Saturday, May 02, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 432

Saturday, May 02, 2009---597 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 9 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.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
+++++++
Rave:
George Raft
+++++++
Reading: “Envy the Night”—Michael Koryta.
+++++++
On the Hi Fi: “Benny Goodman in Hi Fi”
+++++++
Under rated:
Ben Gazzara.
+++++++
Rave: ESPN’s coverage of the races prior to the Derby at Churchill Downs is pretty impressive. There is a lot of time to fill between races…not an easy task…they get the job done with a minimum of goofiness. Best thing they do is keep buffoons like Chris Berman away.
+++++++
Hmmm: Should it be “near miss” or “near hit”---“Foul pole” or “fair pole”?
+++++++
Factoids: The last Triple Crown winner in baseball was Carl Yastrzemski’s in 1967 (although the last pitching Triple Crown winner - Wins, Strikeouts and ERA was Jake Peavy in 2007); the last in horseracing was Affirmed in 1978.
+++++++
Truism: Derby Day is the only time of the year anyone considers with any seriousness, the drinking of a Mint Julep. Bourbon and sugar!
+++++++
Bravo:
Andrew C. McCarthy
+++++++
Ouch!: Freshly minted Democrat Arlen Specter joined three of his Democrat colleagues in voting against the Obama budget. He is now officially the Democrats’ headache.
+++++++
Top Tip: My optician recommends cleaning your glass with a solution of 1/2 Windex and 1/2 water. Dry with a soft cloth (never use any product made from a tree). Full strength Windex or alcohol tends to dry the frame.
+++++++
Didjaknow: William Howard Taft became a Supreme Court judge after serving as POTUS.
+++++++
Quote: “Bankruptcy is a way of reallocating resources.” —Renown economist Milton Friedman, who thought no company was too big to fail.
+++++++
Books and movies: Amazing how much cross-pollination there was with the book authors and scriptwriters of the great noir films of the 1940’s. “
Double Indemnity” was written by James M. Cain…the movie script co-written by Raymond Chandler. Mr. Cain wrote much of the dialog in “Out of the Past.” William Faulkner co-wrote the script for Mr. Chandler’s novel, “The Big Sleep.” Additionally, Mr. Chandler earned script or novel credits for “The Blue Dahlia,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Lady in the Lake,” “Murder My Sweet,” “Farewell My Lovely” and “Time to Kill.”
+++++++
Didjaknow: Bogart and Bacall, noir’s first couple, were paired in only four noir films. They were so good, it seemed like more.
+++++++
Rave:
Laura, starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Vincent Price, featured one of Hollywood’s all-time-greatest musical themes.
+++++++
More noir: These films featured cynical wit, smoldering despair, impending doom, snappy dialog, pitiless violence, a deep undercurrent of fear, paranoia, the expectation of sudden violence and brittle sex…filmed amongst exquisite camerawork using light and shadow like a Renaissance painter used his brush and oils.
+++++++
Rant: Always nice to see that the NY Times sends a groupie to cover presbo’s prime time “news” love-in.
+++++++
Truism: In politics, power trumps knowledge.
+++++++
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

No comments: