Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Curmudgeon in the Wry 581

Tuesday, January 26, 2016---689 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 16 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
The truth is still out there.
Once you put it down, it is quite easy not to pick it up again.
Seeking only to enlighten and amuse.
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.
Don’t forget to floss.
Low carb.
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Rave: Stan Kenton.
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Reading: “Threshold” by G.M. Ford.
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On the Hi Fi: “The New Collection” by Stan Getz.
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Under Rated: June Christy.
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Tally Ho: “Suits” returns tomorrow night at 9 PM on USA Network.
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Quote: “The departure time for the team bus is right after my two leading scorers get on it.” The late Jim Valvano, NC State Basketball Coach.
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Fast Start: The 1973 ad for Noxzema with Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett was the first to use celebrities in a Super Bowl spot.
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Off the rails: No NFL player is as good as he claims to be.
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Pet Peeve: Why is it that as soon as actors attain any degree of success, they immediately become experts on everything?
Even more troubling---why does anybody pay attention to them?
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TV Time Out: “Burn Notice” reruns are far better than the vast majority of shows on the tube.
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Truism: You are what you remember.
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Did You See: Rafael Nadal lost in the first round of the Australian Open? Changing of the guard.
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Quote: “How often have supposedly mentally unbalanced shooters opened fire at an NRA meeting?”—World-renowned economist, Thomas Sowell.
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Looking Back: New York Giant legend, Monte Irvin was a four-sport athlete at Orange High in New Jersey…earning sixteen varsity letters.
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Funny BIZ: “Your call is important to us.” Who doesn’t like a recording with a sense of humor?
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TV Time Out II: “The Blacklist” chooses great music. Johnny Cash’s, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” was an inspired choice.
Now that Reddington is a member of The Cabal…are they the good guys or the bad guys?
When the show confounds and confuses us, then takes it full circle in a satisfying way, it is as good a show as any on network TV. Same with “Person of Interest.”
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Truism: It is difficult to return to a place you’ve never been.
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Numbers Game: At the start of the season, The Panthers were 50-1 to win Super Bowl 50…now they are 2-1.
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Stay Tuned: The good old days have an expiration date.
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TV Time Out III: “Blue Bloods” just may be the best show on TV. Certainly, Bridget Moynahan is a member of my fantasy team.
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Nobody Asked Me: Isn’t parity the time-honored euphemism for mediocrity? Part of the every kid gets a trophy syndrome.
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You Think You Had a Bad Day: UNC freshman Stephanie Watts missed all 14 of her three-point attempts in their loss to the Duke women on Sunday afternoon.
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Personal Preference: I still think the University of Miami is the best team in the ACC. I am certain they have the finest cheerleaders in Division I.
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TV Time Out IV: The new mythology of “The X-Files” is as ridiculously complex as the first go round…terrific narrative velocity. The actors do a wonderful job of selling the earnestly ornate dialogue. Mark Snow’s music is eerily perfect.
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Idle Thought: When Peyton Manning retires, maybe he will have time to make some commercials.
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On Second Thought: Why do we say “hanging up the phone?” Isn’t hanging up, anti-gravitational?
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TV Time Out V: TCM’s January promo is outstanding. The Vintage Trouble’s “Run Like the River“ is the perfect soundtrack. https://www.facebook.com/tcmtv/videos/10153737366780396/
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Final Thought: I remember when I was the remote control.
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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


Saturday, January 02, 2016

Curmudgeon in the Wry 580

Saturday, January 02, 2016---739 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minute, 41 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Once you put it down, it is quite easy not to pick it up again.
Viewer Discretion Advised.
Seeking only to enlighten and amuse.
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: Dean Martin.
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Reading: “Endangered” by C.J. Box.
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On the Hi Fi: Art Pepper—“The Art of the Ballad.”
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Under Rated: “Five Fingers” starring James Mason. Perhaps the most intelligent WWII spy thriller. Complete movie link here.
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Over Rated: New Year’s Eve.
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This from Phil Mushnick’s always excellent column in the NY Post: Cruel but fair: Reader Bill Maroney: “How could FOX remove Harold Reynolds when he hasn’t finished analyzing the botched run-down play that occurred in the sixth inning of Cleveland-Detroit on June 7?”
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World of Difference: Take any classic Sinatra song…compare it to a song that passes for a hit today.
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No kidding: It is far easier to appear youthful than it is to appear wise.
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Fast Break: If the Philadelphia 76ers played the Washington Generals…I’d take the Generals and give the points.
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Bravo!: The Red Sox are going to retire Wade Boggs’ number in May.
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TV Timeout: Good for A&E to rescue “Unforgettable” and bring new episodes at 10 PM on Fridays. I have impure thoughts about Poppy Montgomery.
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For the Record: Four Heisman Trophy winners have gone on to become Super Bowl MVPs…Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen, Desmond Howard.
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Give Me a Break: The “ Hoodie Footie”---really---has it come to this?
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Movie BIZ: The other night I watched “The Guns of Navarone.” Don’t know how many times I have seen it…but it is somewhere in triple digits. For a 158 minute movie, it is incredibly taut and tight…not a wasted minute. The prologue narration by James Robertson Justice is magnificent. The line, “And the men on Keros were doomed” always give me chills. The soundtrack by Dimitri Tiomkin is among the best Here's the link to the intro.
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Current Events: Happy to report that Tiger Woods is now ranked #416.
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Hoop It Up: NCAA Men’s Basketball, #5 UVA gets the second fewest offensive possession per game out of the 351 D1 teams. That’s doing more with less.
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Imagine That: Just because there is a lot of action doesn’t mean that anything is getting done. Sorta reminds me of the record biz.
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Total BS: How sincere and legit is the NBA anti-gun campaign? Difficult to take this seriously from the league that does tons of cross-promotions with the crude, coarse, life-threatening, violence-promising rappers.
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Guilty Pleasure: Happy to report that Johnny Depp and Ben Affleck are on Forbes.com’s list of overpaid actors, as measured by ticket sales compared to their salaries.
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Truism: The people who have figured out how to beat the system on collecting unemployment and welfare are usually the ones who do not deserve it.
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Not Up For Discussion: Lefty Driesell should have been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame long ago.
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Quote: “I’m against corporal punishment, except for people who refuse to move at a green light because they are texting.”—David Wilkner.
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Flashback: Raymond Berry was the first coach of the Patriots to take them to back-to-back playoff berths.
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Highway Robbery: Can any contract a baseball free agent signs really surprise you anymore?
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English 101: Attention sports announcers and political pundits---If you do not know the definition of the word “literally,” don’t use it.
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More Movie BIZ: Watched a portion of 1958’s “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.” Elizabeth Taylor in vivid color at her peak. Never before or since has there been a woman more beautiful.
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Numbers game: All schools in the ACC, Big East, Big 12 and PAC-12 are over .500 going into college basketball’s conference play.
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Final Thought: Christmas lights never get old.
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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