Dirt, which is neither a sequel nor an homage to Grease, tells the story of Dez Truss (DeRon Horton), the good-hearted 17-year-old orphan–a black kid from Inglewood–who takes care of himself and his little sister Tanya (Kyla J. Coaxum) by working as a car thief. … More A movie about racing takes product placement and logo integration to the extreme
After my sophomore year at University of Nebraska at Omaha, and much against my father’s objections, I hitchhiked from Omaha to California to try out my new Raichle hiking boots. Were they better on granite than on campus concrete? Besides, after so much hullabaloo about Yosemite Valley in physical geography class, I had to find … More Half Dome–an inspiration point for a flatlander in 1976
Super Bowl first-half notes: “God Bless America” was better than Pink’s blowzy R&B anthem. Thank goodness she at least spat out her gum before lyp-synching. Player intros: Chris Hogan played lacrosse at Penn State? Team intros: Why does the announcer sound so gruff? Bud Light troops rally forth to initiate the sequence of BL ads. … More Noble play onfield, smutty mouths in commercials, and that’s it for football till draft time
This woman, whose name is Joan, is a delightful eccentric with a bold print blouse and bold scarf and lots of rings and bracelets and a Texas accent. She wants to own a ‘61 Chevy someday. … More Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!
In charge of a backhoe crew repairing a broken water pipe beneath the plaza’s parking lot, he would have been convincing, but he was the big spiritual cheese in the room. … More The Pastor from Elmo Hollow, or how it worked to pick at random for my annual church visit
Here are the good and bad from 2017: Toughest Good-bye to a Canine: Molly, shown above in September of 2016, lived with Susan in St. George, Utah, but was an occasional visitor to my house, as in this backyard photo. She lived a long life, was always ravenous but otherwise contented, and showed friendliness to … More A tough good-bye, weather extremes, best movie and books, and other 2017 highlights
Finishing up work early gave me the excuse to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park on a December afternoon, one more admittance on my annual pass. I threw together a knapsack with insulated vest, 2 QT water, and camera—forgetting food whatsoever—and raced off. I wanted to go in through the obscure entrance at Black Rock Campground … More The Panorama Loop trail leads through a unique corner of Joshua Tree National Park