Sunday, July 21, 2013

Daniel Silva and David Baldacci


Started "The English Girl" by Daniel Silva last night. Simply outstanding. What a spectacular writer he is. Vivid characters and meticulous plotting.

Some books you find time for...with Daniel Silva you steal time...every spare moment goes to the book.

On deck is David Baldacci's "The Hit."

What are you reading?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Curmudgeon in the Wry 546


Tuesday, July 16, 2013---826 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 36 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Chock full of extraneous intensifiers.
If you don’t have more questions than answers, you are not really living.
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.
Providing snap judgments and overreactions.
Filled with random nonsense.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
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Rave: Margie Rayburn---“I’m Available”---Peaked #9 in 1957. 
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Reading: “Bad Monkey” by Carl Hiaasen.
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On the Hi Fi: “On the Other Side” by The Tierney Sutton Band.
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Under rated: Regis Toomey
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Rave: Tonight “Covert Affairs” (9 PM) and “Suits” (10 PM) return on the USA Network tonight. Does not get any better than that. Love Annie Walker and Rachel Zane. For the record, Denise Roberts is the Annie Walker of country record promotion.
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You Know You’re Old: If you keep people's names, phone numbers, and addresses in a Rolodex
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Rave: Sunday night TCM showed “The Magnificent Seven.” In part or in whole, I have seen TM7 over 200 times. It remains my favorite movie. It’s in my western Top-5 along with “Rio Bravo,” “Vera Cruz,” “Bite the Bullet,” “The Professionals” and “The Cowboys.” Sorry---couldn’t hold it to five.
Elmer Bernstein’s musical score is still my movie soundtrack---just ahead of “The Guns of Navarone.”
What are your favorite westerns?
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Truism: There is nothing wrong with entertainment, just entertainment that insults your intelligence.
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Miami: A place where 1,000 different nationalities get together and give each other the finger on I-95.
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Hmmm: Soft breads get hard when they go stale, while hard crackers get softer when they go stale.
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You Know You're From Florida: If you know people with front yards paved over, so they don’t have to mow them.
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Rave: Many people remember Elvis. I never forgot him. Still enjoy watching “King Creole” every time it’s on.
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TV Time Out: ESPN viewership is down 32% from this time a year ago.
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Truism: If voting could change anything, it would be illegal.
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Rant: It might surprise you to discover that I know exactly what stage it is at the Tour de France. It's the stage where I stop caring altogether.
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Bumper sticker of the week: If you love NY, take I-95 north.
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Hmmm: When you are not sure of anything, anything is possible.
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It’s a fact: While obama tosses a baseball like a little girl, he’s world class at throwing people under the bus.
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Business 101: Message importance varies directly with the ignorance of the colleague in charge of your telephone.
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Truism: Hard work never hurt anyone---but then neither did a whole lot of good rest.
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You Know You’re Old: If you still pay bills using checks.
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Quote: Pursuing knowledge for the sake of knowledge is not a political concept or politicians would know a lot more.”—P.J. O’Rourke.
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You Know You're From Florida: If you laugh at the people who think Daytona Beach is what Florida is really all about, and avoid it as much as possible.
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Truism: Most people hear what we say, but pay more attention to what we do.
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Didjaknow: After a conservative group calling itself Media Trackers tried without success for 15 months to achieve tax-free status from Internal Revenue, they changed their name to Greenhouse Solutions and were approved in three weeks.
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You Know You’re Old: If you prefer your movies in 2D.
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Hmmm: There is always a market for things nobody needs.
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You Know You're From Florida: When you think it's weird seeing a Publix in another state.
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Rant: I gave up on USA Network’s “Graceland” after two episodes.
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Truism: Sometimes a pleasant surprise would be even more pleasant if it were not so much of a surprise.
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Rant: When it comes to choosing leaders, can New York really find no one better than Weiner and Spitzer? It’s a representative government, after all. Why can’t New Yorkers find someone who represents them at their best?
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You Know You're From Florida: If you slow down by a turn lane, knowing that someone will mistakenly get in it and curve back over.
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Didjaknow: No antelopes play on any range in North America.
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You Know You’re Old: If your camera requires film.
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Final Thought: For more than six decades, it seems like it’s a law of American politics; the less important an issue is to the American public, the more serious the American political system is about. The more important an issue is to Americans, the sillier the political system gets. 
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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.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Curmudgeon In The Wry 546


Sunday, July 07, 2013---926 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 16 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Chock full of extraneous intensifiers.
If you don’t have more questions than answers, you are not really living.
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.
Providing snap judgments and overreactions.
Filled with random nonsense.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
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Rave: Jane Greer
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On the Hi Fi: “Love Is Gonna Getcha” by Patti Austin.
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Under rated: Harry Guardino.
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Truism: Just because you haven’t heard about it yet, doesn’t mean it did not happen.
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Hmmm: Ever notice that the fewer the customers in a restaurant, the slower the service?
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Rave: The Patriots offered to exchange Aaron Hernandez souvenir jerseys for any other player’s shirt…classy move.
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Didjaknow: The All England Club starts the Wimbledon Tournament with 54,000 tennis balls. Balls are changed every nine games. Used balls are sold as souvenirs for about $4.50 a can. Nearly 80% of the balls never make it back for the fans---the mysteriously disappear; usually to players who hoard them after practice rounds.
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Rave: I think all the announcers ESPN is using for Wimbledon are outstanding…but Chris Evert and John McEnroe are simply spectacular.
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Rave: there is no more cozy or attractive major sports venue in the world than Centre Court at the All England Club.
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Rave: Two wonderful new champions in Marion Bartoli and Andy Murray…super to see fresh faces at the trophy presentation. Sabine Lisicki and Novak Djokovic were extremely gracious in defeat. A most civilized event. It was two weeks of outstanding tennis.
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Rave: Marion Bartoli did not lose a single set in winning her seven matches. Wimbledon was her first win in a Major in 47 attempts.
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Hmmm: Why are they called stands when you sit in them?
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You Know You're From Florida: If you thought attics and basements existed only in the movies.
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Hmmm: I doubt that even the NSA knew that Brad Stevens was leaving Butler for the Celtics.
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Dog days: In the movies, Lassie was never a female. A series of male dog played the part, in drag so to speak.
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Truism: Radio needs to figure out how to get people to want to check back in like Facebook does.
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Over Rated: Why all the wailing and gnashing of teeth in LA over the exodus of Dwight Howard from the Lakers? You can count the number of championships Howard has won on zero hands.
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You Know You’re Old: When waitresses call you “dear.”
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Dollars and noncents: The Oakland Raiders are paying $49.6 million to players not on their roster.
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Even more noncents: Bobby Bonilla rakes in $1.2 million per annum from the Mets through 2035.
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Old school: So far they have discovered there are seven different intellectual gifts. Everyone has one or more of these gifts…. unfortunately readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic are the only three the SATs are based on.
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You Know You're From Florida: If you have always known what a tangerine is.
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Truism: I understand it’s not good to seek revenge, but every once in a while you have to do it because it feels so good.
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What’s wrong with this picture: If you cross the North Korean border illegally----you are sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. You are shot if you sneak across the Afghan border. On the other hand, if you enter the USA illegally, the liberals will shower you with food stamps, driver’s license, housing, health care and education.
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Hmmm: I have always wondered why radio folks think that the same old tunes played in a different order is a new format.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember when you needed directions to get somewhere. Extra credit for reading road maps. Even more credit if you can refold the maps neatly.
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Didjaknow: If Barbie were full size, her bra size would be 39D.
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When men were men: July 2nd marked the 50th anniversary of the 16 inning Giants/Braves game…won 1-0 by the Giants. Both starting pitchers went the distance…Juan Marichal and 42 year-old Warren Spahn. Baseball was a far better game in those days…on every level.
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Truism: If you wish to get noticed, get in the blame lane---way too many people in the credit lane.
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You Know You're From Florida: If you had debates over whether or not Miami is really, truly Florida.
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Hmmm: Is it the singer or is it the song?
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Just wondering: When obama mentions the hard working Americans, he’s not talking about government workers is he?
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Truism: If Federal employees had to depend on tips to make a living, they would starve to death.
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You Know You're From Florida: If you realize asphalt has a liquid state.
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Quote: Why has evil been such a hard concept for the left to accept? The basic agenda of the left is to change external conditions. But what if the problem is internal? What if the real problem is the cussedness of human beings?”—World Renowned Economist Thomas Sowell.
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Final Thought: A good woman has no past.
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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.