Friday, December 23, 2016

I'm dreaming of a straitjacket*

I think I'm finally losing it.

Yesterday Mrs. RWP and I watched the 1954 film White Christmas on one of the movie channels, and more or less constantly ever since -- even upon waking up in the middle of the night and again this morning -- the final two lines from the song "Sisters" has been playing over and over in my head, in the voice of Rosemary Clooney singing harmony with herself:

Lord, help the mister who comes between me and my sister,
And Lord, help the sister who comes between me and my man.

I'm not even kidding. The really strange thing is I don't have a sister and, as God is my witness, I don't have a man.

I noticed in that movie that the character played by Bing Crosby is named Bob, and Bing's brother in real life was named Bob. Not only that, the character played by Rosemary Clooney is named Betty, and Rosemary's sister in real life was named Betty. I wonder if that was done on purpose or if it was purely coincidental.

I spotted the pre-West Side Story George Chakiris in there too as one of Rosemary's backup dancers. I am nothing if not observant.

Anyway, here it is two days before Christmas and our shopping and gift-wrapping is finally done. We didn't send out Christmas cards this year, so let me take this opportunity to thank Blogland friends Lowell and Peggy T. and Michelle and Ken J. (they will recognize themselves but the rest of you can just scratch your heads) for sending Christmas cards to us.

Mrs. RWP will be making two hashbrown casseroles to take to Christmas morning breakfast at our son's house one town over. Our daughter-in-law's mom and stepdad from Tennessee, our other son's family, and our daughter's family all the way from Alabamistan will be there too, 16 people in all. That last contingent will be spending a couple of days at our house afterwards before returning to the Land of Banjos of Mass Destruction.

Then Christmas will be over and everything will be back to what passes for normal.

I can only hope.

May you all have the merriest of Christmases, the happiest of Hanukkahs, and whatever else your hearts desire.

*not just like the ones I used to know, as I've never known any in my entire life. Just thought you ought to know.


  1. "And may allllll yourrrrrr Christmas's be whiiiiiiiiiiite" - From a distance as it's a nightmare when it freezes of course. Felicitations and love sent from our corner of the world, have a lovely festive time! X

  2. Some days a padded jacket (and a room to match) have a LOT of charm.
    The Merriest of Christmases to you, to Mrs RWP and to your extended family.

  3. The line between sanity and madness is a hard one to walk and sometimes one can lose one's balance and veer to the other side. Fortunately, you have Ellie to keep you on the straight and narrow.
    (BOB WALLACE-BRAGUE When I figure out what that means I'll come up with a crushing reply.)


  4. I see George Chakiris in older movies every once in a while. I won't watch White Christmas until Christmas Day. Same with It's A Wonderful Life. I watch two versions of Miracle On 34th Street on Christmas Eve. Perhaps that's a little too OCD?


  5. Best Wishes to you and yours !

    I watched "Love Actually" 2 nights a in row, the cast is just perfect ~ everyone of them.
    It has more or less become my favorite.

    I'm old enough to have seen all the "classics" far too many times, besides Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy are fav's of mine !! Right up there with Sean Connery as 007 or anything else.

    Yeah, I like the old guys !! Hee hee

    Tomorrow will move on to "You'll Shoot your Eye out, Kid" aka A Christmas Story.
    By Christmas Day I will be far too busy to even catch a line or two from any movie.

  6. Many Happy Christmases RWP. Still out here and still reading.

    Hope to actually post something in the new year.


  7. I'm pleased to have heard from all of you who have taken the time to comment during this very busy season. England, Australia, Nebraska, California, and wherever Sierra Sue is from have all clocked in and are now eligible for overtime pay. My thanks to each and every one of you for you hard work this year, and I look forward to being your colleague in 2017.