Monday, August 22, 2005

Curmudgeon in the Wry 305

Monday, August 22, 2005---503 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 seconds (time well spent)
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Rave: Jethro Tull
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Underrated: Jack Elam, Roy Barcroft, Ellen Barkin, Scott Glenn
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Rant: The behavior of homeless advocates is scarier than that of the homeless.
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Rave: “Over There” is outstanding television. Bochco has done it again. Erik Palladino as Sgt. Scream is outstanding.
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Rave: Few crime novelists can hook you like George Pelecanos. His 1994 stand-alone “Shoedog” was out-of-print until last fall in paperback….great news!
There are no good guys in this tale of violence, extreme betrayal and social realism. Every character is morally questionable. Like great film-noir, the cast is either anti-hero or villain.
After drifting worldwide for seventeen years, Constantine decides to hitchhike back to DC. He accepts a ride from an older hood called Polk (everyone in “Shoedog” goes by one name).
Outside DC, Polk needs to make a stop to “collect some dough.” That stop sets a dreadfully dark caper in motion for Constantine.
A dual liquor robbery in DC on payday…two inside men on both jobs and a driver. Well cased and set up…it looks okay…and no one has a chance to say no.
In the great noir tradition a woman upsets loyalties and outsiders are after Polk.
The dénouement is stunning and will resound in your mind for an extensive period.
Packed with remarkable dialogue, suspense, treachery, fanatical duplicity and filled with superb pop culture references, “Shoedog” is best read in black and white.
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Rave: I admire those who can row a boat in a straight line.
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This just in: In order not to offend those of the Polish persuasion, the NCAA has renamed the pole vault event to stick vault. Lest people from Finland may get offended, the same NCAA has replaced finish line with end line.
What will they rename the foul pole?
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Rave: The History Channel takes some of the pain out of commercial breaks with their interesting and informative facts on the movie they are showing.
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Rant: After watching about three seconds of the promos for “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” it is painfully evident that its audience is composed of those who believe pro wrestling is both a sport and not fixed.
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Overrated: Nancy Grace, Whoopie Goldberg,
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Hmmm: If you remember when men’s suits came with two pairs of trousers, you are even older than I am.
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Remind me again: At the beach, what was so enjoyable about being buried in the sand?
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Hmmm: How come only drug dealers and high school teachers understand the metric system.
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Rant: why can't/won't home remodelers park those huge trash bins in their driveways and their cars in the street?---Thanks to Dandy Don Whittemore.
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Truism: Nobody ever got their money's worth out of a tube of Super Glue.
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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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