Road Trip: Los Angeles

My wife and I celebrated her retirement in Los Angeles last week. Here are some of the highlights, lowlights, and observations from that trip.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Last fall, I wrote about the folly of using public tax dollars to build a new stadium for a Major League Soccer franchise in St. Louis. Now Ray Hartmann adds more math to the argument against, explaining how any such deal would be great for the owners, but not for the rest of us.

Movie Review: “Session Men”

“Session Men” is a fascinating peek into an unseen world of musical magic, a documentary about players whose names you didn’t know while they were working behind the scenes to create songs that have been the American soundtrack over the last 50 years.

Movie Review: “Stockholm”

Here’s my review of “Stockholm,” with Ethan Hawke in the story of the bank robbery that brought us the phrase Stockholm Syndrome.

Just Plane Talk

Observations from my recent air travel about pilot-speak, an annoyed passenger, and new signs we need over exit row seats.

The Pirates Are Not Taking Over

Recently, I got into a discussion with a young guy who claimed that streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are dying because video piracy is coming back, big time. I don’t think so, and here’s why.

Movie Review: “Little Woods”

I loved “Little Woods” when I saw it at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November, and put it on one of my Best Movies Of 2018 lists. As it finally opens in theaters across the country today, I’m re-posting my review.

As I Tweeted

Somewhere in Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is quietly translating the Mueller Report into Norwegian.

Road Trip: Florida

Some observations from my recent trip to Florida to play poker, visit cousins, and touch the Atlantic Ocean.

That Reminds Me Of A Joke

The guy who bet all his money ($85,000) on Tiger Woods winning the Masters — and claims it was his first bet ever — reminds me of my second-favorite Las Vegas joke, even though the outcome was different.

When Ed Sullivan Saved La Mancha

Yesterday, I wrote about the 1965 Broadway musical “The Man Of La Mancha,” which my parents saw, but I didn’t because I was too young. Then I found this rare video of the cast on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” along with an interesting back-story.

Tax Day Should Be So Much Easier

April 15th seems the appropriate time to wonder why our tax return process has to be so complex, especially when so many other countries have made it so easy for their citizens.

Remembering “Psycho”

Last month, I wrote that the original trailer for the 1991 “Addams Family” movie was the greatest ever, because it teased without revealing. Today, I offer another contender for the title of Greatest Movie Trailer Ever.

As I Tweeted

‪Ok, the black hole has 6.5 million times the mass of our sun. That’s no excuse for astronomical fat-shaming. After all, it’s still only 1% as big as Trump’s ego. ‬