Saturday, July 08, 2023

Tangled Harvest

Got a quick start this morning with breakfast and Charlie & Lola. "I Wish I Could Draw Exactly More Like You," laments Lola's best friend Lotta when she can't draw her house as well as Lola can. Charlie and his best buddy Marv explain that everyone has their own art style and shows off the work of different artists to give them ideas.

Hurried out after the cartoon ended. Arrived at the Collingswood Farm Market around 11. Even at that late date, there were still people wandering around, buying produce for their barbecues and parties that were rained out on the Fourth. I saw peppers, raspberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, and cucumbers for the first time this year. They keep running out of cherries too fast. I ended up with blueberries, blackberries, peaches, a block of cheddar cheese to snack on, a just-sweet-enough strawberry rhubarb scone, and a bag of zeppole, a very moist kind of fried Italian pastry, for breakfast. (I wonder how they'd taste with a bit of honey inside?)

Went across the street to WaWa for a treat. Pineapple seems to be their big flavor this summer. I ended up with a tasty, if sweet. Pineapple Pina Colada Smoothie. It felt wonderful going home in the ongoing heat and humidity. Stopped at the A&A Pretzel shop for a can of Diet Coke and a twist pretzel to go with my lunch.

Put on Tangled when I got home and settled down with lunch. I go further into Disney's animated musical version of Rapunzel at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Worked a little bit on writing after lunch. Brett claims she's not upset by the woman's insinuations...but then admits to Betty that it did sting. She feels like Jack threw her over for someone else already. Betty encourages her to move on.

Dark clouds moved in as I was riding home from the farm market. After the deluge on Tuesday, I wasn't taking chances. I called Uber for a ride. Both drivers arrived within three minutes, got me where I was going in five, and were fairly pleasant. 

The Acme was busy when I arrived. It cleared out when the rain finally started, but it did continue to be steady up until the last half-hour. We did have some really obnoxious customers. One couple loudly cursed each other out and threw a fit over who would pay their bill. Even the older couple behind them said their fussing was unnecessary and a bit childish. 

Later, a woman complained about her bill, claiming she could't be bothered to look at tags...and then saying to the teen boy who came in after me that she did look at them, but they weren't like she wanted. Lady, if you read the tags, you know what you're getting. If you can't afford to buy expensive items, don't. She ended up putting back all her non-food items because she said she couldn't afford them. I was very happy when it slowed down enough for me to head out without a relief or a need for one.

(Oh, and it looked like it rained earlier. The ground was pretty wet when I came out. To my knowledge, it hasn't rained since then, though.)

Had dinner while watching The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour. A very young Butch Hartman, creator of The Fairly Oddparents, among others, wound up being one of their biggest winners. He was finally taken down in this episode by a young woman with a charming braces smile. Arsenio Hall, Allison Arngrin, and David Ruprecht were among those tossing out quips and answers to goofy questions.

Moved to Tubi for The New Scooby Doo Movies. It's a Hanna-Barbara in-house crossover as the gang are stranded near "The Haunted Showboat." Josie and the Pussycats want to hold a gig to restore it. The captain does't seem very eager for the show to go on, especially after his partner vanishes and the ghosts of Injun Joe and Captain Scavenger wreck havoc. Velma, Josie, and Valerie think there's a lot more to this mystery than what's on the surface, especially after a southern businessman wants to buy the showboat. 

Tonight's Match Game marathon revolved around "leading ladies." From Broadway stars Ethel Merman and Nanette Fabray to soap opera beauties Brenda Dickson and Jamie Lynn Bower, many a talented female star answered wacky questions and fended off Gene Rayburn and Richard Dawson's advances on this show. There were also bombshells Lee Meredith and Louisa Moritz and two of "Barker's Beauties," early Price Is Right models Anitra Ford and Janice Pennington, along with teeny-tiny Laugh In comedienne Sarah Kennedy.

My favorite of these episodes is one of the ones I watched last week, featuring soap opera sweetheart Trish Stewart. Gene accidentally wrapped his cord around the poor girl's legs and yanked her off her seat! She was unharmed, but Brett and Kaye Stevens chewed Gene out for not being careful. Richard asked Gene to bring up a girl for him, while Charles pointed out that the Santa Monica Pier was better for fishing.

Stay on your seat for these hilarious episodes featuring favorite leading ladies of stage, screen, and television!

Finished out the night with Lawrence Welk as he and his musical family celebrated the US, from Dallas to Charleston to Spanish Harlem. Given Welk was a born midwesterner, it's only natural both these episodes featured the band playing "Chicago." Guy and Ralna sing about that "Moon Over Miami" in 1971, while Guy alone shimmied up a pole in '81 to be the "Wichita Lineman." Bobby Burgess joins Cissy King for "Chicago" in '71 and Elaine Niverson and several others for a lively "Charleston" in 1981. (Check out Bob Ralsten's solo there!) 

Tom Netherton joins a bevy of wahinis for "This Is the Moment," while Anacani gets "Rose In Spanish Harlem." Arthur Duncan gives his salute to "Avalon" in '81 and says to "Meet Me In St. Louis" in '71. In 1981, little girl Kathie Sullivan gushes how "Everything's Up to Date In Kansas City" to reporter Ken Delo.

Celebrate American from sea to shining sea with Lawrence Welk and his musical travelers!

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