Thursday, July 17, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 397

Thursday, July 17, 2008---677 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 26 seconds (time frittered away) (a pointless waste of time)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Cynicism is my beat.
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Rave: Joseph Cotton
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On the Hi Fi: “Three Great Swing Saxophones”---Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Benny Carter.
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Reading: Robert B. Parker’s “Resolution.”
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Must see TV: Season two of AMC’s “Mad Men” starts on the 27th. This Sunday (20th) AMC has all season one episodes in order from noon to midnight.
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Hmmm: Do you think that the folks that complain about voter ID's would mind having to show an ID if they won the lottery?
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Rave: I will miss Billy Packer at the Final Four. His basketball acumen is second to no one. His acerbic personality was one of his charms for me. His replacement, Clark Kellogg, is great in the studio where he is extremely well prepared. His broadcasting skills need polishing. Being teamed with Jim Nantz for the Final Four should accelerate his growth.
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Rant: No one should use the self-checkout unless they can operate the machine at least as well as the 16-year-old pregnant high school dropout at the regular register.
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Didn't see this coming: The New Yorker cover featuring the obamas is a way that did not suggest a second coming.

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Didjaknow: Blake Edwards was the writer for the radio version of “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” that ran from 1949 to 1953.
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Tedious: Caucasians with tattoos in Asian lettering.
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Hmmm: Why is okay for the media to mock Vietnam War hero John McCain’s age and George W. Bush’s intelligence, but unfair to parody obama?
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Rant: Seems like we just had the 4th of July and I am already seeing Back-to-School sales.
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Rave: To those who say, “it’s only tennis” about the incredible Federer/Nadal final at Wimbledon, I say---“go watch a tractor pull.”
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Not a math major: Imprisoned NFL player Michael Vick has filed for bankruptcy, citing debts totaling between $10 million and $50 million. My guess is that he will have to get a wee bit more specific when it actually gets to court.
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Rave: “Kiss Me Deadly” is one of those rare movies that is better than the book.
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Rant: Customers must remember that the self-checkout lines are supposed to be for quick transactions. Talking on the phone while checking out slows the process
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Stats: It has been five years since the MLB All Star Game winner received the seventh game of the World Series home advantage. In those five years there has been no seventh game. The American League is 5-0 in the All Star games and 3-2 in the Series.
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Truism: The Lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math. It is a tax I never pay. The more Lotteries, the better.
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Rant: The E*Trade ad with the stupid baby making a trade.
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Hmmm: His agent whines that there is a conspiracy in MLB not to sign Barry Bonds. Gee--- what reason could a team have not to sign him---other than the perjury indictment, he is injury prone, close to 44 and one of the most dislikable athletes to play the game.
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More than tedious: Using a Bluetooth headset in public.
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Rant: Who is choosing Eddie Murphy’s movie scripts? This guy was brilliant in “48 Hours.” His Axel Foley character in the “Beverly Hills Cop” series was top drawer---“Trading Places” was up there as well. However, this latest streak of “Meet Dave,” “Pluto Nash,” “Dr. Doolittle,” “Nutty Professor” and the like is a waste of an incredible talent.
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Really Tedious: Including the names of kids and pets in you home phone-outgoing message.
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Rant: If you are not responsible enough to have an ID, then you are not responsible enough to vote.
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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.
We return you to your regular programming

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