A Glorious Week with the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD SUV

A lot of car companies have been around for far longer than you may realize. For example, when I got behind the wheel of the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD, I was in the latest vehicle from a company that’s been building cars since way back in 1910. The company started out as ALFA (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) by founder Cavalier Ugo Stella taking over a French car factory on the outskirts of Milan….Read More

Online High School: A Progress Report & Update

Seems like about five years ago, but back in August of 2019 I shared that my youngest daughter, K-, had decided to attend a private online high school, Laurel Springs, rather than return to her public high school in Longmont, Colorado. You can read about our collective thought process here: And So It Begins: Online High School. We’re now six months into the adventure and she’s mostly moved smoothly into her second semester, there’s one…Read More

The 2019 Fiat 500X AWD is Chic and Fun Both!

I drive a lot of vehicles and perhaps inevitably have become a bit blasé about amenities and design elements that might otherwise excite a new car owner. Hard not to have that happen when I get behind the wheel of so many vehicles. I mean, I can call it “professional sophistication” or “expertise” but it’s more pragmatic: how many different ways can you engage smart cruise control, adjust headlights or pair a phone via bluetooth?…Read More

The Fascinating World of Whiskey – Total Wine Class

Though I have always enjoyed a good whisky and have even traveled to whisky distilleries Speyside in Scotland, my actual knowledge of whisky has been based purely on taste, not on actually knowing about the liquor. What differentiates the various regions and what nations around the world offer a great whisky or “whiskey”? Is it a good idea to add a wee bit of water to a just poured whisky or is that a tacky…Read More

Ready For The Worst with the 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 4×4

Nowadays Jeep has quite a lineup of SUVs that all follow the same basic design language and frankly look quite similar too.Can you tell the difference between the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Cherokee with the same trim package in the same color? Then again, Jeep has a good thing going and retains its enviable reputation as a solid off-road vehicle that can handle just about any inclement weather or poor driving conditions it encounters….Read More

Film Review: Color Out of Space

One of the first horror writers, H.P. Lovecraft created an entire world of dark, twisted tales that featured terrifying beasts and unrelenting nightmare situations. There’s no redemption, no neat endings, just a perverse, cynical view of humanity and the greater world around us. His greatest creation was the beast Cthulhu but through his many novels and short stories, he created an entire Lovecraftian world. Miskatonic University, Dunwich, Arkham, Innsmouth and Kingsport are all familiar to…Read More

A Weekend in Breckenridge with the 2020 GMC Acadia AWD AT4

My youngest just turned 16 and to celebrate, we all decided to head up to the beautiful mountain ski resort of Breckenridge, Colorado. It’s about a 2 hour drive (depending on traffic, which can be hugely variable) through some of the most lovely terrain on Earth and in the winter, you can go from a stunning vista of snow-covered mountains to an evergreen forest in the blink of an eye. It’s also famously tricky driving…Read More

Game Review: Forgotten Depths

You’re ready, you have weapons, expertise, supplies, a few magical keys and hopefully luck on your side. But do you really dare to enter the Forgotten Depths and explore a monster-infested dungeon while seeking both treasure and the staircase out? I had a chance to review a late prototype of the 1-3 player co-op dungeon crawler game Forgotten Depths from Void Knight Games and here’s how it went… First off, there’s a lot of setup for…Read More

Film Review: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

1951. WWII is finally over, but the Cold War is just beginning. NATO has been established to balance the Soviet Union threat to Europe and, on the other side of the planet, the Korean War has everyone worrying about communist threats to the West. In the midst of this escalating tension, science fiction writer Harry Bates publishes Farewell to the Master, a hopeful story about an alien who comes to Earth to share a message…Read More

Film Review: Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Over a hundred years of cinematic history, some studios have emerged as leaders of a specific genre. No discussion of horror films would be complete without inclusion of Hammer Films, for example. For classic postwar comedies, UK-based Ealing Studios similarly gained a reputation for its series of popular British comedies. Their top films include Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Ladykillers (1955), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Man in the White Suit (1951),…Read More

Smartphone Emergency Alerts: Useful or Waste of Time?

It was a curious thing; I was sitting at the local Peet’s coffee shop, working on my laptop when someone’s phone rang with an odd ringtone and she looked down. In quick succession most all of the other phones in the room buzzed or rang. Then my phone lit up too: I dutifully looked down, read the notification and promptly forgot it. Considering he was in Denver when this happened and I was getting an…Read More

Film Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Let’s just start with the TLDR: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a good sci-fi film, but it’s not great. Yes, they manage to wrap up a lot of the storylines left unfinished in the sprawling series that started way back in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope, but between trying to offer a neat ending and weaving in endless fan favorite characters, lines and scenes, the overall film ends up a bit…Read More

Top Men’s Clothing Essentials: Which Do You Have?

The best versatile wardrobe will include clothes for a wide variety of occasions. Don’t fret if you don’t already have all the basics, however, because finding great men’s clothing can be an adventure. Just start with the right pants and a basic t-shirt. Whether you’re heading to the gym, the office, outdoors or a cocktail party, the key is to choose the right pants and suit jacket. Then everything else can be dressed up or…Read More

Film Review: Jumanji: The Next Level

Zathura: A Space Adventure, the 2005 sequel to the original 1995 Jumanji, proved to be a rather weird story, erring on the side of intense and frightening rather than funny and ingenious. The original Jumanji featured the mad antics of Robin Williams, making it tough to remake, but 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a surprise hit for Columbia Pictures, earning a solid 87% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Always charismatic Dwayne Johnson headed a…Read More

Film Review: Little Joe

What if you woke up and your friends, family and neighbors had been replaced by replicas that looked the same, but had a few oddities and some changed behaviors? This question has fueled countless sci-fi stories, from classics like the brilliant and paranoid Invasion of the Body Snatchers (watch the 1956 original, the 1978 remake misses the point of the story) to Blade Runner, where the replicants are “more human than human” (is Deckard a…Read More