Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Tale Spins and Road Adventures

Started off the morning with breakfast and the 2009 version of Strawberry Shortcake. "Strawberry's Big Journey" with her friends is to see a rare flower in Tangerina Torta's country that only blooms once every 10 years. There are a lot of bumps on the road at first. Ginger Snap doesn't want to go at all, Angel Cake pushes a rigid schedule and can't seem to read the map right, and they run into a lonely girl named Banana Twirl who wants to keep them at her isolated town. None of this upsets Strawberry, who points out when they don't make it that getting there is half the fun, and they saw a lot of great sights anyway. 

Spent the next hour or so putting the summer decorations away and pulling out what I have for fall. Two dollar-store scarecrows went on the shelf with the media history books and the media center; a smaller wooden scarecrow from a yard sale stayed on the shelf. Mom made a nifty scarecrow for me in college with a stuffed plaid body, a ball head, and wooden spool legs that I hung on the door to the decorations closet. I bought the stuffed pillow with the felt leaves against a tweed background that says "welcome" from I believe Jo Ann before they closed here. The small beaded wreath went on a nail sticking out of the wall in the back of the living area. The stuffed candy corn Brach and Cornelius (Mom made Cornelius many years ago) went on the children's book shelf. 

Watched Road to Rio and had lunch after I finished with the decorations. I go further into Bing and Bob's trip to South America at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.

Worked on writing for a while next. Charles admits that the Queen Bretta does sound familiar. Boq tells them that when the Queen went missing, her advisor and closest friend also disappeared. The head of her army is suspected as having run off. 

Headed out to work next. I wish I hadn't. We were once again quiet at the beginning and end of the day...but the people in between were a pain in the rear. One woman was so agitated and upset, she thought a $200 dollar order would come to $75 and ended up putting most of it back. Another man had trouble with his card. Later, a man claimed I was giving him attitude when I barely said two words. His wife scolded him, but I was upset. I didn't mean for my words to come out like that! I was so happy when it slowed down enough for me to leave with no trouble.

Went straight home and into dinner and Match Game '77. Ethel Merman was on fire in this episode, getting almost every question she answered right. Pitcher and later announcer Don Sutton tried to match her prowess, but had less luck answering a question about why it's horrible that Dirty Dave never washes his hands. Richard tried to help the contestant in the Head-to-Head with "Atlantic __."

Let To Tell the Truth run on Buzzr next. Nipsey Russell joined Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, and the most elegant woman on television Kitty Carlisle in two rare 1974 episodes. The first episode had a Frenchman who taught his language by telephone, a very early form of the online classes that are now common, and a man who taught college courses in sailing and ocean life. The second featured a woman who literally struck gold in her bedroom when she and her husband found a gold mine under their store. 

Finished the night at Disney Plus with one of my favorites of their animated TV shows. Tale Spin was their take on two-fisted 30's adventures, with Baloo the Bear as a slovenly pilot and "King" Louie as his best friend, the owner of the bar where he hangs out. They did not one, but two spoofs of the Road movies, starting with the two-parter "For Whom the Bell Klangs." Baloo and Louie claim they'll spend their vacation relaxing and not getting mixed up with treasure hunts and beautiful ladies. That lasts for two seconds before they get mixed up with a gorgeous archaeologist searching for a lost city who is being pursued by a metal snake. Klang wants to use the death ray in the city to take over the world! Louie and Baloo have to rescue the lady and foil his plans.

Truth be told, "Klangs" has more in common with the Indiana Jones movies. "The Road to Macadamia" is a flat out Road cartoon, up to and including Baloo and Louie attempting a variation on the pattycake-punch routine. Here, they're aided by a spunky princess who doesn't especially want to marry the counselor who has been robbing her father's tax money.  The boys help her find the money and prove that her father had nothing to do with its disappearance. 

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