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May 2023

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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Show Details:

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


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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)

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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.