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100% Effort – Every Moment

“Anybody can conceivably die on any given day. And we’re all going to die eventually. Soloing just makes it far more immediate. You accept the fact that if anything goes wrong, you’re going to die. And that’s that.”

Alex Honnold

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Good Manners Counts For A Lot

These days, when I see a small child with a modicum of good manners, I have to complement the parents.  I like to let them know that their efforts are noticed.

With the coarsening of society, and the use of 4 letter words considered “acceptable” in normal conversation, someone with good manners really stands out these days.

Even if you are a bank robber.

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Flotsam, jetsam

By lex, on October 17th, 2007

Went flying with SNO a few years back, back when I was still on sea duty and could afford that sort of thing. We flew a T-41, which is an old USAF version of the Cessna 172 that I’d rented from the local Navy flying club. **

I’d gotten checked out in the T-41 because I still had random and disconnected thoughts of retiring and going the airline route back in those days. That was back when the notion of sleeping in an Atlanta-based flop with four or five other guys on reserve two weeks of the month, or hoping to be a junior pilot at 40+ years of age who might get called up for a flight on Christmas Eve in order to have a shot at earning $35,000 a year seemed to make some kind of sense.

Recently? Not so much.

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The Eagle Has Landed

FirstMan

As I have gotten older, I have realized that my life – all lives – have bookmarks. A bookmark delineates what your life was before and after. Some are good, like a good marriage, children – and some horrible, such as the sudden death of a loved one.  Historical events can go either way. I remember where I was hearing about 9/11, or the assassination of the Kennedys.

Apollo 11 was a good bookmark.

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The Epitome of Cool

Bullitt

Just saw a movie today that celebrated its 50th anniversary. I can remember in 1968 it was a hit, and yet I did not see it then. But I have come to appreciate some movies that are on the big screen. Shown through Fathom Events, there are some scenes that can only be shown on the big screen to really be appreciated. Like this scene from North by Northwest.

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A Decent Movie

These days, unless a first run movie has some historical plot that is reasonably accurate, or is a comedy (what happened to those  appealing to someone older than 14?) – I have been waiting every month or so for Fathomevents/TCM Classic to show a “classic” movie.

I got an appreciation for cinema through 2 friends. One of whom had a collection of 1,000 movies, and we were up to the “H”‘s before he moved to Idaho, darnit. But through him I saw movies going back to the Golden Age.

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Asked and answered

By lex, on April 27th, 2006

At the top of the month I asked you * whether the upcoming movie release by United Artists entitled, “United 93,” **  and dramatizing the events of September 11, 2001, was too much, too soon.

I asked because I wondered whether the gravity of that day’s events needs any Hollywood dramatization to lend it weight, burned as it is into my memory, as it is in yours, as it is in all of ours.

Because the memories of those frozen moments when the minute hand refused to advance is with us still.

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