Saturday, April 23, 2005

Curmudgeon in the Wry 292

Saturday, April 23, 2005---535 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 58 seconds
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Rave: Peter Sellers
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Rant: Despite the best efforts of ESPN and the national print media, I never lost any sleep over who the 49ers might take with the NFL’s first pick. I suppose this makes me subject to investigation under the Patriot Act.
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Rave: Dennis Miller’s recent guest appearance on The Daily Show with John Stewart was beyond outstanding. DM was really on his game!
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Quote: Commenting on the long season, preseason and post-season, Hall of Famer Bill Russell once remarked that the NBA was loaded with great players "for about 40 games."
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Opinion: I think anybody who can spell Kyrgyzstan deserves to be its new leader.
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Hmmmm: Does anyone ever put anything in that little “fifth pocket” in your blue jeans? And, how many times have you forgotten whatever you put in there when you threw the jeans in the wash?
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Rave: TCM’s special, “The Adventures of Errol Flynn” is terrific. Have watched it a couple of times already.
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Rave: Most authors express the belief that the short story is the most difficult format to execute. Developing characters and advancing plot(s) in the space limitations can tax the most gifted of writers.
Leave it to Robert Randisi to assemble a collection of fascinating short mysteries with a jazz theme that belie the conventional wisdom.
His “Murder and All That Jazz” boasts a roster filled with Edgar, Shamus and Agatha winners.
The baker’s dozen tales all sparkle…my particular favorites were penned by Laura Lippman, Les Roberts, Michael Connelly, Julie Smith and Mr. Randisi.
A pleasure from start to finish. Enjoy this one and get an introduction to some writers you may not have known.
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Truism: Half a billion Twinkies are produced each year in America. Why do I have a feeling that only a few hundred people eat them all?
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Southpaw alert: If you watch Hitchcock’s “The Birds” carefully, you will note that Tippi Hedren is left-handed.
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Pop quiz: Raise your hand if you know how to activate the V-chip in your TV. Raise both hands if you have actually accomplished this mission.
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Rant: two reasons professional tennis has collapsed: a shortage of interesting stars and all that grunting. Grunting has ruined tennis. You simply cannot listen to hour after hour of it.
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Ratings poison: Don’t let NBA commish David Stern near any open windows. No Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett in the playoffs. No LeBron. No Knicks or Lakers. Of course, if Stern did jump, he wouldn’t hurt himself. The bodies of network executives would cushion his fall.
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Stats: As usual, the Nebraska Cornhuskers topped all schools for attendance at a spring football game when 63,416 showed up. Guess there’s really nothing else to do out there once the corn has been husked.
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Opinion: It's too bad the NBA will never get the minimum age restriction of 20 it wants. The restriction would raise the caliber of both the pro and college games.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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