Saturday, January 29, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 496

Saturday, January 29, 2011---504 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 16 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: Alan Ladd.

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Reading: “I’d Know You Anywhere” by Baltimore’s Laura Lippman.

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On the Hi Fi: “Knowing You” by John Pizzarelli.

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Under rated: Ann Sothern.

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I miss: Quicksilver Messenger Service, William Diehl, Lee Marvin, and Joe Adcock.

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Numbers Game: In 2011, we have these four nifty dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11 and 11/11/11. Now, try this at home: Take the last two digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it will equal 111.

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Rave: “Fool On the Hill” by Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66 is far and away my favorite cover of a Beatles tune.

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Hmmm: When Jack LaLanne started appearing on national TV 50 years ago, teaching about the benefits of exercise and proper diet, America's obesity rate was 13 percent. Today, it's 34 percent, and instead of exercise shows, TV gives us a reality series called the "Biggest Loser." Imagine how huge Americans would be if Jack hadn't steadfastly remained on the scene.

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Quote: “A zebra does not change its spots.”—Al Gore, the genius who invented the Internet.

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Rave: You’ve got to love the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan, who called Rex Ryan “that Ralph Kramden of a coach.”

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Rant: Steven Tyler has become the male equivalent of Cher.

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Didjaknow: Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox got a 384 percent salary increase for 2011, even though he only played in 18 games last season.

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Quote: “You can’t raise taxes on people who work, increase what you pay people not to work, and then expect more people to work.”—Art Laffer, Wall Street Journal, 1/13/11.

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Truism: Memo to all athletes---Twitter is not your friend.

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Rave: Anyone vilified by the New York Times is A-OK in my book.

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Irony Alert: In his State of the Union rambling the guy with huge Dumbo ears said he was against earmarks.

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Rant: Be wary of movies based on comic strips.

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In Passing: R.I.P. David Nelson, one of the stars of a TV reality show before anyone ever heard of the term.

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Rave: John Stossel’s Rule---“For every new law passed, we must repeal two old ones.”

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Hmmm: Are you getting the feeling that every night is New Year’s Eve for Charlie Sheen, who is quickly becoming Lindsay Lohan in long pants?

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Quote: “Art is making something out of nothing and then selling it.”—Frank Zappa.

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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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