and then Match Game '76. I'm glad I caught this episode. It was the second-funniest one of the entire Marvin Hamlisch-Isobel Sanford week. The contestant Pharnicia is quite proud of herself when she gets the answer to an Audience Match all on her own. The panel is, too. Charles and Martin are so impressed, they write a very cute song for her.

Headed to work around 12:30. Boy, do I wish I hadn't. What a mess! Once again, we started slow, but picked up at 2 and wouldn't wind down until 6:30. And it wasn't just people buying one or two things for Easter or Passover dinner, or their kids' Easter candy. There were a lot of really huge orders, some of them numbering in the 600s. There were a lot of problems with people not reading the prices right and fussing over them. I'm sorry, but inflation is not my fault. On the other hand, there were also a lot of adorable kids who were toting new stuffed animals and excited for the Easter Bunny's arrival tomorrow.

I needed a few things before I went home. The Candy Snaps grapes are still on sale for 99 cents each, and the blood oranges are still $3.99. Desperately needed a Propel, too. I've never seen Peach before. 

Went straight home and into leftovers for dinner and the Rankin-Bass 2D animated special The First Easter Rabbit. I go further into this and Bernstain Bears' Easter Surprise at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog. 

Finished the night at YouTube with more vintage Easter cheer. The Lawrence Welk Show celebrated Easter with hymns and springtime standards like "I'll Remember April." "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" got two memorable renditions. Arthur Duncan and a visibly pregnant Jo Ann Castle in an oversized bunny suit did it in 1969. Anacani searched for the elusive Peter (Ken Delo) while dressed as a little girl in 1980. Cissy King and Bobby Burgess had a goofy "Easter Waltz" in awkward bunny suits. Bobby came off better with Elaine Niverson doing a charming "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" in 1980. Bob Imel and Mary Lou Metzinger clip-clopped to "Tip Toe Through the Tulips" twice. They were on their own in 1980. In 1982, they were joined by Bobby, Elaine, and several other dancers. Each show ended with the cast singing religious hymns in a church setting while sporting choir robes.

Join Lawrence Welk and his musical family for these adorable springtime parties!

And here's even more vintage Easter treats!

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