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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Magnet for Dumb Pipe Thieves

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are Election 2018, Alex Jones getting kicked off various platforms, and all the corruption in and surrounding the Trump administration. Before all that, a few bits on kid accounts for online services, a book and a movie Sam watched, and some adventures with cars.

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-08-09
Length this week – 2:00:40

  • (0:00:15-0:31:02) But First
    • Agenda
    • The real Importance of the Corn Palace
    • Kid accounts for online services
    • Book: The Eyre Affair (2001)
    • Movie: Space Jam (1996)
    • Ivan’s car alarm rescue
    • Leaving keys in the car
  • (0:32:17-1:05:47) Election 2018
    • OH-12 Special Election
    • People mad at Greens
    • Primary results
    • Democratic wave?
    • State races
    • Trump effect
    • Sam votes
  • (1:06:56-1:30:02) Jones Removals
    • Platform or media?
    • Does presence of alternatives matter?
    • Private company rights
    • Human judgement and standards
    • Slippery slopes
    • Governmental vs corporate censorship
  • (1:30:46-2:00:20) Corruption
    • Wilber Ross grifting
    • VA run out of Mar-a-Lago
    • Trump Cabinet
    • Trump and family
    • Grassroots grifting
    • Manafort

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Long Waves of Something

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do get into politics a bit, talking about the trade wars, 3D printing guns, attacks on Election 2018, and the separated kids at the border. But mostly the show is a lightning round show, so there are a lot of non-political things too. So you also get to hear about the rest of Sam’s road-trip, some books and movies, Apple’s milestone, and some feedback we received a while ago.

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Recorded 2018-08-04
Length this week – 1:59:34

  • (0:00:20-0:31:17) Sam: Road Trip Continued
    • Day 2 Revisited: Bad Hotels
    • Day 4: Things not done, Corn Palace
    • Day 5: Bighorn and Yellowstone
  • (0:32:02-1:16:40) Lightning Round 1
    • Ivan: Trade War
    • Sam: Book: The Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 3 (2015)
    • Ivan: 3D Printing Guns
    • Sam: Movie: Computer Chess (2013)
    • Ivan: Movie: Mission Impossible – Fallout (2018)
  • (1:17:56-1:59:14) Lightning Round 2
    • Sam: Feedback on Ivan rant on Boomers
    • Ivan: Apple at One Trillion
    • Sam: Attacks on Election 2018?
    • Ivan: Separated Kids

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Home

All three of us agreed that the “fun thing” for the last day would just be getting home. So we powered through the drive and got home just after midnight.

Alex Verdict: Collapses on stairs.

Brandy Verdict: Oh my god, there is so much to do!

Sam Verdict: They had a whole month vacation, I only had 10 days. No fair!

A Little Detour

Sunday’s fun thing was deciding to not just go on I-90 for the last couple days, but instead take smaller more scenic routes a bit further south through Bighorn and Yellowstone. We had already decided days ago to aim at getting home Monday instead of Sunday, so we could afford a little extra time. The detour added about three and a half hours to our trip.

Lots of great views as we passed through Bighorn. As we passed through, Brandy stopped for a deer crossing the road, but just as she started up again, the deer’s baby ran in front of us. We did hit it, but thankfully at very low speed. The deer got knocked over, but popped up immediately and ran to its mom. They glared at us angrily as we drove away.

We got to Yellowstone at twilight, so no stopping, just straight through from the west side to the east side, mostly in the dark, although we saw quite a lot of steam coming up from hot springs and smelled the sulfur anyway.

Alex Verdict: Too long and mom hit too many deer

Brandy Verdict: It was pretty. Didn’t like the dead animals. The bison was sad.

Sam Verdict: The drive was great. Next time hit Yellowstone in the daytime.

Half Way: Corn Palace

On Saturday, Brandy whizzed right by the Porter Sculpture Park and wouldn’t turn around to go check it out. But a little bit later we did stop at the point the GPS said we were exactly 1201 miles from Amy back in Pennsylvania, and exactly 1201 miles from my mother in Washington State. That’s one way of defining the half-way point, although not the only one of course, and maybe not the best one. But it is the one we used today. We stopped and took pictures. Remarkably, it wasn’t just a field by the side of the road. But it was only a parking lot. VERY near by though, was the Corn Palace! So was the “fun place of the day”. 1203 miles from Amy, and exactly 1200 miles from my mom.

Alex Verdict: Most of it wasn’t even corn. And it wasn’t a palace.

Brandy Verdict: Corny.

Sam Verdict: Should have been a couple miles further east.

A number of hours later, we of made the required pilgrimage to Wall Drug, but we did not stay long.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Goaty Little Hooves

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, a break from politics and the news. Sam is joined by his wife Brandy and son Alex (with a cameo by daughter Amy) to discuss a few highlights of the start of their road trip from the Philadelphia area to the Seattle area. The hijinks include Sam donating their luggage to charity, Sam shoplifting, fleeing a really bad hotel, and more…

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-07-27
Length this week – 0:58:38

  • (0:00:20-0:01:56) Intro
  • (0:03:56-0:20:40) Day 1: Donated Bag, Stealing from Wawa
  • (0:22:23-0:43:35) Day 2: Abandoned Turnpike, Bad Hotel
  • (0:44:44-0:52:17) Day 3: Safari Park
  • (0:52:56-0:58:17) Outro

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

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!!