Sunday, July 17, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 506

Sunday, July 17, 2011---596 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 56 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 Wayne.

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Reading: “The Good By Look” (1969) by Ross Macdonald.

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On the Hi Fi: “Hallelujah!” by Ella Fitzgerald.

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Under rated: Linda Darnell.

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I miss: Rory Calhoun, Billie Burke, Anita O’Day, George Kell.

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New Rank: So now obama is Commander in Tweet.

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Didjaknow: Since 1936, only two universities have won national titles in football and never suffered a major violation---Penn State and BYU.

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Rant: You know this summer’s movies are bad when you can’t even sit through the previews, never mind the actual movie.

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Rave: While I thought the final season of “Friday Night Lights” was uneven, the finale was just terrific…it was powerful and positive. It’s bittersweet to say good by to this quality show. The resolutions of the various main players made sense and were not all perfectly happy endings. Kudos to the producers for having the onions to show pregame prayers throughout the series. I’ll miss Coach Taylor and all those kids.

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Hmmm: 3-D movies were pretty goofy when I was a kid in the fifties, never mind now.

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Truism: Sports were more enjoyable when we didn’t know how much dough the players made.

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In Passing: I first remember Dick Williams during one of his four tours with the Orioles. He was a hard-nosed, gutsy utility player---just the type Baltimore embraced in the early days of the franchise. Like Earl Weaver, he became a better manager than player. He won a couple of World Series with the Oakland A’s---but I am convince his best job was the miracle 1967 season with the Red Sox. Dick Williams was old school before anybody knew what the term meant. R.I.P.

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Quote: “However, the fact is that in this world today, there are many trivial things taken very seriously by a lot of people—sports primarily included.”—Frank Deford.

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Hmmm: Is it just me, or are there more pitchers on the disabled list than ever before?

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Didjaknow: Two nuggets from renowned economist Thomas Sowell. 1] The two cities with the oldest and strongest rent control laws in the country also have the highest rents—New York and San Francisco. 2] Countries with stronger gun control laws than ours and higher murder rates include Mexico, Brazil and Russia. Countries with higher rates of gun ownership than ours and lower murder rates include Switzerland and Israel.

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Rant: How anyone could take Julia Roberts and the liberal Tom Hanks and come up with such a lame movie as “Larry Crowne” is a mystery.

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First, the good news: Paramount has green-lighted the initial Lee Child's Reacher novel for the silver screen.

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The bad news: They have cast the diminutive Tom Cruise to portray Reacher. How far off base can you be? Reacher is 6’6” and weighs about 250 pounds. His size is part of the plot and is his persona. My guess is the Cruise fans will be there…and the Reacher fans will avoid the flick at all costs. You won’t catch me watching.

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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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