Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 497


Tuesday, February 15, 2011---531 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.





Rave: Barry Sullivan.

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Reading: “The Inner Circle” by Brad Meltzer.

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On the Hi Fi: “The End of the Sky” by Full Swing.

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Under rated: Edward Everett Horton.

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I miss: Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Robert Montgomery, Leo Durocher.

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Quote: “People do not resist change -- they resist being changed.”--Unknown

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Didjaknow: Olivia de Havilland won two Best Actress Oscars in the 1940’s.

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R.I.P.: Andy Jurinko, arguably the finest baseball artist, passed away on Valentine’s Day. His work graced many of Bill Goff’s fabulous calendars. You can check out his magnificent lithographs on his web site (www.Jurinko.com). My particular favorite is his “Grand Old Griffith (where I witnessed my first major league baseball game).

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Rave: During this calendar year, all commemorative stamps from the USPS will be “forever” stamps.

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Rant: The only thing more boring than a live drum solo is a recorded drum solo played on the radio. The only thing more boring than a recorded drum solo is a recorded drum solo by Buddy Rich.

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Didjaknow: Abbott and Costello performed “Who’s On First’’ on “The Steve Allen Show’’ in front of an audience that included Mickey Mantle and Sal Maglie the night before Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Mantle homered off Maglie in the game.

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Rave: “Justified” returned for season two last Wednesday night at 10 PM on FX. Outstanding show based on an Elmore Leonard short story.

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Truism: If Snooki on the NY Times best-seller lists, is not the sign of the cultural apocalypse, it is in the ballpark.

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R.I.P.: Jazz pianist and composer extraordinaire, George Shearing also passed away at age 91. His contribution to the jazz and popular music of the greatest generation are legendary. He is most likely best remembered for “Lullaby of Birdland.” For me, East of the Sun and West of the Moon” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” are the standouts.

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Old School: The Packers and Steelers are among the six NFL teams that do not have official dance squads/cheerleaders.

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Just the facts: On Wednesday (2/2) when Glenn Beck told his audience to do their own homework and look up and learn about the Caliphate, instantly Caliphate launched to #1 on Google Trends most searched topics. Glenn consistently maintains a four-to-one viewer lead on the pathetic Chris Mathews.

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Didjaknow: Just four NFL franchises have never won the Super Bowl---Lions, Browns, Jaguars and Texans.

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Rant: I simply do not get the fascination for and the rating of “NCIS.”

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Rave: Non-stick aluminum foil from Reynolds Wrap.

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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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