Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 367

Tuesday, October 23, 2007---769 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 47 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: Robert Duvall
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On the Hi Fi: “Got Nothing But Song”---A wonderful Starbucks collection featuring such jazz vocalists as Nina Simone, Chet Baker, Mose Allison, Blossom Dearie and more.
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Reading: Ross McDonald’s Lew Archer novel from 1973, “Sleeping Beauty.”
Paul Newman’s character in 1966’s “Harper” was based on Lew Archer.
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My-Oh-My: Josh Beckett just stands there and says, “See if you can hit this” in October the way Bob Gibson did in 1964. He is also Kenny Chesney’s doppelganger.
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My-Oh-My II: What do think? Is it about time we learned the names of the Colorado Rockies’ players.
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My-Oh-My III: As the Joe Torre era in New York ends, he leaves with four World Series rings, and the respect of the baseball world. There are worse legacies.
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Rant: Terry Francona should be fired if he puts Eric Gagne in any game, except for mop up duty.
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Rave: It has been five years since I read Dennis Lehane’s intense “Gone, Baby, Gone.”
I had forgotten what a complex and riveting story he created. It is the fourth in his five book series featuring Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.
Now I will go back and reread the other four.
Being the Lehane fan, I am. I approached the movie with a skeptical attitude.
Director Ben Affleck has made a number of poor career decisions, but bring this book to the silver screen was not one of them.
The movie does not deliver the complete promise of the book, but it has many redeeming qualities.
For one thing, Affleck does not create composite characters. He remains true to the story’s timeline…all though he compresses the time to solve the case significantly.
And, he eschews the current annoying Hollywood mantra of one big explosion every ten minutes.
His brother, Casey, shines as Patrick Kenzie and Ed Harris delivers his usual gripping performance.
Michelle Monaghan remains in the shadows as Angie, not the wise cracking, skilled and attention-grabbing partner she is in the book. Amy Ryan is spectacular as the partying unfit mother whose child is abducted.
Morgan Freeman’s role is as abbreviated in the flick as in the book, but played to the hilt.
It probably is more entertaining if you didn’t read book…but not to read Dennis Lehane is to deprive yourself of many hours of enjoyment.
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Pop Quiz: Recite the first five letters of the Greek alphabet.
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Rant: Nancy Grace is repulsive!
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Pop Quiz II: Name the first five books of the Old Testament. Now, the New Testament.
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Rant: Will someone please tell Greenspan and Carter that neither is any longer in office?
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Rave: If someone came up with an automobile horn that sounded like squealing tires, maybe other drivers would pay attention.
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Pop Quiz III: Name the first five elements in the Periodic Table of the Elements.
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Truism: It is worthy of note---how short an hour-long TV show is when you fast-forward through the commercials.
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Factoid: Tim Stoddard (NC State & Baltimore Orioles) and Kenny Lofton (Arizona & Cleveland Indians) are the only two athletes to play in both the Final Four and World Series.
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Hmmmm: Could the New England Patriots be the ’27 Yankees in shoulder pads?
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Pop Quiz IV: Recite The Lord’s Prayer. For extra credit, The Apostle’s Creed.
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Rant: The cause of global warming is Al Gore’s hot air. Lest we forget, he could not carry his home state of Tennessee during the 2000 election…and that Yasser Arafat also won the Nobel peace prize.
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Further thoughts on meetings and committees: “Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers.”---Edward Shepherd Mead.
“You’ll find in no park or city a monument to a committee.”---Victoria Pasternak.
“Committee: a group of the unfit, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary.”---Stewart Harrol.
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Pop Quiz V: Recite the opening line of the Gettysburg Address. Extra credit for Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.
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Rimshot: I know I am in my own little world, but that’s okay---they know me here.
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Rant: When Rudy Giuliani “took” that lame cell phone call from his wife during a recent speech, I immediately thought it was Bob Newhart running for president.
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Rimshot II: Do department heads at the CDC hold regularly scheduled staph meetings?
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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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