Saturday, October 06, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 365

Saturday, October 06, 2007---818 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 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: Chet Baker
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On the Victrola: “The Very Best of Diana Krall”
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Reading: “The Blade Itself” by Marcus Sakey.
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Rant: Those Frank Caliendo TV promos during the TBS Division Series broadcasts are relentlessly effective. We have now been warned to stay as far away from the show as possible.
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Quote: “Three announcers in a sports booth is one too many.”---Frank Deford.
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Rant: One would have hoped that TBS would have adhered to Frank’s advice for the MLB Division Series. Their Braves broadcasts have been among the finest of any sport. In addition, they always had two announcers…both were equally adroit at play by play and analysis.
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Rant: Speaking of the Braves TBS announcers---why are they not doing the majority of the announcing? Their work is so far superior to the clowns boring us to death thus far.
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Rant: During the first Indians/Yankees game, Lebron James (once again) showed off his Cro-Magnum IQ. How pathetic to wear the Yankee cap when you are an Ohio boy and a high profile athlete in Cleveland!!! Better to wear no hat while in a Cleveland venue.
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Rave: To TBS roving announcer Craig Sager for calling James a front-runner on national TV.
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Nuts: The Cubs folded like a cheap card table. So much for my hopes for a Red Sox/Cubs World Series.
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Rave: Nothing could be fina…than to be in Carolina…and see the Red Sox up two games to none and the Yankees down zero and two.
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Even Sweeter: Seeing Alex Rodriguez oh-for-the-division series. I say that knowing we could turn it around and carry the Yankees to three victories in the blink of an eye.
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Rave: Novels of child abduction and pedophiles are not my cup of latte. Were I not a huge fan of Jim Swain’s spectacularly entertaining Tony Valentine novels, I never would have tried “Midnight Rambler.”
“Midnight Rambler” is a stand-alone thriller, and perhaps is Jim’s strongest novel to date.
Jack Carpenter was a Broward County PD missing child specialist. Now he is living over a bar in Dania, barely able to pay the rent.
He lost his badge and his marriage during the apprehension and conviction of Simon Skell, a notorious serial killer.
When Skell’s lawyer orchestrates a release on a technicality, Jack is obliged to reconfirm the case or else all he lost will be for naught.
Skell is a fearsome adversary. He manages to run a bunch of hooligans on the outside from his jail cell. This ring preys on the vulnerable women, obtaining crucial info in a most ingenious and insidious manner. It is an odd coupling: a venal radio talk show host, the sinister CEO of a communication company and two sordid, reprehensible Cubans posing as cable installers.
Part of their conspiracy is to discredit Jack completely.
One of Jack’s few allies is a stripper who the gang kidnaps.
As Jack competes against the ticking clock to prevent her death, for each insightful piece of the puzzle he uncovers, he runs up upon an equally imposing dead end. The frustration amplifies the suspense and tension.
The procedural aspects are absolutely credible, the action is taut, the dialogue convincing and the characters are terrifyingly real.
You know these types of lawbreakers exist. They are your worse nightmare and will make you sleep with a light on for a while.
Do not miss this book.
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Tis true: Most times, I have a difficult time knowing when to use insure or ensure as well as affect and effect. However, I do know that there is no such word as irregardless, that “same exact” is the most irritating redundancy in the English language and that “hopefully” is likely the most misused English word.
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One to ponder: If it is not the height of irony, it is at least perfect symmetry that both the launch of Sputnik and the first episode of “Leave It to Beaver” occurred on October 4, 1957---fifty years ago.
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Hmmm: Soy sauce is salty…soymilk is sweet…soybeans are crunchy…tofu is spongy---pretty weird, is it not?
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Truism: Home Depot is so understaffed; it gives new meaning to the term “self service.”
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Another truism: Baseball games lasting four plus hours. I do not even want to be with myself for four hours.
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Yet another truism: The Mets, the high sex appeal choice to make it to the World Series, went down faster than the Titanic.
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Rave: It would appear that the Rockies are Destiny’s Team this season.
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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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