Sunday, July 17, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 506

Sunday, July 17, 2011---596 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 56 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.





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Rave: John Wayne.

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Reading: “The Good By Look” (1969) by Ross Macdonald.

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On the Hi Fi: “Hallelujah!” by Ella Fitzgerald.

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Under rated: Linda Darnell.

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I miss: Rory Calhoun, Billie Burke, Anita O’Day, George Kell.

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New Rank: So now obama is Commander in Tweet.

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Didjaknow: Since 1936, only two universities have won national titles in football and never suffered a major violation---Penn State and BYU.

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Rant: You know this summer’s movies are bad when you can’t even sit through the previews, never mind the actual movie.

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Rave: While I thought the final season of “Friday Night Lights” was uneven, the finale was just terrific…it was powerful and positive. It’s bittersweet to say good by to this quality show. The resolutions of the various main players made sense and were not all perfectly happy endings. Kudos to the producers for having the onions to show pregame prayers throughout the series. I’ll miss Coach Taylor and all those kids.

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Hmmm: 3-D movies were pretty goofy when I was a kid in the fifties, never mind now.

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Truism: Sports were more enjoyable when we didn’t know how much dough the players made.

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In Passing: I first remember Dick Williams during one of his four tours with the Orioles. He was a hard-nosed, gutsy utility player---just the type Baltimore embraced in the early days of the franchise. Like Earl Weaver, he became a better manager than player. He won a couple of World Series with the Oakland A’s---but I am convince his best job was the miracle 1967 season with the Red Sox. Dick Williams was old school before anybody knew what the term meant. R.I.P.

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Quote: “However, the fact is that in this world today, there are many trivial things taken very seriously by a lot of people—sports primarily included.”—Frank Deford.

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Hmmm: Is it just me, or are there more pitchers on the disabled list than ever before?

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Didjaknow: Two nuggets from renowned economist Thomas Sowell. 1] The two cities with the oldest and strongest rent control laws in the country also have the highest rents—New York and San Francisco. 2] Countries with stronger gun control laws than ours and higher murder rates include Mexico, Brazil and Russia. Countries with higher rates of gun ownership than ours and lower murder rates include Switzerland and Israel.

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Rant: How anyone could take Julia Roberts and the liberal Tom Hanks and come up with such a lame movie as “Larry Crowne” is a mystery.

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First, the good news: Paramount has green-lighted the initial Lee Child's Reacher novel for the silver screen.

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The bad news: They have cast the diminutive Tom Cruise to portray Reacher. How far off base can you be? Reacher is 6’6” and weighs about 250 pounds. His size is part of the plot and is his persona. My guess is the Cruise fans will be there…and the Reacher fans will avoid the flick at all costs. You won’t catch me watching.

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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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 505

Wednesday, July 06, 2011---574 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 52 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.

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Rave: John Garfield.

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Reading: “The Little Death” by P.J. Parrish.

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On the Hi Fi: “In A Bossa Nova Mood”---A Starbucks collection.

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Under rated: Bonita Granville.

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I miss: Betty Hutton, Walt Dropo, Lena Horne, Raymond Chandler.

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Quote: “Everything you do or say is public relations.” – Anon.

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Rave: “Hollywood Hills” is the fourth in Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Station series…and it is a total treat. The cops of the Hollywood Station feel like old friends…much like the way Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct cops did. In this series, Mr. Wambaugh creates bad guys as interesting as those found in Elmore Leonard’s novels. If you have yet to read one of the Hollywood Station tales, now’s the time.

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Rant: Airplanes seats shrink - just as passengers expand.

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Rave: Starting the daily crossword puzzle with both 1 Down and 1 Across out of the box.

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Didjaknow: The first UPC bar code scan was made at a Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, which had agreed to serve as a test facility for the new technology. The first item scanned was a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum.

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Wishin’ and hopin’: I just can’t wait until the obamas to join Pelosi and have to fly commercial.

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Hmmm: If they make the movie, who better to play Whitey Bulger than Jack Nicholson?

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Rave: I just love Wimbledon. All the players in their tennis whites, the civility in the stands that only the Brits possess, tennis on grass courts and the quality of the tennis. And, virtually no athletes with visible tattoos…and only the women athletes wear earrings.

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Stats: The last American male to take the championship at Wimbledon was Pete Sampras in 2000.

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Quote: “Any sort of attraction I have to you is totally lost the second you pull out a cigarette to smoke.”—Coyote Calhoun.

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Rave: The first two episodes of “Suits” on USA Network killed me…great show. Just when you thought the last thing you needed was a show about lawyers, “Suits” refreshes the genre and hits on all cylinders. As invigorating in today’s TV scene as “Ally McBeal” was when it debuted in 1997. Wonderful comedy/drama.

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Didjaknow: Duke grad Dick Groat is the only man in both the college baseball and basketball Halls of Fame.

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Rant: You can start the showing of “Green Lantern” without me.

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Truism: Naps are greatly under rated.

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Rave: For the past couple of years (since he started releasing more than one book a year), I’ve thought that David Baldacci was just phoning it in. The novels were fast reads with little substance. That all changed with “The Sixth Man.” This one is up his usual high standards. The premise is not that big a stretch. It’s a great ride.

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Rant: Celebrity baby names go from peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx).

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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.