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...
Crankiness · July 21, 2019
It is that time of the year when families start taking off for their long awaited summer vacation. However, before you even consider all the things that could go wrong on a vacation, let's take a look at all the characters that typically have been cast in the lead roles of this CrankaTsuris drama. First, we have the kids. They are all excited that they get to embark on this great adventure. They can't wait to experience new things. For weeks, they have been day dreaming their best fantasies...
Crankiness · July 15, 2019
“Tsuris” is the Yiddish word for problems. Now, when I say "problems", I am not talking about a minor daily inconvenience. I am talking about a major life changing traumatic event that has brought on such suffering that has never been experienced by anyone since the beginning of time, and something you would never wish on your worst enemy. Consider the difference in the two statements made: "I have this problem." and..... "Oy!!!!! I have such tsuris!!!! Oy!!!!" While a problem is something...
Crankiness · July 13, 2019
People always like to say "You have a right to your opinion, and I have a right to my opinion." But, the problem is that we do not really believe that anymore. What we now believe is this: "You have a right to your opinion as long as you agree to my facts. But, of course, if you agreed to my facts, then, it is obvious that you would absolutely share my opinion. Therefore, you only have a right to my opinion. You have no right to your own opinion. However, do not worry about coming down with...
Crankiness · July 09, 2019
"Get off My BacK" CrankaTsuris is one of the most painful types of CrankaTsuris. Your parents are on your back. Your siblings are on your back. Your teachers are on your back. Your boss is on your back. Even your pets can be on your back! Meow!!!! You get one person off of your back, and another three glom right on. They are like bugs and they are always multiplying. The person handing out the CrankaTsuris is not having much fun either. These people know they sound like a broken record, but...
Crankiness · July 02, 2019
The Lawrence Welk Show. If you are under 30 years old, or maybe under 40 years old, you probably have never heard of the show. However, I am a bit older, and I can tell you a bit about the Lawrence Welk Show. It ran for four years locally in Los Angeles from 1951 to 1955, and then nationally, from 1955 to 1971, followed by first run syndication from 1971 to 1982. And, if you happen to walk in to an Assisted Living facility, it may be playing on a TV somewhere through a local cable network, most...
Crankiness · June 29, 2019
Customer Care CrankaTsuris. This is something we all experience when we have a problem, and we call up the Customer Care Representative to solve the problem. We also do this, despite having the knowledge that we have tried this many times before, and it has never turned out too well. The definition of "Crazy" is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a completely different result. Well, I guess that means we are all crazy. End of Story. But, no. I do want to walk us through...

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