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‘I’ ON CULTURE I was watching a wonderful old move, Dave, a classic of the early 1990s, and although I enjoyed it, I wound up feeling sad. In the film, Dave (Kevin Kline) is a regular guy who runs an employment agency in Georgetown with a side job impersonating the...
THE SONIC BOOMER Briiiiiiiing! It starts with the annoying brassy ring of an alarm clock. Unless, of course, you use Alexa. Then it’s music… or the news. You shuffle into the kitchen to get the coffee going or, if you’ve preprogrammed the maker, a blinking light may tell you it’s ready....
THE SONIC BOOMER OK, that’s over. Another holiday season come and gone. It’s my own fault, really, for spending half a year on it. In late August, I start decorating my stores for Halloween. In September, I buy the Halloween candy. In October, I carve the pumpkin, decorate the house and...
‘I’ ON CULTURE Wonder Woman 1984 is here and this was one movie I was really waiting for. The first of the films with the character was superb, one of the best of the genre — a brilliant origins picture. Now we would go to the 1980s! Unfortunately, the new movie...
THE SONIC BOOMER I only have one New Year’s resolution — to fix the country. It’s a big one, so that’s why it’s only one, but I can do it. First, I will fix the school system. Due to the pandemic, a lot of kids are remote learning. A lot of...
‘I’ ON CULTURE This is the last column of 2020. The next one is out on the first day of 2021 and, frankly, I will be glad to be finished with this year. Who would have believed what a mess we’re been living through? There have been some gains. In those...
THE SONIC BOOMER ’Twas the night before Christmas,In the worst year remembered.The Covid had ruined thingsFrom March through December. Events had been canceled,And restaurants dozed.The stores were all hurting,The movies were closed. Families and friends,Had to stay far apart.Or wear masks that made themLook more like Black Bart. So parents were tryingTo soothe...
THE SONIC BOOMER It was going strong for more than 35 years, then the Wellington Holiday Parade fell victim to the virus pandemic, just like so many other fun traditions. It’s OK. It saves me a good cry. I always cry at parades, and I don’t know if I’m alone on...
‘I’ ON CULTURE The new hit mini-series on Netflix The Queen’s Gambit is worth viewing. It is one of the best entries on that service this year. It is so well-done that it takes your breath away. Remember the old days when dramas were real, where characters actually had issues...
THE SONIC BOOMER Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! It’s OK to get excited about it now because it’s finally — finally — December. Usually, I’m somewhat apologetic about my obsession with the season, but not this year. This year, the mittens are off! It has been a horrible, bad, depressing, downright...