Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It’s time once again for Sam & Marcy’s Annual Untraditional Thanksgiving Hoo-hah.

Hello again. It’s almost 7 a.m. and I’ve been sitting here in the study since 4:15 for two very good reasons: 1) it’s impossible to sleep with a stuffed nose; and 2) shitty feet. I’ve managed to fritter away a decent chunk of the last three hours redesigning and uploading the Howdygram’s attractive little subheads (see below) and blowing my nose. On the plus side, thank God the twisted hip pain I reported on Sunday finally subsided because a senior citizen can only stand so much aggravation.

For your possible interest here’s a comprehensive list of all the fine shit that’s happening this week at Howdgram headquarters.
  • Getting my hair cut this afternoon at 2 p.m., and once again I’m requesting my all-time favorite “Judi Dench” pixie thing. I’ll look EXACTLY LIKE JUDI except I’m not wrinkly, I’ve got brown eyes and my hair isn’t white. Other than that we could be twins.
  • Watching six really adorable Joe E. Brown comedies that I recorded yesterday on TCM: Broadminded (1931); Going Wild (1931); Fireman, Save My Child (1932); Sit Tight (1931); Local Boy Makes Good (1931); and Top Speed (1930).
  • Consuming massive quantities of tasty food beginning with our Sam & Marcy’s Annual Untraditional Thanksgiving Hoo-hah, which includes a heat & serve turkey breast, a bucket of creamed spinach, cranberry-orange relish and a whole apple pie (for Sam) from Boston Market and making my own from-scratch 100% homemade Stove Top stuffing and McCormick instant gravy. We’re a class act. We eat in bathrobes in front of the TV with extra napkins and nobody EVER has to apologize for spilling, belching or falling asleep. (This actually happens.)
  • Folding socks.
  • Designing my own Hanukkah cards.
  • Recording a bunch of terrific movies on TCM, which I’ll list for you below.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien
The Lady Vanishes (1938) starring Margaret Lockwood and Dame May Whitty

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten
Dial M for Murder (1954) starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland
Sullivan’s Travels (1942) starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake
It Happened One Night (1934) starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert

Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) starring Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) starring Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell
The Thing from Another World (1951) starring nobody of any consequence
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford

Just in case you haven’t seen THE BIG STORY ... everybody started rioting last night in Ferguson and various other cities around the country to protest Darren Wilson getting a free pass for murder. To try and make peace with frustrated people of color the Ferguson Police Department decided to pose for their annual Christmas card, pictured below.

Incidentally, tomorrow will be Sam’s last day of work until December 8 because he’s taking a bunch of vacation time so we can horse around at home together, eat things and relax.

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