Bill Dowis

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Month: December 2016 (page 1 of 2)

The Key to “A Christmas Story” is Ralphie’s Old Man

Yesterday I spent Christmas day like a lot of other people did. Watching A Christmas Story on loop for 24 hours.

I have watched this movie ever since I was a kid. I would catch it on television a half dozen times or so between Thanksgiving to Christmas and watch it no matter what part of the movie I happened to find it at. Back then I had to flip through a paper television guide to find the channels and times that it would start.

In 1997 TNT began airing the 24 hour marathon every Christmas Day, but it was only a few years ago that I realized the whole key to the story isn’t Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

The key to the entire story is Ralphie’s old man.

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Review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

After seeing Rogue One – A Star Wars Story for the second time yesterday I stand by my previous statement that it is the best Star Wars movie of all time.

It has a few legitimate criticisms, and it is not a perfect movie, but it is a fantastic movie and a great sign of what might be to come from the Star Wars franchise.

Here is my full review. I am starting off with no spoilers and I will give fair warning before I start getting into the details.

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Rogue One – A Star Wars Story – Spoiler Free First Impressions

I just got home from a 7:00 PM showing of Rogue One – A Star Wars Story and I must say I am blown away.

I have to post a few first impressions that I have of the movie. I will be watching it again on Sunday afternoon and will most likely write a full review after another viewing, but for now here is what was going through my head as the credits rolled.

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I Have So Many Books…

I have so many books that I forget what books I actually have.

I have a bookcase in the office that is overflowing. I have a bookcase in the garage that is almost overflowing. I boxes of books in the shed that are overflowing. And I have a Kindle Paperwhite that is…well, far from overflowing, but there are a lot of books on there.

I have so many books that I am in danger of buying books that I already have without even realizing it. In fact, Amazon just saved me from doing that very thing the other day.

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What Happens When I Blog Every Day For 68 Days

Back on September 5th I started a blogging streak.

I promised to blog every single day for the rest of the year. That would have come out to a 117 day blogging streak had I kept up with it, but I actually ended up breaking the streak on November 11, ironically enough with a post about fasting from technology.

The streak did not make it to the end of the year like I had planned, but at 68 days long I think it was still a success. Here are a few things I learned from the streak:

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