Growing up in North Carolina, “The Andy Griffith Show” and Gomer Pyle USMC”, always populated the tv screens in the afternoons in the 70′s 80′s showing reruns from both shows. Jim Nabors played Gomer Pyle on both shows, and he played the role perfectly. He died today 11/30 at the age of 87.  He will be missed.

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A curmudgeon is a person who provides the public service of observing all things and interpreting them for others.

Robert D. Raiford

“Vice Principals” returned to HBO Sunday night, and it’s still over-the-top. It’s hard not to picture Danny McBride in anyway  other than Kenny Powers, substitute teacher simply getting a promotion.  

Same character type, still in the Carolinas. He and Walton Goggins play off of each other so well.

McBride in the chair lift was perfect. 

The worst part of it, is that it is limited to two seasons. It wasn’t quite what I expected last year, I figured there might be more crazy story lines from students getting into trouble and the VP’s would have to deal with them, but it is still a funny show.  

I watched “Cape Fear” for the first time in maybe a dozen years last night. Robert De Niro is simply amazing in it as the psychopath “Max Cady”. Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and a young Juliette Lewis were all great, but De Niro was flawless. One would have a valid argument if they felt he deserved the Oscar over Anthony Hopkins who was also flawless in “Silence of the Lambs”. 

I still need to sit down and watch the original from 1962. 

I’ve joked about grumpy old men being part of my spirit animal, and have joked about one day becoming a grumpy old man myself, but i’ll never be the “Grumpy old bastard” or “Grumpy old dumb ass” this girl encountered. 

I watched the movie “Masterminds” for two reasons, Zach Galifianakis, and the story was based in North Carolina and I remember when it went down.   ZG plays a bumbling fool pretty well.

This is a fictionalized take on the story, but I’m sure there is quite a bit of truth in there somewhere. 

This is a bit distorted because it was taken from a drone, but this is a shot of a road I used to fly on as a teenager. Get in the car late at night and drive. At times I miss doing that.   The overlook was nice on it’s own, but it was fun speeding through the night.