Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Scrapple

My heart goes out to the family of SSGT Patrick Dolphin.

I had Saturday off, so I took the opportunity to do some aimless morning wandering.  Try to find a local radio newscast on a Saturday morning.  It's just sad.

One of the joys of living in our area is the variety of sandwich shops, but there are just times you crave the Subway consistency.

I finally had a chance to watch "Ebert Presents; At the Movies" on PBS, and I have to say I was disappointed.  The hosts were overwhelmingly snarky and negative.  Even when they were reviewing bad movies, Siskel & Ebert showed a joy and a passion for the craft.  Gene is gone.  Roger lost his voice.  No one has been able to replicate the chemistry.

Did anyone come out of the recent debt ceiling crisis looking better than they did going in?

The pilot episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" is avaialble on Hulu, and I watched it again the other day.  WKRP was uneven, at best, but when it was "on," it was a scream.  The pilot is great TV.  Usually, TV shows and movies about broadcasting bear no resemblance to the real thing.  WKRP was one of the few exceptions.  I worked with a few Johnny Fever types over the years.  Smarmy salesman Herb Tarlek nailed it.  I've worked with dozens of Herb Tarleks over the years.

Isn't it nice to see the Pittsburgh Pirates doing well?  It's too bad the Baltimore Orioles are such a train wreck.

Now that plans to replace the Dickson City Borders with another book store have fallen through, how about a Bed, Bath, and Beyond, or some competition for Staples?

Sporting News Radio morphed into Yahoo Sports Radio Monday morning.  It remains the smallest of the big 3 radio sports networks, but some shows are a lot better than what you hear on ESPN Radio and FOX Sports Radio.

People who need a raise:  cab drivers and overnight Turkey Hill employees.

I'm ready for fall.

The federal government has banned 100 watt incandescent light bulbs.  Cigarettes and alcohol are still okay.