Saturday, August 09, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 402



Saturday, August 09, 2008---599 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 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: Myrna Loy
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On the Hi Fi: “The Very Best of Diana Krall.”
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Reading: “South of Hell” by P.J. Parrish.
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Real treat: Completing Sudoku in ink.
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Must see TV: Richard Widmark day on TCM this Monday (8/11). Play hooky!
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Pop Quiz: A running back, linebacker, and a lineman from the University of Georgia are in a car. Who is driving? ---A: The police officer.
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Truism: As long as there are exams, there will be prayer in school.
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Rave: Westerns! It is quite interesting how many westerns were dismissed as just another average movie when they were released…only to be considered classic later on. They aged well and are now regarded as masterpieces…not only in the genre, but also in the pantheon of film. “Rio Bravo,” “Hour of the Gun,” “Hondo,” “Ride the High Country,” “The Magnificent Seven” and all the Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher collaborations (such as “The Tall T,” “Comanche Station” and “Seven Men from Now”) are just a few now considered landmark flicks.
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Rave: I love the daily Sudoku puzzles. Oddly enough, the USA Today puzzle usually seems easier than the one in the local rag. The crossword puzzles are about even.
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Rave: The Post Office is on a roll with great stamps. The Sinatra is a beauty. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is outstanding.
In October look for ’50’s Fins and Chrome” for a trip down memory lane---when cars had sex appeal.
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Quote: “I think Nancy Pelosi (whose autobiography released this week is hovering near 1000 on Amazon; a fate well deserved) should resign and get her own cable fashion show (a wildly narcisstic incompetent) and Harry Reid (a despicable little man who must have had some pretty interesting photos of his colleagues to get his senator leader job).” ---Ed Gorman (Author and uber-liberal)
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Hmmm: Any truth to the rumor that Manny wanted to go to L.A. so he can try out for the TV show “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”
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Rant: Charging full price for NFL exhibition games seems pretty close to consumer fraud to me.
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Truism: If what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas---there are lotsa folks who should stay out of Vegas.
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Quote: “There's nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” -- Peter F. Drucker
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In passing: It is sad to see the passing of a fellow curmudgeon. Atlanta Braves esteemed announcer Skip Caray was sardonic, ironic, cynical, witty, oft times sarcastic, and had a dry delivery---with his tongue usually in his cheek. All characteristics I admire. He made watching a game a total treat. He, Ernie Johnson and Pete Van Wieren turned me into a Braves fan. He died at 68 while taking a nap…not a bad way to go.
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Truism: If baseball were literature, Barry Bonds would be “The Scarlet Letter.”
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Rant: If you are going to the local Bijou hoping to find an interesting, intelligent, adult movie, you are swimming against the tide.
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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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