War Dogs is all Bark, no Bite

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War Dogs is about two high school buddies who re-unite to form a company in search of that all American dream, becoming rich. In this case, David Pakouz (Miles Teller) is just looking to bring home enough bacon to pay the bills, and keep his pretty little wife happy.

Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) tells Pakouz he’s already in the gun-running business, and with the right government contracts they can get rich. They do just that, but the story, that’s supposed to be based on a real one (aren’t they all nowadays?) gets as carried away as Diveroli does with living the high life.

Bradley Cooper has a minor roll in the movie, probably because he produced it.

The movie is serious, but tries to be funny. Hill’s character could have been funnier, but we tired of it quickly. War dogs is kind of a rags to riches to rags movie, but a couple of twists at the end actually give the plot the nudge it needed to bring on a happy ending…more or less.

We saw one couple walk out about half way through the movie. Cathryn and I stuck it out and agreed on a 6 out of 10.

The Two Bill’s – Part 2

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This story will appear in the 2nd edition of my first book, A Casual Traveler

 The Way Back 

            Usually, going somewhere is more fun than coming back. Whenever I plan a trip I try to take that into account. I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I hate covering the same ground twice. I’d much rather make a loop and go out of my way, than drive down the same road more than once. Unless something is worth seeing again, from a different perspective.

            Cathryn and I had a great ride getting to Vancouver, but I knew I had my work cut out for me, trying to find an eventful and scenic way back home. The whole idea of the trip was to cover new ground, since both of us had been out west before. Seattle came to mind. Although I’d been there twice, I never had time to see more than a few token attractions on the waterfront.

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The Two Bill’s – Part 1

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This story will appear in the 2nd edition of my first book, A Casual Traveler

 Westward Ho

Cathryn’s big question was, “How do I pack for a whole month?” She was faced with the dilemma of how to get her clothes, shoes, and toiletries into one small suitcase, that fit into the trunk portion of our Harley Davidson motorcycle. I had laid out a plan to ride all the way to Vancouver, and back, within a month…or so.

“You only need to pack for five to seven days,” I offered, “We can do our laundry along the way when we stop for more than a day.” I broke the trip into segments, staying in a few different places for more than one night at a time, so we could take a rest from the bike, and not have to be on it every day of the trip.

We met with our friends Greg and Brenda, to discuss the first leg of the trip. They changed their final destination, deciding to only ride as far as Milwaukee with us. It didn’t matter, we were going on with or without them. Figuring traffic would be lighter, and a hotel in downtown Milwaukee cheaper, we left at 9 am on Sunday, July 3rd.

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Jason Bourne (Again)

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Jason Bourne. Who doesn’t know his name? I thought perhaps, Matt Damon was afraid of being stereotyped and he had moved on from the series after the last installment, Bourne Legacy, where Jeremy Renner took the reins.

I’m sure money, and age, had something to do with Damon continuing his role where Bourne is showing signs of wrinkles and hair loss. How could he not when he is always on the run and killing other hit-men with his bare hands.

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Steerfish in Spearfish

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You never know what you’ll end up eating when you’re on the road and looking  a  good meal. Cathryn and I struck it rich in Spearfish, South Dakota when the manager at our motel recommended Steerfish Steak & Smoke.

Spearfish is one of those towns that most folks have never heard of, but this restaurant and the annual motorcycle rally in neighboring Sturgis have put them on the map. If you are ever anywhere in the area, visiting this eatery is a must.

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