Saturday, September 27, 2014

Curmudgeon in the Wry 569

Saturday, September 27, 2014---1160 Words---Average Reading Time: 4 Minutes,
12 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: Les Brown.
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Reading: “Walking Money” by James O. Born, a proud Floridian.
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On the Hi Fi: “Blues in the Night”—Artie Shaw.
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Under rated: Gabby Hayes.
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Hmmm: How long is a piece of string?
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Bottom Line: Andrea Tantaros is one tough cookie.
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Rave: Mike Post’s theme music for “Hill Street Blues” still thrills me.
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TV Timeout: I liked “Gotham” {the Batman prequel} enough to add it to my weekly recording list.
The first five minutes were as exciting as any TV debut.
Will we learn who killed the Waynes?
Will the series take a major time jump or will the main character be Gotham, telling compelling tales that just happen to have DC Comics characters?
In episode one, we got peeks at Cat Woman, The Penguin, The Riddler and The Joker in their early stages.
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Didjaknow: Bruce Wayne and Bat Man first appeared in Detective Comics # 27 in 1939, receiving the stand-alone title in 1940.
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Rant: If you cannot get into a parallel parking place after two tries…please move on.
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Numbers game: The original Dave Clark Five had six members.
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Quote: When asked by her agent what kind of product endorsement deals she was interested in after finishing as runner-up in the U.S. Open, Caroline Wozniacki answered, "I will do a chocolate deal for product only. No need for money."
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Quote: “One year we had six guys in jail. Not together, that would have taken too much teamwork.”---Former NY Nets president, Jon Spoelstra.
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Fast start: “The Maltese Falcon” was John Huston’s directorial debut.
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Stop the presses: Soccer is a game made for highlight tapes…very short highlight tapes.
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TV Timeout II: The “Scorpion” debut had its moments and was entertaining with high degree of suspension of disbelief. It’s not subtle, rather a fun, high-tech procedural.
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Food for thought: When a habit begins to cost money, it’s called a hobby.
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You bet: That inner voice that tells you that somebody is watching, is your conscience.
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Any truth to the rumor: That waiting for Derek Jeter to retire is like waiting for Y2K.
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Just asking: How many Christians and Jews behead people today for any reason? How many crash planes into buildings?
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Go figure: Players call pro sports a business…fans call it a sport.
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Truism: We do not remember days, we remember moments.
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TV Timeout III: “The Blacklist” is at least a distant cousin to “The X-Files.”
Rowen’s performance from shocked and scared to the cold-faced, focused bad guy was reminiscent of Aaron Stampler in “Primal Fear.” Bravo!
Berlin is one nasty piece of work…a terrific big-baddie for the series.
Best news is that Lizzie got a haircut and no longer wears the worst wig on TV.
“The Blacklist” strikes a balance between engaging week-to-week stories and a more challenging overarching narrative that commands a little attention and loyalty from the audience.
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Hmmm: Is a humorist a man who feels bad, but feels good about it?
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Not as easy as you think: When you go to a restaurant, choose a table near a waiter.
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Sharp move: Sharpen your scissors by cutting up pieces of sandpaper.
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Lights, camera, action: The first R-rated movie to win an Oscar for best picture was “The French Connection.”
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Random Thought: A miracle is an event described by those to whom it was told to, by men who did not see it.
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TV Timeout IV: Is anything ever official on “Person of Interest?” This season could be a cold war between two AIs (The Machine and Samaritan).
This week’s number connected to, and solved a problem for Reese, Finch and Company. A private phone line using old school TV antennae is diabolically cool.
The machine guiding Finch to the abandoned NYC transit tunnels for the hideout was chillingly clever. Their version of the Bat Cave!
Already a ton of questions: Who is Romeo? Is he one of the good guys? Who is the globetrotting mystery woman, Martine Rousseau? Reese and Fusco as partners on the NYPD Homicide Squad? Who is Root’s job interview with? Is Senator Garrison a threat to Samaritan? Could Garrison become an ally with Finch’s crew?
I love new camera shots being shown that indicate the Machine is watching.
Root steals every scene she is in.
Shaw is the hottest female on TV.
This is can’t miss TV.
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Instant analysis: Tiger Woods fired his swing coach because he couldn’t fire himself…what a putz.
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True or False: Is “How are you,” a greeting or a question?
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Rimshot: As the Zen Master said to the hot dog vendor, “Make me one with everything.”
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Rave: Love the new Navy football unis…a take on the Navy summer whites right down to the all white shoes…featuring each player’s rank on the shoulder.
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Idle Thought: If violent TV shows are supposed to make kids more violent, why don’t comedies don’t make them any funnier.
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Hamm: When watching college football games, ever wonder if there are more state police guarding the head coach than there are on the highways?
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Truism: The three largest funerals in the south were for Elvis, Bear Bryant and Huey Long.
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Final TV Time Out: For consistent excellence, you cannot beat “Blue Bloods.”
For intense, tension it will be difficult to improve upon the first six minutes of the season debut.
Sgt. Gormley’s two visits to Frank’s office were priceless. Very well done!
I abhor Mayor Poole…he is malevolent. Hope Frank finds a way to take him down.
It still astonishes me that CBS (the network where Steve Croft coddles obama in the guise of journalism) carries this show…a program that presents the good side of cops, the importance of family values and ethics.
The Reagan family dinner is always a treat…just a wonderful ensemble.
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Pop quiz: Quickly now---name fifteen players from last year’s Super Bowl
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Advice at no charge: Never attend the “first annual” anything.
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Rant: When news people announce a “deadly murder-suicide”, is that to distinguish it from all other kinds?
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Great Business Names Spotted: “The Fur Seasons”---a dog boarding service. “The Sod Father”---a landscaping operation.
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Final Thought: In thirteen seasons with the Baltimore Colts, Raymond Berry caught 631 passes for 9,275 yards and 68 touchdowns---and fumbled exactly one time. Pretty amazing!
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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




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