Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry 324

Wednesday, July 12, 2006---619 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 11 seconds (time frittered away)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…but never in doubt.
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Rave: Steve McQueen
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Currently reading: “Prayers for the Assassin” by Robert Ferrigno. Good stuff!
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In the CD tray: West Coast Jazz Box Set, Disk 1. Love the Chet Baker tunes.
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Rimshot: Now that Anaheim's NHL team is known simply as the Ducks, the franchise has reduced by half a stupid nickname. Why did it take the team all these years to figure out that "Mighty" isn't all it's quacked up to be?
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Rave: The latest Imus mantra: “We’re not happy until you’re not happy.”
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Hmmmm: Is it true that Al Gore thinks that the Heat winning the NBA title and the Hurricanes capturing the Stanley Cup is just further proof of global warming?
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Rave: Laura Lippman’s ninth Tess Monaghan novel, “No Good Deeds”, is an assured polished work.
It is finely crafted suspense populated with realistic characters that are worth caring about.
PI Tess Monaghan lands a consulting job with her former employer, Baltimore’s Beacon Light.
The murder of a Federal prosecutor grabs Tess’s attention. It starts out as an abstract example for journalistic investigation…but grows into much more.
Chance steps in when Tess’s boy friend brings a scam artist/street kid home…the initial good deed. It turns out the kid (Lloyd Jupiter) is a link in the murder chain.
Wise enough to know he needs to remain invisible, Lloyd disappears.
During Tess’s odyssey of discovery, much seems amiss with the official investigation. Protecting her source (Lloyd), Tess gives the paper as much as she knows…another good deed. This places Tess, her boy friend and Lloyd in jeopardy.
In peril from whom is the question.
Tess’s life is turned upside down by rogue agents from the FBI and DEA abetted by an ambitious Assistant US Attorney…revealing a wholly amoral world.
The tension builds steadily as the plot strands start to entwine in this notable and provocative novel.
“No Good Deeds” is entertaining and disturbing. Laura Lippman captures the allure of Baltimore in convincing fashion.
It starts strong and holds your attention.
Laura Lippman is the real deal…she writes with poise and flair…must reading!!!
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Quote: “Nostalgia is the realization that things weren't as unbearable as they seemed at the time.” – Anon.
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Rave: Love the TV spot for baseball’s All Star Game…the Steel City hard hat theme and graphics make it my favorite MLB pitch since “Chicks dig the long ball.”
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Rant: With the advent of inter-league play, the All Star Game seems rather redundant to me. An unnecessary exhibition game. However, not as tedious as the Home Run Derby.
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Rave: AMC’s original western, “Broken Trail” was quite a treat. The usual stellar performance from Robert Duvall led the way. Thomas Church’s acting was a hugely pleasant surprise to me. Even with all the commercials, I will watch it again and again.
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Department of redundancy department: Exact replica, two-way dialog, UPC code, it’s raining outside, same exact.
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Rant: I see that Home Depot is thinking of adding fast food to its stores. Will customers be expected to hunt for the ingredients and cook for themselves?
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Rave: Is there a whiter white than a major league baseball team’s home uniform?
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Hmmmm: How the heck did we get the contraction “won’t” from “will not”?
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Quote: “Politicians will act rationally only when other alternatives are exhausted.”—John Reynolds, Jr.
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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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