Thursday, May 10, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 349

Thursday, May 10, 2007---610 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 9 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: Gahan Wilson
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On the Victrola: “Bird Song” by Hampton Hawes…1956-1958.
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Reading: “Up In Honey’s Room” by Elmore Leonard.
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Quote: “Sports fans can boo anybody they want to in sports, booing is one of the last rights they have left. And, they sure do buy that right when they buy the ticket.”---Mike Lupica.
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Factoid: Seven percent of the population are southpaws.
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Hmmmm: How come nobody ever asks you to be less specific?
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Rant: I used to enjoy Rolling Stone Magazine when it was hard to find and fun to read. So…I had to buy the 40th anniversary issue. Little did I know that RS had become today’s Pravda.
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Hmmmm: When Wired Magazine started a bit over ten years ago, who would have thunk it would morph into GQ?
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Book bits: “Copper River” by William Kent Krueger. This guy can write a spellbinding thriller…a thinking man’s read. (A+)
“Simple Genius” by David Baldacci. Suspend disbelief a tad, and you are in for a twisting, turning, thrilling ride. One scene near the end strains plausibility, but overall a solid A minus.
“Fresh Disasters” by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington back with another mystery lite with the usual crowd. Breezy read…a mindless and guilty pleasure. (B+)
“No Questions Asked” by Ross Thomas (1976). While not his most excellent, a nifty caper novel starring “go-between” par excellence, Philip St. Ives. Ross Thomas is the master of the caper novel genre.
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Useless factoid: The average person over fifty will have spent about five years waiting in line.
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Rave: David Halberstam wrote too many remarkable sports books to list here. “Summer of 1949” is my favorite. Experienced, eloquent, and observant are but a few words to describe his writing.
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Quote: “In suspense novels, the plot has to make sense, a fact complicated by the fact that suspense novels must also remain relatively compact. There’s a reason James Joyce did not write suspense.”---Jane Smiley.
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Another useless factoid: When straightened, a wire coat hanger is 44 inches long.
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Hmmmm: Shortly the cost of gasoline will equal the cost of a half-gallon of orange juice.
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Rant: Just how long does one have to be dead to cease being a major story on tabloid TV?
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Hmmmm: I know enough never to shake hands with Sheryl Crow!
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To do list: Google the new Naked Women’s Wrestling League.
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Truism: Words that have never been spoken while on a cell phone; “Hold on, I need to turn on my turn signal.”
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Rave: If you missed Gary Smith’s article on the 1957 Little Rock high school football team that ran in Sports Illustrated a few weeks back, you ought to go back and find it.
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Not holding my breath: While waiting Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to apologize the three innocent Duke lacrosse players.
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Rave: Tee shirt spotted at last weekend’s Duke-Air Force lacrosse game: “Innocent until proven innocent.”
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Don’t know about you: But I can live without Rosie on The View. For that matter, I can live without The View!
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Rave: New book on the way from Frank Deford---“The Entitled”, a novel about a baseball manager and star player who gets in trouble off the field.
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Another quote: “This life is hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.”—George V. Higgins in “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.”
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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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