A Whole Wheat Radio Video

Once in a while I try to tune into the old Whole Wheat Radio webcast just to see if I can catch ’em casting something unannounced. Nothing so far. But I did find a couple videos on YouTube. Here’s one from 2005 that features Excel guru, John Walkenbach, at the 87-second mark in his pre-banjo days. Quite the thrill.

More extensive videos can be found on YouTube channel for TomboUK.
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Two Friends in Ironman, Lake Placid

I have two friends competing in the Lake Placid Ironman tomorrow (July 24/11). It’s a 2.4 mile swim (3.9 km), followed by 112 mile bike ride (180 km), topped off with a 26.2 mile run (42.2 km).

We’ll be tracking them and checking out all the live updates all day tomorrow. It’ll take about 12 hours. Watch the informative parts of the video to see what they’re in for. It’s insane. They’re my new heroes.

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Movie Review: “Rio Bravo”

  I finally got around to watching a classic western movie I’d heard about for years, Rio Bravo, and it’s a good one. John Wayne is the sheriff of a dusty old town who has to hold a bad guy, a murderer, in the local jail for six days while he waits for the U.S. Marshall to show up and take the bad guy away. But then the bad guy’s brother and a gang of hoodlums comes into town and threatens to break the bad guy out of jail. John Wayne has two deputies to help him out. One of them has the shakes all the time because he recently stopped drinking, and the other one is an old coot called Stumpy who moves slow and walks with a limp. It’s a tense situation right from the start because the bad guys could easily make a move and blow them all to Kingdom Come if they’re not careful. It’s not a shoot-’em-up action packed movie, but every scene and just about every shot reveals something significant about the characters and moves the story along at a more rapid and anxious pace as it goes on. Two of the actors in the movie are singers, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, so there is one obligatory scene where they sing a couple songs together, which is indicative of how generally harmless the movie is, but even though it’s not a violent and dirty movie like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, it doesn’t need to be because the story is so well told. It’s not a slow and dragged out western either. It’s over two hours long, but I didn’t notice the time because I was engaged from the first scene to the last. They don’t make movies like this anymore.