Saturday, August 06, 2005

Curmudgeon in the Wry 303

Saturday, August 06, 2005---514 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 seconds
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Rave: Tony Blair
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Confession: I don’t know how I tested positive for sarcasm.
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Quote: “If an amateur gets enough rejections from enough publishers, the amateur thinks ‘Oh, what the hell do they know?’ The professional wonders ‘what is wrong with my book?’”---Evan Hunter.
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Rant: If you absolutely trust the directions on MapQuest, you are more lost than you know.
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Just asking: What is the difference between scattered showers and isolated showers?
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Guilty pleasure: I confess---I continue to enjoy the Andy Hardy movies to this day. Mickey Rooney was a helluva talented youngster. And you can feel the star power of Judy Garland.
It is a shame what the studios did to her.
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Hmmmm: How could anybody possibly know that every snowflake is different? Is somebody keeping track? And, where do they keep them all?
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Power rankings: In July, the Yankees’ Jason Giambi hit 14 home runs, one more than the Washington Nationals .
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Picture this: Raymond Chandler was an in-house scriptwriter for Paramount when they released the film version of his novel, “The Big Sleep” in 1946.
Humphrey Bogart’s dynamic portrayal of PI Philip Marlow in this most enduring of all film noirs, made an icon of Chandler’s 1939 creation.
Chandler had wanted Cary Grant to play Marlow.
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Rant: People who watch reality shows have nothing better to do than sit and watch people who have nothing better to do.
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Rave: “One Shot” by Lee Child is just about as high-quality as suspense writing gets.
Protagonist Jack Reacher is a former MP, and possesses the size to be most imposing to the bad guys.
He lives under the radar---no family, no fixed address, no phone, no credit cards…and no wearisome questions. But---when the situation warrants…he does not hesitate to join in the fray. A modern day knight errant.
Five people are dead from six shots fired by a sniper. The police have a prime suspect (James Barr) in custody within hours. He claims innocence and says only, “Get Jack Reacher.”
When Reacher arrives, the slam dunk case is gradually eroded. And, not by any storybook surreptitiousness---rather by tough bits of information, forensic, personal and psychological that Reacher pieces together.
There is a great deal of interior dialogue, enabling the reader to follow Reacher’s deductive powers.
Follow sniper suspect James Barr’s example and “Get Jack Reacher.”
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Quote: Shoot first: Antoine Walker, who just joined the Miami Heat via a trade, once was asked why he shot so many 3-pointers . “Because,” he said, “there are no fours.”
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Meaningless Factoid: There are 490 U.S. bills to a pound.
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Rant: People who use made-up swear words like, “Oh sugar!” are just kidding themselves.
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Useless Factoid: According to reference books and Web sites, there are more mysteries about journalists than lawyers.
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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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