April 22, 2019

"Your face is pretty red."

The guy was pointing at me.

Twice yearly business event with customers who were friends, as well. Informal; close relationships with people we've known for years. Husbands and wives, owners of family stores all across the country. Delightful co...

April 15, 2019

Talk about the passing parade.

I mean, zipping past: no pause for a beer or a belt of something; a smile and a nod and glazed eyes, or a few memorable words.

Nope. Nada.

Whether it was ten years ago or twenty or—sad to say—maybe even a few months, our national m...

April 8, 2019

I'm not too easily shocked.

But as I've been looking around for a house or an apartment to rent or maybe to buy, I'm floored—and frankly pissed off—by the places I see that don't accept any dogs or cats.

Or maybe, to accommodate creeps like me who would rather live with...

April 1, 2019

I backed into the ad business.

It wasn't a dream I'd always had; wanting to join the circus or play for the Brooklyn Dodgers... or be in advertising. 

No. Not in the cards.

My decades-long career in the ad game was all about financial survival. 

I won't bore you wi...

March 25, 2019

Sort of like telling myself to get a grip.

Lots of luck.


I mean, whether I'm just sitting right here, watching the news; taking a walk, on my way somewhere; peeling a tangerine; whatever; it's not and pretty much never has been, where I am.

Where I...

March 18, 2019

Just start with the cost of teeth.

I mean, between cavities, braces, extractions, cleaning, mouthwashes and any recent development I've overlooked, it's enough to keep the household budget dancing.

Fact is, I have an electric toothbrush that's as powerful as those power...

March 11, 2019

No; I'm not making this up. 

Creepy? You better believe it. 

Matter of fact, I had my injection just this past Monday.

Backstory: macular degeneration on the move in my already damaged left eye; treatment to arrest or at least slow the deterioration strongly recommended.


March 5, 2019

Beginning, couple of middles, punch line; safe at home. 

1) Wasn't too many years ago…catch a disease—you were toast. The usual defense then was isolation. Close the doors, shut the windows, maybe just pack up and get out of town.

Friends look great one day; next day hal...

February 25, 2019


Math is not my friend. I'm talking about all math. Not just advanced math; the works. I mean, I can count change, even deal with multiplication; division; some fractions; but that's about it.

Mind goes blank when letters of the alphabet slide in. Like, if A i...

February 18, 2019

Now, I'm not just talking to you, as in "you and me." 

Or you and I. 

I mean all of us. 

They're watching.

No news to me; I'm pretty sure it's no news to you, right? 

I've sort of known in a kind of detached way that some computer program somewhere is keeping track of whate...

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