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Leave the (political) party. Take the cannoli.

"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela

Right now 6 Stella crime novels are available on Kindle for just $.99 ... Eddie's World has been reprinted and is also available from Stark House Press (Gat Books).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tu vuoi far l'americano ... Derek Jeter ... The Rock of the Week ...and the DOC says ...


Tu vuoi far l'americano … You wanna be American?

Okay, I still have the final Ripley to read (Ripley Under Water), but because the first four were so good, I had to see the movie version one more time. The Talented Mr. Ripley starred: Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Cate Blanchett as Meredith Logue (a character created for the film), Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles, Jack Davenport as Peter Smith-Kingsley (a character expanded for the film) and James Rebhorn as Herbert Greenleaf. It was a GREAT movie and a GREAT book. These people, although they took a few liberties with the novel, did right by the GREAT Patricia Highsmith.

And from the soundtrack, check this out.

While we’re in Italy, let’s take a look at the beautiful Sophia Loren singing the same song in another feel good movie about a Philadelphia lawyer looking to tie up his brother’s loose ends, in the 1960 classic, It Started In Naples.

Momma mia ...

A gorgeous woman ...

Not bad for an old lady ...

Sophia doesn't like what she sees (Janes Mansfield's rack) ...

Let Sophia sing it, baby!

The Lyrics (more or less):

You want to make like an American,
You want to make like an American,
And want to live in the latest style,
But when you drink whiskey & soda it makes you sick.

You dance to rock & roll and play baseball,
Sure, but when you need money for Camels,
Where do you go? To Mamma's pocketbook.

So you want to make like an American,
But you were born in Italy.
Seems to me there's nothing to be done.
OK, you're Neapolitan anyway.

Okay, enough fun stuff ... now down to business.

Derek Jeter ... proves once again he’s the real deal with 3 hits and that A-Fraud is Mr. anything but when it counts the most. The excuse machine my oldest brat (Charles not Charlie) has become for A-Fraud is disheartening to his curmudgeon old man. This morning Sir Charles tried to write off A-Fraud’s 3 K’s by saying “Nobody could hit that guy.” To which, the Phat Dad responded: “Take a closer look at the box score, boy of mine. Somebody hit him, hit him again, then hit him again. And he wasn’t the only one.”

There are a few Skankies I genuinely think are great players/people … Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter and ...

Okay, so there are two Skankies I like. But A-Fraud? Are you kidding me?

I don’t know what will happen tonight ... but if the Fraudinator can’t get his bat on the ball against Pedro Martinez and the Flyers from Philadelphia take batting practice again, well ... you know.

The Rock of the Week ... sad to say, but take the pernts and the Houston Texas Rangers over my beloved New York State Buffalo Bills. Hopefully this loss will keep good old (and brain dead) Mr. Wilson from giving Dick Jauron a contract extension.


And the DOC says ...

No complaints, Chazmeister,

Sophia Loren is one of my all time favorites. Something you probably don't know about her... She was born Mary Catherine O'Brien in Belfast, Ireland. After she began her acting career, she saw that all the good Irish roles were going to Maureen O'Hara, so she got a nose job, dyed her hair, changed her name and went over to the dark side. The rest is history.

Have you noticed in the political ads this month that no one is mentioning their political party. It's like they're ashamed (as well they should be) and know that either party carries a ton of negative baggage. Also, Chaz, for some unknown reason, Nader is not running for Governor of NJ, so you are gonna have to get down off the fence and pick a real candidate. We're sick of your moral superiority that forces you to vote for the guy that has no chance, so you can't be blamed afterward. Man up... vote for the fat guy!

Why is it that Nader only runs for president? Is he so egotistical that he only wants to lose as president? Would losing as governor be a step down for him?

And the Bamster is still whining that people complained about his $125,000 date night in NYC. Seems our Fredo is a little thin-skinned when it comes to criticism OR is that just misdirection so the taxpayers don't notice that those $4,500 Cash for Clunkers rebates cost $24,000 each to execute. If you think about it, $24,000 is probably the average cost for a new car. If you turned in a clunker, they could have given you a new car for that cost. But no... you've still got car payments and the government pissed away 20 grand. I can't wait to see how they turn around healthcare. Chaz, I think you and I should look into jobs on those Death Panels. The pay is probably fabulous and you and I don't really like very many people anyway.

Well, I hocked my bicycle and my Maserati key fob and it's all going on your beloved Buffalo Bills. I'm thinking your last 2 correct picks were just a fluke and you will soon return to your old, familiar, clueless ways. Don't let me down Gordo.

Don't forget you have to drive me to the beer distributor on Saturday. It's Halloween and when I run out of candy I usually give the little tykes brewskies and smokes.

Have a nice weekend
Your pal

Knuckmeter ... obviously, someone has slipped off the wagon of late.