Sunday, June 06, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 477

Sunday, June 06, 2010---670 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 11 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: Preston Sturges.
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Reading: “The Pied Piper” by Ridley Pearson.
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On the Hi Fi: Dizzy Gillespie, The Complete RCA Victor Recordings.
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Under rated: 1947’s “Dark Passage,” a most overlooked Humphrey Bogart film.
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Rant: Today, June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day. One would think that at least one network would show “The Longest Day.” Seems like a no-brainer. The History Channel, in their infinite wisdom, is dedicating the entire day to reruns of “Ice Road Truckers,” a series not written by members of the Mensa society.
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Quote: “Never mistake activity for achievement.” —John Wooden.
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Rant: How can anybody outside of Hollywood root for the Lakers after being subjected to a front row of Adam Sandler, David Spade and Chris Rock on their TV screens? They're promoting a movie that will be in the DVD racks in about five minutes. Point is, does any place on earth look phonier than courtside at a Lakers' home game?
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Quote: “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” —John Wooden.
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Full disclosure: There’s no limit to the things I cannot do.
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Quote: “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” —John Wooden.
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Rant: Memo to LeBron: your “Will I stay or will I go?” routine is getting tired.
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Quote: “If you don’t have the time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” —John Wooden.
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Truism: It’s time for the summer movies, which means you probably should take about 50 points off your IQ before you enter a theater.
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Quote: “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” —John Wooden.
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Rant: When it comes to political punditry, Paul McCartney proved he’s a pretty good songwriter. He is about as deep as a thimble.
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Quote: “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” —John Wooden.
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Truism: Summer doesn't officially begin until June 21, but Florida summers start when we switch on the AC — and leave it on until November.
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Quote: “It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.” —John Wooden.
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Didjaknow: John Wooden was the first three-time All-American while a player at Purdue…1930, 1931, 1932.
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Hmmm: We have iPhones and iPads, but I bet the first "I" thingy was IHOP.
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Quote: “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” —John Wooden.
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Rant: The Emmy dummies need to show “Friday Night Lights” some respect this year. It's becoming downright embarrassing. The show, the directors, the writers and Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton all deserve wins.
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Quote: From John Wooden on the NBA, “If I want to see traveling, I’ll go to a track meet. If I want to see wrestling, I’ll go to a wrestling match. If I want to see showmanship, I’ll go to the Globetrotters and know what I’m going for.”
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Didjaknow: Beulah Bondi played James Stewart's mom in four movies.
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Remembrance: There has been no greater influence on college basketball, not just about the game but the team, than John Wooden. He was generous with his time, wisdom and advice. He was a man of humility and there will never be another like him. He’ll be missed, but never forgotten. There are dozens…maybe hundreds of obits on John Wooden, but the one from the gang at Duke Basketball Report is as good as it gets.
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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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