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'Gone Girl' Cat-astrophe
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Doo(Doo)

Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 6:00 AM
The movie 'Gone Girl' is now available from iTunes and since I had a balance in my Apple account and no plans to spend it, I downloaded a copy. I had already seen the movie at the theatre, but because I was an extra, I wanted to see exactly how much I was visible no matter how inconsequential, and if we -- of the background artistry -- got any kind of credit...

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Amazing Restrooms!
Posted Tuesday, September 16, at 6:00 AM

I was recently filling up my truck at the Mercato convenience store at the intersection of Bloomfield and Mount Auburn, when a message on the business' digital signboard caught my eye. Sandwiched somewhere between advertisements for fuel prices and beef jerky was the following bit of self-promotion:...

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Cape Schools To Spend $16 million
On Dress Code Colorimeters

Posted Thursday, July 31, at 6:00 AM

In order to make sure that students and staff are wearing clothes from the approved color pallette this coming year, the Cape Girardeau School Board has approved purchasing walk-thru colorimeters for all schools in the district at a cost of $16 million...

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Latest "Gone Girl" Movie Trailer Deconstructed;
Cape Locations Appear In Around 50 Seconds

Posted Monday, July 7, at 7:53 PM

NOTE: In the spreadsheet I compiled this breakout in which appears at the bottom, I flagged which scenes were local or likely local. However, I failed to copy that information over to this blog entry, which was the whole point of this blog. Duhhhh! It is there now. -- BH...

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Old Federal Building Has A Parking Perk
Posted Wednesday, May 28, at 9:17 PM

The old Federal Building finally sold, and I was immediately curious as to what was going to be done with this albatross. The article on this website indicates that the new owner plans to subdivide it into professional offices which made me wonder, how that could be allowed since it has almost no parking?...

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America's Got Crisis!
Posted Wednesday, May 14, at 6:00 AM

America appears to be facing a crisis of talent, and I feel we must act now and we must act decisively, or China and a horde of other countries are going to leave us in the dust. Now, I'm not talking about our expertise in math and science. We've been trailing China and a bunch of other countries in those areas for years. ...

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The Actual Cost of Charter's $7-A-Month Cable Boxes
Posted Wednesday, April 23, at 6:00 AM

Charter Communications switched to an all-digital cable signal in this area on April 15. This upgrade is being touted as an enormous enhancement to customers, that the freeing of the huge amounts of bandwidth which had been tied up by the old analog signals will now allow customers to have dozens of additional digital channels...

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"Gone Girl" Movie Trailer Deconstructed;
Cape Locations Appear In Almost 30 Percent

Posted Monday, April 14, at 10:24 PM

The first trailer for the movie "Gone Girl" premiered this evening. Of course, since I was a background artist playing a still photographer in the movie, I first wanted to see if I made the cut in the one minute and thirty-seven second clip. I did, twice, at :60 (that's me standing with my back to the street in the doorway of the bar) and at :86 when "the media" is pursuing Ben Affleck's character Nick after he abruptly leaves a candlelight vigil for his missing wife. ...

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One Neighbor's Trash Is A Squirrel's Treasure
Posted Thursday, April 10, at 6:00 AM

I was sipping a cup of coffee from the confines of our screened porch while our cat romped around in the backyard doing her morning rounds, when a squirrel and what it was carrying caught my eye. The half-dozen or so tree rats that occupy our two 100-year-old elms shunt around nuts all the time, but this was something new. This squirrel was lugging a large tuft of fiberglass insulation, the pink stuff made by Owens-Corning...

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Where Exactly Are Those 325 Bicycle Racks?
Posted Wednesday, April 2, at 6:00 AM

The bike racks that are sprinkled around town have intrigued me since many of them started appearing a couple years ago. In the spring of 2011, the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University were awarded a grant to improve conditions for local bicyclists. ...

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When Honey Boo Boo Becomes A Medical Necessity
Posted Wednesday, March 12, at 6:00 AM

A legal notice in the classifieds caught my attention last week. It was for Charter Communications alerting readers that the cable provider will be encrypting all of the systems it operates in this area within the next few months. This switch will mean access to Charter cable service will now require their customers to have a converter box for every TV in a given household. ...

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Repercussions From Dealing With A Newspaper Thief
Posted Thursday, December 26, at 12:00 PM

As soon as I saw the two men knocking on my door the other evening, I knew they were Feds. While their suits indicated they might be Jehovah Witnesses, they're usually not going door to door at night. And the sunglasses could have meant I was being visited by the Blues Brothers, but neither looked like Dan Ackroyd. But the little round buttons pinned to their lapels that said "I ♥ Surveillance" tipped me off...

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A Brief Interview With The William Street Traffic Analyst
Posted Friday, December 20, at 6:00 AM

The City of Cape Girardeau is proposing dramatic changes to William Street including reducing much of the 4-lane thoroughfare down to just two plus a center turn lane. This reduction is being justified by a traffic analysis that was reportedly done by the consultant for the project...

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The Back Story For My 'Gone Girl' Character
Posted Wednesday, October 23, at 6:00 AM

I was an extra in the movie Gone Girl playing a member of the media and I was not alone. There were lots of extras playing media in the movie -- TV reporters and producers, camera and sound boom operators, bloggers, print journalists and, what I played, still photographers...

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'Gone Girl' Filming Inspires Local Workout Class
Posted Wednesday, October 9, at 6:00 AM

A local health club has created a fitness class inspired by the making of the movie Gone Girl, currently being filmed in Cape Girardeau. Healthpoint Fitness presently offers workout programs such as BodyFlow, BodyPump and BodyStep. Starting in December they will start holding BodyExtra classes, influenced by the background artists used in the making of Gone Girl...

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'Gone Girl' Book Boners
Posted Wednesday, October 2, at 6:00 AM

I usually reserve this blog space for general asinine commentary, but I thought I would diverge a bit this week and see if anyone else had noticed mistakes while reading the book Gone Girl. First, let me say this is not the type of recreational literature I normally read. ...

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The Stain
Posted Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00 AM

I see The Stain every morning. It is always there, rain or shine. It's been there for almost 4 years. I see it so often that I eventually quit thinking of it in the generic sense of the word and started referring to it as if The Stain were its proper name...

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Cape School District May Issue
Athletic Supporters To K Thru 12

Posted Wednesday, September 18, at 7:32 AM

While a program to provide laptop or netbook computers to all students at Cape Girardeau Central High School has been approved but not yet implemented, the district is wasting no time pursuing concepts designed to foster other latent abilities within its charges...

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Cape To Deputize Jehovah Witnesses
To Enforce Nuisance Ordinance

Posted Wednesday, September 11, at 6:00 AM

The Cape Girardeau Police Department is planning to deputize local Jehovah Witnesses to help enforce a portion of a revised nuisance ordinance that is being discussed by the City Council. The proposed revisions cover various nuisances, but the Police Department plans to have the Jehovah Witnesses focus on a section involving vacant buildings. ...

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Gone Girl A Hoax, Argo 2 Actually Being Made
Posted Thursday, September 5, at 6:00 AM

I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, but Gone Girl is not being filmed in Cape. It's a ruse. Sleight-of-hand. The wool is being pulled over our collective eyes. Yes, a Big Hollywood Movie is about to be made here, but it's not Gone Girl. That rumor is just a cover for the real movie, the movie about a story that a lot of important people who live half way between St. ...

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