Shinola, the Ultimate Watch for an American President

Yesterday, The New York Times ran a piece in the Style section about the disappearance of the political “power watch” – a watch that seemed to really suit a world leader. Dwight D. Eisenhower wore a Rolex, Franklin D. Roosevelt wore a Movado, John F. Kennedy had a Cartier and an Omega, and Lyndon B. Johnson had a collection that included a Patek Philippe, a Vulcain Cricket, a LeCoultre and a Rolex.

Such displays by an elected official in today’s America, where absolutely everything is scrutinized, would be criticized as un-American, out-of-step with the average working man or too flashy. Even if a candidate or elected official is well known to be wealthy, like Mitt Romney, George Bush or Bill Clinton, he is expected to play it down to something with which his constituents can identify, especially in times of great economic inequality. Continue reading Shinola, the Ultimate Watch for an American President

2001: A Space Odyssey, the Science Fiction Masterpiece

I’m a sci-fi geek. Not a total one, though. There are a lot of things I’ve just happened to miss, like The X-Files, Comic Con and everything on the SyFy channel (I don’t have cable), but many movies from the genre are on the list of films I could watch over and over again. Star Wars (the original trilogy, please), Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner, The Terminator (1 and 2), The Fly, Total Recall, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Scanners, Gattaca, Showgirls… I could watch these sci-fi movies anytime, anywhere. I never get sick of them. The film that is probably at the top of that list is Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Continue reading 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Science Fiction Masterpiece

Supporting My Preferred News Resources

I don’t expect to get anything for free (though I’m delighted on the rare occasions when I do). As someone who appreciates quality and standards, I fully understand that worthwhile things cost money – money that enables the creator of worthwhile things to continue producing and uphold quality and standards. I gladly pay for my clothes, my entertainment and, of course, my news. Continue reading Supporting My Preferred News Resources

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