Crankiness

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...
Crankiness · June 26, 2019
If the TyrantoCrankaTsuris had a best friend, it would be the CrankaTsuris Caterpillar. And the CrankaTsuris Caterpillar is almost the perfect metaphor for our own CrankaTsuris. The CrankaTsuris Caterpillar spends its life crawling through the weeds and the trees, moving slowly through the woods waiting to get eaten by birds and ladybugs. The typical CtrankaTsuris Caterpillar has 16 legs which means 16 feet! So, I imagine this conversation with my two CrankaTsuris Caterpillar friends, Zig and...
Crankiness · June 18, 2019
"She went on and on and on, cranking out the tsuris until all the bigger, badder dinosaurs had vanished." Now, in truth, the TyrantoCrankaTsuris was always the quiet one. But, as they always say "It's the quiet ones that you have to watch out for." It is a fact that some people just don't like to complain. Don't trust them!! I'll tell you a story. At work, I had a former colleague. I'll call him Vic. Every morning, I would see him in the coffee room, and I would ask "Vic, how are you doing?" "I...
Crankiness · June 16, 2019
Happy Father's Day!! Father's Day always brings to mind the Father's Day I had with my father two years ago when I was there visiting him in his Assisted Living Home in Delray Beach, Florida. Like many people in their 90s, my father had to accept wearing dentures because his teeth were either not working for him, or were no longer residing inside his mouth. I can tell you that there is nothing more adorable than old people with no teeth. I remember visiting both my parents, when my mom was...
Crankiness · June 11, 2019
In "The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris," all the relatives compete for the gold medal at the Tsuris Olympics. "If I had your Tsuris, I would be doing cartwheels! Nobody can out do my Tsuris!" But when we hear about other's tsuris, and primarily when they crank out their Tsuris until we become Tsuris tartare, we start to think "It could have been worse!" We tend to diminish the Tsuris or problems of others. I am always reminded of my life in Pittsburgh after law school when I...

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