If Marshall McLuhan’s “the media is the message” is to believed then, at least when it comes to technology driven interpersonal communication, we have reached a state of non-messaging. Lately, I’ve been sending emails into the ether. Literally. It’s become so easy to ignore an email. You’d think it would be so simple to bang … Continue reading Ignoreland
The destination of goodbye is a fact no one can escape. I’ve reached that age where people slowly begin to pass on to the other side. First it was my Aunt Alice, then my mother and now it is my Uncle Bern. On Friday January 13th, Uncle Bern transitioned to the other side. It’s not that … Continue reading The Destination Of Goodbye
There is a silence that accompanies snow falling. It can provide a kind of peace and quiet that can quell anxiety. There is also a cleanliness that comes with a snow storm. It silences the dirt on the street and sidewalks just as it mutes the mind. For just a brief moment the white noise … Continue reading The Silence of Snow
I had a lot of teachers in high school. And I can say with complete honesty only about four were actually any good. Not necessarily all good teachers but good people. I also had the jerks, like the one teacher who called me a “little asshole” and actually dared me to punch him (straight outta … Continue reading That One Time In High School A Teacher Gave A Shit
At the dawn of this new year we don’t know what the future holds for us this year but I’m fairly certain we can all agree on one thing…we’re all hoping it’s not as shitty as 2016. Now one can question (and many have) what made 2016 so awful. Was it all the deaths, the … Continue reading A New Day, A New Year
As we have slowly settled into the uncomfortable realization that a larger than life megalomaniac and almost certifiable lunatic will soon be the POTUS, one thing we can put to bed is that he is not a Nazi. Nazi’s committed crimes based on the ideal that there was only one right race. It was an … Continue reading It’s Time to Stop Calling Donald Trump a Nazi
It was hard to single people out for “bad” parenting when I was a kid. There was no such thing…you were a parent or you weren’t…and if you weren’t that didn’t mean you didn’t have kids. When I grew up parents could be counted on for three very distinct things. One, drinking. Good Christ, it … Continue reading Questionable Parenting and Sewing
That is what we have boiled our society down to. One person wins and another one must lose. While not fundamentally incorrect, it isn’t exactly right either. While we are tossing kids trophies just for showing up we are purporting a culture where you are either winning or losing. I’m not saying everyone deserves a … Continue reading Winners and Losers
Like herpes, Florida likes to periodically remind the rest of the country of its existence. No matter how many times or ways we try to forget, it flares up and begs us to take notice (usually in some hideous and insane manner like ruining elections). After this weeks reminder, I figured it was time for … Continue reading The Florida News Network News
First of all, it should be noted that the recent revelations about Donald Trump are reprehensible…and I’m still not convinced that is a strong enough word. He behavior is, and has been throughout this 200 month election cycle, indefensible. His various tirades during the course of his candidacy are a stain on the little that … Continue reading Is Donald Trump Our Most Honest Candidate Ever?
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are … Continue reading Fleabag
The television industry is predicated on deceit; whether it be scripted, unscripted (aka reality) or news, it’s always been that way. But before we jump into the fray, let’s address the elephant in the room. There is no such thing as reality television: there are scripted shows and non-scripted shows. Make no mistake, the non-scripted shows are … Continue reading The TV Problem
You should vote for Donald J. Trump if: You think building a wall replacing the wall that is already there is not only feasible, but a good idea (no seriously people, there is already a wall there.) You think the White House is in need of a garish makeover. (Have you seen Trump’s aesthetic choices?) … Continue reading Vote for Donald Trump
Facebook took the liberty of reminding me that I wrote this three years ago, so I am re-posting. Yesterday I saw a glimmer of hope for future generations. I was perusing the stationary/book store, in the bowels of Rockefeller Plaza, on the prowl for unneeded reading material. I found nothing…came close, but decided against the … Continue reading Why The Replacements Matter
I can’t believe I am the only one who recognizes the irony in the first gold medal being awarded to an American comes in a firearm competition. Can you imagine how pissed the NRA would have been had we not gotten a medal at all? (shuddering) Oddly also coinciding with the release of the would … Continue reading The Irony
“The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” 4 U.S. Code § 8 The good ol’ red, white, and blue; angry white men vote in their red or blue states and there you have it, the red, … Continue reading The Good Ol’ Red, White and Blue
By now we’ve all heard about Donald J. Trumps little boy tantrum because the democrats had the gall to criticize him (cuz that isn’t what politics does…at least shouldn’t do to Donald J. Trump.) Of course he attempted to retract his comment about wanting to “hit them so hard their heads would spin” and said … Continue reading Trumps Toddler Tantrum
So they wrapped up the first night of the democratic convention last night and if you to believe the media you’d think it was the most contentious event since deflategate or the BET awards. I think it’s important to put a little perspective on it. Now when the media is claiming the republican convention wasn’t as … Continue reading Media – Hall of Mirrors
I just finished reading the fantastic article in this weeks New Yorker about Tony Schwartz, the co-writer of Donald Trumps literary opus, The Art of the Deal (of course Trump threatened The New Yorker, which is what he does between bloviating and filing for bankruptcy.) While I’ve never read that shiny turd myself and after … Continue reading Stay Alert To Stay Real
You must have Spotify in order to listen to this Mix Tape playlist…not my rules, theirs.
“Some see things the way the are and ask why. I dream things that never were and say why not?“ – Bobby Kennedy The fact is Bobby Kennedy said a lot of really powerful things at a time when they needed to be said. On the plus side, they still resonate. On the negative side, … Continue reading Even More Bobby Kennedy
Christ, here we are again. Same bullshit. Same races. Same stupidity. Same God damn lunacy. I promised you more Bobby Kennedy. I didn’t think I would have to find this kind of speech, but… No preamble this time other than to say I made only minor edits (I’m unable to find a digital version of … Continue reading More Bobby Kennedy
We are a service economy. Or if you are feeling all high falutin’ you can call it the tertiary sector of the economy. Agriculture and mining still rank as the first and second economic sectors. If one is curious how we ended up here, you need only look to two presidents, Reagan and Clinton. They … Continue reading Service Economy, Yes. Tip Jar, No.
Why do socks that come out of the dryer damp remain damp…even 48 hours later? It doesn’t matter how familiar you are with the building elevator, you will exit an elevator and quickly look to our right and left to figure out where you are and the closest point of egress. For all that the … Continue reading Random Thoughts June 29, 2016
The primary argument for globalization was that it was going to make the world “smaller.” As recently as 16 years ago the world was big! In order to find good music, you had to work for it. Jay-sus, now I sound like that Dana Carvey “Grumpy Old Man” character, “That’s the way it was and … Continue reading Not Better But Smaller
FLNNN Florida News Network News The extra n is for news. I have an affinity for all the silliness that is Florida. And for reasons still unknown, Florida has no shortage of silliness. Over the years I’ve toyed with various ways in sharing my love affair with Florida. There was a short-lived web series and … Continue reading FLNNN – Florida News Network News
During my lifetime, I’ve witnessed America develop into a nation with a political and cultural fissure so large it seems nothing short of a revolution can correct it. To wit: There are Coke people. There are Pepsi people. We have Yankee fans. We have Red Sox fans. Almond Joy has nuts. Mounds don’t. We have Marriott … Continue reading …Divided We Fall
I will not ignore the color of your skin. I can’t. If you are African-American, Latin American, Asian American, Indigenous, Irish American, Italian American, Spanish-American, black, brown, yellow, white, green or blue, I will not ignore your color. Not because I don’t have a desire to, it’s just an impossibility. I will ignore your sexual preference. … Continue reading I Will Not
The more I read and hear about Bernie Sanders, the more I am beginning to realize I have heard some of this before (not in a bad or critical way.) I am of the school of thought that can see more and more of Bobby Kennedy in Bernie Sanders, which is a good thing. I can’t … Continue reading Bobby and Bernie: Kindred Spirits
Still bummed about Prince. Back in 2009 SPIN Magazine put out a compilation of modern artists covering the Purple Rain album to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The artists include Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, of Montreal, Riverboat Gamblers, etc. It’s an odd mix of artists and it seems only fitting that it be posted … Continue reading More Prince
I just woke up for my midnight feeding and started thinking about Prince. Again. Of course, I then realized what kind of blogger, music nerd or writer would I be if I didn’t contribute to the outpouring of love and remembrance that is coming from everywhere to celebrate this man, Prince Rogers Nelson (it was … Continue reading Prince 1958 – 2016
“So, I’ve been thinking” are, collectively, some of the most dreaded words in the English language. Almost as bad as “I think we should talk.” Last night I was reading The Revolt of the Elites and The Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch. Published in 1995, this was his final tome’ and in a chapter … Continue reading So, I’ve Been Thinking
Rufus sometimes likes to leave his graffiti tag. If you find yourself around Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Kent Ave.) you may run across a few here and there…and maybe other places.
If you think about fog thematically, there are two kinds to consider. There is the thematic fog akin to taking a hit of some really potent weed which makes you feel somewhat “murky” but still pleasant and clear-headed enough to remain very functional and social. Then there is the other kind where you wake up … Continue reading The Fog of the Culture War
I’m learning to live without you now, But I miss you sometimes, The more I know, the less I understand, All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again, I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the heart of the matter, But my will gets weak, And my thoughts seem to scatter, But I … Continue reading It’s about forgiveness. It’s about acceptance.