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  1. Of course, many of these states are quite large,...

    Of course, many of these states are quite large, larger than many European states, so an examination at the county level would also be informative. For instance, I know that southeastern Iowa, around...
  2. I'd only say that you should give the book The...

    I'd only say that you should give the book The Maltese Falcon another chance. Almost all of the great dialogue from the movie is straight out of the book. Its a quick read that has all of the...
  3. I agree about Bridges . . . horrible, old-lady...

    I agree about Bridges . . . horrible, old-lady porn novel, really good movie that I'd watch again. I like little details in movies. For Bridges, it's when a neighbor comes into the house, discussing...
  4. Movies that are better than the Books they're based on

    Here's my attempt to talk about something other than the virus.

    Many novel-based movies have failed to properly bring good books to life on the screen; a good example, at least in my opinion, is...
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    I see that the Polish composer Krzysztof...

    I see that the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki died yesterday. I don't listen to his music anymore (too disonant), but back when I had "young ears" I loved the opera The Devils of Loudun.
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    I'm old enough that when I think of old movies,...

    I'm old enough that when I think of old movies, that is, those before my time, I think Busby Berkeley and 42nd Street (it's really quite good).

    Last night we watched Psycho . . . not something to...
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    The part in the end that my wife loves, and...

    The part in the end that my wife loves, and quotes repeatedly, is, when speaking of the wife, who is relatively clueless, the narrator says, "And she had died thinking the world a good place, full of...
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    In this year of the plague, what movies are you...

    In this year of the plague, what movies are you watching while you self-cocoon? (I'm tired of talking about the virus)

    My wife and I are in our isolation watching The Age of Innocence. What an...
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    Hey, I got one of those too! However, I'm...

    Hey, I got one of those too!

    However, I'm retired and kind of looked forward to serving (keeps me off the streets). The last time out I was the foreman and I enjoyed it . . .
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    My wife and I drink a martini every afternoon for...

    My wife and I drink a martini every afternoon for the same reason . . . haven't been sick once in the last 10 years! Don't argue with science.
  11. Poll: There would be a good thread to start . . . what...

    There would be a good thread to start . . . what is the nature of genius and why does it seem to reside in a single field? Why are geniuses quite often the most foolish people outside their own field?
  12. I think I get where you're coming from. I have...

    I think I get where you're coming from. I have two cars, my wife's car, a BMW M3 for when I want to DRIVE!!, and my car, a Toyota RAV4, when I just want to get from here to there, and haul and few...
  13. Poll: While I think Trump will win re-election,...

    While I think Trump will win re-election, especially against Bernie, I believe we'll be surprised by the amount of support Bernie gets, especially in places likes California and Massachusetts. Too...
  14. Yet other European car companies have made it...

    Yet other European car companies have made it here (in Southern California it seems every other car is a BMW or Mercedes). I think it's interesting that so many car companies have managed to sell a...
  15. Irrational? I've always liked a manual...

    Irrational? I've always liked a manual transmission because it makes the driver a more integral part of the driving experience. I admit it is possible that I am irrational, ask my wife, ;).

    I am...
  16. I think the Tesla truck may be another category,...

    I think the Tesla truck may be another category, the cartoon vehicle. You might imagine drawing it (if you drew badly), but seeing it in real life seems absurd.

    I remember the first time I saw a...
  17. Exotics are, of course, not practical (why would...

    Exotics are, of course, not practical (why would they be?). I remember a Top Gear show where, after filming a Ferrari, Lambo and McLaren in the Louvre courtyard, to avoid scraping off the cars'...
  18. I have to admit being disappointed that no one...

    I have to admit being disappointed that no one wanted to talk about why a particular car might be seen as male or female. Is there a feature that makes you think that way, or is it performance, or is...
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    My father was always a quiet "sober" man, in both...

    My father was always a quiet "sober" man, in both meanings of the word. He drank, but never showed it. My mom, on the other hand (bless her heart), was always the life of the party. I still remember...
  20. Poll: Yeah, that was my thought . . . And the last...

    Yeah, that was my thought . . .

    And the last thing I want to do is get in a back and forth about what some candidate said (or really meant).
  21. The French burned a lot of bridges (is that the...

    The French burned a lot of bridges (is that the right metaphor?) with the truly awful cars they exported to the US during the early VW Bug craze. The Renault Dauphine is a prime example. Those kind...
  22. Stop, you'll make me blush . . . As far as why...

    Stop, you'll make me blush . . .

    As far as why there are no more feminine lines in auto designs, per what I tried to say above, somehow we consumers changed. What we used to accept as simply...
  23. It's interesting that Volvos, when they were...

    It's interesting that Volvos, when they were ugly, were the favorite rides of college professors and social radicals. When they got pretty Volvo lost this audience, who now prefer Subarus (they're...
  24. In the past, if I may, feminine was defined by...

    In the past, if I may, feminine was defined by how the body contours of the car matched those of a woman. Thus a Jaguar XKE was feminine because its quarter panels mimicked the curve of a woman's...
  25. I believe many of the Roman gods were original...

    I believe many of the Roman gods were original creations, but they subsequently got associated with Greek gods; Minerva and Athena for instance. Greek culture just over powered the Roman. I think...
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