“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

My back felt better by Tuesday afternoon. My mood then brightened, my steps got lighter, and I was standing tall at the end of the evolutionary chart. To celebrate the occasion I poured myself some eggnog and added a touch of the spirits. My mood soared. 

I watched The Big Heat  on Tuesday night, a B&W film made in 1953, and noticed a few odd things about the movie. The writing on some office doors could be read correctly only from the inside of the office so you knew where you were only if you were already there. The phone booth in the bar is among the top ten best phone booths I’ve ever seen in a movie. It is huge, just a bit smaller than the Tardis, has a string for turning the light off and on, and its walls are covered with tacked business cards and several handwritten numbers, probably guaranteeing a good time.  

Dave Bannion, our hero played by Glenn Ford, was home when the phone rang. His wife answered, looked pained and handed the phone to her husband. He heard, “Stop, slob, and keep your nose out of other people’s business.” He asked his wife what she’d heard and she told him several four letter words. I figured they must have been rapid fire four letter words as she had the phone less than a minute. I wondered if she was counting slob among those four letter words. My list would never include slob. My vocabulary has always been far more colorful.

That was her big scene. The next night she was blown up instead of her husband when she started the car. I know you’re probably aching for more, but I’ll stop here so I don’t spoil the denouement. (that’s exciting: being able to use denouement). After all, who knows the future? You might just find yourself still awake at 1 in the morning when the TV pickings are lean and there it is, The Big Heat, on TCM. Click right to it and enjoy.

We’re getting to the time of the year when every day has something to make me smile.

I’m going to make another pot of coffee and have the last biscotti.

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14 Comments on ““Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

  1. splendid Says:

    So glad you enjoyed your eggnog ;). I will look up this movie this evening, bracing for a winter storm here and thinking about making some comfort food. I can enjoy snow but ice is never welcome. Enjoy your day! xoxox

    • katry Says:

      Splendid,
      It was such a bad move I’d hate for anyone to miss it. The eggnog with a touch of brandy and Kalhua made the movie bearable!

      I agree about ice. It is dangerous, especially black ice. I can still remember the fear when we were skidding on a bridge over the highway. We all thought we were going to go over the side. We stopped at the rail.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The storm Sven (I think the Europeans call it Xander or something similar) has hit us and he’s hitting hard. The rain is pouruing down and snow has already started to mix in with it. The temperature will fall later on and the snow will take over completely. It will continue to blow hard until tomorrow evening so it will be an exiting drive to work tomorrow morning if possible at all.

    Too bad I rarely see those movies here 🙂 I’ll have to settle with some old Scrubs, Familyguy and Simpsons episodes instead.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I love storms when I am safe and warm inside and the electricity still works. I look out the door to see the full brunt of the wind and rain.

      We will have through Sunday except for tomorrow: a chafe of rain then.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I thought I’d seen that movie but now I think I have not. Possibly I shall continue in that vein.
    The writing on the office doors must have been a mistake. All those old office doors that I remember could only be read from the outside. On the inside, the printing was backwards through the glass.
    I love the description of the phone booth, though. Definitely a phone booth from the 40’s when things like walls and lights were assumed. 🙂

    The weather here is drear; grey and rainy but still warm for the season. I haven’t checked the forecast but The French Toast Alert is Blue for Guarded.
    http://www.universalhub.com/french-toast
    I have no where to go so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. 🙂
    Just kidding. I detest snow.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,

      The movie gave me a few laughs even though it is a drama. The writing definitely was a mistake. I knew that after he had come in and shut the door behind him, and I could read from the inside. I guess they didn’t have enough money for the continuity guy.

      Great phone booth!

      Same weather here plus damps which makes it seem colder than it is. The weather will be the same all week and even has the possibility of rain every day but one.

      I made a list of things to do and most of it is inside stuff for the next could of days. Peapod is sue later today.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Heat would be great, movie as well as weather. As Christer has written storm Xander/Sven is arriving and -referring to your title quote- it’s going to be a bumpy night, but it won’t hit us so hard. Rain and thunderstorm today, snow tomorrow, ugly weather. Biking today was already an unpleasant adventure. I will stay home tonight, though Maggie Bell is in town singing with the Hamburg Blues Band and the movie Inside Llewyn Davis is another option.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I get how it important it is to know the storm is coming so we can prepare, but sometimes it’s too much information and the world panics. Crazed old ladies wheel around those supermarket carts risking the lives and limbs of people in their way.

      My grocery order is coming tonight so I don’t have to leave the house today or tomorrow, and I made up my to do list accordingly as rain is expected.

      I will stay nice and cozy and hope the same for you!

  5. Minicapt Says:

    Next, we discuss “dukes ina machina”.

    Cheers

  6. Rowen Says:

    Enjoying your murder ballads. Highly interesting theme.


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