Sunday, February 01, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 422 The Scrabble Edition

Sunday, February 1, 2009--756 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 41 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
The Scrabble Edition
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Rave: Rosalind Russell.
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Reading: “Madness Under the Palms” by Laurence Leamer.
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On the Hi Fi: Jamey Johnson---“That Lonesome Song.”
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Under rated: Warren Oates
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Rave: The UConn Women’s Basketball team is scary good!
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Quote: The unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching an agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved.” —George Kennan, diplomat and historian.
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Didjaknow: After Miles Archer’s murder in “The Maltese Falcon,” Sam Spade (Bogart) appears in every scene.
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Passing thought: The Super Bowl began taking itself much too seriously, when it went to Roman numerals. Same for the Rocky movies.
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Didjaknow: In 1949 (Scrabble’s second year on the market), 2,413 sets were sold. By 1954, demand exceeded production.
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Rant: It is impossible for me to know specifically what liberals are talking about when they use the phrase “affordable housing.” I cannot think of any time in my life when I did not live in housing I could not afford. The liberal drive to put those into “affordable housing” who had no intention to make the payments (via the CRA) led to the current financial mess.
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English 101: “Awful” and “Terrific” are examples of words that mean the opposite of what they once meant…”full of awe” and “causing terror.”
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Didjaknow: Steelers chairman Dan Rooney (76) was named to the All-Catholic-School second team as Pittsburgh prep quarterback. The first team quarterback was Johnny Unitas(#19).
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Quote: “The word ‘genius’ isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” —Joe Theismann.
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Scrabble Stats: Between one and two million sets are sold each year. One third of US households own a set. Thirty thousand games are purported to begin, somewhere in the world every hour. Sets are available in 28 foreign languages.
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Hmmm: 600 private jets flown by rich democrats flew into the obama inauguration. That seems to be okay with the left, but auto execs using theirs is a crime?
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By the numbers: The Scrabble board contains 15 rows, each with 15 squares. Sixty-one squares are worth extra points (27%). With only four “U”s---the “Q” is a possible albatross.
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Rant: If I hear one more time that some athlete needs a new contract in order to take care of his family, I am going to throw up.
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My two cents: I find myself pro-equality (of opportunity, not of outcome).
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Another quote: From Joe Torre’s new book—“The difference between Kevin Brown and David Wells is that they both made your life miserable, but David Well meant to.”
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Stats: Torre 1, Yankee Brass 0---if you’re scoring at home.
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Rave: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is just as entertaining a read today as it was fifty years ago in my misspent youth. Every time I read it, I discover a gem or three overlooked in previous readings. Holden Caufield is still my hero.
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Quote: From economist Thomas Sowell---“Political slogans are not meant to be thought through, are they? They are often a substitute for thinking at all.” ---
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Triple word score: Alfred Butts invented Scrabble (initially called Lexiko, then Criss-Cross Words). He lost twenty dollars the first year…eventually earning in excess of a million dollars in royalties. The US Patent Office rejected his application not once, but twice.
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Quote: “A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.” —Ambrose Bierce.
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Truism: It is BizzarroWorld when you can bet on the color of the Gatorade that will be dumped on the winning coach in the Super Bowl.
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BizzaroWorld II: 40 goofballs marched Thursday in NYC as part of the self-styled “Million Manny March” in an attempt to persuade the NY Mets to sign free agent Manny Ramirez.
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Stats: The highest individual score on record in Scrabble is 830.
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Green this: People do not tend to live in windy places. Nor do they tend to seek out homes in the desert without access to super-sized energy-guzzling air conditioners. This means an estimated 19,000 circuit miles of extra-high-voltage transmission are needed to deliver these renewable sources of energy that are the rage of the left.
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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.

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