Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 505

Wednesday, July 06, 2011---574 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 52 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: John Garfield.

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Reading: “The Little Death” by P.J. Parrish.

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On the Hi Fi: “In A Bossa Nova Mood”---A Starbucks collection.

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Under rated: Bonita Granville.

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I miss: Betty Hutton, Walt Dropo, Lena Horne, Raymond Chandler.

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Quote: “Everything you do or say is public relations.” – Anon.

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Rave: “Hollywood Hills” is the fourth in Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Station series…and it is a total treat. The cops of the Hollywood Station feel like old friends…much like the way Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct cops did. In this series, Mr. Wambaugh creates bad guys as interesting as those found in Elmore Leonard’s novels. If you have yet to read one of the Hollywood Station tales, now’s the time.

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Rant: Airplanes seats shrink - just as passengers expand.

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Rave: Starting the daily crossword puzzle with both 1 Down and 1 Across out of the box.

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Didjaknow: The first UPC bar code scan was made at a Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, which had agreed to serve as a test facility for the new technology. The first item scanned was a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum.

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Wishin’ and hopin’: I just can’t wait until the obamas to join Pelosi and have to fly commercial.

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Hmmm: If they make the movie, who better to play Whitey Bulger than Jack Nicholson?

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Rave: I just love Wimbledon. All the players in their tennis whites, the civility in the stands that only the Brits possess, tennis on grass courts and the quality of the tennis. And, virtually no athletes with visible tattoos…and only the women athletes wear earrings.

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Stats: The last American male to take the championship at Wimbledon was Pete Sampras in 2000.

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Quote: “Any sort of attraction I have to you is totally lost the second you pull out a cigarette to smoke.”—Coyote Calhoun.

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Rave: The first two episodes of “Suits” on USA Network killed me…great show. Just when you thought the last thing you needed was a show about lawyers, “Suits” refreshes the genre and hits on all cylinders. As invigorating in today’s TV scene as “Ally McBeal” was when it debuted in 1997. Wonderful comedy/drama.

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Didjaknow: Duke grad Dick Groat is the only man in both the college baseball and basketball Halls of Fame.

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Rant: You can start the showing of “Green Lantern” without me.

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Truism: Naps are greatly under rated.

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Rave: For the past couple of years (since he started releasing more than one book a year), I’ve thought that David Baldacci was just phoning it in. The novels were fast reads with little substance. That all changed with “The Sixth Man.” This one is up his usual high standards. The premise is not that big a stretch. It’s a great ride.

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Rant: Celebrity baby names go from peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx).

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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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