Documentaries - I'm hooked

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I've been watching a lot of documentaries on my Netflix streaming video service - so much so that I believe I may be addicted to them. The Netflix service "learns" what you're watching and makes recommendations based on your past preferences; so, I've been discovering all of these interesting documentaries and I can't stop watching them. I watched two last night alone...

Here's a list of some of the better ones I've seen - you may want to check them out if the opportunity presents itself:

Cocaine Cowboys - a story about Griselda Blanco, a ruthless drug lord who was largely responsible for the majority of the cocaine that came into the USA during the 70s and 80s. Unreal story.

Cocaine Cowboys II - a follow-up to the first documentary that focuses on Charles Cosby, a drug dealer who befriended Blanco while she was in prison and proceeded to rise to incredible power and wealth.

The King of Kong - the story of two gaming geeks who battle each other for title of "King of Kong" by setting world records in what is the gaming industry's toughest arcade game of all time: Donkey Kong.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room - an unbelievable inside look at the rise and fall of Enron, and how the executives were well aware of what they were doing and the potential consequences of their actions. I watched this one twice - it was that good.

Two Days in April - follows four college football stars as they attempt to become drafted into the NFL. An intriguing behind-the-scenes look into how difficult it is to enter the draft; from the Senior Bowl to the NFL Combine to the specialized training camps - it's truly amazing what these guys go through and how they are scrutinized over every single detail/aspect of their life prior to being eligible for the draft. 1400 players enter the draft every year for 255 positions.

King Corn - two college kids from Boston move to Iowa, rent an acre of farmland, and grow their own acre of corn. They try to follow it through the food-chain and are surprised by several things: the corn they grow (along with most of Iowa) is not consumable by humans in its natural form... it's used for high fructose corn syrup and livestock feed. And, every acre loses at least $10 until government subsidies kick-in and net the farmer about $8 per acre.

Those are just a few of the better ones I've seen. I'm sure there will be more to come!

In other news, the new mixer is working fantastically - top notch. I love it. Off to a fish fry tonight (baked fish - sticking with the diet) and will report on it later this weekend.

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