Sunday, November 02, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 410

Sunday, November 02, 2008---588 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 59 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: Gloria Grahame.
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On the Hi Fi: “Jazz Signatures---Great Performances by Jazz Masters”—A Starbucks collection that includes Jobim, The Duke, Dizzy, Stan Getz and Willie Bobo.
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Reading: “The Gate House” by Nelson DeMille. It’s his sequel to “The Gold Coast” and it is terrific.
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Under rated: Guy Madison.
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Must see TV: I miss Mad Men, Burn Notice, Psyche and The Wire.
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Rave: The “America on the Move, 50’ Fins and Chrome” set of commemorative stamps is absolutely fabulous. A great job by the Post Office. It features five classic looks from the 1950’s including the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado---possibly the longest passenger car produced in Detroit. What great looks these cars had---back when the automobile actually had sex appeal…and you could tell one from another at a distance.
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Rant: The 82 game NBA pre-season has begun. They play four months to eliminate the Clippers and one other team then start seven rounds of playoffs.
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Truism: The next time Bud Selig comes up big in a big moment will be the first.
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Stats: In the initial seven weeks of the NFL season, the Tennessee Titans are not only 7-0, but they’re 7-0 against the spread, which is even tougher to do.
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Hmmm: If you are going to practice nepotism, you may as well keep it in the family.
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Didjaknow: The last Republican the NY Times endorsed for president was Dwight Eisenhower.
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Truism: Philadelphia is one of a dozen U.S. cities that has a team in all four major team sports. The other eleven have had at least one championship in the past quarter century. Before the Phillies grabbed the 2008 World Series, Philadelphia teams had failed to win a championship in 100 straight seasons.
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My-Oh-My: Recently shares TV Guide, one of the famous brand names in magazines, were selling for one dollar, less than the price of a single copy.
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Hmmm: David Ortiz of the Red Sox needs to come back next season in the best shape of his life.
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News item: The Canadian Women’s Olympic Biathlon team has created a nude calendar to raise money for the team and increase familiarity of this little known sport. It combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. Available at:
www.boldbeautifulbiathlon.com
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Rant: Why do people keep hiring Billy Mays to hawk their products... and who would need so many tubes of Might Putty, anyway?
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Rave: The sixth and final season of The Rockford Files comes out on DVD on January 20th of next year. Forever a classic…it received six Emmy nominations that season.
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Made for each other: Madonna and A-Rod are the perfect celebrity couple…so self absorbed, they have become clueless.
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Think about it: No one ever got more normal.
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Just asking: In LA does Hollywood cross Vine---or does Vine cross Hollywood?
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Truism: Rule on Dining Out: Never wait more than 15 minutes for a table, because the meal will rarely be worth it.
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Hmmm: And remember when Halloween was a night for kids, instead of a costume party for adults
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Born this day: Burt Lancaster, Bunny Berigan, Pat Buchanan, Daniel Boone.
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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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