Monday, March 17, 2014

The Yankee Bandits

I woke up to 19 degrees and I noticed The Standard Tavern had their lights on already. Yep, it was 6:30am and I could see patrons in this quaint bar on our street. Happy St. Patrick's Day! The weather isn't going to stop the Irish spirit in Milwaukee today. I'll give a recap tomorrow as we fly by the seat of our pants today.

The NCAA basketball tournament bracket seeds came out yesterday. This event makes March Madness official. Good luck to all the teams. The championship game will be on March 7th.

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were known as the Bandidos Yanquis in Bolivia. In other words, the Yankee Bandits. Coco and I found it channel surfing last night and watched it in it's entirety. One of the top ten movies of all time and he liked it just as much as myself. Of course, I've seen it probably 25 or 30 times but never tire of it. It was actually the first movie I ever saw at the theater. My cousins were in town from California and we all went to see it. They have probably long forgotten about it but it was really a special moment for me.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford were superbly cast and their chemistry makes the movie. The writer did a wonderful job and the director showed the natural beauty of the film's location. Redford moved to the area shortly after the film was released.

Steve McQueen was originally supposed to be Butch Cassidy but dropped out after he couldn't get top billing over his rival Newman. Newman then switched to play Butch and Redford signed on for Sundance and the rest was history.

When Newman was still alive there was talk of a remake with Matt Damon. Newman came out and stated that "we did just fine with the original." All talk of a remake was squashed. Never cross a legend.

St. Patrick was the patron Saint of Ireland but he was actually Scottish. About one-third of Americans plan to go to a bar today to celebrate. We shall be heading out soon. Be safe and Erin go Braugh!


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