Saturday, July 16, 2005

Curmudgeon in the Wry 301

Saturday, July 16, 2005---785 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 22 seconds
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Rave: Ed McBain/Evan Hunter
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100% Absolute Truism: The volume level of a cellphone conversation is in inverse proportion to the intelligence of the participants.
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Suggestion box: The best way to improve HOV lanes is to do away with them.
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Don’t I wish: Why can't some of these hurricanes hit France?
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Factoids in History: The telephone was invented in 1876---the light bulb in 1879---but the zipper did not debut until 1893.
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Rave: Without question and without exception, I will watch any film with Ida Lupino in it. Not just a talented actress and a “hot number” as the cops in “The Hard Way” referred to her…she was among the first females to produce and direct in Hollywood.
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Rave: In his fortieth novel Elmore Leonard takes us back to 1930’s-era Oklahoma in “The Hot Kid.”
The kid is Carl (Carlos) Webster, who became a US Deputy Marshall at age twenty-one…his goal is be “America’s most famous lawman.”
“If I have to pull my weapon, I shoot to kill,” is his trademark calling card. And, he is quite the lady’s man as well.
The villain of the piece is millionaire’s son, Jack Belmont…as bad as they come…but not a candidate for The Mensa Society. As a teenager he tried to blackmail his father about his mistress---when that failed, he kidnapped the mistress and was surprised when she recognized him. His goal is to be Public Enemy Number 1.
True Detective Magazine writer Tony Antonelli is the chronicler of the events that aid Webster’s rise to fame. Carl Webster always makes certain to get credit when he shoots someone in the line of duty.
Like many of Mr. Leonard’s works, a stunning ensemble cast vividly emerges to propel the story along with the inevitable showdowns, gunfights and hair-raising turns. Sardonic, witty and sharp dialogue enlivens the narrative.
The so-called heroes are not that much different from the criminals…there are not a lot of noble ambitions on either side of the law. Moral ambiguity and hard-boiled cynicism rule the day.
Nonstop action, sly humor, and the cinematic portraits of the women whose desire is to be a “gun moll” of a famous criminal are other high points in this rousing tale.
Elmore Leonard, one of our most acclaimed crime writers has hit the bull’s-eye once again.
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Just wondering: Before taking a trip to Miami, do Americans need a passport now that it has become a foreign country?
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Rave: “Murphy’s Romance” was run twice early this week on WE and I was hooked for both showings. Directed by Marty Ritt, it starred Sally Field and James Garner in his Oscar nominated role. The spectacular soundtrack was a Carole King, David Sanborn, Lou Adler collaboration. This movie hit on all cylinders.
I had forgotten just how well done it was.
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Speaking of Carole King: Starbucks has released a 2 CD collection of her music recorded during her “Living Room Tour.” Enormously satisfying…lotsa hits, many a memory, countless goose bumps.
Not to be missed!
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Rant: The people who complain about how slow those who work at the Wal-Mart deli are, (it may be an urban legend that when you order meat there, it's already expired by the time they give it to you), deserve what they get. I would not trust the quality of deli food at Sam’s, Wal-Mart, and BJ’s, any of those deep discounters.
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Hmmm: When it comes to bike riding, President Bush is no Lance Armstrong.
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Quote: “Few enough would be cheering for Bonds to eclipse the noble Mr. Aaron even if the fog of steroids didn't hang round his big head. Records are made to be broken. But, oh my, couldn't we have it so we make the record-breakers more to our taste?”---Frank Deford
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Rant: Had Paris gotten the nod for the 2012 games, they could have introduced rifle-dropping as an Olympic demonstration sport.
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Stats ‘R Us: Boston College is the only team in the nation to have won a bowl game in each of the past five seasons. This after the Eagles College suffered back-to-back 4-7 seasons in Coach Tom O'Brien's first two years.
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Hmmm: So, has the Segway revolutionized anything yet?
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Marketing 101: What is it that makes business owners think that having a person wearing a bunny suit waving at me will make me pull in and buy a car or rent an apartment?
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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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