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Apr 3

April 3, 2019


How Bad Can a Hot Dog Be?

So I’ve been toying with the idea of going vegan. My friend Lauren is constantly going on and on and on about the health benefits, the environmental benefits, and just plain being nice to animals. Of course, I find it easier being nice to animals than to most people, but I’m still thinking about it—if it will shut her up, than it’s worth considering. The biggest hold-up here is: I love hot dogs. And for those of you who haven’t…

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Mar 19

March 19, 2019

IOT Thief

The Internet of Things … Just Not MY Things

So, a lot of my posts make me sound like a technophobe, and this one isn’t going to be any better. I’m really NOT a technophobe, I just don’t happen to subscribe to the belief that every new piece of technology is best for me. And the more some outsider tries to convince me it IS for me, the more suspicious I get. Take banking, for example. I still get my normal, old-fashioned paper statements in the mail each month….

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Mar 7

March 7, 2019


DST Is for the Birds

I’m just gonna go on record here as saying I hate Daylight Saving Time in all its shapes and forms. On the other hand, I love me some good sleep. So you would think I would be all over the “fall back” hour, right? No. It screws up my system. It’s the same reason I make myself get up at my normal time, even on weekends: if I get off-schedule, it just messes with me. Trips to New York mess…

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Feb 14

February 14, 2019


So I’m Single on Valentine’s Day. What’s Your Point?

The most obnoxious people in the world, no doubt, are couples on Valentine’s Day. I’m not talking about the “We’ve-been-together-four-years-here’s-your-stale-Walmart-chocolate-now-go-away-so-I-can-watch-Netflix” kind of couples. Nor do I refer to the “We-just-met-in-a-bar-Saturday-but-we’re-sure-we’re-soulmates” type, either. Not sure either of them count. No, we’re talking about the ones in the middle. The ones who have gotten past the first reveals of the human beings under the façade…but haven’t been together long enough for cynicism to completely beat down the entire idea of romance. I’m…

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Feb 5

February 5, 2019


Retail Store Credit Cards Aren’t Doing You Any Favors

Argh! What was I thinking? The last thing I need is another credit card: I know that, you know that, anyone whose ever met me knows that. Credit cards = debt, and I do not need more temptation to go into debt. And I KNOW BETTER…I know it’s a trap. Which makes me feel like a complete MORON. You know how it goes: you’re in some big box department store, there at the register with your purchase, starting to checkout, and what’s…

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Jan 9

January 9, 2019


If Everyone Needs Workers, Why Can’t I Find a Job?

Despite what seems to be the best intentions of certain orange-haired freaks in high places, the American economy is strong, American confidence is high, and American unemployment is at its lowest point in years. So why can’t I find a job? I mean, I have a job. I don’t particularly like it, but I could certainly do worse. Having said that, apparently I bitch about it quite a lot, as my friends (and Mom) keep asking why I don’t look…

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Dec 24

December 24, 2018


Can We PLEASE just STOP Making Things Better?

All I want is clean dishes. Is that so much to ask? OK, the back story: Anyone who’s ever read this blog–both of you–knows that I am not a huge fan what I have come to call “invasive technology”: the software and apps and such that get all up in your business under the thin façade of making your life more “convenient.” I don’t need Siri chastising me because I didn’t take the route she recommended, or Netflix pointing out…

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Dec 7

December 7, 2018


Sorry I’m Late … I Didn’t Want to Come

OK, so it’s that time of year again: time for eggnog, fruitcakes, and the dreaded (at least by me) “Not-Officially-Required-to-Attend-but …” office party. Let’s just call it NORTAB for short, shall we? I’m a bit of a curmudgeon (you’re shocked to discover this, I know) so I probably dread these things even more than the next guy, but research shows that the vast majority of workers would rather have their stockings filled with a lump of cold hard cash ……

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Nov 12

November 12, 2018


I’ve Had It with Multitasking!

I swear on my grandmother’s china, if my boss goes off on me about “multitasking” one more time, I am going to blow up like a hamster in a microwave. (And no, I’m not worried about him reading this. One, he has no idea this site exists, and two, the man requires a PowerPoint deck, GPS, and a Sherpa just to check his email … Google is a bit beyond him.) Having said that, he is the MASTER of multitasking….

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Oct 31

October 31, 2018


Scoring with an eBay Side Hustle

So, a few years ago, right before I moved into my current apartment, I had this wild idea on what to do with all the crap I had collected over the years that wouldn’t FIT in this apartment: I’d sell it on eBay! It turned out very well … although not in the way I anticipated. It will probably not surprise you to learn that the crap I didn’t want was, well, CRAP: almost by definition, no one else wanted…

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