30 Years

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It’s been Thirty years since Los Angeles joined the ranks of cities whose only qualification was to be a victim of a terrorist act.  Though, were they really terrorists?  Their own ranks called themselves exceptional thieves, and one-time kidnappers, not terrorists.  No Hans Grubber and his pals were opportunists, and only cared about money, $600 million worth.  A simple police officer from New York City in town to visit his wife and kids was what messed it all up for them.

Yes, Die Hard is 30 years old this year.  And last December, the Library of Congress selected Die Hard (among 24 other films) it’s …cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance.  Yes Die Hard fits the bill for all three of those qualifications.  It’s a master piece that holds up surprisingly well given the time period.  I dare you to find another action movie from the 80s which isn’t incredible dated with cheese lines and effects.  I dare you to find another heist movie where the score is still a relevant sum of money 30 years later.  Six Hundred Million Dollars was a lot of money in 1988, it’s still a lot of money in 2018.  When it comes to money, so often the sums are in reasonable ranges for the time period and with inflation, they seem petty by current standards.  No, it will be quite a while (if ever) when $600 million is seen as petty).  Heck, even Ocean’s 11 (which itself is 17 years old already!) was only taking home $160 million.

So, take a seat, grab some popcorn, (or Twinkies), and watch this Christmas classic, even if Bruce Willis says it’s not.

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Houses are a lot of Work

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I apologize for my lack of posts this year.  In case you didn’t know, I bought a house.  Houses are a lot of work.  It’s taken me plenty of time this year getting things set up the way I want them, then spending more time fixing things, and then spending even more time relaxing and going to bed early because I’m exhausted and don’t want to do anything anymore.

I know what you’re thinking.  Is this the end of the blog?

No.

Big N. O. No.

I will remain.

LEGO Car

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That is a life-sized working car built out of LEGOs.  Yes, you read the correctly, life-sized, built from LEGOS.  In fact, it doesn’t even use any glue, all the pieces are being held together by the inherit force of nature that is LEGO.  Based on estimates, this cost about $1 million to make.  Which when you compare it to an actual Bugatti, is a bargin.

However, if you’d like something more affordable, check out the LEGO Technic 42083.  It’s only 3,600 pieces, but it’s also $350.  I guess you can’t win either way.

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17 Years

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The world changed forever 17 years ago.  I remember, I was in highschool, at our welcome to the new school year Mass.  When it was over, the president of the school announced it to us all (it was only around 9am).  We went back to our classrooms and watched it unfold throughout the day.

Some teachers tried to give lessons, some let us watch the TVs and see what was going on.  Most people were quiet and somber.

I remember coming home and listening to the fighter jets flying overhead.  I live just 30 miles north of Manhattan.  F-16s (I remember they only had 1 tail) were flying alot that evening.

I remember watching at home as Building #7 fell.  It didn’t seem like things were ever going to stop.

I’ll never forget it, will you?

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New Shoes

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You may or may not have noticed, but the blog has some new shoes on.  A few weeks ago the server went kapoot.  I don’t know exactly what happened, I think there was a storm and surge and the server wouldn’t boot.  Either way, the server is up and running now.  I had been in the process of changing over to a new server, I just did not have everything set up and working yet.   And that is why the default theme is here.  I haven’t moved the old one over yet.

In the mean time, enjoy the single:

Yosemite is Open 360

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California is on fire. (What else is new).  However, this summer fires closed Yosemite Valley for an extended period of time.  The valley wasn’t at risk of the fire, rather the wind was pushing the smoke into the valley and causing very bad air quality.  Recently the park re-opened, reddit user cesar1894 shared this video of the park created last winter:

I love me Yosemite National Park, it’s quite possibly one of the most beautiful places in the world.