[GCFL-discuss] Farmer Astronaut and Refinance Funny and etc.
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Thu Feb 1 20:04:20 CST 2007
Now don't blame me for doing all the talking. You guys could say
something more often yourselves.
That Refinance Funny was all about my mother, so I had to forward it to
her. May not hear back right away, because my parents are off on a
vacation. My mother's father never bought a car without paying full price
up front. She can't understand 30 year amortized mortgages. She (the one
in charge of family finances, always) never went for more than 20, and
once paid off a mortgage in 15 years. A friend who was promoting some
credit card once tried a sales pitch on her, closing with "and its
interest free for the first six months." My mother replied "I never pay
interest on credit cards."
Oh, the Farmer Astronaut? Everyone knows its a new G or PG movie, right?
I mean, if anyone doesn't know about a movie, its usually me, so if I
know, everyone knows.
I probably would never have gone to see it if I didn't have a Little
Brother and access to free tickets for a preview through BB/BS. But I'm
glad I saw it. It was funny. It was not bizarre. (No, I don't classify a
family rancher in Texas launching an Atlas rocket with himself in the
capsule into orbit as bizarre. Fiction, but not bizarre.) Best of all, it
got all kind of well deserved pinpricks into the Homeland Security
Paranoia that has us collectively running around in circles afraid of our
own shadows. Federal agencies close in because the man has been
soliciting on the internet to buy vast quantities of highly explosive
high grade rocket fuel. Why? To make WMD? No, he has a rocket in his barn
and he is going to the moon. Also there is some mousy little social
worker investigating the family as some kind of cult because all the kids
really adore their father's passion to go into space. She intercepts mom
at her job as a waitress at the local cafe. (Social work ceased being
socially valuable about the time it became gummint work.)
That's my six cents worth for today.
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