Florida is having a serious fire problem. It started out with fires started in relatively remote areas, probably by lightning. But now they are having arson fires popping up all over the state. These are impacting residential areas, and homes are burning. This morning the National Guard started evacuating people from areas where the fires are out of control and moving towards populated areas.
It's raining here today, a long soaking rain punctuated with intermittent thunder and lightning. Started last night and is supposed to continue through tomorrow afternoon. I have no complaints, we are still below our average rainfall, and everybody here remembers the catastrophic fires that ravaged North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee last year.
I just recently learned of a movie that came out in Japan a few years ago. It's about a modern day Japanese family that learns the man they thought was their grandfather actually wasn't. Without going into details that kind of spoil the development of the plot, the actual grandfather was a Japanese naval aviator in WW2. The brother and sister of the family start trying to find out about him by contacting his old squadron mates, and his story gets told from the beginning of the war through the end.
The flying scenes are excellent. I enjoy movies where every detail of the equipment, uniforms, weapons, etc is correct and I love movies about military aviation.
The movie was a box office hit in Japan, but it made some of Japan's old enemies angry. The Chinese and Koreans didn't appreciate it, because it portrayed the Japanese as human beings and not "poisonous dwarfs." Most of the movies turned out in China today are still about WW2. You can watch them on the internet.
Countries that lost the war tend to try to forget it. For years, I had a Japanese "pen pal." She lived in an apartment in Tokyo. Her husband was a "salary man" who was never home, and it was just her and her pet black rabbit most of the time. I remember asking her once if she had ever heard of Saburo Sakai, who was Japans leading ace to survive the war. She said she hadn't, that her family never talked about the war at all. They didn't learn anything about it in school.
This is the cover of the DVD released in England. They changed the name to "The Fighter Pilot" from "The Eternal Zero." I had a hard time finding a copy of this movie for sale that will work in the U.S. The world is divided up into different "zones" and most DVD players will only play movies formatted for that zone. I did find one though, and even if it cost a bundle, I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Then there's "The Red Baron." It's a German 2008 movie loosely based on the exploits of Manfred von Richtofen. There's been a lot of poetic license taken with the character of the Red Baron in this movie, and great liberties with actual historical events. Still, the flying scenes are excellent, the aircraft restorations are magnificent, and the dvd only cost ten dollars. You can watch the whole movie on line for free, but I wanted the DVD anyway. Never can tell when something will disappear off the internet.
I notice lately that I've lost some friends since the election. Mostly, but not all, from Europe. I have always known I'm a bit to the right for some of them, but we still enjoyed visiting each other's blogs. I tried not to talk about politics on their blogs, and even if some not very pleasant things got said about Trump and Trump Supporters, I tried to be tactful. I think what did them in was coming to my blog. I am not tactful here.
I am sorry that all this has forced some of us apart, but I suppose in tumultuous times, it happens. It reminds me of what I've read about the English Civil War, where essentially decent people wound up on opposite sides. Most anti-Trump types are not people I would cross the street to pull out of a burning building. But some of them aren't bad.
Most of them are, though.
I'm watching events in France with an eagle eye. I have high hopes that Le Pen will come into power. She's a female version of Donald Trump. France needs someone who will kick ass and take names, just as we needed such a person here. Maybe the tide is finally turning.