Saturday, September 27, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 407

Saturday, September 27, 2008---646 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 7 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: Aldo Ray
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On the Hi Fi: “The Indispensable Bix Beiderbecke.”
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Reading: “Hot Mahogany” by Stuart Woods.
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Under rated: Edward Everett Horton.
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Must see TV: A new episode of “Mad Men” this Sunday on AMC at 10 PM.
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Rave: The Elmer Bernstein soundtrack to “The Magnificent Seven.”
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Didjaknow: “77 Sunset Strip” was the first hour-length private detective series on US TV. It ran from 1958 to 1964. Among those who guest starred: Sandy Koufax, George Jessel, Peter Lorre, Fay Wray, DeForest Kelley, and James Garner.
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Quote: “I don't miss vinyl as much as I miss album jackets.” —Chris DeCarlo.
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Raise your hand: If you can remember the last time you used your slide rule.
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Rave: If Josh Beckett is on his game, the BoSox have as good a chance as anyone in the MLB post-season.
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Just asking: When you purchase more than one bottle of booze, why do the liquor store clerks put the bottles in individual bags before putting them into one bag? I mean, what protection does that thin bag provide?
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Rave: I love Spell-Check.
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Hmmm: How many folks do you think would watch those late Sunday afternoon NFL games if they couldn’t bet on them?
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Rave: Retro-TV.
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Rant: It takes me days to get my rear view mirror back where I like it after someone adjusts it for their use.
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My-oh-my: You just have to love Hank Steinbrenner as the new “go-to” guy for nitwit statements.
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Truism: A lot of 401(k)s have become 201(k)s.
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Stats: A third of all the new jobs in the U.S. in the last 10 years were created in these three states: Texas, Florida and Arizona.
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In Passing: I will sorely miss Paul Newman. He seemed a selfless, self-deprecating man who was a Hollywood star, but not of Hollywood. His talent was so immense that he could overcome “Slap Shot.”
I truly enjoyed “The Drowning Pool,” “Absence of Malice,” “The Sting,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Hombre,” “Hud,” “Harper,” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (with Elizabeth Taylor at her most beautiful).
Number one on my list remains 1982’s “The Verdict.”
He made good flicks and did good works and never looked for credit. Via con Dios.
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Rave: Central Florida is festooned with color as the bright blue plumbagos and vivid purple Mexican blue bells are just electric.
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English 101: TV and the print media continue to drive me crazy when they describe an open date on an NFL team’s schedule as a “bye” week. Webster as defines “Bye”: “the right to proceed to the next round of a competition without contesting the present round, often through nonappearance of an opponent.” NFL teams are just taking a week off. They are not advancing, just resting.
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Rave: No matter what happens in the post season, bunches of us were wrong about the Rays. They have not bent, folded or mutilated. They have never flinched versus the Red Sox or Angels. The Rays and the Cubs have been the best stories in baseball this season.
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Dodger Blue: The Yankees have fallen apart…but, for the 13th season in a row, Joe Torre is going to the postseason.
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Didjaknow: The Dragnet TV show used different announcers for the opening and closing of the show. George Fenneman set up the episode with the opening spiel…Hal Gibney did the closing when the sentences were pronounced. Just the facts, ma’am.
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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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