Friday, August 10, 2012

Curmudgeon in the Wry 530


Friday, August 10, 2012---686 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 36 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!
Gluten Free.
Why waste your time anywhere else.
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Rave: June Christy.
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On the Hi Fi: “Back from Rio” by Roger McGuinn.
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Under rated: John Ireland.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember licking stamps.
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Quote: “I notice that everybody who is Pro-Abortion already has been born”-- Ronald Reagan.
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Truism: The best time to start a mass transit system is 150 years ago.
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A Dose of Real Life: For those of you scoring at home: Exxon made seven cents per gallon of gas in 2011. Federal, state and local governments siphoned off a minimum of 50 cents in taxes.
Starbucks makes more on each Grande Latte.
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Rave: “The Asphalt Jungle,” starring Sterling Hayden holds up remarkably well. It is always entertaining, and one of Holly wood’s better caper flicks…sort of caper-noir.
Hayden starred in another engaging caper that goes under the radar---1956’s The Killing.” It had a terrific supporting cast featuring the wonderful Marie Windsor and the understated brilliance of Elisha Cook Jr.
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Department of Redundancy Department: Same exact, foreign import, round in shape, unexpected emergency, UPC Code, SAT Test, revert back. 
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Another Quote: “Ever notice that ‘what the hell’ is always the right decision?” -- Marilyn Monroe.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember Dynaflow.
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Call me cynical: I think it is rather dubious that a badminton shuttlecock can travel up to 200 miles per hour…not unless it is attached to an archer’s arrow. Sorry NBC!
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Hmmm: When reading a book you really like, the phrase, “Can’t put it down,” also means, “Try to make it last.”
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Rave: Ross Thomas wrote 25 wonderful novels in a 29-year span. His milieu could be classified as “political thrillers” in the broadest sense. In the main they had the cold war as their backdrop. His novels were witty, smart, original, suspenseful and engrossing.
He wrote his first novel at age forty. He knocked out “The Cold War Swap” in six weeks, and it won the Edgar for Best First Novel.
If you have yet to discover him, I heartily suggest starting with either “Chinaman’s Chance” or “The Fools in Town Are on Our Side.”
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You Know You’re Old: If you ever looked something up in a card catalog.
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Yet Another Quote: “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they’re insured, but not prove they’re entitled to vote in our elections.”—Ben Stein.
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Rave: Tomorrow (8/11/12) at 4 PM the USA’s Women’s Basketball team plays France for the gold medal…on NBC and www.nbcoympics.com.
This game is worth watching just to see the USA’s Diana Taurasi (#12). If there is a fiercer competitor, more ready for prime time player, more inspiring leader or player possessing more tools than D, I do not know who it is. She is amped way before pregame…and playing for her college coach has motivated her to the nth degree. She’s leading the team with 12.9 ppg, averaging 23 minutes per game.
Years ago The New Yorker did a profile piece on UConn Women’s Coach Geno Auriemma. In their inimitable liberal, snarky way they asked him what made him such a great coach. He answered, “I have number three (Diana’s UConn number) and they don’t.”
Angel McCoughtry (#8) off the bench is as potent a sixth player as any I have seen. She, too, is worth the price of admission…11.4 ppg in 15 minutes.
This is Must See TV.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember when the clock in your car was correct twice a day.
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One Final Thought: Big time props to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. The Birds are in the hunt for a wild card berth…in spite of leading the majors in errors, having a pedestrian team ERA and they have given up more runs than they have scored.
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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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