Saturday, September 07, 2013

Curmudgeon in the Wry 548



Saturday, September 07, 2013---1037 Words---Average Reading Time: 3 Minutes, 39 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Chock full of extraneous intensifiers.
If you don’t have more questions than answers, you are not really living.
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.
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Providing snap judgments and overreactions.
Filled with random nonsense.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
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Rave: Diana Nyad.
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Reading: “Glitz” by Elmore Leonard.
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On the Hi Fi: “Settin’ the Standards”~~~A Chuck Thagard compilation.
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Under rated: Billie Burke.
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Truism: When someone says, "It is what it is," they're telling you it sucks.
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Quote: “When you reread a novel you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.” ~ Clifton Fadiman.
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TV Time Out: “Major Crimes” returns with eight new episodes on November 25th. Can’t wait…and it was renewed for a third season.
I hope that we lose DDA Rios ASAP…she is truly annoying on so many levels…a most grating personality.
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Game, Set, Match: When Serena Williams defeated Carla Su├írez Navarro in Wednesday’s US Open quarters, she became just the second person since 1968 to win an Open quarterfinal match 6-0, 6-0 {or as John McEnroe says, double bagels}. It’s a weird stat, but one Williams shares only with Martina Navratilova.
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Rant: The next time a liberal finds herself threatened by some thug; let’s see if she calls a cop or a Crip for help.
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Quote: “Life is one long process of getting tired.”~~~Samuel Butler.
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Anyone for tennis: The last time both players used wooden rackets in a major tennis tournament was the 1984 US Open Semis---John McEnroe and Pat Cash.
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Hmmm: Who are They? And, why are they so all knowing?
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Full disclosure: I’m much smarter on an email than I am on the phone.
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TV Time Out II: “The Glades” was not renewed. I can understand why. The episodes this season were pure cookie-cutter---meet suspect one, arrest suspect one, learn about suspect two, arrest same and release suspect one, release suspect two after arresting suspect three, etc.
The first couple of seasons were big fun…it had a huge decline this season.
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Quote: “Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.”—David T. Wolf.
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Truism: In retirement, life is a never-ending cycle of three-day weekends.
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Checking in with Burt Prelutsky: On the Detroit situation, “If you keep eating Twinkies, you’ll get fat. If you keep electing left-wingers, you’ll go bust.”
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Rave: The greatest motivational technique---inspiration.
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TV Time Out III: A&E picked up “Longmire” for a third season---smooth move. “Longmire” is one of those rare show where the filmed version is more entertaining than the book.
It scores off the chart with the upper demo…you know, that demo nobody wants, but has the disposable income companies should covet.
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Rave: John McEnroe and Chris Evert are just as spectacular calling a tennis match as they were playing one. If you don’t learn something new in each match they call…you’re not paying attention.
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Truism: The only way to get the credit is to take the blame as well.
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Rant: There is no surer sign that national sports coverage is 80% hype than when media try to make judgments and draw conclusions from NFL exhibition games.
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Truism: Just because you cannot prove it, doesn’t mean it’s not true.
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Quote: “Respect your audience.”~~John Huston.
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Thomas Sowell thought for the day: “Like other truly talented phonies, obama concentrates his skills on the effect of his words on other people — most of whom do not have the time to become knowledgeable about the things he is talking about. Whether what he says bears any relationship to the facts is politically irrelevant.
A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.”
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Truism: It’s a helluva lot easier to piss people off than to please them.
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Rave: The 14 game lead the Atlanta Braves enjoy is all the more amazing when you consider that they have lost six players to season-ending injuries.
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Didjaknow: Cinerama was created as an anagram for American.
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Quote: “A cynic is a person searching for an honest man, with a stolen lantern.”~~~Edgar A. Shoaff.
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TV Time Out IV: I’m conflicted about AMC’s “Low Winter Sun.” The primary story line has me hooked. The secondary plot about the small-time crook Damon is an intrusion. And, Frank’s obsession to locate his hooker girl friend is both too dark and pathetic.
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Quote: “It's unfathomable at a time when interleague play goes on all summer that none of Justin Morneau's statistics for the Twins carried over to the National League when he joined the Pirates the other day. His stat line that appears in the paper returned to zeroes. And why? Probably because that's the way it was done in 1901. It's baseball, after all.”—Bob Molinaro, Virginian Pilot.
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Final TV Time Out: The 111th and final episode of “Burn Notice” airs on Thursday. I am fairly certain that I have not missed a single episode.
I was lucky enough to be tipped off by the Sun Sentinel’s ace mystery reviewer Oline Cogdill for the June 28, 2007 debut.
There are lots of loose ends to tie up in one show…so the VCR will be recording.
Consistently good writing, a genial cast of protagonists, well-known guest stars and nasty villains led to solid ratings…averaging between four and five million viewers.
It will be a bittersweet good by…but the show is going out on top.
It’s been a great ride---and Miami never looked better.
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Final Thought: Love is grand. Divorce is a hundred grand.
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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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