More of My Tweets (because I still have nothing substantive to say…)

5/18/15:  Some neighbor kids’ baseball accidentally landed in my yard. I gave it back, but made them do a little dance for me first. #baseball #kids

5/15/15:   Did you see the girl with the #longtongue all over Internet? I hope she remembers: with great power comes great responsibility…#worldrecord

5/13/15:   Apple Watch=awesome! Had to sync it to phone & download apps, but now I can just push a button and see what time it is! #Apple #watch #tech

5/12/15:  If deflated footballs are easier to handle in cold weather…why don’t they just deflate them all in the first place? #NFL #TomBrady

5/11/15:  If someone could invent a cure for “you pay only shipping & handling,” now THAT would impress me. #UPS #mail

5/10/15:  Saw my dear departed mom in a dream last night! But she was on the phone. Said I should call tomorrow.#HappyMothersDay

5/8/15:  Why does it seem lately like all the coolest Americans turn out to be Canadian?

5/6/15:  I just don’t have very much time to devote to #Facebook. So when I see something I like, I just lick the screen.

5/3/15:   Mayweather vs. Pacquaio was supposed to be the fight of the century. But evidently not THIS century.

5/3/15:  I still can’t get used to skinny jeans. What am I supposed to do with all the shit I used to keep in the pockets of my cargo pants?

 

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Newest Thoughts–May 2, 2015

I took a long, complicated word-association test recently at a psychologist’s office, and every single one of my 300 answers was “I hate my neighbor’s barking dog and I think of nothing else but killing it every single minute of my life.”

I wonder if my subconscious was trying to tell me something?

 

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SOME MORE RECENT TWEETS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

5/2/15:  It’s easy to invent excuses when you’re older. Like if you show up stag at a party…“My date? Uh…she died. Yeah, tragic. So…where’s the bar?”

4/30/15:  I don’t know if I can cast aspersions on the rioters in Baltimore; my home is furnished almost entirely with items I got from looting.

4/28/15:  Doctors have announced that women can now perform self-gynecological exams with their smart phones. In other words…there’s a pap for that.

4/23/15:  Monday was 4/20 day, but I think today would be more appropriate, anyway. I mean, everyone knows stoners are always late.

4/21/15: Awesome band @WOTE (Walk Off The Earth) had special reveal day Monday, asking followers to tweet and trend. I thought it was Tuesday. (This is not so funny, but true. WOTE is a totally sick band.)

4/13/15: Real estate prices continue to rise. Might be time to finally sell everything and give the proceeds to your favorite cult.

4/6/15: Spring cleaning time is here—time to launder your money.

4/1/15: Street-sweeper came down my street today. I offered the driver $10 to do the inside of my house, too, but the truck wouldn’t fit in my door.

 

 

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Just occurred to me…

I’ve been remiss yet again. I dropped my keyboard in the toilet early in 2013 and haven’t had the nerve to touch it since that day. But then it finally occurred to me to wear rubber gloves. So I plan to get a pair of them tomorr…oh, shit.

Oh well, what could really go wrong? When I think about it, I doubt there’s anything worse in my toilet than in my refrigerator. And I’m almost never afraid to touch things in my refrigerator.

But to catch up, I thought maybe I’d paste some tweets that I’ve posted in the past 2 years. It’s a cheap way to insert some content, but it’s all I got.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go immerse my entire body in bleach.

 

TWEETS:

3/24/15:

March 24, 1874 was the birthday of Harry Houdini. On a related note, I can’t find my car keys.

 

3/7/15:

I made a gun from a 3-D printer but ran out of material. So I shot a guy, but I had to fax him the bullets.

 

2/13/15:

I thought I saw a shooting star last night, then realized it must be airplane lights. But In the end it actually turned out to be glaucoma.

 

2/3/15:

Every time I accidentally butt-dial my cellphone, I end up calling a crack house.

 

9/3/14:

FICO announced new credit score method will put less emphasis on medical bills. So in future try to get your loans from a hospital.

 

7/24/12:

Just got a message on eBay that I can sell one item for free. I wonder if anyone would offer me anything for my membership to eBay?

 

7/18/12:

Last thing I read: “Shaking container vigorously may cause contents to explo”

 

7/14/12:

People who give directions like “go north 100 meters, then turn west…” or tell time by saying “it’s 1400 hours” …yeah that’s no help at all.

 

7/9/12:

Dogs r color-blind?! So I guess the xtra $20 I spent at Barktoria’s Secret to get the negligee in hot pink was just a total waste of money?

 

7/9/12:

Are the Olympics over with yet?

 

7/4/12:

I used to hate how History Channel showed nothing but Revolutionary War shows every July 4th; now I find it a welcome break from Pawn Stars.

 

7/2/12:

I don’t believe in conspiracies; they’re just a fiction promoted by a shadowy group of people trying to convince us that they exist.

 

6/25/12:

They say if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem? Well, I’m pretty sure that…yeah, I’m part of the problem.

 

2/14/12:

February 14th: for men, this is the one day of the year that you’re actually luckier to be single.

 

1/19/12:

Sometimes I think we should get rid of all laws. Completely. Well, xcept 4 the 1 about hving 2 clean up aftr ur dog–we need to keep that.

 

1/17/12:

No big surprise that cruise ship sunk in Italy–they aren’t really known for their maritime accomplishments. Except maybe the meatball sub.

 

1/16/12:

For anyone who was off work today, you should know that Martin Luther King would have been very disappointed.


 

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Christmas Gift Guide 2012

 

Christmas Gift Guide 2012

 

Well, the gift-giving season is here again, and we all know how difficult that can be. Especially if you’re buying for a romantic interest. I know that, from a man’s point of view, it’s as if at this time of year we are forced to look deeply into our relationships, decide where they are going, and, sometimes, to decide what we want from life in general. And that’s a lot of thinking to do during a 20-minute halftime.

So if you’re wondering what to give that special someone in your life this Christmas, I have come up with a list of ideas that you may want to consider. However, if you’re still referring to them as that ‘special someone,’ chances are that the relationship is not going anywhere. C’mon, break down and at least learn their name.

 

FOR HER:

Jewelry

If you give her jewelry, make sure it’s not too nice. You want something that says “I want to be with you for…some indefinite amount of time. And if it doesn’t work out, we can always claim that somebody stole the ring and make an insurance claim. And then, to demonstrate my profound feelings for what we once shared, I would be willing to take the settlement money and let you keep the ring.”

But don’t go too far in the other direction, either. You want to give her something that at least looks like it IS a gift, and not some trinket you found in a parking lot, or that a couple of 16-year olds stole from their mother’s jewelry box and traded to you in exchange for buying them liquor.

A Bottle of Wine

A nice bottle of wine says something. Something like “I care enough to spend some money, but not enough to really put any thought into it.” This is especially true if she’s an alcoholic.

And do not try to hide this by giving her the wine as the centerpiece of a gift basket. Then you’re only drawing attention to your lameness. It’s like you’re saying, “I not only didn’t want to put any thought into it…I REALLY didn’t want to put any thought into it. In fact, I actually went to extra trouble to not put any thought into it. Now here, drink your wine, eat your pistachios, and get naked, please!”

A Negligee

Well, now, this is really more of a gift for you, isn’t it? But nice try.

A Pet

Okay, now you’re just trying to keep her occupied while you’re dating other women. Well played. But if she catches on, beware. The only thing scarier than a lover scorned is a scorned lover with a pit bull.

Cash

Probably not a good idea, and almost always considered an insult. Unless it’s over $1000, in which case it’s generally considered very, very thoughtful.

Writing Her a Poem

Unless you’re Maya Angelou, don’t even try. Seriously, you’re just making a fool of yourself. I’m embarrassed even talking to you.

Making Her Something With Your Own Two Hands

Again, seriously? Believe me, unless your last name is Tiffany, Cartier, or Bulgari, she’d rather get a store-bought gift.

Sex Toys

If you must go with this, at least make the gift fit the occasion. If you give her edible underpants, for example, make sure you choose either the Candy Cane or Eggnog variety. You know, something Christmasy. But if you give her a flavor named, say…Suntan Coconut, that’s like admitting you want to get the summer-themed inventory out of the way now, because you plan to break up with her in the spring.

 

FOR HIM:

Sports Equipment

This can sometimes backfire. For instance, if he’s out of shape, giving something such as a Nautilus set is like telling him outright that you want him to have a better body. As if he didn’t already get that from your obvious drooling each time you pass an Abercrombie and Fitch store.

Clothes

If you’re going to buy him clothes, for everyone’s sake, please make it something basic. A solid-color sweater, a pair of jeans, a Hooters baseball cap, whatever. But something he will actually wear. Also, make sure it is something that does not have to be hand-washed/dry-cleaned. If not, you will see him wear that article of clothing exactly once. The next time you see it after that will be when he’s using it to wax his car.

Subscription to a Magazine

Again, be practical. A subscription to Money isn’t going to suddenly turn him into a mover-and-shaker. If his idea of ‘playing the market’ is calling the local grocery store to ask them if they have Prince Albert in a can, don’t bother.

A Car

Be careful; you don’t want to give him something so nice that he can aspire to meet someone hotter than you. You might even want to consider a lease-option instead.

A Porsche would be the first choice. After that, maybe a ‘Vette, BMW….at least a Mustang or Trans Am. But please, no Volkswagens. I mean, nothing will kill the moment faster than unwrapping a Passat on Christmas morning.

But whatever you do, do not, I repeat, do NOT give him a moped. Or you will be alone next Christmas. And if he actually rides it, you should want to be.

Well, that’s it for now. But whatever you do, please keep in mind the most important thing during this or any holiday season: that’s right, always keep your receipts. And  have a Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

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The Election 2012

 

November 2, 2012

Election 2012


It’s almost election day, and I think we all know what that means. That’s right, your life over the next four years will unfold the same as it would have, anyway, but after the election, you’ll know who to blame it on.

But I like having someone to blame. I find it easier to have a scapegoat than to have to dig deeper to find the real problem. So give me a bad President any day. I mean, if you’re trying to fill in your vote-by-mail ballot while driving down the 101 and you hit a guard rail after swerving to avoid a cement truck, it’s very convenient to have an actual name to append to your cursing. You can’t just start yelling, “Freaking…whatziznname!” Or “God****…dem…o…pubs!” It’s like trying to make your point by hanging up abruptly on a cell phone. Just not very rewarding.

But every time I try to blame something on any given President, there’s always some jerk who’ll say “Actually, that policy wasn’t implemented by the current President; it was the one before him.” (You also know they’re a jerk because they’re using a semi-colon, and you can just hear it in their smug, little voice). Or sometimes it was some other, earlier President you’ve never even heard of. And who wants to even try to think back that far? Or they might even say “It’s not the President of the United States that evicted you, but the President of the Homeowners’ Association, because they keep hearing screams from inside your home and it always smells like ammonia.” Yeah, like that was my fault.

So anymore, I don’t even try to figure out who to blame. When I get into the voting booth I just guess.

Now I know some people will chastise me for that. You know, the old ‘every vote counts’ syndrome. Right. Every vote counts. Tell that to Katherine Harris and see how long she keeps a straight face before bursting into laughter. Or tell it to Al Gore (“I had  as many votes as Bush, so why did he win the election?”) And he would have a very good point. In fact, many people still think he actually was the President from 2000-2004, including George Bush, which may be one reason why Bush took so many vacations.

Now I’m not a super-leftist, either. I’m mostly middle of the road. In other words, if anything goes wrong, you can’t blame me. And middle of the road is comfortable. As long as you don’t get hit by a car swerving to avoid a cement truck.

For those of you unfamiliar with the political terms, it’s fairly easy to remember the difference: Republicans will steal your money in a business deal. Democrats get the government to do it for them. Either way, you’re stuck with no money, and also having to decide between the Republican, the Democrat, or Ralph Nader. So in the end, we all lose.

Actually, in the last election I voted for Obama not because of his politics, but because I thought he was Irish. (I figured he just had something against apostrophes). Okay, so that one is on me. But another thing I liked was that he smoked cigarettes. I’m still amazed that we actually elected a guy that was not only half-black, but also had a Muslim name, and he smoked! I was seriously proud to be an American that day.

But Romney has his good points. In fact, I am really tired of hearing about how he tied his dog to the top of his car. First of all, dogs aren’t people. In fact, I know more than a few people who wouldn’t even qualify as people. Or dogs, for that matter. But my point is that his dog probably didn’t even care that it was tied to the top of the car. Hell, when I was young it was common for parents to tie extra kids to the tops of cars all the time. When my mom drove my soccer team, she’d cram about 4 of us inside the car with her. (That’s actually where the term ‘four on the floor’ first originated). Then she’d put 2 on the roof, a couple on the hood, and 3 more inside the trunk. It was no big deal, and we hardly ever lost anyone. In fact, if you told me that Romney put his mother-in-law and attorney up there with the dog, I’d vote for him today.

But I think the final litmus test is when pundits discuss which candidate they’d rather have a beer with. However, having done my share of drinking, I can tell you that the beer theory is useless. What you really want is the Jack Daniels theory, i.e., see how they act after splitting a fifth of JD.

If they get all blubbery on you (“Dude, you are my BEST friend! I love you, man!”), that’s not great, but probably still acceptable. However, if they start fantasizing about what your wife looks like naked, that may cross the line. And if they start talking about balancing the budget by putting a meth lab in the basement of the White House, at least they’re showing some entrepreneurial spirit, although perhaps misdirected.

In the end, my advice is to guess. I mean, it’s no worse than a multiple-choice test, so you’re bound to get at least half of them correct. Just make sure you don’t hit the cement truck.

 

 

 

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Thought for the Day…April 19, 2012

The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades….

…Many believe it’s because they have been outsourcing the immigration to India.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized for US soldiers that took photos of themselves posing with the bloodied remains of dead insurgents in Afghanistan…

…Why should we have to apologize? If people don’t want their body parts displayed in photos, maybe they should think twice about being suicide bombers.

Top 5 Reasons Soldiers Gave for Having a Severed Hand on Their Shoulder:

5. “Last time I looked, there was a full body attached, I swear!”

4. “I thought someone was just tapping me on the shoulder.”

3. “It’s ‘Thing’ from the Addams Family.”

2. “I thought he just lost a lot of weight.”

1. “What, am I supposed to keep it in my pocket?”

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Today in History…April 19, 2012

On this date in 2005 Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected Pope and took the name Benedict XVI….

…I can’t help but think that there had to have been an easier way of getting his name changed.

Also on this date…the US Mint went off the gold standard on this day in 1938.

Obviously things have gone  way downhill since then. Here is the progression of materials on which the dollar has been based in the intervening years:

1948—Diamond

1954—Platinum

1964—Silver

1968—Copper

1980—Brass

1990—Ceramic

1999—Clay

2001–Vinyl

2004—Drywall

2006—Particle board

2009—Cardboard

2011—Old milk cartons

2012—Used Kleenex

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Thought for the Day…March 24, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the birthday of Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874). On a related note, I can’t find my car keys.

 

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Today in History…February 16, 2012

On this date in 1968, the nation’s first 911 emergency phone system went into effect in Haleyville, Alabama.

The first 7,000 calls were all from people with the same problem….(“Help! I live in Alabama!!!!”)

 

In 1862 at the Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee, Ulysses S. Grant earned the nickname “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”

Not as well known, however, is the fact that the among some of his advisors, the height of his pants also earned him the nickname “Unconditional SUSPENDERS Grant.”

 

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Thought for the Day…January 17, 2012

It’s no big surprise that the Costa Concordia sunk in Italy–the Italians aren’t really known for their maritime accomplishments. Except for maybe the meatball sub.

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