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A Face in the Crowd

Wow… I finally saw Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd and am blown away… first with the younger faces of well-known actors: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Walter Matthau. Then with the story as well as set design and photography. What a fascinating and relevant film. Now to watch more of Kazan’s movies…. 

I’ve only know of Andy Griffith from sleepy television shows but he was electrifying. It’s a shame his career went the way it did, he probably would have been one our greatest actors. Likewise I only knew of Patricia Neal from her matronly roles but in her youth she was very appealing ~ smart and beautiful. Walter Matthau was true to form at the relatively young age of 37 as he was in his later, more prominent roles. Also Lee Remick made her memorable baton twirling debut, talk about perfect casting. 


Turnips Emerging

Best picture I can do…. blah! 

NBC’s Olympic coverage is very frustrating, their coverage of alpine skiing is the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s very cool how Ester Ledecka came from so far back to win the Super-G, this is unheard of. But NBC missed it! 

Mo Ice

Mavic stills of ice forming on Lake Ontario at Hamlin Beach State Park.

I did these from the front seat of my car (with my broken leg). My joke is that if I get the pro DJI drone with the Hasselblad X1D kit then I’ll be able to be a famous landscape photographer while seated, simply parking near the location and launching out my car door. Someone’s probably already doing this and calling it art. 

Olympic Skiing Predictions

My ski jumping skis and Ford F100

Above photo is the last time I cared about Squareheads jumping through space. I never made it past the 30m jump and barely so at that. I did race Nordic but even less impressively (but I did meet Bill Koch!) 

Women’s Alpine Skiing

  • GS: Rebensburg
  • SL: Vlhová ties Shiffrin
  • Combined: Who Cares?
  • SG: Gut
  • DH: Goggia


  • DH: Feuz
  • Combined: Worthless Event
  • SG: Svindal
  • GS: Hirscher
  • SL: Hirscher

Team Event: Switzerland! 

I respect her performance but Lindsey Vonn creeps me out. I truly admire Shiffrin but I fear she’s running ragged so every weather delay helps her chances. The rest of the team isn’t podium quality yet, if ever. And while I like the US Ski Team coaches, the management of the USST is dumb. 

The weather delays at Jeongseon are so bad there is a chance they may not even complete all the events.

Perhaps the USST should look at the college programs as training grounds for the next generation? Especially since other countries figured this out and have been sending their talent to American universities for free training on our dime. And while racing older skiers make sense, our current crop of older skiers should be retired to make room and free up resources. Get a new director and start over. 

Blog Notes and Disclaimer

While this should be obvious, all the opinions expressed on this website are mine alone, Frank Petronio. Friends and family, companies and entities referred to have no association with my beliefs (and often disagree with me). I am confident I’m still making legal free speech (as of this date) per the First Amendment of the US Constitution. 

Almost every blog post has been revised to correct typos or to clarify thoughts, sometimes long after publication. I do my own proofreading and make my own mistakes (and I’ve made some doozies). Any corrections, comments, or questions are welcome. 

One more week in this cast.

17 More

I have 17 more days until I probably get my cast off. I can’t complain but time has essentially slowed down. I’d love to sleep through this and just get it over with. I still need to learn how to use my audio recorder with Final Cut Pro. Finish the Isaacson biography of DaVinci. Teach myself more about long range shooting via You Tube and forum lurking. Write my political manifesto. And find something that isn’t absolute dreck on our thousands of media outlets. (And no I won’t watch the National Felons League or Justin Bieberlake.)

Kinda going bonkers and it is hard to concentrate even though I have all the time in the world, I’m not being constructive. 

Not as bad as my climbing accident in 1983… lower body cast, pooping through a hole (well I didn’t poop and that was a problem too), and rehab that took years. I’m know I’m luckier than most. 

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