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How Do You Celebrate Top Gun Day? (Video)

Man oh man... I used to live in North Clairemont during my childhood and was already madly into building models of navy aircraft and already had a love for the F-14. My house had roof access and I'd lose myself watching the Tomcats and other planes do the touch and go loops that swung close to the 805, and sometimes closer. My Navy chief grandfather periodically indulged me and took me to Miramar where I stood outside the hangar fences just watching operations from on base.

When Top Gun came out it was like I found religion! Others of my generation had Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future. I had Top Gun. That was the first movie I saw repeatedly. Maybe 10-15 times in the first year or so. My 13th birthday that year was TG themed--the hat, some more models to build. I was the TG evangelist. I tried to get my little brother hooked into it. I lived like Maverick around mom. He was more Goose-like, paying the price for my cockiness.

TG was one of the best Navy recruitment PR hooks ever, and at 13 I resolved to be a Naval aviator. That is, until a few months into 8th grade when I got the kiss of death: a school report card with a solid D average! Doom! The following year I was prescribed glasses for myopia. That perhaps more realistically killed my nascent fighter pilot career since I had read that a fighter pilot needed 20/20 vision. But there was Top Gun, the movie, with some of the baddest-assed aerial footage. I could at least pretend. And yes, I had a crush on Kelly McGillis. Even ended up marrying a girl named Kelli!

I think I know what I'll watch today.

May 13, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Markets Put The 'Down' In 'Downgrade'

What Heinberg is talking about is that this is NOT cyclical, namely that we are in a new economic paradigm altogether. And while I do agree that the daily news doesn't focus on the longer term stuff, even when the feature programs (PBS and larger public outlets), there isn't too often anything that "goes there" with the stuff Heinberg and others talk about—permanent declines due to having hit limits to growth. When there is a discussion of "where is it all going?" there tends to be a rather rosy picture of alternatives, substitution of one resource for another, and other things that kind of keep people at some distance from a more dire picture, and one that frankly, says things are gonna have to change at some deep level. I wish the public sources would get over some kind of hump and confront the limits to growth and use their clout to challenge the rosy and vague messages that things will get better, or as it is said, "back to normal." Normal is unsustainable and dangerous.

August 8, 2011 at 6:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Markets Put The 'Down' In 'Downgrade'

All this worry about double dips, recession, and the hanging on to hope for a recovery is half-amusing to me. I wish voices like Richard Heinberg's would be brought to the table as part of these discussions, and I can understand why they aren't. I think though he has the most sober picture of things, rooted in something more than wishful thinking. I know no one wants to run out and buy books like Peak Everything or The End of Growth, but for those of you frustrated with the picture today and wanting something to explain the stagnation in a larger context, I have to suggest these and his other books that show the intersection of the debt issues, the oil prices, the housing bubble, and limits to growth. Maybe it's time to consider that in this mix? Nothing else seems to give satisfactory answers.

August 8, 2011 at 2:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )