I have been very sick this past week. I have really bad asthma and it has been pretty awful lately. Plus I have: a sore throat, a migraine-like headache, an ear-ache, been feeling faint (my eyes have zoning in and out for days...quite annoying), and on top of all that three of my teeth have began to inexplicably hurt!
Anyways, after that oh-so-lovely description of my deadly illness, I will continue on with my post.
When I am sick there are two things I want to do, watch movies and drink ice-cold juice (apple-cherry to be exact). The first day of my illness I watched "The Glass Bottom Boat" and "The Seven Year Itch" (both from the library). My family and myself have a quite extensive collection of classic DVDs, but I really wasn't feeling like watching anything from there, so I turned to the meager supply of films I had still from the library (I have been sick since Tuesday and the library wasn't open on Monday, so these DVDs are from Friday...I think).
The three film still here from the library were "Splendor In The Grass", "Mister Roberts", and "The Misfits". Not exactly the three most cheeriest films. I mean "Mister Roberts" is technically a comedy, but well...you know.
So, in my delirium I happened to glance upon a brand-new DVD just lying on my film rack. "The Complete First Season of The Big Valley". You might ask yourself, "How did she happen to get that...did she spend good money on THAT?"
The answer is no. I will try my best to reconstruct what most likely happened. My oldest brothers were Christmas shopping (at there customary time...11:00pm, Christmas Eve). They went directly to the DVD section, because frankly my family ADORES DVDs! They had gotten everyone else's Christmas present, but they still needed one for me. They randomly glance at a shelf, "Hey, this looks like it was made before 1980...let's get it for our little sister". They bring it home...wrap it in a grocery bag and place it under the tree.
Now, this is not meant to sound like I'm ungrateful, or that they aren't thoughtful! It was very sweet of them and that was duly noted by me!
Anyways, back to my delirium. (Whoa, this post is getting long...terribly sorry to anybody who is actually going to read this!)
So, I reached out and grabbed "Big Valley". Now, I am not one for soap operas and especially not soapy westerns (although, many consider "Bonanza" a western soap and I adore that, mainly because I watched reruns faithfully every weekday from the time I was five 'till about ten...when they took it off the air).
But, the moment I saw Barbara Stanwyck...I was mesmerized. She is after all, one of my absolute favorite actresses. She was nearing sixty then, but boy was she gorgeous. I mean she had snow white hair...and she was still amazingly beautiful. She walked onto the screen about ten minutes into the episode and was only on for about one minute (in that scene). She quickly sped up the lagging dialogue between Jarrod Barkley and Nick Barkley. After, she walked off screen my eyes actually tried follow her. Until I wasn't even looking at the TV anymore, but a pile of my dolls sitting next to the TV.
Actually, it's kinda scary to think about. The fact that I'll follow Barbara Stanwyck anywhere. I don't think that's a good thing, especially not after "Double Indemnity".
I did love how in the credits, they always credited her as "Miss Barbara Stanwyck". A loverly showing of respect.
But, after a few episodes (okay, like two discs...you can't blame me...I was delirious) I ended up putting on one of my own DVDs, "Guys And Dolls".
My good old Sinatra.
Actually, this post has really nothing to do about anything...
Oh, but here is the doctor trying to take my pulse...I don't like doctors...
Note: If there is anyone reading my blog that absolutely adores "Big Valley", please don't hold it against me...I am still rather delirious.
Great, I finally actually get a few followers, but now one of you is gonna be a huge "Big Valley" fan and...POOF...I'm back down to four followers. ;-)