Crankiness · July 08, 2020
Growing up as a child in the 1960's, I looked forward every week to my favorite TV show: Batman!!! I loved the choreographed fights. I loved the tongue in cheek seriousness they had with their roles. I loved Alfred the Butler. I loved the Bat Pole. How neat was that! All they had to do was slide down a pole to the Bat Cave, and they came down perfectly dressed for action. Their hair was perfect. No stomach upset going down the pole. It did not seem to make them sweaty. Their clothes was...
Empowerment · July 01, 2020
If you plan on having an effective CrankaTsuris practice, it is important to know your history. It is true what they say. Those who do not learn history tend to repeat it. When it comes to thinking about your CrankaTsuris practice, one history lesson to learn is the story about the Straw that Broke the Camel's Back. Now, there have been many camels who have had someone put a straw on their back. Unfortunately, many of these poor camels suffered the same fate. It broke their backs, and they...
Empowerment · June 25, 2020
Throughout my blog posts, I have laid out various strategies to effective crankiness or what I have coined "the CrankaTsuris Method". Here, I like to lay out the five steps you can employ to lay down the foundation, and begin your own journey to effective crankiness. 1. Rename your "crankiness" as a "CrankaTsuris." The crankiness comes in all different kind of forms. It come from anger. It comes from fear. It comes from frustration. It comes from depression. These are just a few. These are real...
Empowerment · June 14, 2020
People would come to me, and ask me about "effective" versus "ineffective" crankiness, and when I try to explain, some like to argue with me that there is no such thing as "ineffective" crankiness. I am told "You know what? I just want to blow off some steam. And when I blow off a little steam, I feel a whole lot better. There's nothing wrong with that!" Yes. We absolutely all have to blow off some steam. But, steam can still burn. Who are you to be the expert on what is the exact amount of...
Crankiness · May 30, 2020
This is the interview I had with David D. of Black Chateau Enterprises at the LA Bookfest on May 9th. I talked about CrankaTsuris, and my upcoming book "A Grownup Guide To Effective CrankaTsuris: The CrankaTsuris Method." Dave: Why did you decide to write this book? Steve: Two things happened at different times. Back in the Summer of 2017, I was with my partner at an apartment we rented in Rome, Italy. The power went out right when she was putting black color in her hair, which does not go well...
Crankiness · April 25, 2020
The book, "The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris" answers two questions that have been puzzling generations of people for thousands of years. First, what is with this absolute obsession with dinosaurs that humans have with dinosaurs in the first place and second, why are humans the only species that actually come in to this world crying like a baby? Yes. I know. They are babies. But, let's take the first question. Why are humans so obsessed with dinosaurs in the first place? More...
Crankiness · March 29, 2020
We are now in week whatever with the stay at home orders and families are all stuck together twenty four hours a day in quarantine. So, this is what I like to compare our current situation to: Imagine that the family is going on a long vacation to Disney World, and they are all stuck together packed in the mini-van. At least, they are going on the vacation they were all looking forward to, and when the kids are cranking out "are we there yet?", the grown-ups in the car actually have some idea...
Empowerment · March 19, 2020
"Sir? Would you like to have a wake up call?" There is nobody who actually likes getting wake up calls. You would never say that you are sleeping in till Noon, and even though you probably will be awake, you then tell the hotel concierge: "Why don't you give me a ring sometime around dinner time? Or, maybe a bit earlier so I can catch a bit of happy hour. I always look forward to the wake up call because it is the best part of my day." "In fact, the only reason I am staying in your fabulous...
Crankiness · March 04, 2020
There are many sayings that we use everyday which we say without thinking, and these sayings make no real sense whatsoever. "Close, but no cigar!!" Why a cigar? What about a pack of cigarettes? Or what if I do not smoke, and I do not like cigars? Why can I just get whatever is behind Door Number 3? Or... "That is all she wrote." Well. Maybe she wrote more. How do we really know? And, are you saying that she did not write enough? Obviously, he did not write anything. I do not see you complaining...
Crankiness · March 02, 2020
Mr. Schlemiel wanted to retire in the country, and live on a chicken farm, but felt that he could never afford it. It was his life long dream. He vigilantly checked the Chicken Farm Real Estate Magazine, and the prices were always way above what Mr. Schlemiel could afford. But, one day, he was approached by Mr. Schmegeggi, who had heard about Mr. Schlemiel's dream to own a chicken farm, and he told Mr. Schlemiel that he had a chicken farm that was a tenth of the price of the average chicken...

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