Thursday, May 26, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 502

Thursday, May 26, 2011---582 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minutes, 46 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: Rita Hayworth.

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Reading: “The Name is Archer” by Ross Macdonald.

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On the Hi Fi: “In Love” by Dinah Washington.

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Under rated: Clint Walker.

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I miss: The Three Mesquiteers, Bobby Darin, Big Daddy Lipscomb, Lawrence Sanders.

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Rave: Perhaps the best sports story of the year goes to the University of Florida Women’s Lacrosse team. In just their second year of existence, they landed a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament…that’s with a team of freshmen and sophomores, plus just two transfers. In the quarterfinals, they took a senior-laden 5-seeded Duke to the limit…a 9-8 lead late in the second half. Then Duke’s experience and bench strength took over for a 13-9 Duke victory. They were undefeated at home until the Duke game. Simply a remarkable story. Having seen them play twice, I can tell you that Gator team is excellent and will be a force for quite a while.

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Department of redundancy department: Exact same, end result, safe haven, free gift, added bonus, advance warning, revert back, past history.

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In Passing: Mark Haines was far and away my favorite member of CNBC. He was a fierce patriot, dedicated capitalist and intense believer in American exceptionalism. A savvy interviewer…but woe be unto he who gilded the lily or falsely represented his company’s prospects. On the curmudgeon scale, Mark was 14 out of a possible 10. Prince or pauper, CEO or candlestick maker, it mattered not---if you leveled with Mark, you had his utmost respect…if you crossed him, he never let his audience forget it. He was always fair. Among the many tributes, I thought Jim Cramer’s said it best---“I was a nobody---Mark made me a somebody.” Via con dios.

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Rant: Since the Airlines have been deregulated, the passengers have been way over regulated.

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Hmmm: If Government workers made most of their money from tips, how well do you think they would do?

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TV Time Out: “The Glades” returns on A&E on June 5th at 10 PM. First season was a treat, and second one looks great.

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Rave: USA Network’s “In Plain Sight” gets better and better with each episode. Great characters.

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Another TV Time Out: On Tuesday, June 7th “White Collar” returns to USA Network at 9 PM. At 10 PM, Annie Walker and the rest of the “Covert Affairs” crew come back for season two.

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Quote: “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”— Preeminent Economist Milton Friedman.

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Hmmm: Speaking of Government workers, if we got to vote on their benefits package how would you vote, more or less?

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Just asking: Is there anything more uncomfortable than an Adirondack Chair?

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Yet Another TV Time Out: “Burn Notice” returns on Thursday the 23rd of June at 9 PM on USA Network. Miami has never looked better.

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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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