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  1. I finally got around to watching John Wick 3. It's almost non-stop action with l-o-n-g fight scenes and a high body count. I was almost physically fatigued watching all the fighting. Despite all the violence, I enjoyed the subtle and not so subtle humor like when Halle Berry went off on a revenge killing spree because someone killed her dog (similar to what set off John Wick in the first movie). John Wick 3 is better than John Wick 2. From the ending of John Wick 3, there's going to be a John Wick 4 and I hope Halle Berry returns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSXc5z9F7Do&t=152s
  2. If popularity is based upon $$$, then the US Women’s Soccer team (USWNT) is more popular than the US Men’s Soccer team. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/19/us-womens-soccer-games-now-generate-more-revenue-than-mens.html Right now the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Copa America games / matches are on TV. I’ve found myself watching more of the FIFA Women’s World Cup games / matches than the Copa America regardless of the countries playing.
  3. Boeing CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, admits his company at fault (“we own it”) in connection with two plane crashes involving 737 MAX 8. And he said that his company will fix the problem.
  4. The co-pilot only had 200 hours of flying experience or "basically . . . a student pilot." https://www.businessinsider.com/ethiopian-airlines-flight-302-co-pilot-200-flight-hours-2019-3
  5. That’s a very good video about Boeing’s quality control problem. Unfortunately, Boeing continues to have problems with quality control. Last month, the USAF stopped taking delivery of new Boeing KC-46 tankers after finding “trash, tools, nuts and bolts . . . scattered inside the aircraft.” You would think that someone from Boeing would have walked through the KC-46 before delivery with a checklist to make sure the inside was vacuumed, windshields clean, tires filled with air, etc. (like at your local car dealership). This shows the "I don't give a damn" attitude of Boeing. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/03/14/air-force-keep-close-eye-boeing-kc-46-deliveries-resume.html
  6. I just finished Mark Bowden’s “Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam”. It’s one of the best non-fiction book that I’ve read about the Vietnam War. I was in high school in 1968 and getting too close for comfort to draft age so I was paying close attention to the news media accounts of the Tet Offensive. I thought I knew a lot about it, but Mark Bowden’s book revealed that I knew very little. I apparently was drinking General William Westmoreland’s Kool-Aid about the inconsequential and ineffective Viet Cong and NVA forces during the Battle of Hue. https://www.amazon.com/Hue-1968-Turning-American-Vietnam/dp/0802127002/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=battle+of+hue&qid=1551839669&s=gateway&sr=8-1
  7. I live in a condo in the US and there are two Russian families (mother, father, grandmother, kids) who live on the same floor. Everytime I would see them outside of their condos, I would smile and greet them "Good Morning" or "Good Evening". At first, they wouldn't acknowledge me and just scowled. After a few weeks, they started to smile and greet me or acknowledge my greeting. I spoke with one of their adult kids and she said that people in Russia never smile or greet strangers so they were suspicious when I started to smile and greet them. They invited me to a holiday party where I was the only non-Russian and the father got drunk and said something to me that I still find funny (and very Russian). He said "In Russia, there is no such thing as an ugly woman; there is only not enough vodka."
  8. From what I’ve read in other articles, this EVA passenger has displayed and made similar conduct on other round-trip flights between Los Angeles and Bangkok. He seems to be a frequent flyer to Thailand. If you fly between those cities, you might have had the misfortune to have flown with him . . . or you might be him. https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2019/01/21/awful-passenger-meets-eva-air-hospitality-in-the-lavatory-and-it-gets-crazier-from-there/ EVA Airlines “blacklisted” the passenger, but he somehow got around the “blacklist” by making a slight change in the spelling of his name and booked another Los Angeles - Taipei - Bangkok round-trip. The EVA flight attendants are, and understandably, upset.
  9. I saw Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” at my local theater. It’s an amazing documentary film on World War I about a war that I must admit I did not know much about. At the showing that I attended, after the credits, there was a special 30-minute clip by Peter Jackson explaining how he turned 100+ year old silent B&W film into color with dialogue and sound effect. I don’t know if the impact of this documentary film will be the same on a small TV screen or computer monitor so see it on a big theater screen if possible. The sound effect of the artillery shells exploding needs surround sound speakers to feel the concussion.
  10. Evil Penevil - Thanks for posting your restaurant reviews! You've given me some interesting restaurant choices on my next visit to Pattaya. I also must be getting "old" when I'm more interested in reading restaurant reviews than about massage parlors and the best places to find female companionship.
  11. I saw SEARCHING and it was the best movie that I’ve seen this year; and it’s worthy of its win at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It’s a real “Whodunnit” movie with lots of unexpected twists and turns similar to an Alfred Hitchcock movie. As in our normal lives, the movie makes heavy use of personal computers, social media, Facetime, “catfishing”, texting, etc. to tell the story but in a coherent way. The movie’s underlying message is that the cover-up of a crime is always worst than the crime being covered up. [video=youtube;T8zaNxmQC9s]
  12. Evil Penevil - Thanks for the review, photos and directions to Akatsuki! The one thing that impresses me is the price and the quality of food at Japanese restaurants in Bangkok and Pattaya. Where I live, the prices at Japanese restaurants are much higher compared to Thailand so I splurge when I go there. I'll have to add this Japanese restaurant to my list when I get back to Pattaya.
  13. I haven’t stayed there “recently,” but I wasn’t impressed when I stayed there several years ago. Unless the Bay Breeze under went a major remodel, I don’t think much has changed. The rooms are small. The balcony is so small that it’s only useful to hang your clothes to dry. The rooms have small safes but they do NOT work. From what I was told, the hotel deactivated all the room safes because too many guests were finding their valuables stolen from the room safe. On their website, a room safe is NOT listed as one of the “room amenities.” Instead you have to use the front desk safety deposit box to secure your valuables. The swimming pool is very small. It’s more of a soaking tub since it’s too small for any “swimming.” It doesn’t get much use since it doesn’t get much sunlight. If you’re a light sleeper, the noise from the nearby bars can make sleeping difficult so bring ear plugs. The only positive thing about Bay Breeze is that the location isn’t too bad. If you can get a good room rate and all you what is a place to snooze for a few hours, you might like the Bay Breeze.
  14. I read that there's already a "Baby Driver" sequel in production.
  15. I too agree that “Dunkirk” was over hyped, but that's HOLLYWOOD (or the British version of Hollywood). From what I’ve read, the evacuation was a total cluster f**k and only by sheer luck and Hitler’s refusal to allow his panzer units to attack were the Brits able to evacuate so many men. The movie glossed over the massive undertaking and missed opportunities to evacuate the troops sooner. When rescue was undertaken, ships ran aground. Some ships were sent to the wrong beaches where there were no troops to be rescued so they returned back to England empty. Ship captains were given tourist maps to find the beaches. After the movie “Dunkirk” was released, it rekindled some resentment by the French. Churchill had promised that if the French troops kept the German army from advancing into Dunkirk, the British would help evacuate the French troops. When thousands of French troops went to beaches, there were no rescue ships. The French felt that they had been betrayed by the British. There’s a new movie out about Winston Churchill during this time period. I haven’t seen it so I don’t know how accurate it is. [video=youtube;LtJ60u7SUSw]
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