Tuesday Thoughts – Dunkirk

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This movie is about Operation Dynamo which was the evacuation of Allied (before the USA were involved) troops from Dunkirk France after a horrific defeat. The movie focuses on the English evacuation where hundreds of their civilians sailed the less than 25 miles to the shore to get their men. They lost 68,000 men on that beach.  Let that sink in… 68,000.  This movie takes you to that beach and experience the desperation to get off the sea in front of you the enemy solidly at your back and you are getting mowed down from the air with no shelter to take from the enemy’s planes.  This movie lets you know what that looks like.

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Monday Marginalia – Harley Motorcycles

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When we moved to Wisconsin Harley was having their big 100th anniversary celebration. It was only fitting that we made sure we saw their museum close to our leaving. So on our July visit back to see the kids we went to the Harley Museum with Aaron. We bookended out time in Wisconsin with a Milwaukee grown world wide business – Harley Davidson.

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Freaky Friday – Maura Murray

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The Maura Murray case is another case of a college aged girl who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. She disappeared in 2004. Like the Elisa Lam case there are people who have become obsessed by it but this more than a what happened that night question, but rather a longer mystery that ended up with a disappearance.  The armchair investigators have become so obcessed that one, James Renner, has written a book about how it consumed him entitled True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray.  It is on my to read list and when done will be a Tuesday Thoughts book.   Many of the armchair investigators are adamant that their theory is the right one and much in-fighting is done that just undermines the goal of finding Maura IMHO.   But today let’s just look at Maura and her disappearance not the effects it’s had others even years later.

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Thursday Throwback – Phi Kappa Tau in the 80’s

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Welcome to the height of the 80s on the steps of the Phi Kappa Tau house at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  It was at the end of Mike’s and my college years. We met at this fraternity three years before this picture. Once we started dating, we dated exculsively.  Hey when you meet the right one, there is no more need to look around.

I am in front center with the Phi Kappa Tau shirt and the denim miniskirt, why? I have no idea. Mike is center of the back row.

Tuesday Thoughts – War Machine

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First thing to remember is this is a black satire not a documentary. Next is that it is a black satire based on the term of Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan. Yeah the one that oddly shot his mouth off to a Rolling Stone reporter then lost his job. Continue reading

Monday Marginalia – And To Space! Indoors At Least.

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The family in Huntsville, AL Space Center. Aaron, Sara, and Mike. Don’t know who the ones on each end are they closed their visors.

So when the kids were here we gave them the choice one day go to the Shiloh battlefield or to Huntsville Space Center. Well they chose the space center. Aaron had been there when he was in elementary.  Sara had never been there.  So to Huntsville we went.

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