Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Curmudgeon in the Wry 296

Wednesday, May 25, 2005---685 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 27 seconds
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Rave: Dan Duryea
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Quote: "When one says that a writer is fashionable, one practically always means that he is admired by people under thirty."--- George Orwell
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Rave: Monument Valley
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Useless factoid: There are about 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the USA…more than McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King combined.
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Rant: “Kicking & Screaming,” is a Will Ferrell film about a soccer dad. Coincidentally, the words “kicking and screaming” also describe the way most American fans are taken to soccer games.
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Idle thought: In the last couple years, Jason Giambi has been the biggest baseball bust since Morganna’s.
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Rant: Mysteries that include recipes are not interesting on either level.
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Bumper sticker of the week: Eve was framed.
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Totally useless factoid: 5% of Americans iron their socks.
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Rant: What’s wrong with this picture? Disabled veterans in this country do not receive free medical care, but illegal immigrants do.
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Quote: “A whole world of evil lies right on the edge of the everyday world and you can cross the border in a city minute.”---James M. Cain
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Rave: Harry Bosch has become one of crime fiction’s most fleshed-out characters…and he keeps improving with each novel Michael Connelly writes. Mr. Connelly is a modern master.
Harry has returned to the LAPD, repartnered with Kiz Rider in the recently created Open Unsolved Unit. He remains a relentless, smart, hard working, compassionate, fundamentally decent detective. He is a complicated character---still seeking justice.
Harry and Kiz draw a case from 1988…the murder of an eighteen year biracial girl. DNA is available from the murder weapon…and they get an immediate match.
They both feel there are enough inconsistencies in the match’s history to question whether he is the perp.
As they work the case they uncover the crime’s heartbreaking effects for the victim’s family. These unsolved mysteries can haunt a department…often defining the police force that cannot resolve them.
Even with the tools unavailable in 1988, it still takes dogged legwork, cop’s instinct and long grinding hours to decipher the case. This is where Michael Connelly excels…the calculated progress of Police Procedure 101.
The suspense is constant; surprises appear at every turn, the entire cast vibrant in this taut crime thriller. “The Closers” is well executed and well envisioned.
The plot builds in a deceptive manner…accelerating geometrically as the novel progresses. It ignites in a hushed manner…propelling you to the resolution.
Mr. Connelly is most adept at setting the hook in a most subtle manner…he hides the clues in plain sight as well as any writer. He makes discovering the solution completely satisfying.
It is easy to immerse oneself in “The Closers.”
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Hmmm: Is it true that a Texas-cattleman-vegetarian is someone who only eats meat once a day?
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Rave: I cannot help it…I love the vibraphone. And, am torn between Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson, as to whom I like the best.
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Rant: I plan to see "Monster-in-Law" just as soon as I finish re-reading the Dowd Report on Pete Rose.
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Rave: Rob Bartlett's version of Dr. Phil on "Imus in the Morning" is only an absolute scream.
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Rave: Bernard McGuirk’s Cardinal Egan (on Imus) is as funny as anything I have seen on the tube.
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Truism: The Rolling Stones kick off their world tour at Fenway Park this August, which means that the Yankees won't be the oldest team to play there this season.
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Rant: If the doctor shows on television cannot run out of storylines, I guess the Mets can keep coming up with medical reasons why Mike Piazza has to get a day off when Pedro is pitching.
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Hmmm: Okay, what is harder in sports, winning the Tour de France as many times in a row as Lance Armstrong has, or walking Jose Reyes?
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Perhaps: Perpetual motion is a Slinky on an escalator.
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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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