Friday, February 12, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 467

Saturday, February 06, 2010---559 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 42 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: Roy Eldridge.
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Reading: “Silencer" by James W. Hall.
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On the Hi Fi: “The Huckleberry Verser”—Johnny Mercer.
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Under rated: Dean Jagger. (no relation to Mick)
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Overrated: Ivy League education, the family vacation, valet parking.
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Rave: “Pray for You” by Jaron. Great song and video…love the ending.
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Rant: My knees have aged in dog years.
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Truism: It’s beginning to seem like a group of imposters have stolen North Carolina’s uniforms.
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Rant: My friend Jay Phillips surfs all the cable news channels and encapsulates some of the highlights and low-lights on his site. He reports that PMSDNC has markedly increased the promos for Hardball with Chris Matthews—(a show watched by tens of dozens nightly). If they wanted anyone to see the promos, that would run them on Fox News Channel.
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Rave: Lis Wiehl is one tough cookie.
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Just asking: Is it true that CBS started the Super Bowl Pregame Show at about noon yesterday?
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Quote: “First of all, Tweeting is a good fit for athletes because it doesn’t require an ability to spell correctly or employ grammar, neither of which most of our erstwhile student-athletes are reel gude at. Secondly, Tweeting is specifically meant for those who have signed up for the Twitter universe, so those of us who do not wish to be bombarded by aimless, misspelled chatter are a protected species.” —Frank Deford.
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Rant: Here’s one vote not to expand the NCAA basketball tournament. Less is more.
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Quote: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained -- but if everything is ventured, and still nothing gained, give up and venture elsewhere.” – Peter Wastholm.
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Gone but not forgotten: Perhaps “classic” is the most over-worked word used to describe some aspect of pop culture. However, “The Catcher in the Rye” is a true classic. Written by J.D. Salinger, the Greta Garbo of the literary world. It is a book I still read once a year. Obviously, it made a large impression on me in my misspent youth. I cannot recall what grade I was in when we read it---but it mesmerized me. In fact, Holden Caulfield has always been a role model for me. While I wish the droll J.D. Salinger had written more novels…we'll always have “The Catcher in the Rye.” Holden’s line when he is leaving his prep school {“Sleep tight, you morons”} remains etched in my brain.
Via con Dios J.D. Salinger.
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Hmmm: The new college basketball cliché is “trap game.”
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Boring: Kids storming the court after a big win has become a college basketball cliché.
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Hmmm: You have to love the “dribble drive” offense, the new rave in basketball. However, the Zen question of the week is how would you drive to the basket without dribbling?
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Truism: It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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