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...
Empowerment · March 01, 2020
In my first book, The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris, our hero, the TyrantoCrankaTsuris got bullied by three mean bigger dinosaurs, and did not fare too well with an alligator. Ultimately, she used her own voice, and with the help of the TyrantoKvetchaTsuris, they both cranked and kvetched happily ever after. Back in those days, there was no computers, and no cyber-bullying. And, when I grew up, we didn't have computers either. But, we were bullied, and we did some bullying of...
Crankiness · December 07, 2019
Growing up in the Bronx, I had many Non-Jewish friends, and I looked forward to go over to their apartments in December to see their Christmas Tree all decorated and lit up. Being Jewish, we didn't have Christmas Trees, and I got even more confused when my Non-Jewish friends would ask to come over to my place to see my Chanukah Bush. I did not have a Chanukah Bush. None of my other Jewish friends had a Chanukah Bush. I do understand that Moses spoke to G-d posing as a "burning bush" on our way...
Empowerment · November 23, 2019
I spend much of my day answering the same question, both in person, and on the phone: "How is it going?" or "How are you doing?" or "What's going on?" or "How was your weekend?". And, the answers are typically the "non-answer". "Hanging in there!" "Almost Friday!" "My weekend was too short!! I noticed that when I gave the typical "sitting in neutral" response to the question, when I ask the same question in return, I get the exact same response. "Hanging in there too." And, then we part ways....
Lifestyle · November 10, 2019
Last week, I ran the NYC Marathon. I was going into the marathon with 12 consecutive sub-4 hour marathons under my belt, but unfortunately, age (58 years!) and other factors caught up with me, and I finished the marathon in 4 hours, 22 minutes, and 12 seconds. But, there is a story to tell. The signs were there the night before. People always talk about doing a great big pasta dinner the night before to carbo-load, but I always go to the same Chinese restaurant, and order their Gung-Ho special....
Empowerment · September 18, 2019
In the end of The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris, the father tells the daughter, "So we learned to be careful not to express our inner TyrantoCrankaTsuris or TyrantoKvetchaTsuris too often. Just the right amount to keep the planet happy and not too cranky." So, I bring up Hansel and Gretel. Because with these two kids, there was tsuris to be sure, but CrankaTsuris or KvetchaTsuris was nowhere to be found. At least with them. To recount the story, apparently Hansel and Gretel's...
Empowerment · August 17, 2019
I have a friend that I would like to tell a story about. His name is Mr. Schlemiel. Now what makes Mr. Schlemiel so special is that he is one of those people that has lots and lots of Tsuris, but amazingly enough, he had never experienced CrankaTsuris. The reason for this is quite simple. He just spends his entire life letting people take advantage of him, and he always just thought that was the way it always was. He just did not know any better. But, one day, believe it or not, he woke up, and...
Empowerment · July 30, 2019
Yes. As a kid, I watched professional wrestling. It was a chance for me and my older brother to bond. We would watch the matches, and afterwards, my brother got to try out all of the wrestling moves on me. The sleeper hold does not really put you to sleep, but I did discover that it made it awfully hard to breathe. My favorite matches were the tag team matches, and the best tag team matches to watch were the ones that involved wrestlers who pretty much wrestled as a tag team: The British...

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