Thursday, October 18, 2012

Curmudgeon in the Wry 535


Thursday, October 18, 2012---709 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 39 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: Steve Wynn
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On the Hi Fi: “25” by Harry Connick, Jr. Many thanks Chuck!
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Under rated: Stu Erwin.
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You Know You’re Old: If you think a nice warm day is just a nice warm day, and not a sign of impending doom.
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Quote: From the fertile mind of that great American, Ben Stein, “Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac…that way lies the tumbrels and the guillotine.”
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Truism: You never see good-looking girls at a bus stop.
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Rave: The Philo Vance series of movies. About ten different actors portrayed Vance in fifteen films. For my money, William Powell was the definitive Vance. However, Basil Rathbone was aces in 1930’s “The Bishop Murder Case.”
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Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: It is perfectly clear that the current Justice Department excels at stonewalling---Black Panther voter intimidation in Philadelphia, Fast and Furious, the Fort Hood Massacre and now the situation in Libya. It is so pathetic, we need CSI Benghazi. 
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Truism: A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions.
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Just asking: If one is neither overwhelmed, nor underwhelmed by something…was one simply whelmed?
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iRony Alert: On the one hand, the leftist Hollywood studios want higher taxes on me and thee. On the other (out-stretched hand) they want a special tax credits.
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Quote: “I would rather be praised for what we have done; not for expectations of what people think we are going to do.”—Duke Basketball Coach, Mike Krzyzewski.
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Hmmm: Successful actors, directors and producers, are always attacking CEOS for making X-times as much money as their employees. Yet you never hear about some actor who’s paid $25 million to make a movie taking just a million for himself and suggesting the remaining millions be divvied up among the rest of the cast and crew.
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You Know You’re Old: If you just want to be left alone.
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Rant: Words newspaper writers, especially columnists, like to use/overuse: eponymous, vicissitudes, Schadenfreude, vetting, dystopian, iconic, hubris, kerfuffle, wonk, rhetoric, legendary, pejorative and penultimate — and, in a pejorative way, elderly.
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Hmmm: How are children supposed to learn to act like adults, when so much of what they see on television, shows adults acting like children?
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Great opening paragraph: “After seven years of bickering and fussing, the Fort Lauderdamndale city fathers, on a hot Tuesday in late August, killed off a life style and turned me into a vagrant.” Travis McGee in John D. MacDonald’s “The Scarlet Ruse.”
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Coincidence?: Of the seven Ryder Cups Tiger Woods has competed in, the U.S. has lost six. Last time the U.S. won was in 2008, when Woods was out with a knee injury.
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Blonde Quotes: “I'm not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb.  I also know I'm not blonde.”  ~Dolly Parton
“It was a blonde.  A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”  ~Raymond Chandler in “Farewell My Lovely.”
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You Know You’re Old: If you played with toy guns as a kid.
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Hmmm: Is there any food more depressing than a Danish, a pastry that always seems stale upon arrival?
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One Final Thought: When I see a woman with a tattoo, I think, okay, here's a gal who's capable of making a decision she'll regret for the rest of her life.
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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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