Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 442

Wednesday, July 15, 2009---582 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 49 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
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.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: Lloyd Corrigan.
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Reading: “Dead or Alive” by Michael McGarrity.
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On the Hi Fi: “Atomic Basie” by Count Basie
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Under rated: Eugene Pallette.
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Play Ball: At the All Star Game, presbo’s first pitch came from the left, was weak and off the mark. Sort of a metaphor for his presidency.
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Earth to Fox Sports: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver do not need any help in ruining a baseball game…so, no need to put presbo in the booth.
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Must See TV: Four Dick Tracy black and whites from 1946 and 1947 with Morgan Conway
and Ralph Byrd playing Tracy. On Turner Classic Movies this Saturday starting at noon.
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Truism: It is always better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.
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Stats: Sherlock Holmes has been featured in 211 films with 75 different actors playing the Great Detective. ---So far.
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Hmmm: Do people still have a card table in the house?
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Rave: Alfred Hitchcock used music to heighten the suspense in his films as much as plot and acting. “Foreign Correspondent” is probably my favorite Hitch movie.
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Waybackmachine: Remember Conelrad? 640 and 1240 on your dial.
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(Dennis) Miller Time: “You know the left-wing media is desperate when they trot out Levi Johnson as their ‘deep throat.’”
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Rave: We all know the great ending lines in “Casablanca” {Rick (Humphrey Bogart) “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”} and “The Maltese Falcon” {Sam Spade’s “The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.”}
Here are a couple more.
As Randolph Scott is leaving Agry after cleaning up the town in “Buchanan Rides Alone,” hired gun Craig Stevens tells Scott (Buchanan), “Agry is my town now”---Scott replies, “Mr. Carbo, you can have it.”
At the conclusion of 1939’s “Stagecoach”---Marshall Curley Wilcox offers Doc Boone (notorious for his love of booze), “Doc, I’ll buy you a drink.” Doc (Thomas Mitchell in his Academy Award winning role) wryly replies, “Just one.”
In “The Blue Dahlia,” Alan Ladd (Johnny) leaves with the girl. His two pals from the Navy, Buzz (William Bendix) and George (Hugh Beaumont) are about to enter the Blue Dahlia (a bar). George suggests they wait for Johnny. Buzz, a man who enjoys bourbon, with a bourbon chaser, replies, “Wait for Johnny! What do you think I am? A camel.”
And, my particular fave---“Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.”
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Hmmm: Rollo Tomasi.
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Rave: The NFL season will be without John Madden’s non-sequiturs and without Tony Kornheiser, period.
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My take: I always cheer for the bulls during the Pampalona Run for the Bulls.
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Just say no: Judge Sorta-Mediocre would never get my vote.
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This just in: Michael Jackson is still dead.
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Truism: This season, World Series games will start and end 40 minutes earlier…so you can fall asleep in the 7th instead of the 5th.
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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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