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Compare and Contrast: Papaoutai December 15, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, Humor.
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I find this video oddly fascinating. *

I don’t speak French and I’m not quite sure what’s going on but this video has been viewed 211 Million times. Oh, here’s the Wiki:

The video shows a young boy trying to interact with his unresponsive father (played by Stromae), who sits motionless, his expression and body resembling that of a mannequin, while outside, other fathers and sons dance together. In the end, the son joins Stromae on the sofa, assuming a rigid, lifeless position identical to his father’s. It refers to the absence of Stromae’s father, who was killed in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.[2]


More Wiki explanation:

The music video accompanying the release of “Papaoutai” was directed by Raf Reyntjens and released on YouTube on June 6, 2013.  The video has received around 200 million views.[3]
In the video, the boy’s father is represented as a lifeless mannequin, so he is present physically, but not emotionally. As the boy looks outside, he sees that the other parents always do something together with their sons, while his remains motionless. The boy reproaches his father with the words of the song about how a parent should raise their son, and the boy then works to involve his father in dancing, like the parent-son couples he had seen before. First, the boy dances at home in front of the father; then, both of them are seen dancing in the square, but that vision is actually just an imagination of the boy, who in reality is dancing alone while his father stays motionless in the car. In the end, the boy surrenders and also becomes an empty mannequin like his father, as that is the only thing his father has taught him.


Here’s a new version of the song from September 2014 featuring Lindsey Sterling and Pentatonix.



*(see Michael’s posts of Rolling in the Deep)

Father of the Bride speech June 21, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, Gardening.

Touched me.

Maybe Dave in Texas should start brushing up on his speech.


Writing’s on the Wall June 17, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Family.

This made me smile. Hope it works for you also.


Shatter Me April 27, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, Gardening.

I don’t mean to stomp on DBS’s excellent Frozen Thriller post but this video got my motor running.

Dedicated to my favorite Fiddle Girl, Lyrica.

Crank up the speakers.



Cereal ~ The Movie March 18, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, Food.

Trix are for Kids.


Happy March 11, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Economics, Family.

Here’s something that just might make you smile.


Drug Costs Get Real March 6, 2014

Posted by skinbad in Economics, Family.

I kind of hesitate to do this because I don’t want to get too personal, but I guess I can just throw out a few things I’ve learned over the last few months.

One of your kids getting a chronic health disorder shakes your world. It’s not life-threatening, but it is serious and something she’s going to deal with all her life.

Thank God (and science) for medications that make a miserable condition livable.

No matter how long medicines have been around, this doesn’t mean a generic version is available. If it’s not economically worth it for a drug company to produce the generic because there aren’t enough people with the condition, then there just isn’t one (although one might be available out of the country–more on that in a moment).

By most measures, I have good health insurance. I work for our state’s higher education system. It pays 60 percent of prescription costs. The drug company also gave us a discount card that takes $120 off the price each month for a year. I guess you can get a new card then, I don’t know. Even so, our out of pocket expense for this drug is hundreds of dollars each month. It’s more than any car payment I’ve ever had–not half of our mortgage, but pretty close to it.

It’s possible to keep paying this, but it’s a serious blow to the budget. So we did what a lot of people have done–started trying to find out if there are other ways to get this medicine for less money. Because it feels like you’re getting held up–that somebody is ripping you off. That it just isn’t right. Friends with other illnesses in their families told us to try this or that program to see if we can get help with the cost. But, we have insurance, we don’t qualify–at least with the ones we’ve checked on.

I started researching getting drugs from Canada. It’s not technically legal, but the FDA basically turns a blind eye to personal use prescriptions that aren’t bought in mass quantities. There are ways to check on the Canadian pharmacies to see if they are registered/legit in Canada. We did that, priced a generic alternative, emailed them our prescription and bought enough for three months for the price of one month of our out of pocket-expense with our local pharmacy. The Canadians told us it would take three weeks to arrive because it would be coming from India. We swallowed hard because that was a new wrinkle. They assured us it was exactly the same medicine.

So, (unless these pills don’t work and we have to go back to the local pharmacy) the U.S. drug company will end up getting nothing and this online Canadian pharmacy (I’m sure one of hundreds) that exists to sell medicine to U.S. citizens will split my payment with their Indian counterparts. I want the drug companies to make a profit. I want them to have enough money to do research so that better drugs can be produced. But everybody has a line and they found mine.

It is a seriously screwed up situation.

Ringing in the New Year with a Sexy-Time Romance Vibe January 1, 2014

Posted by skinbad in Family, Love, Stupid shit.

After adding to my knowledge-base the fact that Justice Sonia Sotomayer can make balls drop, my wife and I went to bed. She said, “Good night. I love you,” and I rolled over toward her to give her a squeeze. I felt an odd sensation and said, “I think my toenail just fell off.”

My right, big toenail has been black for a month or so from a painful and stupid accident and apparently waited for the new year to make a resolution for growth and renewal. Anyway, it was still hanging on by a little bit so we didn’t have to feel around in the sheets for the swarthy fugitive. Yes, she took a picture. No, I won’t post it.

This latest example of my sensitive pillow talking skills gave her a good case of the giggles. So, if nothing else, the new year came in with a laugh. There are worse omens.

Happy New Year, everyone.


What’s in Your Wallet? November 28, 2013

Posted by skinbad in Ballistics, Family, Food, Love, Mufuckin Pie!.

P1070479L. to R.

  • Dual threat–blueberry/cherry mashup. I know nothing about the missing pie(ce).
  • Traditional canned pumpkin–if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m not.
  • Pumpkin from scratch. It looks like a piece would keep you alive for a week and clean your colon.
  • Cherry. This keeps the wife happy.
  • Coconut cream. I put a spell on you. Because you’re mine.
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

Second Look at the Book Club? October 3, 2013

Posted by skinbad in Ballistics, Family.

Update and graphical representation of Sobek and son after the shooting range.

“Now we move on to the khopesh.”

Early Birfday Wishes March 10, 2013

Posted by wintersetruss in Family, Handblogging.

…because I’ll probably wake up late & won’t be able to put it up tomorrow when it’s time.


Here’s a picture of some monster who grabbed the note & took Moses’ clothes in order to wish Brew a happy birfday.


Special Update:


Hot Tub Nirvana for $100 (Re-Post, Not The Crap Tree, But ‘Tis the Season) December 21, 2012

Posted by skinbad in Family, Gardening, Personal Experiences, Sex.

I can’t do better than the actual title. The other night, after some bloggy reading about “worst Christmas presents ever,” I asked Mrs. Skinny what my biggest Christmas failure was.  She’s polite and demurred. But I convinced her to lay it on me.

Here is the graphical representation:


To address your question, the answer is “No. I did not have Lauraw crate Dave in Texas and ship him to my wife 13 years ago.” If you care for the back story, I’ll continue it below.



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