Sunday, March 02, 2014

Curmudgeon in the Wry 561

Sunday, March 02, 2014---1018 Words---Average Reading Time: 3 Minutes, 11 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.
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
Low carb.
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Rave: “Chinaman’s Chance” by Ross Thomas…arguably his best work.
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Reading: “King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci.
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On the Hi Fi: Dave Brubeck’s “New Wine.”
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Under rated: George Brent.
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Truism: I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
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Quote: “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” -- Ray Bradbury
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Enough Already: The TV spots for Liam Neeson’s movie, “Non-Stop” have been just that.
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TV Time Out: “Blue Bloods” has an incredible ensemble cast…one of broadcast television’s best ever.
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Truism: Your cat knows more about you than you know about yourself.
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Belated Birthday Greetings: February 6th marked the 75th that Raymond Chandler’s initial private eye novel, “The Big Sleep” was published. It is probably the genre’s most influential and long running private eye series of the 20th century.
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Quote: “Nothing says goodbye like a bullet.”---Raymond Chandler, “The Big Sleep”
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TV Time Out II: “Suits” returns at 9 PM this Thursday on USA Network. Can’t wait to see Rachel Zane.
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Truism: Just because it is politically incorrect to mention that some people are incompetent, does not in any way make them any more competent.
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Hmmm: How many government workers do you suppose could get a job at Starbucks?
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All present: We all have one thing in common. We all want to lose at least ten pounds.
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Didjaknow: In 2012, the biographies of nearly all the past presidents were changed on WhiteHouse.gov to include something about obama. What a narcissist!
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Truism: Today would have been my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary if I’d met someone and got married in 1989.
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TV Time Out III: Things sure happen fast in “Justified”—so many tense scenes. Bad guys turning on one another. The blurring between good guys and bad guys.
Raylan telling Wendy that Darryl killed Dilly is going to stir things up in Crowe clan. Who is this Uncle Jack that Kendal called?
The Crowe and Crowder marriage-of-convenience alliance should be a lot of fun. Boyd, Johnny and Hot Rod have switched sides multiple times.
I love the chemistry between Raylan and Allison…and Dewey Crowe’s comedic criminal enterprises.
Ava’s attempt to gain control of the prison heroin trade might not be too bright.
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Hmmm: There’s a little-known fact that’s so little-known I have no idea of what it is.
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Tip From Seth II: Don't do business with a stranger who calls you at home during dinner.
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Axiom: A word to the wise is unnecessary…it’s the stupid people who need it most.
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Truism: I had a senior moment the other day but can’t remember what it was.
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Hmmm: Most people don’t seem to understand that the best way to learn is to ask questions.
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TV Time Out IV: Looks like a new series villain to torment Finch and team in “the voice.” Lots of recurring villains in “Person of Interest.”
Wondering what Root is up to…she has been MIA the past few episodes…and little mention of Control or Vigilance.
Shaw letting Hersh live is a curious move. Allowing people to live is Shaw’s PDA.
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Irony Alert: “We have to believe in free will. We’ve got no other choice.”--Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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Date Night: Around this time in 1996, Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunication Act into law in order to prevent phone bills from skyrocketing to where they are now.
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Quote: If you aren’t confused by quantum physics, then you haven’t really understood it.”--Niels Bohr.
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Truism: Everybody runs faster in the dark.
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Quote: “All good writing is rewriting.”—Hemingway.
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Tip from Seth III: And never eat the macadamia nuts in the mini bar
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Final TV Time Out: Still more lies being told than truths in “The Blacklist.” Looks we are about to gain some knowledge about Jolene/Lucy…finally.
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Quote: “Federal programs initiated by liberals demand nothing of the recipients, but that they refuse to change their ways.”—Burt Prelutsky.
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Truism: The problem with doing things to prolong your life is that all the extra years come at the end, when you’re old.
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Hmmm: Most people tend to seek the advice they want to hear.
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Truism: Anything called ‘Ye Olde’ isn’t.
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Rant: The only thing unions will not tolerate is non-payment of union dues.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember when “Don’t ask, don’t tell applied to everyone.
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Rant: When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.
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Hmmm: Why does a person have to die before you learn about all the great things they did in their lifetime?
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Irony alert: The Supreme Court is fascinated, if not obsessed with diversity. However all nine members have a degree from one of the eight Ivy League colleges. How diverse is that?
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Truism: Sometimes, if a recipe calls for fresh ground and toasted coriander, I just substitute going out for dinner instead.
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Final Thought: Shirley Temple was a once in a lifetime personality. Will Friedman in the WSJ encapsulated her far better than I could ever hope to, “She was not only the stuff that dreams are made of but hopes, aspirations, fantasies, the eternal spirit of mankind—all somehow crystallized in the form of a dimpled little curly topped moppet.”
My favorite movie with her is “Fort Apache” where she played Henry Fonda’s daughter, Philadelphia Thursday. She held her own playing opposite both Fonda and John Wayne.
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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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