Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 364

Wednesday, October 03, 2007---518 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 57 seconds (time frittered away) (a pointless waste of time)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: “The War” by Ken Burns on PBS.
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On the Victrola: “Poetics of Sound”---a Starbucks collection of Miles Davis, vintage 1954-1959.
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Reading: Jim Swain’s “Midnight Rambler.”
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Rave: Overall, I give “The War” high marks. Ken Burns did live up to his promise of showing film clips and photos not seen previously…a few repeats snuck in, but it was a treat to see all the new (to me) footage.
The concept of telling the story from four towns was a distinctive touch. Katharine Phillips from Mobile was a spectacular representative for the home front.
I was struck by how many of the witnesses constantly referred to the troops as “our boys.” In the main, there were just boys who grew up fast and led this nation to victory and, upon returning, guided the country into an era of unmatched prosperity that is still with us today.
We could have German or Japanese as the language of the USA today, were it not for their leadership, sacrifice, selflessness and initiative.
If I had to quibble, it would be about the music. I think more period music would have augmented the narrative---more Dorsey, Miller, Goodman, Shaw, Andrew Sisters, Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington, etc.
The original music composed by Wynton Marsalis was (at times) maudlin and dreary. There are any number of melancholy jazz pieces by the likes of Benny Carter, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, etc. that could have conveyed the mood with a more hopeful sound.
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Truism: The following sentence - "Michael Vick is stupider than we thought" - has no expiration date.
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Rant: For most of us, the U in ESPNU stands for unavailable.
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Truism: Exercise is a miracle drug.
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Truism II: Junk is something you have kept around for years, only to toss it one week before you need it.
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Hmmmm: What is with these “next generation” claims on various products? If they are truly “next generation,” why are here now?
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Rant: If I hear the term “carbon footprint” one more time, I am going to scream.
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Rave: Having the entire schedule of the MLB Division Series on TBS, baseball fans are spared some of the worst announcers in the game on Fox and ESPN. Most of the TBS is pretty darn good or at least benign. We will not be insulted by the likes of Berman, Sutcliffe, Buck and McCarver. However, we do miss out on Jon Miller.
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Rant: The TBS feature of Cal Ripken swinging at the virtual pitch is truly weak…in fact; the word pathetic comes to mind.
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Please explain: What is the value of a helicopter traffic report done by a reporter that speaks faster than the speed of light?
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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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