Author Archives: Paleo Retiree

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff, formerly Michael Blowhard. Now a rootless parasite on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.

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Paleo Retiree writes: Explore Angkor Wat. Racism or not? Are you a positive person or a negative person? Given how dull many jobs are, I’m surprised this kind of thing doesn’t happen a lot more often. Felix Baumgartner — the … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Ventura Inn

Paleo Retiree writes: In the middle of Ventura, CA’s funky and not at all mall-like Historic Downtown Cultural District is this hardboiled-novel-worthy beauty. Fun tilework, dreamy colors, an excellent job of bringing the building right up to the sidewalk, as well … Continue reading

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“Tim’s Vermeer”

Paleo Retiree writes: The biggest surprise for me about this documentary was how un-tricky, un-conceptual, and un-meta it was. Co-produced and hosted by Penn Jillette and directed by his partner-in-po-mo-magic Teller, it’s a straightforward account of their friend Tim Jenison, … Continue reading

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Music Du Jour: Van Morrison in 1980

Paleo Retiree writes: The Irish folk/blues/roots bard Van Morrison has long been a notoriously un-count-upon-able live performer. A huge fan of his back in the day — he meant to me what Bob Dylan meant to tons of other people – I … Continue reading

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Music Du Jour: Delbert McClinton

Paleo Retiree writes: Back at my other blog I wrote a posting about the genius of Delbert.

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“3 Days to Kill”

Paleo Retiree writes: I don’t have much feeling for, let alone interest in, current movies, and recently I’ve been seeing no more than two or three new movies each year. So you’d be nuts to take my reactions to current … Continue reading

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Cocktail Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Our Cocktail Du Jour series is mainly intended as a way to celebrate the pleasures of leisure, class, elegance, funkiness and getting a little high, as well as an ongoing tip of the hat to the cocktail renaissance … Continue reading

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Ads Everywhere 6

Paleo Retiree writes: That’s an ad on the plastic credit-card style room key we’re using at a Tucson hotel. In addition to being a little insulting, the visuals make the key hard to read where its main function goes: I … Continue reading

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Creepshot or Not?

Paleo Retiree writes: This young lady was walking along the sidewalk in front of me … Her sundress was hiking up … Does my snap of her qualify as a Creepshot? Some arguments pro and con, or so it seems … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: A visit with J.P. Donleavy, now 88 and still legendary for his rowdy comic novel “The Ginger Man.” The Manolo thinks that an impoverished young woman just starting her first job should, despite her lack of means, … Continue reading

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