Monday, July 04, 2005

Curmudgeon in the Wry 300

Monday, July 04, 2005---519 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 seconds
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Rave: C.R. Hook
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Hmmm: Has science ever answered the question, are oysters alive when you eat them?
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Truism: Many of the new SUVs look so much like station wagons that it makes you wonder what all the fuss is about.
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Confession: I have never understood the purpose weather vanes. So you know when the wind is blowing from the southwest. What then?
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Rant: Some people will throw all the trash out of the car window but themselves.
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Quote: “Highlights are the ruination of sport. They show all the wrong things. Dunks. Fights. Holes-in-one by golfers not in contention. Home runs. And highlights, like mirrors in men's rooms, never will change.”---Frank Deford
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Rave & Rant: Love the Grey Goose Vodka print ads…very creative. As the product is made in France I would never spend a penny on it.
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Rave: One does not simply read Laura Lippman’s “To the Power of Three”…one becomes immersed in it.
Told from multiple points of view, it is in fact a character driven novel. The secondary characters are just as vivid and infused with distinct personalities and back stories as those in the lead roles.
Three suburban high school seniors (inseparable since third grade) are involved in a shooting in a locked girl’s restroom…one dead, one in a coma and one shot in the foot.
What precisely did go down in the restroom? Who in fact pulled the trigger?
Homicide Sergeant Harold Lendardt and partner Kevin Infante come across inconsistencies between the crime scene and account given by the coherent survivor.
The setting in the upscale development of Glendale is illusory, but the way the “event” affects the entire community is all too authentic.
Everyone is so fully realized, it is effortless to picture the novel as nonfiction. They all resonate with authenticity.
And, the plot is crisp, suspenseful, taut and moves along in a calculated rhythm. The reader is enticed to learn more about all the players…and care about them.
“To the Power of Three” hooks you from start to finish.
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Rant: Memo to the NBA. Longer does not necessarily mean better. The regular season ended in mid-April.
Fans in such cities as LA, Atlanta, Minneapolis, etc. had no intrinsic tie to the NBA for over two months, as the playoffs dragged on and on and on and on, incessantly.
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Stats: More relationships have broken up on Valentine’s Day than have ever been started on Valentine’s Day.
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Hmmm: Is it true that if you stay hot for more than four hours in the Cialis Western Open, you are supposed to call a golf doctor?
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Rant: Before send billions of dollars to Africa, let’s spend some dough bailing out the Veteran’s Administration, vastly improve teacher’s salaries and seal our southern border.
Charity begins at home.
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Enjoy the 4th, Fly the Flag.
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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