Sunday, August 10, 2014

Curmudgeon in the Wry 565

Sunday, August 10, 2014---856 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 49 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: Mary Astor.
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Reading: “Blood Hollow” by William Kent Krueger.
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On the Hi Fi: “More Than You Know” by Lena Horne.
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Under rated: Louis Stone.
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Rave: Levenger continues to publish the finest catalogs.
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This and That: If you have not received more than enough 2015 calendars then you aren’t trying. Same goes for return address labels.
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Oh so true: The photos in recruiting brochures never reflect real life on the job.
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No excuses: Never leave misspellings in any document that leaves your office…including e-mail. With spell-check there is no justification for any word to be misspelled.
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Quote: "Good people are not hard to find; they are hard to keep." ---George Perkins.
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TV Time Out: “Halt and Catch Fire’s” finale was uneven…Joe’s ritualistic burning of the initial shipment of Giants was pointless in every way. The car-jacking came out of nowhere. On the plus side---Donna and Cameron accelerating with Mutiny. Gordon in charge of Cardiff a highlight as well.
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Factoid: From USA Today---Movie ticket sales are down 20% this summer, as much of the youth-oriented fare has failed to get people through the turnstiles.
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Bad Medicine: Looking through my history books, I simply do not find instances where nations planned the aftermath prior to engaging in war.
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Numbers game: Mercifully, there are just nine weeks remaining in the Derek Jeter countdown…if you’re scoring at home.
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Random thought: You know that the times, they are a changin’, with the news that four casinos in Atlantic City are closing.
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TV Timeout II: One word that encapsulates the first two episodes of “Hell on Wheels” is desperation. There were a couple of high spots, especially when Maggie Palmer had Durant’s bags packed and taken to her hotel’s lobby. Until Bohannon straps on his .45, the pace will continue to be depressingly slow. I hope we don’t have go through the full 13 episodes before Bohannon and the Swede’s story of confrontation concludes.
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Rant: I thought we watched TV shows to escape reality, not see it.
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Rave: Right on red.
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Future watch: I’m betting that Johnny Football crash lands.
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Much ado: Too many people worry about Jay-Z and Beyonce’s marriage than they do their own.
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Rave: Sports Illustrated celebrates its 60th anniversary this month. Wish I still had my copy of the first issue. I spent hours reading and rereading it…it fascinated me.
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TV Timeout III: Lots of loose ends wrapped up in this season’s “Longmire” finale. It was as tense and suspenseful as possible. Robert Taylor and Lou Diamond Phillips are terrific. Who was shot…Branch or his father? Wow…what a season!!!
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Truism: Social media is nobody’s friend…something too many kids find out too late.
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Stat Stuff: Nobody in the Yankee’s starting line up is hitting .300.
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Quote: "In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity."—Thomas Sowell, Preeminent Economist.
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Hmmm: The impossible often isn’t.
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Rant: I am really worn out by people answering a question with, "That is good question."
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TV Timeout IV: When are the writers of “Covert Affairs” going to end the Calder/hooker storyline…very boring. Was Nathan Mueller killed in the drone attack?
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More Blather: The words, “as we all know” are often followed by something you didn’t know; just as the words that precede the word “but” don’t mean much.
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Guesswork: Honestly, what percentage of Americans do you suppose give a damn about the well being of muslims?
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Just wondering: How can you tell if a cartoon family’s picture is a photo or a portrait?
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TV Timeout V: You just know that Forstman is going to want more from Louis…will he eventually be “Litt up?” Only two more episodes of “Suits” for it to happen.
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Factoid: The Boston Red Sox have the highest ticket prices in baseball.
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Quote: “In every country where muslims are in the minority, they’re obsessed with minority rights; whereas in every country with a muslim majority, there are no minority rights.”—Burt Prelutsky.
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Rant: Why does a ringing telephone always take precedence over a customer paying cash?
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Quote: ""The guy waving with the cell phone [at the ballpark] has become this year's John 3:16 guy with the rainbow hair," Bill Stetka, Orioles media relations.
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Final Thought: These hucksters on late-late night TV are people that were once at fairs in booths your parents told you to stay away from.
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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.
And, for everything else you have, thank God.
That is all.

As you were