Nana's house, part two
This "make it by midnight" element of content challenge is killing me.
So, I was on a nostalgia trip about my grandparents' house in Winter Park, Florida, circa the mid-to-late 70s. Many notable things occurred there, including my early introduction to Dungeons & Dragons, before it was published -- when it was still played merely with graph paper and little figurines of elves and dwarves. But more on that later.
My grandmother was a night owl -- I picked up that habit from her. She'd stay up through the night, watching the black-and-white TV on the rollaway stand, doing crossword puzzles. So would I.
We also shared a love for cheesy horror movies. I think I wrote elsewhere in this blog about going to drive-in triple-features in the Florida summer (with me as a mosquito smorgasbord but loving it.) One I especially remember had a movie with Linda Day George in it -- Beyond Evil, I believe -- I would have been 14 that summer. She plays the wife of an architect who is possessed by some kind of evil spirit ... and ... that's all I remember.
She was also in a movie called Day of the Animals, one of the 70s eco-horror genre movies, where Nature has run amok. Basically, radiation coming through a hole in the ozone layer makes all the animals above a certain elevation go crazy and start attacking people. Vultures I think get one poor soul -- but the worst attack was when a guy sits in a truck (somehow not looking before he sits down) that is crrrrawwwwling with snakes.
Snakes! Snakes, I say. Eeeeeeeeeee.