Sunday, August 31, 2008

Curmudfeon in the Wry 405

Sunday, August 31, 2008---550 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 32 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: Sarah Palin
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On the Hi Fi: Esquire’s All-American Hot Jazz Sessions
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Reading: “Blood Trail” by the incomparable C.J. Box.
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Under rated: Thelma Ritter.
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Must see TV: The US Open.
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Rave: I love the flaming tennis ball U.S. Open logo.
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Rave: This is Lindsay Davenport’s 17th U.S. Open. With a one-year-old son and assorted injuries, it may be her last. She has been wonderful for the game of tennis.
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Didjaknow: The first state law designating Labor Day a holiday was passed in Oregon on February 21, 1887.
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Rant: Why is it that we can block unwanted phone calls from commercial sources, but not block the automated phone calls from politicians, that will be inundating us this election year?
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Rave: Listening to John McEnroe, Mary Carillo, Dick Enberg and Tracey Austin call the U.S. Open is a treat.
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Just a guess: I’ll bet this is not the first time Sarah Palin has been proud of her country.
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Rave: I have never had less than an A-Plus experience with the used booksellers at Amazon.
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Didjaknow: Bruce Springsteen has a son who is freshman at Boston College. Time flies…does it not?
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Hmmm: Remember when drinking straws were stronger than their paper wrappers?
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Rant: If one is running for the highest office in the land, there is no question above one’s pay-grade.
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On this day: In 1897, Thomas Edison was awarded a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph.
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Factoid: The first credit card was issued by American Express in 1951
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Pop quiz: Name all the seven continents.
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Rave: The USA performances in the Olympics. Gold for the men’s and women’s basketball teams…Fort Knox type gold for Michael Phelps…Venus and Serena taking the gold in tennis doubles. Watching the sisters Williams in doubles, I am amazed when they lose a point, let alone a game or a set.
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Truism: Eating a salad while driving is harder than it looks.
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Rimshot: What do you call a deceased reporter? A journalist.
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Auto tip: AAA advises not to drive with the fuel gauge at one-eighth or below. At that level, sediment build up in the gas tank can flow thru the fuel system and clog injectors or the fuel pump.
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Hmmm: Only a cynic would say the reason we get beach volleyball in such large doses during the Olympics is that the girls wear bikinis, right?
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Ahhh tradition: “McEnroe tossed from geezer tournament” was a headline on the blogosphere. If you want tradition in sports, it doesn’t get any better.
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Quote: “The past is never dead. It’s not even the past.” ---William Faulkner.
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Didjaknow: Except for some exterior night shots, first time director, John Huston shot the entire “Maltese Falcon” in sequence.
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Factoid: Disney world is twice the size of Manhattan.
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Born this day: James Coburn, Frank Robinson and Arthur Godfrey (and all the little Godfreys).
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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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