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Posted on Sat. Feb. 02, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT

MARINATING

Office chatter makes for good column fodder

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Here are some things I've overheard around the office the past few weeks. Keep in mind, by “office,” I mean people within earshot of my desk. So don't be expecting any great revelations or earth-shattering ideas here. Also, expletives have been deleted:

Watching “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on an empty stomach is like watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show from prison. (I do not know if this comment came from the perspective of a former Victoria's Secret model or a parolee. I've wised up enough in my lifetime to know not to ask.)

Have you seen the girl in the Wendy's commercial? Why do we call someone with fiery, bright orange hair a “redhead?” (And does that color really exist in nature?)

If it wasn't for gambling, fantasy leagues and adult beverages, football would not be nearly as popular. (It still beats golf, though.)

To the way-too-young person sitting a couple of seats away: No, Rob Reiner did not come up with the idea for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It was his father, Carl Reiner. Carl is a brilliant producer, director, writer and comic. Rob is just a meathead. (Actually, I think Rob Reiner is great. He has definitely followed in his dad's footsteps with movies such as “The Princess Bride” and “When Harry Met Sally.” I just couldn't resist an old “All In The Family” reference.)

Do yourself a favor, young person — turn off MTV for awhile and turn on Me-TV. You'll be exposed to shows that are 10 times funnier and cleverer than anything you've seen in awhile. Remember when the “M” in MTV stood for “Music,” not “Moronic?”

Thank you to my officemates Caroline, Todd and “Buffy” for their inadvertent words of wisdom. I apologize in advance for any future eavesdropping.

Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when he’s not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is marinating@tribune.com. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.


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