john_j_enright (john_j_enright) wrote,

In the Heat of the Night

So tonight was my family's Christmas Eve get-together at my parents' house. My mom and dad were there, I was there, my eight brothers and sisters were there, our spouses and children were there. It was a whole passel of people eating pizza and passing out presents in an intricate pattern of gift exchange determined by lot.

Then we drove home (3 short blocks) and watched In The Heat Of The Night, the great 1967 racial bias / police procedural. Sidney Poitier is the black Philly homicide expert and Rod Steiger is the white small town sheriff who doesn't want Poitier's help (at first) in solving a murder.

Ray Charles sings the title track, which was a hit song at the time.

Rhyme of the Day:

But was it really right
To title my blog "In the Heat of the Night"?
Outside it's twelve. Fahrenheit.

For you Celsius-speaking folk, that's minus eleven. Brrr.

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