A steady summer rain has been falling all day. It is a day just made for musing. Let’s start with the Woolworth’s menu which kindly arrived via e-mail. Who remembers the 5 & 10 cent stores? There were two “downtown” when I was in my teens in the thirties – Woolworth’s and Kresge’s. With my allowance of a quarter a week, that was the ideal place to buy Christmas presents for parents and siblings. I recall feeling fortunate that I had four siblings which meant that I would receive at least five Christmas presents. Never mind that they were mostly from the dime store. Some of my friends only received one or two.

One day when I was really flush I thought I could afford some ice cream from the lunch counter at Woolworth’s. We Hodson’s didn’t know what it meant to eat out anywhere, but I looked at the signs and thought the picture of the Tulip Sundae in the fancy dish with the chocolate syrup on top looked good. “I’d like a Tulip Sundae,” I said. “What kind,” the girl asked. “Like the picture,” said I. Who knew I was supposed to choose ice cream flavor and topping? I guess I was  a little embarrassed, since I remembered it so long.

Even in those days of the great depression, Woolworth’s and Kresge’s came from real money. The Woolworth building in New York was once the world’s tallest building. The Kresge fortune lives on today in our ubiquitous K-marts.

Kids under twelve went to the movies for 10 cents so I was just eleven when IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT hit the local theatre. In my young mind it was the best movie I had ever seen. Imagine how pleased I was to learn that my good judgment was confirmed when this Clark Gable/Claudette Colbert classic swept every major Academy Award! And imagine how enjoyable it was today to watch the whole thing on my computer once again after 75 years! I did not remember the story line but did remember the “walls of Jericho,” those old cars and the men in their fedoras. Motel rooms were $2 per night, and it’s a long time since I’ve seen anyone thumb their nose at someone. Those were the days!

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934). I am under the impression that I can embed the whole Frank Capra movie for you — herewith. It’s beyond me how they get an hour and 40 minutes of movie in those few lines of computer language. Ours not to reason why – ours to be grateful for the blessings of the day.


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Ve grow too soon oldt and too late schmardt. — Dutch saying popularized by Arthur Godfrey.