Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 498

Tuesday, March 01, 2011---650 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 5 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: Robert Taylor.

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Reading: “The Sentry” by Robert Crais.

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On the Hi Fi: “Swing Is Here—Small Band Swing 1935-1939”

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Under rated: Broderick Crawford.

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I miss: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Vic Wertz, Fresco Thompson and David Niven.

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Truism: Any American company wishing to be miles ahead of the competition in customer service and customer satisfaction, can do it simply by answering the damn telephone with a human.

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Quote: “An economist is someone who sees something working in real life, and wonders if it will work in theory.”—Ronald Reagan.

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Didjaknow: From 1978-1981, the best-supporting actress winners all had the same initials, "M.S."

Maggie Smith, "California Suite," '78; Meryl Streep, "Kramer vs. Kramer," '79; Mary Steenburgen, "Melvin and Howard," '80; Maureen Stapleton, "Reds," '81.

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Rave: No one does stupid crook characters than Elmore Leonard. Check out the vivid array on “Justified.” On FX, Wednesday at 10 PM.

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Hmmm: Any truth to the rumor than Charlie Sheen’s next movie will be entitled “Minor League?”

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Happy Trails: To Jane Russell, who was one of my favorites. “Macao” was easily my #1 flick that she was in---followed closely by “His Kind of Woman.” She was sassy, feisty and impertinent with a lot of moxie. She only made about two dozen movies, but got a lot of miles per gallon of that small body of work. Later on she gained fame as the spokesman for Playtex Bras for “us full-figured gals.”

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Rant: The dunking contest the night before the NBA All-Star Game is just as ridiculous as the home run hitting contest prior to MLB’s All-Star Game. The only break is the NBA ‘s atrocious exhibition does not have that bozo Chris Berman describing it.

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Truism: Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.

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Quote: “obama knows how to use words that will sound wonderful to people who do not bother to stop and think. His point is to win the votes of people who know little or nothing about economics, history or statistics.”—Economist Thomas Sowell.

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Ho-Hum: Wake me when the NFL labor war is over.

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Hmmm: Is the Super Bowl pregame show over yet?

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Rave: The seventh Jesse Stone TV mystery starring Tom Selleck, “Innocents Lost”, is scheduled for broadcast on May 22 on CBS.

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Rant: Hell can’t be any worse than listening to the Black Eyed Peas for longer than 30 seconds.

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Rimshot: Does Lance Armstrong’s second retirement mean that he won’t be recycling himself again?

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Hmmm: “Bieber Fever?” I took a shot…I’m immune.

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Rant: How can you have a $200 million payroll and be in spring training without a legit number four starter? Send your answer to the NY Yankees.

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R.I.P.: Duke Snider was the final member of the “Boys of Summer” starting lineup to pass on. The Duke of Flatbush hit more home runs in the 1950s than Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays or anyone else in major league baseball. He had a canon for an arm. As the only left handed batter in the Dodger batting order, he usually faced right handed pitchers---and feasted off of them. At his peak, he was the highest paid Dodger---$40,000 a year.

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Wayback machine: The last time the Celtics sent four guys to the All Star Game was 1975.

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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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