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Dunkirk ~ the Other one. July 19, 2017

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I was searching for YT trailers for the new movie, Dunkirk, and found this 5-minute, single-take tracking shot (in a different movie).

Film fans like geoff will appreciate this.

Volkswagen “Ashes” Commercial July 19, 2017

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Saw Spiderman a couple of nights ago (liked it), but didn’t really enjoy the Volkswagen commercial that preceded it.

The commercial shows a family cruising around with a recently-widowed grandmother while we listen to Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.” I’m watching this family reminisce about grandpa as they drive past gorgeous scenery, and saying to myself, “This had better not be a frickin’ car commercial.”

But of course it was, panning back from the final scene where they pour Grandpa’s ashes into the sea to show the Volkswagen Atlas. Because nothing says dignity and respect for the departed like turning their memory and the disposition of their ashes into a car commercial.

Nothing is sacred for some people.

Apparently the commercial’s a couple of months old, and I saw a cut version. You can read an alternate take on it and view the commercial here.

Idiotic NYT Headline July 19, 2017

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When a Broken Headlight Leads to Deportation

No, being in the country illegally leads to deportation. A broken headlight leads to one’s illegal status being detected.

GoPro Mystery July 18, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, News, Travel.

…with a happy ending.

Exports Time July 14, 2017

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You were probably sitting there at your computer saying to yourself, “Gee, I won’t feel good about enjoying my weekend without knowing how exports are doing!”

Well fret not, because I’ve got your exports data right here:


Crawling sideways, so no good news. Kind of like all the economic data of late.

Manufacturing Jobs Stall, But at Highest Level of Past 5 Years July 13, 2017

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Yep, for the past 3 months the number of manufacturing jobs has held steady at just under 12,400,000. No one likes to see manufacturing’s climb arrested, but that’s actually the highest level of manufacturing jobs we’ve seen since the recession.


Still, I’d like to see more in the way of gains.

Millennial International July 11, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Fashion, News.

A Worthy Cause!

Somewhere in Utah July 8, 2017

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See the smoke up ahead?



I’m Baaaack July 8, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in News.

I’m back from the mini IB gathering.

All I have to say is ‘Somos pocos pero estamos locos’! (we are few but we are Crazy)

We stayed with geoff (the perfect host), along with Clan Skinbad (who did not lose their luggage). Lauraw and Mr. Lauraw along with Osoloco and Jam2 met us for beers.

geoff must have been thinking of Dave when he posted this sign in his bathroom:


We got to watch geoff at his part-time job:

boulderBuds 2


Well I want to see if this works before I tell you everything that happened.


Employment Report: Nearly Imperceptible Uptick July 7, 2017

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Your Patriotism is Probably Lacking July 4, 2017

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The Washington Examiner had this list of the most patriotic states in the Union:

1 Virginia
2 Alaska
3 Wyoming
4 South Carolina
5 Colorado
6 Washington
7 Hawaii
8 Idaho
9 Georgia
10 North Carolina
41 Delaware
42 Pennsylvania
43 Michigan
44 California
45 Connecticut
46 New York
47 Rhode Island
48 Massachussets
49 Illinois
50 New Jersey

I felt bad about reproducing the whole list, so go to the link for all the states, and to find out how they decided what “patriotism” means.

But before you do that, take a moment to pause and reflect on how nice it would be if you lived in Colorado.

On Vacation Until Next Thursday June 29, 2017

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Kind of a crazy summer for me – we had a mini IB/H2 meetup last weekend and tomorrow I head to Phoenix to tube the Salt River. I’ll be back next Thursday, but the following Monday I fly to the East Coast for business. The day I get back from that trip is the same day my son comes home on leave from the Navy.

So I’m really lagging on posts, but I hope to make it up at some point. I definitely owe the world a recap of the meetup (including very kind gifts from the Skinbads and Geezers), an analysis of the CBO’s scoring of the GOP healthcare bill, and of course the upcoming unemployment release (next Friday).

If I don’t manage to crank out any posts while I’m vacationing, please have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.