I have enjoyed movies since I was a 10 year old growing up in Bermuda. If you are of an age, like me, you will no doubt recall going to the movies on Saturday afternoon, where you could see one or two feature length movies, a trailer or two, a cartoon, a serial episode, and the news. As I recall in those days the matinee only cost sixpence! We watched John Wayne in every conceivable uniform as he single handedly won battles in the air, on land and sea. We watched Roy Rogers and Dale, Gene Autry, and more, what was not to like?

Today, those old movies with their “only kiss your horse values” seem to be so old fashioned compared to the very graphic movies of today. For example, I had recorded Django, a western movie a while ago, and finally got to watch it a couple of nights back. It takes place a couple of years before the American Civil War, (now there is an oxymoron) when slavery was very alive and well in the US south. Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave who is bought out of slavery by a conniving white man who is a bounty hunter.

The movie is gory in the extreme, huge amounts of violence, typical I suppose of a Quentin Tarentino movie. But it was very entertaining. Django is a black man and he learns to fight back against the white traders, and you are compelled to pull for him as the underdog. I liked the movie, and so did Joan. Just remember it is graphic and gory, with some nudity and language. Lots of stars in the cast, Samuel Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern, and more. Maybe not the movie for a gentler heart, but we were pulling for Django all the way.

I mentioned in my last blog that we are now able to get Louis L’Amour books, both audio and Epub versions. It is only in the past few months that his books could be found and borrowed from the library, but they are there in some volume today. They seem to be popular too, and one has to search for one that is not already borrowed. You can put a hold on a book that is not available, and you will be advised via email when it is in. You only need to download it after that, and enjoy. I am particularly enjoying re-reading his writings on the Sackett family, all of whom grew up poor in Tennessee. They drifted west and managed to get into trouble with almost everybody in spite of their declared peacefulness. There is another guy, who found L’Amour popular and that was President Ronald Reagan! L Amour wrote almost a hundred titles, and was the most published writer in the world at the close of his life, and I have read nearly all his books and I’m starting all over. The west comes alive on the pages he puts pen to.

Tony Hillerman, was another writer who wrote about the west. His two main characters were Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, and deputy Jim Chee They are both Navajo Indians, who got an education, and joined the Navajo Tribal police force. I have travelled in much of the area that is in the Hillerman books, and I recognize a number of the places he talks about. Mostly he brings the country to life, and at the same time points up some of the aboriginal customs and myths, that lead to a greater understanding of the Indian life on the rez. If you are a Canadian who has travelled in the southern US for the winter, I think you would enjoy reading his books. There is not the gratuitous fighting or swearing that L’Amour has in his books, but there is a lot more understanding.


Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.

Abraham Lincoln



On the first day of school, the children brought gifts for their teacher.

The supermarket manager’s daughter brought the teacher a basket of assorted fruit.

The florist’s son brought the teacher a bouquet of flowers.

The candy-store owner’s daughter gave the teacher a pretty box of candy.

Then the liquor-store owner’s son brought up a big, heavy box.  The teacher lifted it up and noticed that it was leaking a little bit..She touched a drop of the liquid with her finger and tasted it.

"Is it wine?" she guessed.  "No," the boy replied.  She tasted another drop and asked, " Champagne ?"

"No," said the little boy…………."It’s a puppy!"

Have a Great  Day, and be nice to one another

Ross Smile


About techmech

Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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