Crankiness

Crankiness · October 19, 2020
Chances are that all of us have had this one particularly painful experience: A chemical reaction in the head goes off as you hear yourself mouthing two sentences, connected to each other, and that goes like this: "It drives me crazy when....." and "I cannot understand how..." You never want to have to say these two sentences back to back because it can mean only one thing. You are having an uncontrollable CrankaTsuris. Smoke is coming out of your ears. Your blood pressure is through the roof....
Crankiness · September 27, 2020
I want to share something a friend recently posted on social media the following question, with her own answer: "Instead of using the word mistake, what else can we call it? A lesson? A funny story? A chapter in a book? An opportunity to practice solving skills? The important thing is to figure out how it is a gift. Because if you view it as a gift, it will become one." Now, I am completely on board with this. Then, I read all the responses people wrote in: "An experience which is one of many...
Crankiness · August 20, 2020
This is a story I like to share with you that can really be helpful with the effective management of your CrankaTsuris. I was set to meet with the big boss. I never met the big boss before so I was rather nervous. People in the organization were also nervous about me meeting with the big boss. Because they were even more nervous than I was, the organization set up a meeting between Big Tony and myself. Big Tony sat me down, and the discussion went like this: Big Tony: Now, when you meet the Big...
Crankiness · August 15, 2020
Once upon a time, there lived a man named Shmulie Shmendrick. Shmulie Shmendrick was a special man because he owned the one ointment factory in the entire town. Shmulie Shmendrick had an ointment for everything. If you had a rash, he had an ointment for that. If you had sore muscles, he had an ointment for that. If you had a chest cold, it was not a problem. He had an ointment for that as well. Because he had an ointment for every possible condition, Shmulie Shmendrick was the most beloved man...
Crankiness · August 09, 2020
I have been very fortunate to have run close to fifty marathons over the past twenty years. Since people know that I am a marathon runner, there are two questions that I always get. I understand the first question. I do not understand the follow-up one. The first question that I get asked is "How many miles do you run every week?" The answer is typically fifty miles. Then, there is the next question; "How are your knees?" Thankfully, my knees are just fine. What I do not understand about this...
Crankiness · July 25, 2020
The true definition of a "CrankaTsuris" is the voicing of every single grievance you may have had from the very moment you came out of your mother's womb. It includes not only the unresolved grievances which may trouble you at that very moment, but since you are on a roll, you throw in all the grievances that you no longer have, the ones that have been completely resolved, those you may have even forgot about, and of course, the ones you didn't even know existed. The other interesting thing...
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...
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...

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