Monday, January 15, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 340

Monday, January 15, 2007---715 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 15 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: Del Vikings
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On the Victrola: Toni Tennille “Sings Big Band”
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Reading: “Whirlwind” by Joseph Garber
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Must see TV: The #5 U-Conn Husky Women at #2 UNC. Espn2 at 7PM tonight. Go U-Conn!
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Rave: Add me to the chorus singing the praises of Joseph Wambaugh’s “Hollywood Station.”
It has been at least ten years since his last novel (“The Floaters”) and he has not skipped a beat.
It is a splendid police procedural, but it is the superb characterizations that steal the show.
The cops at Hollywood Station are a most colorful bunch. A forty-year vet known as “The Oracle” makes the assignments and keeps the station running.
A couple of surfer cops, a Russian/American, a woman back from maternity leave, and Hollywood Nate (who angles for bit parts and off duty movie security gigs) are but a few of patrolmen and detectives that come to life in vivid fashion.
On the other side of the law are the tweakers and Russian Mafia…and the uniquely Hollywood types like Batman, Superman and Elvis working the tourists.
The detectives are pursuing assorted cases that coalesce at the conclusion. The cases are interesting, and the crooks are fascinating. Every character is thoroughly depicted and unforgettable.
The BS of the federal bureaucracy is portrayed clearly, as are the not so politically correct solutions the cops utilize to work around the red tape that inhibits their ability to serve and protect.
It is great theater, fantastic reading, first-rate entertainment and inspired writing.
We are the richer for the return of Joseph Wambaugh.
Oh, yes…after reading “Hollywood Station” you will find yourself dropping off your mail at the post office…not in the big blue mailbox on the corner.
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Rant: Jim Rice would sure my vote for the Hall of Fame.
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Quote: Line of the Week comes from Don Shula on Nick Saban bailing out of Miami: "My reaction is that Saban in two years was 15-17. I don't think that will be any great loss."
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Sad, but true: When President Bush goes up against a live microphone he should at least get some points.
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Like, oh gee: It is tough to believe in love when Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz call it quits.
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Recycle this: Thanks to the ACLU for sending me postage-paid envelopes. I’m helping Florida’s environment by mailing my trash out of state. As long as the left wing ACLU sends me their garbage, I will send them my garbage.
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Rant: The elite liberal media crucified George Bush for past alcohol use. Now that media darling Barack Hussein Obama has admitted using marijuana and cocaine, it will be interesting to see the media reaction.
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I don’t get it: For coming to America to help grow Major League Soccer, David Beckham reportedly will make about $1 million a week in a league where the median salary is $36,000. Beckham spends more than that each year on hair products.
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Rant: The media is falling all over itself singing the praises of Pelosi being the first female House Speaker. Condi Rice, being first black female Secretary of State hardly pegged the media meter as anything unusual.
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True or false: The Gerald Ford funeral lasted longer than his presidency.
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Rant: It's amazing that Barry Bonds initially accused a teammate of contributing to his positive test for amphetamines. Until now, it was unclear that Bonds even knew he had a teammate.
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Totally Useless Factoid: Jack Klugman is the only juror from the 1957 film “Twelve Angry Men” still living.
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Rant: Ever think that some area or road is “always under construction”---but you never see “anything new?”
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Another Useless Factoid: Robert Vaughn is the last remaining member of the “Magnificent Seven.”
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Rant: Hasn’t the expression “back in the day” had its fifteen minutes of fame? Sports announcers are the worst offender in overusing the phrase
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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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