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The Highwaymen

As far as video streaming goes for my home entertainment, I have been late to the party. However, once there, I have realized how much of the video world I have missed.

Some of the bigger streaming companies are taking the place of Hollywood, and making their own movies and series.

So much so that for Netflix, Hollywood is starting to take them seriously and view them as a tough competitor.

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Alone Against the State

When I was stationed in Germany, I took  every bit of spare time – and leave – that I could, to see both neighboring sights and other countries. While on the trains, I liked to talk to the Germans, ask them about World War II.

There were 2 such conversations I remember distinctly to this day after 46 years. One was a (then) middle aged woman. We had a pleasant enough conversation until I got to the War.

What did you do?

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Great Screenwriting vs. Sloppy Screenwriting

First off, for those who don’t know me, I am not, nor have ever been, a screenwriter. What I have learned from Robert Avrech, who has won an Emmy (meaning he’s a pretty good screenwriter), is that it is hard work, and opposite to what many may think, nothing  like writing a book.

When I see a TV series or movie that is historically dead-on, I really appreciate the efforts of both the screenwriters and those doing the research for the screenwriters. I am rather disdainful towards those movies that are “inspired” by true events. What exactly does that mean? Their bending the truth a little? Or a lot? We’ve all seen them and to tell you the truth I can’t think of any off hand to link because they are….forgettable.

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Breathing Life Into History

Breathing Life Into History

I have an appreciation of history, despite a number of teachers who did their best to quell it. Most teachers want the student to memorize names and dates. History becomes sterile. Those history teachers are legion.

We are where we are because of the past – some very small but consequential events, some cataclysmic.

And, one would think, that the subject of diplomatic history – the study of treaties – would be the most boring of all.

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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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