Saturday, October 01, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 510

Saturday, October 01, 2011---926 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 41 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.

If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!

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Rave: Norman Granz.

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Reading: Lee Child’s “The Affair”—beyond spectacular.

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On the Hi Fi: “Live Close By, Visit Often” by K.T. Oslin.

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Under rated: Jack Jones.

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I miss: Leo G. Carroll, Laura Nyro, Hoyt Wilhelm.

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Quote: “Cynics regard everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regard everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.” -- Robert Anton Wilson.

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I Wish: That I could whistle really loudly, play the piano and skip rope.

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Truism: Stupid should be painful.

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TV Timeout: Mark your iCal for these returns. “Psych” (season6 debut) on Wednesday, 10/12 at 10 on USA. USA’s “Covert Affairs” on Tuesday, 11/1 at 10 PM. “Burn Notice” on USA at 10 PM on Thursday, 11/1. “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” on TNT, Monday, 11/28 at 9 and 10.

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Hmmm: Am I the only one who thinks that Rachel Maddow looks like Harry Potter?

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Rant: You know baseball analysis has become ridiculous when one of the new ways of evaluating players is some gibberish called Wins Above Replacement. If you can figure that out, calculus II is next semester.

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Didjaknow: A billion is 1,000 times greater than a million. If you did, you are smarter than obama who equates 200,000 with a million.

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Rave/TV Timeout: I’m a fan of “Pan Am.” Any show that features Bobby Darin as part of the soundtrack is jake in my book. Great overall look and feel, the wardrobes and sets---all the glamour that promised adventure and elegance when you heard, “This is your Captain speaking.” Fly me to the moon.

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Money Ball: The Tampa Bay Rays have the second lowest payroll in baseball. Go Rays! Too bad this excellent organization (in playoffs three of the past four seasons) has such a lukewarm fan base.

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Truism: The only guy who had a worse September than the Red Sox was Rick Perry.

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Quote: “Bigots are just plain lazy. If you just take the trouble to know people as individuals, almost invariably you will discover better reasons to despise them than their race, religion, etc.”—Burt Prelutsky.

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Truism: Baseball games were certainly shorter before anyone heard of Bill James.

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Baseball lore: You know that you have seen too many post-season baseball games if you can remember running home from school to watch the World Series.

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Rant: I am certain post-season baseball would be far more enjoyable if the geniuses from TBS, FoxSports and ESPN used the TV announcing crews from the various participating teams.

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Quote: “Has obama ever grown even a potted plant, much less a business, a bank, a hospital or any of the numerous other institutions whose decisions he wants to control and override? But he can talk glibly about growing the economy. Arrogance is no substitute for experience. That is why the country is in the mess it is in now.” Distinguished Economist, Dr. Thomas Sowell.

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Hmmm: I am certain it is some sort of moral failing, but I really do not care is Beyonce is pregnant.

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Rave/TV Timeout: It may not be high art, but “The Playboy Club” is big fun. It’s got the look and style from the swinging sixties down cold. Oh how sophisticated we thought we were during college with our Playboy Club keys…it was a fun place and the show gets that right.

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Truism/Quote: “Any government bureaucrat who could make a smart venture capital investment wouldn’t be a government bureaucrat.”—Star Parker.

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Didjaknow: Fourteen quarterbacks threw for more than 300 yards in the NFL during opening week.

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Truism: Sports and entertainment become more important as societies get worse.

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Hmmm: Could the NBA season will be reduced to a video game

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Rant: It used to be Sonny and Cher. Now it’s the talentless Chaz Bono.

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Quote: “Nobody who didn’t vote for obama last time will vote for him in 2012, whereas millions who did, won’t. Not since the advent of the Edsel and New Coke has an over-hyped product turned off more Americans than obama.”—Burt Prelutsky.

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Rave: My flame vines are blossoming like crazy, making up for the crepe-myrtle’s minimal blossoms, as the squirrels have decided their buds are the proper diet this year.

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But Who’s Counting: “Dirty Harry” turns 40 next year.

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Bumper Sticker of the Month: Criminals Prefer Unarmed Victims.

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Hmmm: Doesn’t it seem like A-Rod and Cameron Diaz break up more than the king and queen of the ninth-grade dance?

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Truth be told: Already, I have enough 2012 calendars…and enough address labels to last a lifetime.

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Hmmm: I wish I had been as clever as obama and blamed bad luck when I was getting C’s in high school.

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Rave: “Blue Bloods” is just as entertaining and riveting this season as last. Is there any other actor who can convey as much with the “silent brood” as Tom Selleck?

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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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