Thursday, October 18, 2012

Curmudgeon in the Wry 535


Thursday, October 18, 2012---709 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 39 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.         
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Why waste your time anywhere else.
+++++++
Rave: Steve Wynn
+++++++
+++++++
On the Hi Fi: “25” by Harry Connick, Jr. Many thanks Chuck!
+++++++
Under rated: Stu Erwin.
+++++++
You Know You’re Old: If you think a nice warm day is just a nice warm day, and not a sign of impending doom.
+++++++
Quote: From the fertile mind of that great American, Ben Stein, “Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac…that way lies the tumbrels and the guillotine.”
+++++++
Truism: You never see good-looking girls at a bus stop.
+++++++
Rave: The Philo Vance series of movies. About ten different actors portrayed Vance in fifteen films. For my money, William Powell was the definitive Vance. However, Basil Rathbone was aces in 1930’s “The Bishop Murder Case.”
+++++++
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: It is perfectly clear that the current Justice Department excels at stonewalling---Black Panther voter intimidation in Philadelphia, Fast and Furious, the Fort Hood Massacre and now the situation in Libya. It is so pathetic, we need CSI Benghazi. 
+++++++
Truism: A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions.
+++++++
Just asking: If one is neither overwhelmed, nor underwhelmed by something…was one simply whelmed?
+++++++
iRony Alert: On the one hand, the leftist Hollywood studios want higher taxes on me and thee. On the other (out-stretched hand) they want a special tax credits.
+++++++
Quote: “I would rather be praised for what we have done; not for expectations of what people think we are going to do.”—Duke Basketball Coach, Mike Krzyzewski.
+++++++
Hmmm: Successful actors, directors and producers, are always attacking CEOS for making X-times as much money as their employees. Yet you never hear about some actor who’s paid $25 million to make a movie taking just a million for himself and suggesting the remaining millions be divvied up among the rest of the cast and crew.
+++++++
You Know You’re Old: If you just want to be left alone.
+++++++
Rant: Words newspaper writers, especially columnists, like to use/overuse: eponymous, vicissitudes, Schadenfreude, vetting, dystopian, iconic, hubris, kerfuffle, wonk, rhetoric, legendary, pejorative and penultimate — and, in a pejorative way, elderly.
+++++++
Hmmm: How are children supposed to learn to act like adults, when so much of what they see on television, shows adults acting like children?
+++++++
Great opening paragraph: “After seven years of bickering and fussing, the Fort Lauderdamndale city fathers, on a hot Tuesday in late August, killed off a life style and turned me into a vagrant.” Travis McGee in John D. MacDonald’s “The Scarlet Ruse.”
+++++++
Coincidence?: Of the seven Ryder Cups Tiger Woods has competed in, the U.S. has lost six. Last time the U.S. won was in 2008, when Woods was out with a knee injury.
+++++++
Blonde Quotes: “I'm not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb.  I also know I'm not blonde.”  ~Dolly Parton
“It was a blonde.  A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”  ~Raymond Chandler in “Farewell My Lovely.”
+++++++
You Know You’re Old: If you played with toy guns as a kid.
+++++++
Hmmm: Is there any food more depressing than a Danish, a pastry that always seems stale upon arrival?
+++++++
One Final Thought: When I see a woman with a tattoo, I think, okay, here's a gal who's capable of making a decision she'll regret for the rest of her life.
+++++++
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, October 10, 2012

Laurence Shames


http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/06/20/tips-from-the-masters-laurence-shames/#more-16966

Rave: I place Laurence Shames way above  Hiaasen, White and Dorsey in the pantheon of Florida mystery writers.His eight novel series set in Key West is a real treat. That octet is the proud next-door neighbor of Jim Hall's works on my bookshelves.











Bert the Shirt remains one of my favorite fictional characters.










Rumor has it that his first Key West novel since 2000's "The Naked Detective" is in the works. That would be a great good pleasure.

The original covers were spectacular Florida pop art. The current editions are very boring photos. 
          

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Curmudgeon in the Wry 534


Saturday, October 06, 2012---834 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 46 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.         
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Why waste your time anywhere else.
+++++++
Rave: John Garfield.
+++++++
+++++++
+++++++
Under rated: John Litel. 
+++++++
Quote: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”—William F. Buckley.
+++++++
+++++++
Didjaknow: The opening theme for “The Whistler” was whistled by a woman, not a man, as most thought.
+++++++
Hmmm: I often wonder if obama thinks that Pearl Harbor is a jewelry store.
+++++++
Rave: I look forward to another season of “Blue Bloods” and sharing the Reagan family dinners and closing prayer.
+++++++
Quote: ‎"When I read something saying I've not done anything as good as Catch-22 I'm tempted to reply, 'Who has?'" – Joseph Heller.
+++++++
You Know You’re Old: If you ever ate at Sambo’s.
+++++++
Pop Quiz: How many of the 23 (soon to be 24) James Bond movies featured Sean Connery as Bond, James Bond? 
+++++++
Hmmm: The best-looking man on cable TV: It is still Rachel Maddow.
+++++++
Quote: From the fertile mind of Ben Stein, “obama has been too busy to submit a budget for the past three years, a phenomenon not seen before---sort of like his ‘scholarly’ work at Harvard Law School.”
+++++++
You Know You’re Old: If you played the pinball machines.
+++++++
Rave: Leave it to Beaver debuted on CBS on October 4, 1957. Can you believe it was 55 years ago?
+++++++
Rant: For my money, Sean Connery was the only James Bond.
+++++++
Rave: All the Bond girls…with or without Sean Connery.
+++++++
Truism: Last week we learned that Notre Dame will compete in the ACC in all sports except for football - just like Duke.
+++++++
Factoid: IRS numbers state that there are 2.7 million people who earn $250,000 a year or more---and fewer than one-tenth of them earn a million dollars or more. So more than 90% of the people who would be hit by obama’s higher taxes supposedly aimed at “millionaires and billionaires” are neither.
+++++++
Quote: “The further we are from the last disaster, the closer we are to the next.” – Daniel Silva, The Kill Artist
+++++++
The Classics: Book or Bogart’s version of the movie, “The Big Sleep” is a 20th Century classic.
+++++++
Reality check: In a world that made any sort of sense, Notre Dame would have joined the Big Ten years ago.
+++++++
Quote: “ Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.”—Anon.
+++++++
Great opening paragraph: “The house was in Santa Monica on a cross street between the boulevards, within earshot of the coast highway and rifle shot of the sea. The street was the kind that people had once been proud to live on, but in the last few years it had lost its claim to pride.” Ross Macdonald’s “The Way Some People Die” (1951)
+++++++
iRony Alert: The Big Ten has a dozen member schools…The Big Twelve has ten members.
+++++++
Quote: Thomas Sowell explains, “The role of the con man is not to convince skeptics, but to help the gullible believe what they want to believe. Most of what obama says sounds very persuasive if you don’t know the facts---and often sounds like sheer nonsense if you do.”
+++++++
Quote: “Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.” — Woody Allen.
+++++++
Truism: You will never see anything so brave as a liberal fighting nonexistent enemies.
+++++++
From Frank Deford: “Besides California, the Big East is also welcoming teams from Tennessee, Texas and Idaho. The Big East motto is ‘we’ll leave the light on.’”
+++++++
You Know You’re Old: If you have a My Space page.
+++++++
Quote: “When I see obama 2012 bumper stickers, I really worry about the gene pool!!”—Lt. Colonel Allen West.
+++++++
Pop Quiz Answer: Six.
+++++++
Truism: A word to the wise is unnecessary. It is the stupid people who need our attention.
+++++++
Funny BIZ: Casey Stengel sat in the Yankee dugout with Bob Cerv. Several moments passed before Stengel spoke. "Nobody knows this, but one of us has just been traded to Kansas City."
+++++++
One Final Thought: The hardest part of any project is the beginning.
+++++++
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.