Archive for the ‘Popular Culture’ Category

“Grandmothered plans may have differences in coverage compared to other plans on the Market.” – – excerpt from plan renewal document from my insurance company

December 8, 2017

Ron Jon Surf Shop

November 28, 2017

This past Sunday morning, as I was walking from one church to another in Provo, Utah, I came upon a car that had a Ron Jon Surf Shop decal in its back window.

That triggered some memories.

My father was an aerospace engineer at Martin Marietta, which is now part of Lockheed Martin.  Over the years he went on many business trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Beginning about the time I started high school, he began giving my siblings and me t-shirts from the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.  They were similar to the t-shirts that can be bought today.

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I would wear those to school frequently.  On some of those cold winter days in Colorado, I’d walk to school wearing one of these t-shirts under my big down coat.

This brief video tells the history of the Ron Jon Surf Shop (click on the arrow in the middle of the image to play the video):

This article gives some historical facts:


“New Study Shows Boxing’s Early Toll on Muhammad Ali – – Research finds a direct correlation between the boxing legend’s fights and his diminished speaking ability at the end of his boxing career”

August 25, 2017


In 1968, Ali spoke at a rate of 4.1 syllables per second, which is close to average for healthy adults. By 1971, his rate of speech had fallen to 3.8 syllables per second, and it continued sliding steadily, year by year, fight by fight. An ordinary adult would see little or no decline in his speaking rate between the ages of 25 and 40, but Ali experienced a drop of more than 26% in that same period . . . The paper suggests that by 1978, six years before his Parkinson’s syndrome diagnosis and three years before his retirement from boxing, Ali was slurring his words.

Eclipse mania! Millions of Americans sit in some of the ‘worst traffic jams in history’, flock to Burning Man-style festivals and fill camp grounds at 21 national parks ahead of TODAY’S once-in-a-lifetime celestial event

August 21, 2017

Fantastic photos from throughout the country.


“Qatar has been spending €420m a week preparing for the 2022 World Cup…”

August 12, 2017