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Sunday, November 15, 2021

He used it during last week’s Football Night in America highlights, and now Keith Olbermann dropped it again tonight: The “boom goes the dynamite!” quip.

It’s a curious revival for an on-air catchphrase that had a 15-minutes-of-fame tenure some four years ago. I, for one, liked the silly sound of this SportsCenter-esque soundbite when I first heard it, so I’m glad it’s been resurrected on network TV.

I wonder if the original phrase-coiner, one Brian Collins, is feeling ripped off. Olbermann did infuse his enunciation of the “boom” with his trademark dripping-irony, so I’m thinking any legal claims are null and void.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/15/2009 08:01 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Sports, TV
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Already considered to be whiny, self-absorbed, and marginalized during flush economic times, it’s little surprise that the recession seemingly made Generation X even more cynical:

Everyone surveyed worried about job security. Gen X and Gen Y were most likely to complain about pay. But a “lack of career progress,” was by far the biggest gripe from Gen Xers, with 40 percent giving that as a reason for their restlessness, compared with 30 percent of Gen Yers, 20 percent of baby boomers and 14 percent of senior workers… The Deloitte study warns of a “resumé tsunami” once economic recovery begins, especially among Gen Xers, and notes that many executives were largely unaware of employee complaints unrelated to money.

It sounds like a lot of my peers are holding tight until the job-cuts bloodletting subsides, then will abandon ship as soon as the “help wanted” signs start appearing. I’m thinking the resulting disinterested workplace output will, ironically, serve to perpetuate employment churn — in that these short-timers will wind up getting fired anyway…

Personally, I don’t see my CV adding to the force of this anticipated tsunami. At the moment, I’m satisfied with my career progression. That may have to do with the consultative nature of what I do, in which case I’ll gladly let it serve as shelter from this job-recovery storm to come. If that’s not GenX-brand self-preservation, I don’t know what is.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/15/2009 07:15 PM
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even odds
I must have been too busy ducking paraskevidekatriaphobia on Friday, or else I would have been all over this year’s November 13th observance of Odd Couple Day.

Lamentably, I was unaware of this dubious holiday, even though years of rerun-watching should have ingrained the show’s opening narration into my brain:

On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence; that request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that some day he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison’s wife had thrown HIM out, requesting that HE never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?

I’ll have to remember for next year. Hopefully, local TV station and traditional “Odd Couple” repository WPIX Channel 11 will repeat the marathon of episodes it ran late-night Friday/Saturday; or better yet, start showing reruns on a regular basis, and at saner hours. While they’re at it, they should come up with a better lineup of episodes than what they chose this time around. I’d love to see the Howard Cosell guest-spots again, so I could relive Cosell’s “inane drone” insult to Felix:

When Oscar asks Felix to explain the term, Felix searches for a meaning and says, “Well, it’s a dull bee.” Oscar agrees.

Drone on, dull bee, drone on. And you too, Oscar Madisoy.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/15/2009 02:00 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Pop Culture, TV
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