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Joseph Philippe Laroche And Juliette Lafargue: The Real Rose And Jack In Titanic

January 19, 2015 (updated December 6, 2018)

Mr. Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (R) with his wife Juliette Lafargue and their two daughters Simonne and Louise.
Mr. Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (R), with his wife Juliette Lafargue and their two daughters, Simone and Louise.

The fictionalized story of poor vagabond Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and 17-year-old aristocrat Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) falling in love on the Titanic won James Cameron a Golden Globe for Best Director. The film also won Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. Titanic was also nominated for 14 Academy Awards, winning 11. The original film and the 3D version released on April 4, 2012 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of RMS Titanic sinking, grossed over $2 billion globally. That is the 2nd highest total ever for a film, second only to Cameron’s other blockbuster, Avatar. read more


Wallace, Idaho Rest Stop Has Interesting Story


NOVEMBER 17, 2014

This was sometime in early August; my third straight month living on the road. Forgot there’s over 100 hours of footage on my phone from this extended excursion , so might as well post some of it. One thing you can count on with Idaho and Montana: beautiful scenery.

And I finally showered in Spokane, Washington.

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Cheyenne Frontier Days And Yellowstone National Park
Sunday, August 31, 2014


The four days spent in Cheyenne, Wyoming were completely spontaneous (like much my entire life) after pretty much being forced to stay by the locals.

The first rest stop when you enter Wyoming from Fort Collins, Colo. via Interstate 25.
The first rest stop when you enter Wyoming from Fort Collins, Colo. via Interstate 25.

It just so happen to be the time of year for the town’s annual Frontier Days, which was described as the largest rodeo in the world by several individuals there. Now I truly understand the saying “this isn’t my first rodeo.” No matter how many of those things you see depicted in cartoons and television shows, there’s absolutely nothing like seeing one in person…for numerous reasons that are not the subject of this article. Despite the fact some moron backed into my generator and ripped up its outer casing at a truck stop in Cheyenne, Frontier Days was pretty awesome…and pretty country! read more

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Quick Blurb: Oregon/Washington Border

August 23, 2014

Oregon Ducks

First things I noticed when crossing into Oregon from Washington via Interstate 5: 1) You are immediately in Portland; 2) the first two exits off the freeway are MLK Street and Rosa Parks Avenue; 3) I stopped to get gas and a guy walked up to my driver side window. I immediately just handed him a dollar, thinking he was homeless or something. But in Oregon, its ILLEGAL to pump your own gas. All stations are full service. He was the pump attendant.

Also Wal-Mart uses paper bags in Multnomah County, Oregon. read more

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4 Useful Corporations For Road Warriors
July 16, 2014

I’ve been to Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, and Utah in the past seven weeks. Living mobile is nothing new for me, as I’ve urban/stealth camped in Phoenix and Tucson during the winters months. But in those cities, I know my safe havens: where to park, where to get free Wi-Fi so I don’t have to use my own, and can always shower at one of the gyms I’m a member at. It’s a completely different story when you’re traveling to places you’ve never been. read more

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Living In A Van: The Simple Life

July 7, 2014

Charging my battery bank at a rest stop in B.F.E., Nebraska.
Charging my battery bank at a rest stop in B.F.E., Nebraska.

There are three primary reasons I have lived in my van for the better part of the last two years: 1) I could care less what people think of me; 2) I like freedom; 3) you only live once (don’t the kids nowadays say that).

Gym memberships allows me to stay in shape and take showers (truck stops and their $10-$12 per shower services are utilized as well); internet via two hot spots allows me to work from where ever I want, and I can even hunt rabbits and squirrels, and go fishing whenever I want fresh meat. read more

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5 Revealing Statistics About Dating

May 4, 2014 (links, photos, and videos updated December 9, 2018)

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Black women are more attracted to thier own race compared to other women. Photo via

A good number of Americans prefer the single/dating life, while others like committed relationships with each other. Granted the latter group is still a slight majority, according to data by Static Brain via the US Census. But these five statistics tell a lot about love and relationships in America.

1. Data compiled from Facebook’s app “Are You Interested” found that Asian and Latina women prefer white men over their own race. Both white and black women prefer their own race. But black women had a 50 percent higher response rate to black men than white women did with white men. read more

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Common Core Standards And Customary Units: Match Made In Hell

May 4, 2014

Photo via Bay Area Speech Language Learning Associates.
Photo via Bay Area Speech Language Learning Associates.

The Common Core Initiative is federal legislation that standardized learning and graduation requirements in English and mathematics for most U.S. public schools. It’s endorsed by both the bipartisan National Governors Association (NGA) and non-partisan Council of Chief State School Counselors (CCSSC).

Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who’s also the former Chairwoman of the NGA, is widely regarded as the architect of Common Core. School districts across the country began adopting the program in 2009. Parents all across the country are now complaining to their local school districts about assignments being impossible to teach to a 2nd grader, while other parents call Common Core “ridiculous” and completely unnecessary. read more

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The U.S. Economy And M3 Seven Years Later

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced in September that QE3 will continue indefinitely.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced in September that QE3 will continue indefinitely.

There was once a time when any amateur economist could determine the country’s solvency simply by obtaining money supply reports from the Federal Reserve and crunching the numbers themselves. Investors could see which countries are receiving U.S. dollars and how much, before deciding to purchase international bonds or U.S. Treasurys. But those days are long over and the world’s economy has become a guessing game even to seasoned monetary minds.

It was November 2005 when lame-duck chairman Alan Greenspan, in relative anonymity, announced that the Fed will discontinue publishing the M3 monetary aggregate, effective the following March. The press release also indicated that the Fed would discontinue publishing Eurodollar derivative swaps and all other large time deposits. read more

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