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July 2018

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Dirt Road Detour

Alex didn’t want to go to Crystal Lake Cave, and he didn’t want to go see the world’s largest popcorn ball, so that left the “fun thing of the day” an earlier detour we took when US-20 was closed for a stretch, then the next turn the GPS told us to take was closed too, and later a third road was closed too. So we spent an hour or so (at least) on back roads in rural northwestern Illinois. A good portion of those roads were dirt roads!

Alex verdict: Whatever I was doing there?

Brandy verdict: It was funny and a little scary.

Sam verdict: I love dirt roads. YEE HAW!!

My New Friends

None of the nearby Atlas Obscura spots this morning were universally enticing, so we went to African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio. These two posed for pictures. The bison gave me a nice lick.

Alex verdict: Too many animals.

Brandy verdict: They have no manners.

Sam verdict: They wanted to get in the car.

Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

Atlas Obscura stop for today: the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. We did not hike the two miles to the first of the two tunnels on the abandoned stretch. Neither Brandy or Alex were up for that today.

Alex’s verdict: Not worth it.

Brandy’s verdict: Didn’t like the hill.

Sam’s verdict: Wanted to see the tunnel.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Fundle Money

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about the chaos surrounding the Trump/Putin summit, the case of Maria Butina, and the reports on the detail given in the January 2017 briefing where Trump was told about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Oh, and before that, just a little about bugs. The flying kind, not the computer kind.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-07-19
Length this week – 1:38:19

  • (0:00:20-0:13:30) But first
  • (0:15:12-0:51:35) The summit
  • (0:52:55-1:12:53) Red Sparrow
  • (1:13:30-1:38:00) What did the president know?


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