Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jukebox Saturday Night for Jan. 18th, 2014: The Fun Loving, County Lineman, and Rotoscoping Edition (Plus Brief Update)

"You Make Loving Fun" by Fleetwood Mac on the group's Rumours album (1977)

The song was both written and sung by now-retired long-time band member Christine McVie. It's a great song.


This is my jukebox Saturday night entry along with a brief update (posted here).

I had a good gym workout tonight, although I wasn't able to go swimming because I got to the YMCA too late. As for tonight, it's just the usual stuff (No. 9 and/or Nellie's). However, as I went to Old Ebbitt Grill last night, I think I'll skip going out to dinner (either back there or Eatonville or elsewhere) and just make it at home. Tomorrow, I may take a bike ride. I have off Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday.

The night is a very cold, breezy night (temps around 25F in D.C.) in keeping with the general coldness of this winter. But also as keeping with recent winters, there isn't a hint or whiff of snow anywhere in or near Washington, D.C.

Actually, there is a weak clipper system chugging tonight across the Ohio River Valley nearing the central Appalachians that could bring a few flurries here in the wee hours.

U.S. radar mosaic of the Great Lakes Sector, 0148UTC 19 January 2014 (8:48PM EST Jan. 18, 2014).


In any event, it looks like it is going to be rather snowy next week in Buffalo when Gary and I are there. Remember the whole philosophy behind our weekend trip there to see snow is summed up in the old adage: If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain.

Meanwhile, the Sue Palka-cabra creature is not pleased even at the cold. She wants heat and drought.

There she is ...


I'm finishing up my laundry as I'm watching the Sci-Fi Saturday Night line-up on Me-TV. The first of a two-parter of Wonder Woman just ended and now its Star Trek: The Original Series (although the special effects when the Enterprise is in orbit around plants have been upgraded).

Angelique Pettyjohn as Shahna in "The Gamesters of Triskelion" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.

Great green hair.


The episode is "The Gamesters of Triskelion", and it features the most intriguing woman, the late Angelique Pettyjohn, as Shahna. Alas, Ms. Pettyjohn (born Dorothy Lee Perrins) died of cervical cancer at age 48 in 1992.

A great line in the episode is Spock to McCoy: "I would welcome a suggestion, doctor, even an emotional one."

Shahna and Captain Kirk in "The Gamesters of Triskelion" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.


After Star Trek is the Svengoolie-hosted movie at 10PM is The Mole People starring John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, and Hugh Beaumont (Hugh Beaumont? Huh??). It's a weird movie. And the mole people look pretty wild.

The movie starts out with Dr. Frank C. Baxter, an English professor at USC best remembered as "Dr. Research" in The Bell Laboratory's Science Series, giving an earnest discourse about various fanciful ideas throughout history of different kinds of life -- including intelligent civilizations -- that might exist deep inside the Earth.


Continuing with the music ...

"Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell from the album of same name (1968)

I love this song.

It's so mournful yet captivating for the image it evokes of the lone county lineman figure in some remote location in the vast expanse of the Great Plains (presumably near Wichita, Kansas, though I guess perhaps also Wichita Falls, Texas ...) under a sky of seemingly infinite extent, fixing the telephone pole electrical wires.

"And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time, but the Wichita Lineman, yes, he's still on the line!"


And now for something more Saturday night upbeat ...

"Take On Me" by A-ha from the group's Hunting High and Low release (1985)

The song is energetic upbeat with quite an amazing video. The "rotoscoping" and live action mix -- featuring a drawing book that becomes its own alternate-universe reality and upon being crumpled up and tossed into the garbage by an annoyed waitress quickly turns into a run through and eventual escape from a scary maze in a fascist dystopia with truncheon-wielding military police -- reportedly won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards even as the group won 8 of 11 awards for which it as in the running (so sayeth the Keeper of All Knowledge here).

OK, that's all for now. Oh, yes, assuming the Buffalo / Niagara Falls trip happens next weekend, I likely won't have a jukebox Saturday night entry for Jan. 25th.



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