Thursday, July 02, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 440

Thursday, July 02, 2009---667 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 8 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.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
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Rave: A Quinn Martin Production. (The Fugitive, Twelve O’Clock High, The FBI, The Invaders, Streets of San Francisco, Cannon)
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Reading: “The Water’s Edge” by Daniel Judson.
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On the Hi Fi: The Andrews Sisters’ Greatest Hits.
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Under rated: Desilu. (Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Untouchables, I Spy, Mannix, Wyatt Earp, Our Miss Brooks)
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Must see TV: The Serena and Venus Wimbledon Finals on Saturday at 9 AM. Possible Federer and Murray Final on Sunday.
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Pop Quiz: What was the name of the USA’s answer to Sputnik?
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Which is harder: Baseball or cricket; radiology or pathology; PC or Mac; physics or calculus; spending or saving; raising girls or raising boys; buying or selling a home; sitting thru the Academy Awards or the Super Bowl.
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Hmmm: I find 1-0 baseball games very exciting---1-0 soccer games I find boring.
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Rave: I agree with John Feinstein when he said, “There are few things in this world I enjoy more than sitting in a ballpark and keeping score. Now, as when I was a kid, there’s no purpose to it, I just like doing it.” I wish John a speedy recovery from his recent open-heart surgery.
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Didjaknow: Dade County (Miami), Florida is larger than Rhode Island.
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(Moving) Picture this: Among the Hollywood greats who never won a competitive Oscar---Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Tyrone Power, Alan Ladd, and Marilyn Monroe.
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Update: Michael Jackson is still dead. And yes, the cable news networks are still talking about it.
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RIP: Karl Malden…an actor’s actor. My three favorite Malden characters: as Shooter in “The Cincinnati Kid”---as pure evil portraying Sheriff Dan Longworth in “One Eyed Jacks”---and as Shoemaker in “Birdman of Alcatraz.”
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Bravo!!!: The Supreme Court overturning the egregious decision that discriminated against the New Haven Fire Fighters who took the advancement test seriously and prepared for it diligently. This is a victory for the good guys. They never had feelings of entitlement.
Don’t know about you, but if the building is on fire, I want the top of the class responding. After all, this exam is to promote people who deal in life or death situations…it’s a little different than advancing at the post office.
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Hmmm: if violence on TV is supposed to make kids violent, why don’t comedies make them funnier?
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Rant: I still have a difficult time getting into the College World Series. The metal bats just don’t do it for me.
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Quote: “Men don’t care what is on TV---they care about what else is on TV.” ---Anon.
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Truism: As soon as you get a watch that tells you the day and date, you will never go back to a watch that does not.
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Hmmm: Nowadays, it seems like you have to get to the end of many commercials to find out what they are selling.
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One to ponder: If it takes four men, four days to dig four holes---how long would it take one man to dig half a hole?
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Stat: Marlon Brando lost Best Actor Oscar three years in a row before finally winning for “On the Waterfront in 1954. 1951 nominated for “Street Car Named Desire,” 1952 for “Viva Zapata!,” 1953 for “Julius Caesar.”
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Quote: “It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.” ---Oscar Wilde.
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Truism: A mediocre worker is always at his best.
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Grammar and syntax: It is not who you know; it is whom you know.
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Quiz answer: Explorer T.
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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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