Saturday, September 04, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 485

Saturday, September 04, 2010---599 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 47 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: Laura Ingraham.

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Reading: “Just Cause” by John Katzenbach (1992). Outstanding book, but the 1995 movie was mediocre, even with Sean Connery in the lead role.

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On the Hi Fi: Bryan Ferry---“As Time Goes By.”

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Under rated: Guinn “Big Boy” Williams.

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I miss: Artie Shaw, Ava Gardner and Leo Durocher.

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Rave: The USA Network just gave the AOK for a second season for the wonderful spy series, “Covert Affairs.”

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Truism: It is a mistake to allow any mechanical object to realize you are in a hurry.

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Quote: A trio from world renown economist, Thomas Sowell. “Did you know that the so-called health care reform bill contains a provision creating a tax on people who buy and sell gold coins?” “Pretty words like ‘inclusion’ mean ugly realities like quotas.” “The most dangerous corruption is a corruption of the soul. That is what this administration is doing.”

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Didjaknow: This month of August has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays and 5 Tuesdays…all in one month. This happens once in 823 years. Thanks to Chuck Thagard for this tidbit.

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Truism: Every time I look at the cover of People Magazine at the Publix check out counter, I see another celeb or two I’ve never heard of.

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Rave: “Blue-Eyed Devil” is the fourth and final chapter in the late Robert B. Parker’s most enjoyable Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch western series. It’s a pleasant way to spend a couple of reading sessions. Parker’s breezy writing style is always a treat…and Hitch and Cole are much like Spenser and Hawk go west.

Appropriately, nearly all the main characters from the three previous novels make important appearances. A certain symmetry occurs as the setting is back in Appaloosa…where it all started in book one.

I miss Robert B. Parker.

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Didjaknow: Of Stan Musial's 3,630 lifetime major league hits, 1,815 were hit at home and 1,815 were hit on the road.

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Truism: The government goes to those who show up.

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Rave: Toast…especially rye bread toast.

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Hmmm: What does Snooki do for a second act?

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Meaningless statistic: The Indianapolis Colts are 4-22 in pre-season games going back to 2004…and 77-19 in the games that count over the same period of time.

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Meaningful stat: Derek Jeter is hitting about 40 points below his career average in a free-agent season.

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Rave: This linked article speaks to the fact that customer service is an endangered species. As I go to and fro, I see great customer service from Apple, Publix, Duke University Medical System, Panera Bread and the YMCA.

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Truism: A big business is a small business that had great success.

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Rimshot: A backward poet writes inverse.

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Truism: Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting one in a fruit salad.

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TV Time Out: It feels like the story line in AMC’s “Rubicon” is beginning to pick up momentum. The show is getting stronger as a result.

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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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