Sunday, July 23, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry 325

Sunday, July 23, 2006---511 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 51 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.
+++++++
Rave: Randolph Scott
+++++++
Currently reading: “If You Can’t Be Good” (1973) by Ross Thomas…wish I had discovered him decades ago. His novels read as contemporary as if this were just completed with the exception of the technology. Human nature, deception, deceit, political corruption, covert ops, duplicity and guile are timeless subjects---and he nails them.
+++++++
On the Victrola: The Miles Davis Collection, 1954-1959---part of the Starbucks Hear Music series. “Bag’s Groove” and “Milestones” are particular faves.
+++++++
Rant: In a way, Terrell Owens is right to blame the media for his tarnished image. If print and electronic outlets hadn't faithfully reported his asinine comments the last couple years, fewer people would know what a jerk he is.
+++++++
Truism: A proportionate response never won a fight.
+++++++
In Passing: Mickey Spillane was a huge influence and had great impact on America’s post World War II pop culture.
His 53 books sold over 200 million copies.
At one time he had six of top fifteen selling detective novels in the 20th Century.
Ayn Rand said he was her favorite novelist since Victor Hugo.
His Mike Hammer inspired three TV shows…two starring Stacey Keach as Hammer.
His “Kiss Me Deadly” was made into a movie in 1955---it remains one the most powerful film noir classics of all time.
All this from the man who parodied himself during sixteen years of Miller Lite commercials.
We may have lost Mickey Spillane…but Mike Hammer lives on.
+++++++
Just asking: Whose hair was Tim McCarver wearing while broadcasting the All Star Game? You would think that someone making his kind of money with a make-up assistant would be able to get the hair color correct.
+++++++
Rant: Somebody please tell me how I am better off because the New York Times exposed the secret monitoring of money traffic.
+++++++
Great Business Names Spotted: “The Fur Seasons”---a dog boarding service. “The Sod Father”---a landscaping operation.
+++++++
Money matters: Signing football coach Bobby Petrino to a new contract, Louisville got it backwards by offering him a $10,000 bonus if half his players graduate. Shouldn't Petrino be asked to give back $10,000 if at least 50 percent of his athletes don't leave with diplomas?
+++++++
My two cents: The Cadillac XLR looks like it is trying too hard.
+++++++
Rant: I hope my TV mute button doesn’t wear out until after the election.
+++++++
Me thinks: We have become so politically correct that we’ve lost our common sense and our sense of humor.
+++++++
Rant: The ESPYs---another TV show of contrived excitement. I missed it. By choice.
+++++++
Suggestion box: There should be a bumper sticker that says, "Hang Up And Drive."
+++++++
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

No comments: