Sunday, March 05, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry 317

Sunday, March 05, 2006---564 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 seconds (time well spent)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
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Rave: Jay Bilas
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Movie Magic: “The Magnificent Seven” is a great western motion picture---arguably the film that launched Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn to stardom.
In the movie, James Coburn’s character, Britt, had exactly eleven lines---including, “You lost” and “Three.” Now that’s pithy.
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Rave: The next best thing to reading Michael Connelly is rereading him!
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Rant: Someone should make Simon Cowell sing, instead of being simply obnoxious.
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Big yawn: World Baseball Classic---I have less than zero interest in this boondoggle.
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My take: The Blue Jays are still the Blue Jays until they prove otherwise.
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Hmmmm: If the NHL takes two weeks off, does anyone miss it?
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Rant: The only thing wrong with the catfight between Trump and Martha Stewart over her horrid TV show is that there is nobody to cheer for.
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Rave: The good news is a year from now no one's going to remember Bode Miller.
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Rant: Is it true that when the groundhog saw his shadow it meant seven more months of Barry Bonds?
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Rave: Two thumbs up for “Turning Angel” by Greg Iles.
Prosecutor/novelist Penn Cage returns from my favorite Iles book, “The Quiet Game” as the protagonist.
Penn has left the legal life to spend time with his daughter in his hometown of Natchez. And, he has renewed his boyhood friendship with Dr. Drew Elliot, a prominent member of the Natchez gentry.
Both are attending a board meeting of the elite private school, St. Stephens Prep when the meeting is interrupted with news that star senior student on her way to Harvard (Kate Townsend) has been found murdered.
Kate was the poster child for perfection. However, the investigation shows Kate was buying drugs from an infamous dealer, posing for kinky photos and having an affair with a married man (Dr. Drew Elliot).
Dr. Elliot informs Penn of the affair, claim innocence in the murder and gets Penn back into the legal game to defend him. The price of defending his friend could affect Penn’s run for mayor and makes him a target for the real killer.
There is no shortage of homegrown suspects as well as a few outsiders and a particularly venal blackmailer.
It is a fast moving plot with a rapid pulse. The reader is enveloped by the conspiracies and small town intrigue. There is ample action as we learn just who did what to whom, and why.
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Hmmmm: My dentist told me to only floss the teeth I want to keep.
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Rant: You know that words hive become merely props when “illegal aliens” are now referred to as “undocumented.”
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Three Point Play: The feel-good story of the year is 5-foot-6 Jason McElwain, who has autism, and was put into a high school basketball game in upstate New York as a reward for being the team manager. He hit six of 10 3-point shots in four minutes. Stranger than fiction? Even stranger than that.
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Rant: The male “American Idol” contestants should get their own show called “American Ugly.”
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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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