Thursday, November 17, 2005

Curmudgeon in the Wry 310

Thursday, November 17, 2005---532 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 seconds (time well spent)
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Rave: Big and Rich.
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Rant: Don’t know which I dislike more: looking my age or feeling my age.
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Rave: In his strong debut legal thriller “The Color of Law,” Mark Gimenez keeps a tempo going that makes it impossible to put down.
A. Scott Feeney was football hero at SMU, married the head cheerleader, owns a home in the tony Dallas suburb of Highland Park and is the youngest partner in the most prominent law firm in "Big D.” In short, he has the perfect life.
After giving an especially disingenuous speech about legal idealism he is assigned a pro bono case by a Federal Judge. He must defend a black prostitute hooked on heroin who is accused of murdering the debauched son of very wealthy Texas Senator---who is the Presidential frontrunner for his party.
A. Scott assumes she is guilty. However, if he exposes the son’s sleazy past, he may save her from the death penalty. This does not please the Senator.
After the powerful Senator calls in favors all over Dallas, A. Scott has his mortgage called, his Ferrari repossessed, the country club membership gone, fired by his largest client and his firm…the perfect life evaporated.
He rediscovers his conscience and decides to give his best effort.
We know he will prevail, but the how keeps you reading into the wee hours.
I was so engrossed in his story telling that it was only near the end of the book that I started to wonder who really committed the murder.
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Hmmmm: Are neckties getting skinny again? Does that mean I can get my old ones out of moth balls?
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Rant: If we can ban people from bringing nail clippers aboard airplanes, we can ban people from bringing cell phones into movie theaters.
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Factoid: An acronym is an acronym only when you can pronounce it as a word, such as OPEC, scuba, NATO. If it does not form a word, and is read as letters, it is not an acronym, rather it is a pronounced abbreviation: YMCA, NFL, MSNBC.
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Truism: Purchasing a new laptop makes buying a pig in a poke seem easy. Especially if you expect customer service after they get your dough.
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Helpful hint: If you are discontented with the disastrous redesign of TV Guide, try Zap2It.com.
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Numbers game: The lowest Gallup approval rating for a president was Harry Truman’s 23 percent in 1952 during the Korean War.
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Hmmmm: How come the old Doonebury cartoons are so much funnier than the current ones?
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Wish list: Somebody to invent a quiet vacuum cleaner.
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Congratulations: To “The West Wing” for its live (scripted) debate episode. It was almost as dull as an actual presidential debate.
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This just in: Richest country in the world? British Virgin Islands…followed by Luxembourg, Norway and the USA. Most taxed? Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Sweden and France. The USA checks in at number 21.
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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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