Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 494

Wednesday, December 29, 2010---519 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 23 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)

Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.

Continuing to call them as I see them.

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: Tommy Edwards.

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Reading: “The Confession” by John Grisham.

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On the Hi Fi: “West Coast Jazz Box Set, Disc One” includes a couple of tremendous Chet Baker cuts and a superb Shorty Rogers track.

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Under rated: Brad Dexter.

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I miss: Ferris Fain, Charles Bronson, Sarah Vaughn, and Ed McBain.

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Free Advice: Never buy a cheap garden hose.

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Quote: “Everyone wants to be unique. Unique, like everyone else.”—Bernard Dahl.

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Truism: Just because it’s in style doesn’t mean it looks good on you.

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Rant: Electronic Christmas cards pale in comparison to those received in the mail…it’s the difference between lazy and thoughtful.

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Quote: “An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.” -- Nicholas Murray Butler

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Rave: Backgammon is the best board game ever!

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Quote: “Art is anything you can get away with.” -- Terence Trent D'Arby

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More Free Advice: When ironing a shirt, forget the part that tucks into your pants.

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Rave: The opening credits to “Anatomy of a Murder” stand the test of time and are still tremendous…most creative for 1959. Terrific cast…Eve Arden steals the show…and Orson Bean is a highlight…timeless film. Outstanding Duke Ellington soundtrack.

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Truism: It is better to leave two hours earlier or two hours later than to lose your life to traffic.

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Quote: “The fact that curiosity killed the cat is not an argument for not being curious; it is an argument for not being a cat.”—John King.

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Rave: The Happy New Year animated promo on Fox News is a beauty.

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Good Idea: Never eat at a chain restaurant while on vacation.

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Rant: The Mount Rushmore of media overkill is Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Brett Favre and Michael Vick.

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Truism: Early-round World Cup soccer matches are like Father's Day - an excuse for lots of ugly ties.

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Rave: As usual, Turner Classic Movie’s tribute to those in Hollywood who passed away in 2010 was tastefully done and moving. Truly haunting music accompanies the clips. I never tire of watching it.

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Rant: The persistence of poker on TV defies explanation.

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Truism: Regardless of the sport, all seasons are too long (I relearn this every year).

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Hmmm: The idea that comes to you as you fall asleep is always worth getting up to write down. No matter how much you remind yourself to remember it in the morning, it will not come again.

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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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