dimland radio 11-24-18 show notes

It Blowed Up Real Good!

Friday morning, as I was brushing my teeth, the house was shook (sort of) by what sounded like something hitting it. Something big. I investigated and found nothing unusual.

Later that day, my wife called me with the news about what it was we heard. Three and a half miles away a house had exploded.

The explosion was caught on video. When you watch it, you will be just as amazed as I was to learn that no one was killed. In fact, there was an 80 year-old man in the house when the accident happened. He's been hospitalized and is in critical condition.

Oh, And There's Still Some Sports To Talk About

Yes, baseball may be over and we're still months away from its return, but there's the lesser game taking its place (for now). It's football and it's an entertaining diversion, I suppose.
And last Monday night was quite diverting. I didn't watch the game as it was played, but I sure wish I had. It was crazy!
It may have been a preview of this season's Superbowl. It was the LA Rams hosting the Kansas City Chiefs and it was a doozy! The final score was 54-51 with the Rams prevailing.
Watch this highlights reel and I'm sure you'll agree it was a crazy game.
Wording Is Important

A friend told me he was confused by the written article on a local TV station's website. They included a video report, but my friend didn't watch the video, he just read the article.

The story was about a group of young African-American men being told by the manager of a St. Paul Chipotle restaurant that they needed to pay before their food would be prepared. The incident was caught on video, which then went viral and the manager was fired.

She was rehired when it was learned that one of those customers had done a fair amount of bragging online about dining and dashing. The manager had recognized the young men as having grabbed food and run without paying for it before, so she told to pay first.

The confusion my friend had was due to the written article stating "the manager tells the African-American men they need to pay for their food before getting it." My friend asked, "Doesn't everybody have to pay before they pick up their food at pretty much every fast food restaurant?" 

Yes. Actually at every fast food restaurant.

In the video report, the reporter stated that the men needed "to pay for their food before it was made."

Wording is important.

A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Ford Truck Commercial

The longer version of this Ford Truck commercial featuring the Jerry Reed hit East Bound And Down has a curious disclaimer. The ad shows several trucks driving in the same direction along a desert highway. There's are no stunts being performed, no Rockfords, no driving on two wheels, there aren't even any lane changes.
And, yet, in the lower right corner (see photo above) at the beginning of the ad is the disclaimer: "Professional drivers on a closed course. Do not attempt."
Huh? Do not attempt to drive the trucks? Is that what Ford is saying?

Two Movie Recommendations: The Machinist (2004) & Good Time (2017)

I haven't done a movie recommendation in a while, so on this show I gave two.
We just watched these films this past week.
The first is The Machinist (2004). It stars Christian Bale as Trevor, who has a few problems. We are uncertain as the cause of his troubles, which manifest as insomnia, he hasn't slept in a year, and a disturbing amount of weight-loss taking place over the same amount of time.
There's a new employee at the machine shop, who seems a little sinister. Trevor is unsure what to think of the man. There is a tragic accident at the shop and Trevor wonders if the new employee was responsible.
There's a real Hitchcockian feel to this psychological thriller. Is there a conspiracy against Trevor or is he losing his mind?

Be warned. Bale really did lose an extreme amount of weight and his look is quite jarring.
The second recommendation is Good Time (2017). It stars Robert Pattinson, who also lost weight for the role, just not nearly as much as Bale. Pattinson plays a small time crook who, along with his mentally challenged brother (played by Benny Safdie, who co-directs the film with his brother Josh), rob a bank and get away with a sizable amount of money.
However, things go wrong from there and we follow Connie through the night as he makes one bad decision after another.
Both movies are worth a watch. They are on DVD through Netflix.
Three Cool Things
1) Last week I talked briefly about Marvel Comics' Stan Lee dying. I mentioned that there was a gathering of the G.O.O.C.H. Squad on Douglas Arthur's Assault of the 2-Headed Space Mules podcast to discuss The Man's legacy. The podcast has been posted and it's awfully cool.
2) Try as he might, my son Hayden just doesn't have much luck getting me to like the music he likes. I'm just a grump. But the other day he played Gerard Way's Baby, You're A Haunted House. (See video above.) I like it! It's catchy. Hayden was pleased. Maybe Dad can be cool.
3) And, of course, it was Thanksgiving, and that's always cool.
I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Music heard on the show...

Dimland Radio opening theme song: 'Ram' by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: 'Tape Your Wife To The Ceiling' by The Suburbs & 'Ace Of Spades' by Motorhead
Second ad break bumpers: 'This Wheel's On Fire' by Siouxsie & The Banshees & 'Wolves, Lower' by REM
Closing song: 'Angler's Treble Hook' by $5 Fiddle

That's it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com

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