Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A....................

HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Bye for now,

bill

Monday, December 30, 2013

THE PARTY'S OVER

SO back on email, text, cell phone. I am back to 2013 soon to be 2014.

A healthy, fulfilling, safe, peaceful new year to all.

Bye for now,

Bill

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I WAS AWAY LAST WEEK

and for the first time ever didn't do email or text or cell phone for 7 whole days. It was strange but once I adjusted it was like old times—very relaxing to be disconnected every once in a while. I encourage you to try it if/when you can.

It was a lovely trip with our family celebrating our special anniversary.

Enjoy and Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A TIMELY FUNNY



I tell you, it's really amazing how popular baby Jesus was able to become without his mother posting a single picture of him on Facebook.

—Jimmy Kimmel

Bye for Now and Ho Ho Ho,

Bill

Friday, December 20, 2013

WHATEVER YOUR RELIGION

or beliefs I hope you can find joy in the Xmas holidays. It can be a very religious time about the birth of Jesus or just a fun tradition of Old St. Nick, gift giving, family and friend togetherness times, and just deck the halls...

Hope it is a pleasant and fun time for you.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A FRIEND SENT ME SOME INTERESTING THOUGHTS


I've learned that:

being kind is more important than being right.

that just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

that it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

that love, not time, heals all wounds.

that life is tough, but you're tougher.

that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ANOTHER FUNNY ONE!



...HP started in a garage. Google started in a garage. Microsoft and Apple started in a garage. Maybe we should be spending less on education and more money on garages. Let's get every nerd in America a garage.

—Jimmy Kimmel

I have always said that in my next life I will become a college dropout and clean out my garage!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 14, 2013

TWO FUNNIES THAT ARE TOO FUNNY

"The world said goodbye to Nelson Mandela. And what a life he lived. He spent 27 years in prison and then ascended to become president of his country. He went from prison to politics. It was exactly the opposite of how we do it in this country."

—Jay Leno


"In an interview Oprah Winfrey said she has no regrets about not having children. Oprah said, ' I feel bad enough about bringing Dr. Phil into the world.'"

—Conan O'Brien

Hard not to agree in both cases.

Bye for now,

bill

Friday, December 13, 2013

TODAY

I was honored by Sierra Tucson—the best mental health facility in all the world—with a Gratitude Award for Lifetime Achievement.

It was a beautiful honor and one that I will cherish as it fills my "pride bank" full.

Hope you had a great day too.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NO COINCIDENCES JUST ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

 as u know from previous blogs.

So this morning as i headed East at an early hour I noticed the bicycle guys dressed in tight fitting garb that i couldn't have fit into at my bar mitzvah wending their way through traffic. I thought to myself "a git mishuga," which roughly translates as crazy man crazy!

So today's SS has a local story titled "Injuries  on bikes on rise." Between 2010 and '12 the number of cyclists injured increased by 42%. Confirmed my thoughts. Definitely a git mishuga!

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, December 9, 2013

IN CATCHING GLIMPSES

of Monday night football I couldn't help wonder why anyone would live in Chicago in the winter?

It is, by all measure, a wonderful and beautiful city but not in December with a wind chill dropping from minus 9 at game time. The smoke coming out of the players mouths could light a bonfire, which they could really use.

I walked and sat on the beach today and that is my kind of weather. You couldn't pay me to live there! Well depends on how much, but it will cost you.

Bye for now,

 Bill

Friday, December 6, 2013

EQUANIMITY

has been the word used to describe the man who was in federal prison for 25 years for the murder of his wife, which he did not commit.

We can all take a lesson from his playbook.

Look up the word to see what it means. Frankly, I'd be pissed beyond words.

And his documentary scheduled to air tonight on CNN at 9 was preempted by another man who spent even longer in jail for no reason due to Nelson Mandela's death today.

I vividly remember standing outside the sparse cell in which he spent 28 years. OMG unbelievable. He emerged pretty darn angry, but turned that into a series of blessings for his country and the end of apartheid, and the beginning of his leadership.

Both are quite a story.

Two strong men sacrificed so many years for no reason. .Justice for many, injustice for some. Sad really.

The documentary has been rescheduled for Sunday eve at 9 on CNN.

Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I AM ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT

for stories that inspire instead of conspire or make me perspire.

So here is one I just found in New York magazine:

A young man proposed to his girlfriend at Best Buy while a video montage of their relationship played on the electronics store's televisions.

Now that is electrifying LOVE in techno-color!

Hope their marriage lasts as long as mine has.

Bye for now,

bill

Monday, December 2, 2013

FANDOM REVISITED

Face paint, fanaddicts, fun, fouls, and fantastic noise levels all contribute to this eves Monday Night Football. Could be called green eggs and hamming it up as lime green is the color of the night. Hair, dresses, shirts, hats, and faces in many shades of green.

If a person from another country was watching he or she would think it was craziness personified.

Yet, in fairness, it is very therapeutic. The screaming and yelling from stands designed to increase decibel levels helps vent people's angst as well as confuse the opposition. The allegiance to Seattle's team makes for a healthy identification with a strong and winning team. I'm pretty sure the NY Jet fans wished they lived there, as even they booed their team and their Qback. We as people tend to root for winners and abandon losers—even if they are the home team. The coaches of losers tend to quickly become—well—abandoned!

At the end of the day it is all harmless fun and healthiness by association. My nature is not fanaddical, but i admire those who can let it all hang out and care about the outcome of a game. Perhaps in my next life. Perhaps by then the Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers will be worth rooting for. Or, maybe we will have a soccer team by then worth cheering on to victory. Then again, there is always Lacrosse.

Go teams of your choice.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, November 30, 2013

AS I HAVE SAID

mother nature can be a raging bitch. Wiped out 500 homes in Washington, Indiana just before the holidays. Really mama?  Was that necessary? Is enough, ever enough?

Sad, very sad for them. Hope we all rise to the occasion and support their needs. Hope the government can get their act together, which these days seems doubtful.

Let's pray for speedy relief, rebuilding,  and resolve—then healing.

Bye for now,

bill

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

HOPE YOU HAVE

a pleasant, peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

We will return to tackle the serious issues of the day after that.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, November 24, 2013

JUST HOW NAIVE WERE WE?

As I look at pics from back then I see an open limo for the ride through Dallas. Makes no sense in   today's more paranoid perspective.

People seem a stone's through away from the first couple. I guess we just never dreamed of the weirdos and the wild ones until that day.

All these years later, conspiracy theories fly. We will never know the truth, other than the fact that the truth was never uncovered. Ruby's role never made sense. Who really dun it? Lord knows.

It was and remains a sad blotch on our legacy. Like 9/11, we learned and grew from our tragedy.

It's not paranoid to be paranoid these days. Never was, really!

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, November 22, 2013

HARD TO BELIEVE

it has been 50 years. Both the TV and social media won't allow us to forget. It was, in many ways, the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. We were the generation of naive—the "Happy Days" people. That day we were far from happy! We were flustered and flabbergasted.

I betcha a nickel, if you were a young adult then, u remember exactly where u were when the news hit.

I was teaching a class at NYU as a fellow while in grad school. The loud speaker in he room blared out the news of the tragedy. Everyone stood up and left the class  room. I never said, "Class dismissed!" It was understood. We all spent the rest of the weekend in front of our B&W TVs watching the unbelievable story unfold. It got stranger and stranger.

We lost our innocence that day and have never been able to reclaim it. From that point on it just got stranger and stranger! Never been clarified all these years later.

Prayers for the Kennedy family and for us all.

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I WAS AT THE BEACH MOST OF THE DAY TODAY

I wondered how the day could start out so beautifully with bright sunny blue skies and conclude so unpleasantly with grim clouds and blustery winds. Then I decided that was a metaphor for life itself.

We all start out as cute and cuddly kids and end as wrinkled, and depending on how long we live decrepit, demented, and back in diapers. Then I thought about how our hard work and successes can be sustained or can morph into unhappy scenarios. Then, how marriages built of love can fade over time into hurt and hate. Then the toll of what I call emotional cess can topple our dams and make a mess.

Then I thought that even a bad conclusion of the day at the beach is so much better than I first thought. It is still a peaceful and memorizing scene.

Hope your conclusion is as bright as your arrival. If not, what can you do to make it better? We can't control the weather, but can better control our personal conclusion. I sincerely hope you do.

Bye for now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

HARD TO BELIEVE

but the 75th anniversary of Kristelnacht just passed last week. Even the Pope send his regrets and called us "brothers." I like him a lot.

It was a night and time when windows of Jewish merchants and homes were broken. It was the foreplay to Hitler's reign of terror and destruction. Still so hard to believe that that all happened.

Never again!

Unfortunately, Mother Nature can reign terror too. Some things we can't control and some things we now can.

Prayers for the Philippines.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, November 8, 2013

WHILE THE GOVERNMENT

is being clobbered over health care site's lack of foresight here's is another strange tale from the crypt of our fearless and feckless leaders.

When u renew your passport u have the option of paying $12 and change to have each of them returned individually by priority mail. But priority mail costs $5.15 and the same folks who own the passport agency also own the post office.

So we declined that option thereby saving $25+ US dollars.

Guess what. The passport agency returned our new passports using—u guessed it—priority mail.

So hears the deal friends. U can pay $12+ dollars to have your passport returned priority mail or u can pay zero dollars extra to have your passport returned...u guessed it... priority mail.

But have no fear. Mickey mouse has left Orlando and is running the Washington show. And we don't even know a third of it. Perhaps it is best we don't know!

On that note, have a peaceful weekend.

Bye for now,

bill

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING


Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.

—Anthony Powell

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT TODAY

was National Mental Health Day, but someone emailed that it was.

What's more, I didn't know that this nation had any mental health whatsoever, today or any day!

If we did, we would do more, much more, to help people obtain mental health support, which includes congress and politicians everywhere, as well as everyman, woman and child.

It feels that this great nation, which evokes much pride and spirit, especially at the start of the bottom of the 7th inning of the World Series, has lost its way and we who see that are pretty powerless to be of any help at all.

Much as I try to stay positive and encourage the same, in some zones, I feel we have been defeated. I'm reminded of that cartoon that says, "I have found the enemy and it is us!"


Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, October 26, 2013

INTERESTING FACTS FROM OP GAZETTE



Newborn kangaroos are so small they can fit on a teaspoon.

The word "verb" is actually a noun.

In 1898, 14 years before the titanic sank, Morgan Robertson wrote a book about a ship called the "Titan" that crashed into an iceberg and sank. The book is "The Wreck of the Titan."
Other bizarre similarities include: both ships were 800 feet long, both were know as unsinkable, both sank in the North Atlantic, both didn't have enough lifeboats and both had 3000 passengers.

My favorite:
Alcoholic beverages contain all of the minerals necessary to sustain human life.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ON AN EVEN LIGHTER NOTE

FROM ORANGE PEEL GAZETTE:

An older retired couple were looking into the future. The husband asked his wife, "If I die first what will u do? After some thought she said, "I'd look for a house-sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who were a little younger than me." What will you do if I die first," she asked?"
"Probably the same thing," he replied.

Two elderly friends were having breakfast in a restaurant one morning. Ethel looked puzzled and said, "Mabel did you know you've got a suppository in your ear?" Mabel answered, "I have? "A suppository?" She pulled it out and then stared at it. Then she said,
I'm glad you noticed this thing. Now i think I know where my hearing aid is!"

Monday, October 21, 2013

ON A LIGHTER NOTE


In an old Time Magazine article the following statement was made:

"The problem with liking everything is that it becomes meaningless to like anything."

I LIKE that!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, October 18, 2013

YESTERDAY I TOLD A NICE STORY

so today a not so nice one. 5000 miles ago I brought my car to Jiffy Lube for a simple oil change. I told the guy I was in a hurry and he said, "No problem. I can get it in a bay right now." Fifty + minutes later I went back to him and asked, "How come this is taking so long."Well sir, as part of our service we do a total car assessment—free.""But I didn't want that—I need to get out of here."

He produced a computer print out that showed numerous problems. I reiterated that I was in a hurry, but so was he. He was in a rush to get me to spend more money. "But sir, he said, "all of your filters are worn and dirty. Look at your air filter. This is what you and your kids are breathing in!" The air filter was truly corroded with everything from leaves to what looked like dog doo and all else in between. "My kids don't drive with me so please give me the bill for the oil change,"was  my now annoyed response. Annoyed  himself by his failure, he finally proceeded to check me out—well over one hour since I had arrived.What happened to the Jiffy, I wondered?

Fast forward 5000 miles. I brought my SUV into my friends at J.M. Lexus. Conrad, my service rep rocks! The place is state of the art and attends to every detail. That was Jim Moran—the courtesy man's way. In addition, to getting my brakes sorted out, I told him to have all the filters changed based on the feedback from Jiffy Lube.

When I returned to pick up the car he said, "Only the oil filter was needing replacement Dr. Penzer." I said, "Great that saves me money."

The light bulb in my head didn't illuminate till I was a few blocks away."Wait a minute." I said to myself. "The air filter didn't clean itself. If anything it got dirtier. Son of a bitch. That wasn't my air filter. That was one they show to seal the deal with car-ignorant people. Or they messed mine up and had to clean it up when I didn't bite the bait. Either way, that's more disgusting than the dirty filter they showed me."

This proves my statement of 10+ years ago, "It's not paranoid to be paranoid these days!" If you find this as repugnant as I do, please send this to Jiffy Lube HQ. I don't know if it is a corporate wide marketing gimic or a franchisee's idea of a self-serving sales plan. Either way WT you know what!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, October 17, 2013

LIKE THE GOVERNMENT

I too am back in business as usual mode—at least until January. But, like the government I have very little to say.

But here is a nice story.At West Orange High  In Winter Garden, Bubba Hunter and Semone Adkins were crowned homecoming King and Queen, elected by their 3800 classmates. Both students were born with Down Syndrome.

We have truly come a long way—baby. May our government mature, grow, and find their way too.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A TEMPORARY RELIEF FROM THE SHUTDOWN

Couldn't help but lol at this joke from Jimmy Fallon:

The whole mess with the shutdown isn't making anyone happy. In fact, a new survey found that nine percent of Americans have considered giving up their U.S. citizenship because of the constant arguing in Washington. It's not good- today even Obama was like 'Are you sure I wasn't born in Kenya?'

Cute!

Bye for Now,

Bill

STILL SHUT DOWN!

They think we are idiots. Let's show them in the next elections we have brains, we understand, and we don't support incompetent and self-serving government officials.

Unfortunately, that leaves no one to vote for, sad to say.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF

Biz executives typically shy away from political footballs, but the CEO of Auto Nation, Mike Jackson, has shown he can sell cars as well as smell foul politics. He scored a touchdown with me when he said:

"It's really stupid, incompetent, irresponsible," referring to what he termed was Washington as dysfunctional. Though he blamed both sides he gave a larger share to House Republicans despite being a Republican himself. He went on to say "It'll be bad for the economy...It'll be bad for the American people,"and he hopes for an epiphany so we pull back from the brink.

All this in a news conference related to not texting while driving. I want to be like MIKE! Keep the rhetoric coming Mike, but only at red lights!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SINCE OUR GOVERNMENT CAN SHUT DOWN

so can I. Not much to say. Life is good except when I look beyond. What a freak'in mess we have made. I say "we" but neither you nor i did anything.

Then again, hope springs eternal, unless you happen to party with tea. I never liked tea anyway. Never had a cup and never will!

Bye for now,

bill

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I REALLY GAVE IT MY BEST SHOT

but they didn't. I am NOT a TV guy but decided to watch THE GOLDBERGS. When I proposed this to my wife she immediately took my temperature, but happily sat next to me. We laughed at its absurdity.

I can't find the words strong enough to define or denigrate it. It made no sense. It wasn't funny. It wasn't Jewish schtick—it was schlock (aka crapola).

How do they spend all those dollars to put out a show that made no sense?

I'll try TV again in a few years. Meanwhile I'm betting they won't make episode 4. Life is just too short to watch THE GOLDBERGS! I don't think there will be reruns—just the runs.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, September 23, 2013

THERE WAS A MAGICIAN AT MY GYM SATURDAY

As I often do I left my towel in the sauna before heading for the steam room. I am not a sauna fan, but love the toasty towel it can produce. When I returned 15 minutes later the magician had made my towel disappear. Now I had a soaking wet problem. I applied and followed my own advice.

Penzer's Theory of Relativity—could have been much worse loss and I can spare a towel to a needy "magician."
Penzer's Theory of Adaptation—we humans are amazingly adaptable so paper towels and my tee shirt did the job reasonably well.
Penzer's Theory of Paranoia— it is not paranoid to be paranoid these days! Keep your towel in your locker.

If you use these three ideas life will get much easier. If you see someone with a lite brown towel tell him or her I send my love. That is my next Theory—love thy neighbor even when s/he steals your stuff. Better than getting shot by an assault rifle!

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, September 22, 2013

OOPS IT HAPPENED AGAIN!

Just days after my rant against assault rifles, the NRA, poles, and the deranged people who fire them, it happened again in Chicago. The perp did his target practice at a pick-up basketball game. Must have seen an uncalled foul so he chose to commit an uncalled for foul act. WTF?

Thirteen were injured including a 3-year-old boy. Most fortunately no one was killed. And the perp did not do the ceremonial suicide, but simply fled the scene.

Do we as a nation not have the courage to take action to tighten up the holes in the system, without violating our right to bear arms? I understand there is a black market that will always be there, but can't we make it a little more difficult for the criminally insane to purchase lethal weapons legally?

Shoot me if I'm wrong, but like this on fbook if you agree.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, September 21, 2013

POPE POOPED OUT

about abortion. I didn't mean it... I was misquoted...I had a brain fart! is what it seemed as if he was saying the day after he was quoted all over the world.

Then he went on to say, "Every baby who is not born, but is uniquely condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ."

Will the real Pope Francis please stand up and identify himself! And will you please help us to understand your understanding of genomics. There is only one face of Christ, best as I know. To suggest otherwise denigrates him and you.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, September 20, 2013

POPE FRANCIS IS MY KIND OF GUY

This is truly a man of the cloth—the loin cloth!

He doesn't want to get caught up in "petty issues" such as contraception, abortion, pre-marital sex, and the like. He wants priests to be pastors for their community, being helpful, supportive, and understanding. He is preaching and teaching a philosophy that even a Jewish liberal such as myself can understand, support, and relate. He is giving the church a breath of fresh air, as well as an updated perspective that is realistic and reasonable.

He has my vote and hope he still has that of the cardinals who elected him.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SURELY, I CAN'T BE THE ONLY ONE

terribly tired of mourning for strangers massacred in terrible scenes of gun violence. Are we really going to let the NRA control our destinies? I mean, even those of us who are not gun people are not screaming to ban guns. But we are saying let's get assault weapons out of the hands of the mentally deranged. Does anyone, except the deranged, have a problem with that?

The doctor overseeing the victims in the Navy Yard said it best:

There's something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try to eradicate. There's something wrong here when we have these wall-to-wall shootings. I'd like you to put my trauma center out of business."
—Janis Orlowski, M.D.

I would like to add:

There is something wrong when officials elected to represent the good of the people are busy representing the good of their party and/or the good of those who support their run for office. It is time that the "party" be over and that we elect people to represent us who convince us they will do just that.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NOT A CRAPPY JOKE! IT TICKLED MY FUNNY BONE


It was entertainment night at the senior citizens' center.
After the community sing along led by Alice at the piano, it was time for the star of the show - Claude the Hypnotist!
Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance.
"Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time." said Claude.
The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from his waistcoat pocket; a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain.
"I want you to keep your eyes on this watch" said Claude, holding the watch high for all to see.
"It is a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations" said Claude.
He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting
"Watch the watch --- Watch the watch ----Watch the watch"
The audience became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth.
The lights were twinkling as they were reflected from its gleaming surfaces.
A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch.
They were hypnotized.
And then, suddenly, the chain broke!!!
The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact!
"SHIT!" said Claude.
It took them three days to clean the Senior Citizens' Center, and Claude was never invited there again.
 
LOL is healthy.
 
Bye for Now,
 
bill

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I KNOW I PROMISED

no more Weiner/Spitzer jokes BUT this one seemed like an apt ending to a sad and silly time.

Conan O'Brian:

"I am a little bummed out because it looks like the Anthony Weiner madness is finally over. It was so good for talk show hosts, one of the best things that ever happened. As he drove away from reporters, he gave them the finger. So at least he went out with dignity.  That's the important thing."

Me speaking—I feel sad for his wife. My guess is that she is a good woman. He, on the other hand, needs to run for dog catcher, and go after himself. Ruff ruff!

Bye for Now,

Bill


Thursday, September 12, 2013

WE TAKE SO MUCH FOR GRANTED

Today the # 1.3 billion jumped at me—not in a check mind you.

Eighteen percent of the world's population—1.3 billion people—have no electricity ever. That number shocked me.

And, 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year throughout the world, if you can imagine that.

I will bet a nickel that those who lack electricity also lack food. The inequities of the world are hard to fathom, and we need to reflect on what we have, even if we don't have it all.

There is an old Yiddish proverb that says, "If everyone put  their 'dirty clothes' out on the line everyone would take back their own load.  How true is that?

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ALL THESE YEARS LATER

tomorrow will still be a very sad day. No matter where you were on 9/11 you will never forget the details, disbelief, horror, and the pain.

Tragedy is etched in our brains like a permanent tattoo. May we mourn, learn and heal, and may our enemies become neutered, if not realize we are not theirs!

We are, I believe, a peace-loving nation who looks to do good, but never shirks from responding to those who don't.

God bless America and all freedom-loving nations of the world.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, September 9, 2013

MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS

to reach out and do something kind for someone else this week. It fills your "pride bank" and can mean so much to someone struggling.

Little kindnesses can make a very Large difference.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A HEALTHY

 NEW YEAR to all.

Good wishes are nondenominational.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I'M NO MOVIE CRITIC BUT

I really liked The Butler even though it was a fictionalized and Hollywoodized version. It held my attention the entire time and told the story of desegregation in a  most interesting way. Perhaps, part of my interest and fascination is that I lived through that era of protest and marched on Washington and down 5th Avenue. I wasn't really a rebel, but I/We did have a cause.

Then again my movie reviews and recommendations may be lame as I am not a movie goer. I loved Jobs and thought Ashton did fantastically, but the critics thought otherwise. I am now reading Walter Isaacson's book  Steve Jobs, which I am greatly enjoying. I also like my books so maybe I am neither a movie or book critic.

Then again Je ne care pas!!

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, August 30, 2013

AND GLAD

I have never, at least to my knowledge, been tagged in a pic on Fbook. What puzzles me is that many people who are tagged in a pic don't appear in the pic, so I'm not exactly sure what "tagged" means.

Then again, I really don't care, and as far as being untagged in any pic or being a "tagged" virgin, I'm glad—very glad—proud actually. My goal is to b the last man standing in the never tagged community.

Oops, now that I think about it someone did tag me at a book release party and i was actually in the picture along with my bride of almost 50 years. We were 11 when we eloped! Three people out of millions liked the pic! See, being tagged can b painful and make u feel rejected, but I am humbled and grateful to those 3.

But I never, ever changed my profile pic—such a nerd! For those of you who are tagged at least once a day, and change your profile pic every three hours, you are my heroes and heroines. But maybe I can b the last man standing for never changing my profile pic. Then again, as I continue to age I may just have to update the "young" Bill's photo. How long can I get away with a veritable baby pic? Foiled again.

I will keep working on maintaining my individuality on Fbook. U do the same. Perhaps the best way is to drop out and return to privacy, anonymity, and not being tagged ever again! But I would miss not seeing pics of my grand kids.

There is a cost for everything in the universe, which apropos of my last blog, is why we should NOT invade Syria.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WE ARE NOT THE LIFEGUARDS OF THE WORLD

Sixty percent of Americans believe we should not engage in the Syrian nightmare. I am one of them. This is not about politics, which i try to avoid in this blog. This is about learning from history and knowing when to MOOB (Mind Our Own Business).

Governmental genocide, sad as that might be, is nothing new, nor is it limited to Syria. Many ugly governments  around the world  practice it. Many more practice oppression and suppression, despite our "age of reason" world. Not all leaders are sane. At times it seems as if few are.

Even more importantly, it is not our place or role to engage in intrusive interference in other countries unless...this is important...it threatens OUR safety. Surely, we can suspend  financial support, diplomatic relations, embassies, visits, and the like. But no more, as long as we are not in danger.

We are a peace loving nation that hopefully learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. No more war—ever. Never again—ever! No more lost young men and women to a losing cause—ever. WWIII—NEVER.

Think about it, and join the 60% who already have.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

AVOID GREED STREET

Apropos of the previous blog, we need to set our sights on something higher than greedy, selfish, and dishonorable. Just today I read about a guy who worked for the school system for 18 years and managed, based on his work knowledge, to steal $50k of gasoline while being paid to do his job.

And if these daily stories weren't bad enough, the billboards on the Turnpike tell the tale. The latest, by a local accident/injury law firm say "GOT $350k." "GOT $750K." Then, a few feet along they say "WON $XXX thousand at___Casino.

It feels as if we are waiting for the fantasy of instant wealth to come our way. If that happens the old fashioned way all the more power to you. If you lie, cheat and/or steal, or even gamble to get there, that is sad.

Keep this in mind—honor and integrity trump wealth every day of the week. In every way you can, avoid Greed Street, while walking proudly down Honesty Lane.


Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, August 24, 2013

TRUST WORTHY IS STILL A WORTHY QUALITY

I continue to find myself in situations where I trust someone only to realize that they took or tried to take advantage of me. In each situation, they present as trustable, honest, caring people. Then I come to realize that they are a wolf in sheep's clothes.

Part of my problem is that i project onto others how I operate and then become disappointed when I realize mine wasn't the only mold created. I am sure many people do the same in projecting sheep onto wolves.

There really should be a "Bill's list" similar to "Angies" where everyday slime can be outed and called on the virtual carpet. Unfortunately, Bill would probably get sued by unscrupulous attorneys claiming defamation and foul, even though the people on his list were foul.

It certainly complicates life, but as the old caveat says, "Let the buyer be ware," and whether you are a buyer, seller, friend, or family member in today's world caution is your only protection. As i said many years ago, "It's not paranoid to be paranoid these days!"


Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I THOUGHT JOBS—the movie—

was well done and well acted. He was a most unique man whose range was from SOB to Innovator to Sensitive to Driven to finally a Loving Parent and Partner.

He gave us so much and we lost him so early, but his legacy will live forever. Geniuses die but Genius NEVER!

Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, August 15, 2013

CAN'T HELP MYSELF

Jay Leno said:


"Anthony Weiner has released a 19-page booklet on how to improve life in New York City. Oh, please, if Weiner wants to improve life in New York City, he should move to New Jersey."

If only he had used snapchat—where pics disappear in 5 seconds! If he doesn't know about that, how can he run the city of NY?

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

EVERYONE'S SLEEPING

and I'm still going strong after a powerful and inspiring meeting today at Stupid Cancer HQ in NYC.

Just gets my brain going, and sleep seems like such a waste of time, but i will try.

If I had my druthers, sleep would come only AD—after death. Could you imagine what this world would be like, if no one slept and everyone tasked, functioned, and played 24/7?

We would either be way ahead of the pack or have killed each other off by now.

For that reason alone—snzzzz!

Goodnight for now,


bill

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I JUST CAN'T STOP

sharing Weiner/Spitzer jokes. Then again, they couldn't either, sad to say.

Jay Leno said:

"The Mars rover Curiosity is celebrating its first anniversary on Mars. So far, in the year it's been up there it's sent back 70,000 photos. I know that sounds like a lot, but it is still less than Anthony Weiner sent out."


Bye for Now,

bill


Thursday, August 8, 2013

INTERESTING WORDS

 In an article about the invention of the tape cassette in 1963, they say, "What now seems like a relic was a revolution in a plastic case."

Prior to that it was reel to reel tape that threaded difficultly and tore easily. I remember that well, along with the heavy bulky machine I bought to "save money" on records, by recording them from the radio. Just the beginning of "Penzer's follies."

What else might you ponder, does that " revolution to relic " idea  make you think of? Hopefully, not ME!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LATEST LAUGH


From Jimmy Fallon comes:

"Alex Rodriguez has been suspended form baseball for 211 games, but he said he'll appeal the decision and keep playing.Yeah, even Anthony Weiner was like 'Man, some people just don't know when to quit.'"


Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, August 5, 2013

I IMAGINE, LIKE ME,

you are awaiting the arrival of the film PARANOIA on 8/16—NOT.  I am paranoid enough just from reading/watching the news. I carry my water gun every where I go just to be safe.

After all, it was me 10+ years ago who said, "It is not paranoid to be paranoid these days." More recently, I said, "Paranoia is essential!"

Then again, am I silly to respond to all of those nice people in foreign countries who want to share their millions with me? Or, how about the guys who call, occasionally a gal, responding to my request for a loan, which I never made. Should I not give them my routing and account numbers? As my son recently pointed out, every time you pay by check you are giving out those numbers! What about all the "free" stuff I win on line? Are you telling me not to respond? Silly rabbits.

You must be paranoid! GOOD!!

The question remains are you going to watch the movie? If yes, please send me a review—without spam or virus attached.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, August 3, 2013

SO I FAILED TO FOLLOW MY OWN ADVICE

and read today's newspaper in the steam room. Much as I tried the ink did not bleed off the page!

So let's not talk about the Global travel alert, which left me wondering if I could walk to my mail box, let alone fly to Europe or the Middle East. Does the government not realize the harm that is done from  their "red alerts" that say "not sure where or when but shits gonna fly!" But let's not discuss it.

Similarly, let's not talk about Sheriff Israel's yacht cruise, the BSO Deputy involved in road rage, another BSO deputy suspended in an escort/drug case, the missing pregnant teen, the two black dudes accused of raping  9 and 10 year old girls respectively, the home invasion robber who fractured an older lady's skull, or yes once again, a 34 year old man nailed in a mall in Plantation, trying to bring an underage boy (aka as a detective) back to his Coral Springs home to have sex. Absolutely no discussion needed.

Let's then laugh a little about the late night comics jokes, fed by the politicians, with whom they are having a field day.

Jay Leno:

In what has to be the most outrageous defense ever—this is real—Filner's (San Diego's "hands on" Mayor—my words not Leno's) lawyer said "if there is any liability, it's the city liable, for failing to give the mayor sexual harassment training. Oh, come on now. Just shut up!"

My take is that the mayor didn't need harassment training. He was an expert in doing that. At last count at least 9 women came forward about his coming too forward. Mayor, u r supposed to pinch the babies cheeks, not the Mom's!

Jimmy Kimmel:

In a Hawaii homeless riff said,

"If you're homeless, the state will pay for your plane ticket and your transportation to the airport. The hard part is trying to get the shopping cart in the overhead compartment." He also asked, "How do you go home if you are homeless?"

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, August 2, 2013

IN THE PAST

I advised people not to read the newspapers or watch the news on TV. About time i followed my own advice. Everyday it's about sexting,  child abuse, violence, and coercion.

So instead of the gory, disgraceful details here is a cute joke from Letterman:

"Former Governor of New York Elliot Spitzer has now gone on record as saying Anthony Weiner is not fit to be Mayor. Well, that's good enough for me. That's all I needed to hear."

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ONCE UPON A TIME

I was this hypped blogger encouraging happiness and optimism. I hope I get back there.

Meanwhile, in the real world, 2 docs were acquitted here of anything more than money laundering. That 9 of their patients died from their scripts at a pill mill didn't seem to matter. OMG. Please read that last sentence again.

The scale of justice is getting silly and out of balance and not so nice people are being set free by clever lawyers. They didn't know it was a pill mill was their successful defense? They thought it was a place for people in pain to get their fix with some to die. They thought it was a health store filled with...pain pills? They thought they were just doing their job and upholding the Hippocratic Oath? They thought wrong. They were upholding the Hypocritical Oath.

They should burn in Hell!  Happy days are coming soon. I will let you know when.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, July 26, 2013

COMMONALITIES

How are a 54-year-old Elementary School Principal, a 43-year-old Child Modeling Agent, and a 42-year-old former South Florida Gym Coach alike? Professionals? Yes. Mature Adults? Not necessarily.

They are all sexual predators of minor children. GASP! Hashtag: sad and sick!

Felon # 1 came from Texas to visit his parents and thought he was entering a  less than 16-year-old boy's home in Pompano for sexual favors. Alas, it was the detective he had been communicating with re the sexual rendezvous. Hopefully, he will get that in jail!

Felon # 2 was far more creative. He posed as Amanda, a 16 year old girl who would trade nude pics if the boys went first. Then the MF threatened that he (actually she) would post the nude pics and videos unless the boy would recruit his friends to video chat. He was arrested and released on bond. In 2008 he was arrested for voyeurism regarding a young boy. Hopefully, he too will go away for a long time.

Felon #3 was interested in girls—many very young ones! He was sentenced to 20 years in a place where no little girls go, but big boys, some of whom pose as girls, will enjoy his company.

It appears that child sexual abuse is at epidemic proportions sad to say. And it is hard to know whether a professional is truly that or a Sanduskyite in sheep's clothing. I can't even imagine how parents can protect their young from being taken advantage of.

As a psychologist, I understand the pathology of sexual addiction, and the compulsiveness which drives these men, and an occasional woman, to go against everything their professions and their lives represent. Yet, as a man and as a parent and grandparent, I cannot fathom what drives them to the brink of destruction of innocent children and  themselves.

And what don't they understand about detectives at the other end of email interactions, or children telling on them despite threats, etc. That is where compulsion overrides judgment and addiction overrides reality. Better they should drink!

Bye for Now,

bill

I JUST REALIZED

There are so many people on my fbook page who I don't know. How can they be my "friends" if we don't know one another? Should I defriend them? I surely don't want to reject and hurt feelings of people I don't know.

To make matters worse there seems to be an fbook envy phenomena, not unlike Freud's penis envy idea of the late 1800's. He posited that women wanted a penis. I never thought so! For fbook it is simpler. People(with or without a penis) want a trip to somewhere peaceful and pleasant.Research now shows that friends envy "friends" who are doing/living better than they are. Furthermore, this can cause depression, not only in mice, but in nice people! How can I envy someone I don't know?

My advice is to take fbook posts with a long grain of salt. If just about everyone is oh so happy, how come the masses are miserable? Maybe, just maybe, they don't do fbook.

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WEINER

seems to have knack for stepping on his weiner! Sad really, especially for his wife and family. He seems to need a support group—ITRA—Inappropriate Texting Relapse Anyonymous.

Do yourself and us a favor, Dude and step down—again!  All u r doing is handing late nite comics their best lines in a long time.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MY KINDA GUY

In yesterdays SS Sheneman's cartoon showed a "grim reaper" looking Spitzer saying "I need a plan to get voters to forget my sordid past..." Next to him stood Weiner carrying an Anthony Weiner for Mayor sign saying, "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."

Absolutely brilliant—the cartoonist that is! The candidates—they suck!!

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, July 15, 2013

Though I was not pleased by the almost predictable Zimmerman verdict, I was pleased that communities protested by marching instead of rioting.

I vividly remember the race riot of the 60's, when violence erupted in places like Harlem, Watts, Upstate NY and all across the nation.

We sure have come a long way BABY! Not necessarily when it comes to justice, but in terms of    voicing our feelings about injustices. And that my friends is a very good thing.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I JUST LOOKED AT FACEBOOK

I really need to barf!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, July 12, 2013

MORE HAMBURGER "HELPER"


Americans eat...48 billion hamburgers a year. That breaks down to 3 per week per person. I eat maybe 5 a year. Somebodies eating more than their fair share. If u r the one please raise your hand.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ray Kroc

didn't get into the hamburger business till he was 50+.

Before that he worked in a variety of jobs including:soda fountain worker, ambulance driver, stock-market board operator, cashier, paper cup salesman, radio DJ, milkshake maker and bordello piano player. He did well for a guy who couldn't hold a job!

As for the last position, if he were alive I would encourage him to run for office in NYC.

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

SOOOO

let me get this straight. Weiner is running for NYC Mayor. Spitzer is running for NYC Comptroller. I think it is time to bring in the infamous madam Heidi Fleiss as Vice Mayor.

At least the victory parties should be fun!

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, July 7, 2013

HOPE

that your weekend was peaceful and relaxing. Tomorrow reality dawns anew. Ready set, ready, ready...ready or not here comes life!

Hope it comes peacefully at you in the a.m.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I WISH YOU A MERRY AND A JOLLY 4th

May all of the fireworks be in the sky tomorrow!

May you enjoy at least 4 peaceful moments of calm and peace of mind.

May you hug someone whom you care about and

May they hug you back.

And may you gasp at fireworks, even though you have seen them many times before.

Finally, may we be proud of this great nation and its legacy, while sending a prayer skyward for those firefighter's in Az. who lost their lives protecting others, and another to all who were maimed or killed in the Middle East.

All of the above, is what July 4th is all about—at least in my view.

Bye For Now,

bill

Friday, June 28, 2013

LAUGHING MATTERS

The best thing the Sun Sentinel has done in many years is to quote the late night comedians in a column called "Late Night Humor."

After reading news that causes us to feel sad, mad, bad, it is a shot of good humor that can soothe the pain.

Here are some winners:

"In New York, the front-runner in the mayor's race is Anthony Weiner. Some say it is due to name recognition. Actually, I think a few people recognize more than his name."
—Conan O'Brien

Way to go Co. Ridickulous!!

"The Supreme Court has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Once someone explains this to me I am sure I will be thrilled about it."
—David Letterman

Good one Davie. Perhaps this means that marriage is indefensible!! I think you would agree. Sorry!

On the same subject Jay Leno said, "...What we need in this country is a marriage cap. You're allowed three and after that you are done."

Many would radically disagree Jay. For some it takes time to find a soul mate. Just ask....nope not going there!

Laugh a lot so u won't cry a little.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SEA SHELLS

can be a metaphor for our lives. Day before yesterday, the beach in Jupiter was littered with shells of all sizes, types, and colors. It was beautiful as were the sunny blue skies and aqua marine waters that gently kissed the shore.

Yesterday there were some shells, but not that many. Today hardly any. Like the tides and the shells, our lives shift day to day. Not every day is sunny and bright. But hopefully, things return to a better state quickly when not so positive shifts occur.

Intriguingly, it is hard to understand why the shells come and go as they do. Similarly, sometimes it is hard to know why our  lives shift as they do. But when it happens we just have to float.

I hope that your emotional beach is filled with beautiful shells, more often than not.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, June 24, 2013

JUST FOR GIGGLES

Why do anteaters never get sick?
Because they are full of little ant-ibodies.

A group of men at the office were talking when one said," In my house I am the boss, I say when the laundry is done, when the cooking is done, and when the dishes are washed." One of the other guys asked, "How long have you been married?" His response was, "Oh, I'm not married!"

The man approached a beautiful woman in a large supermarket and said, "I've lost my wife here in the supermarket. Can u talk to me for a couple of minutes?" "Why?" she asked. "Because every time I talk to a beautiful woman, my wife appears out of nowhere."

A woman applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove seemed way too qualified for the job. "Look Miss" said the foreman, "have you any actual experience picking lemons?" "Well, as a matter of fact Yes!" she replied. "I have been divorced 3 times."
 A little laughter each day is essential to your health, happiness, and harmony.

All from the little gem, the Orange Peel Gazette

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, June 21, 2013

WORE THE HEADBAND

and scored more than a third of the team points with double digit rebounds. These games were a metaphor of life in so many ways:

Never, never, never give up.

Do your very best and "play" your heart out.

Hang tough and at times, play rough—but not dirty.

Second is still pride worthy.

First is 80% sweat and skill, and 20% luck, and the way the ball bounces.

Getting to first is a long, grueling haul—it doesn't come easy.

And finally, the sportsmanship and mutual respect at the end of the game says a lot for character, and model how we need to treat those in our corner and those with whom we compete. That they went from warriors to huggers tells the tale.

Congrats HEAT!

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

BET YOU THOUGHT IS WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE

HEAT!!  Right u r. Just another game. No biggy, other than the fact that it seemed scripted by Hollywood and made for a most exciting event, and a future made for TV movie.

Personally, i think I am going to start wearing a headband, so that when it comes off, I too can become superhuman.

Game 7 should be interesting. I'm thinking home court advantage and all fired up from game 6 the Heat will prevail, even though they may not be the better team. Then again it's the Spurs "TURN!"

The real question in my mind is will Lebron wear a headband or leave it off so he can play well all four quarters? That frankly, would be a refreshing change.

I promise that as soon as game 7 is over I will get back to more human topics, including the top ten reasons President Obama's hair is turning gray.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, June 17, 2013

I THOUGHT I NAILED IT BUT

my family came down hard on yesterday's post. They used words like "harsh" and "aggressive" and the only word they seemed to like was HUMBUG!

So my sincere apologies to all those Facebook fanaddicts who took umbridge at my critical words. I meant no harm, and your babies and pets are adorable. And the meaningless events you write about are meaningful to you so why should I judge?

On yet another level of life i recommend the following books without reservation:

The Art of Racing In The Rain  by Garth Stein  The story is told by the family dog. Very meaningful words and creatively done.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See  Might be considered a chic book, but i really enjoyed it. Much about the strange and foreign customs and beliefs about 19th century China, the "abuse" of women, told in beautiful prose.

Bye for Now,

Bill

ps Can u please explain the Heat collapse last nite to me. The two teams seem to be taking greatness turns! Do the math and u know what that means. Spurs in 7. Tell me it ain't true Mr. James.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I HAVE COME TO THE UNFORTUNATE CONCLUSION THAT

Facebook is the techno-modern version of trivial pursuit. Nine out of ten posts have neither merit nor meaning, but to the poster.

Here are the worst offenders:

I know u love your kid but I don't need to see daily pics—unless they are of my grand kids!

I mostly don't care where u r and what u r doing, unless it is very special and meaningful.

I don't even get what "tagged" means as most of the time the person "tagged" doesn't appear in the pic??

It is not interesting to me that your friend's friend had a birthday party, bridal shower, wedding, etc. and i don't need to see all the pics as one of you is sufficient, if not overkill.

With only a few exceptions all those signs you post are silly.

The pics of anonymous animals are really boring.

The pics of named animals are really boring too.

Then of course, there are these write xyz in the box below and c what happens. It is amazing. Whenever i do that nothing happens!

If you are drunk and you know it don't post your pic for your Mom and Boss to see!

I am sincerely happy your 7 year old won his t ball game. Next time email me the video or call me with the highlights. I wish there was a symbol for putting your finger down your throat.

That you are playing a game over the internet intrigues me as much as if I knew you were moving your bowels. I am sure that post will be coming soon—hopefully without a pic.

And one last one. Why do I care that u r changing your profile pic, especially when u change it every third day.

HUMBUG! I am clearly an old fart who doesn't understand the modern way people waste time aka communicating. I would post the above, but fear all would defriend me and that rejection might just not hurt and then where would I be without my Fbook friends. Isolated, lonely, and without Trivial Pursuit!!

Finally, last nite my daughter-in-law posted that my grandson got the college dorm he wanted with a/c, on premise bathroom, cafeteria in the same building, and said, "What more could a Freshman ask for? I posted "A fresh women." She didn't respond. I guess i should have pressed like and have been done with it. Creativity fails on Fbook!


Bye For now,

bill


Saturday, June 15, 2013

AND A VERY, VERY HAPPY

Father's Day to all.

Bye for Now,

bill

AS A STUDENT OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

I keep wondering about the wide-ranging inconsistency of both the Heat and the Spurs. Clearly, in the scheme of life and important matters, the question is unimportant, but rarely in life does one see such bipolar displays of achievement, from one night to the next game—greatness followed by grossness followed by greatness.

Tonight on TV, Shane Battier was asked that very question. His response, and I  paraphrase was, To answer that we need Sigmund Freud, and I don't have his cell number! That was definitely a 3 pointer.

To avoid the next turn about, even more than Siggie, we need Wade to be back to being D. Wade, as he was in game 4. And no more "funks" for the big man on campus. The Heat need him to be bright- eyed and bushy-tailed, and just as strong  and aggressive as he was in game 4.

I think many of us peripheral fans, are more curious to see who shines, than care about who wins, blasphemous as that might sound. "Go high paid players!" seems an appropriate rallying cry for both teams. That is my tee shirt for Sunday nite.

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

THE QUESTION REMAINS

what do we do when inconsistency turns into mediocrity? It is an ago old question.

Time will tell!

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, June 10, 2013

WE ARE ALL VARIABLE CREATURES

What we learn from the twists and turns from game to game (think HEAT here) is that highly paid professional athletes are not machines. They are human and therefore have their ups and downs, get tired, stressed, sloppy, confused, make mistakes, win, lose and are subject to all of the variations and vicissitudes of living, like the rest of us.

And sometimes they make big mistakes that eventually catch up with them—just like many everyday people. As people at all levels of life we need to fill our "pride banks" and not add to our "shame and blame" accounts. I hope you do that today and everyday.

Bye for Now,
Bill

Friday, June 7, 2013

MINE MY DATA ALL YOU WANT BUT MIND MY PRIVACY

The posturing of politicians never ceases to amaze me. The front page news that NSA looks at phone and internet records created a fire storm of outraged indignation . Former Vice President Al Gore tweeted (there is something inherently wrong with those words) "In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous."

To me it is quite simple. If the government is checking up on me to see if I go to porn or gambling sites (which, by the way, I do not Big or little Brother or Sister), I feel that is an invasion of my privacy, counter to the constitution, and a waste of our tax dollars.

If, however, they are checking up to make sure I am not conspiring to hurt other Americans, though still a waste of time and money, mine all you want. My tweet would be, "In digital era privacy must be respected, but anti-terrorism tactics must explore and exploit all possible sources and resources." I think that is too many letters for a tweet, but let's see if they catch me!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

WILL THE MIAMI HEAT STAND UP AND IDENTIFY THEMSELVES

Not easy to understand the inconsistency of play, but happy they won handily tonight.

GO HEAT!

Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, May 30, 2013

SO GLAD I COVERED MYSELF

by saying I wasn't a sports pundit. Happy for my prediction to be wrong.
I think they got the big guy in the gonads, or at least double teaming the heck out of him seemed to work.
I think I will stick to mindly matters from now on. Then again will they win in Indiana? Stay tuned. I need to consult a sports pundit.

Bye for Now,

bill

ps Don't u find the repetitive commercials a bore?
pps As u can tell, I am feeling better from my "just a cold!"

I AM NOT A SPORTS PUNDIT

so I hope I am wrong, but i fear the Heat will lose tonight. They have not played like champs consistently this series and the 7 foot 2 guy just shovels them in like a machine. I say, hit him in the gonads—discreetly! Come to think of it, I think they tried that already.

That said, GO HEAT!

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

FROM THE ORANGE PEEL GAZETTE

the following funnies:

When a woman says "don't worry about it," you better worry about it.

I got this motor home for my wife..It was the best deal I ever made.

A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it because the thief was spending less than his wife did.

And remember, "A laugh is a smile that bursts."
                            —Mary H. Waldrip

Keep smiling and laughing no matter what.

Bye for Now,

Bill

IT IS DEFINITELY NOT ENCOURAGING

when your doctor says, "I've had the same virus you have for two months now!"

Hoping it is bacterial and the z pack will help.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, May 26, 2013

TOMORROW

Let us remember those who have given their lives to defend our nation and our freedom.

Let us also remember Newtown Conn, the Boston Marathon, and those in Moore Oklahoma. So much tragedy—so senselessly.

Prayers as well for Cindy. She fought a long, hard Cancerville battle, with strength, courage, dignity and positivism. Sometimes that isn't quite enough to go the distance, but more than enough to keep going till the end.She is en route to Heaven tonight.

As Bernie Siegel, M.D., says "It's not about dying as we will all die.It is about how we live our life and how well we rise to the challenges." That is undeniably true. Strength to us all.


Bye for now,

bill

Saturday, May 25, 2013

MY "JUST" A COLD

continues to attack. Heading to doc Tuesday to see about antibiotic, although people I have met with this, talk about it lasting for weeks.

Do your best to avoid this bug and have a peaceful and pleasant holiday weekend.

DRIVE SAFE and SOBER!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I READ TODAY

that Rep. Anthony Weiner of NYC of weiner texting fame, has learned his lesson and...is going to run for Mayor of NYC. REALLY?

I try really hard to not be judgmental, BUT in my mind, public officials need to be held to a higher standard than everyday folk. If someone in a power position betrays public trust while displaying piss poor judgment and sophomoric immaturities unbecoming a responsible adult, then their best shot should be as a partime correspondent on Fox news or the equivalent. Do you hear that General?

How's that for not being judgmental?

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PRAYERS TO THOSE IN OAKLAHOMA

 and other states that have been hit hard by furious storms.

Mother Nature can be a MF terrorist who hurts, mames, and kills innocent people.

Life is life threatening at times, and this is one of them.

Bye for Now,

bill

STILL RECOVERING FROM MY

"just a cold" that has just been kicking my butt.

But I read an article in the AARP magazine that cites a research study that claims that most people lie an average of 11 times a week. That seemed very high to me. Of interest was that in a 10 week study, people reported feeling better mentally and physically when they lied less.

This raised 3 questions in my mind:
  How do the researchers know that those who reported lying less were telling the truth?
  How do they know that they were being honest about feeling better, especially those who were
  lying about lying less.
  Have I been lying more lately, which is why I am feeling like crapolla?

I honestly don't know! TRUTH!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, May 17, 2013

AFTER ALL The SCHLEPPING

I came down with a  nasty head cold. But a cold is just a cold. Compared to the difficult and demanding stories Ronnie and I heard in Cancerville, it ain't nothin but a nuisance.

The old joke is that on average a cold lasts a week. if you take over the counter meds, it should run about 7 days.

Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, May 16, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING

"Practice safe eating—always use condiments."

Four little words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd.: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.

—A. Louis Vickery

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BEEN ON THE ROAD AGAIN

but finally home. Grandson's signing a letter of commitment for his football scholarship was today. Crazy grandparents drove 9 hours back and forth for a 10 minute (or was it nine) ceremony. Pride bank deposits all the way.

Hope you have some to report too.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, May 9, 2013

MY HONOR

to be at the stupidcancer.org radio show on Monday nite in Manhattan. Even had a chance to say a few words so if you go to the following link you can hear informative interviews re triple negative breast cancer by Matthew Zachary, Annie and Kenny.


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stupidcancershow/2013/05/07/triple-negative-breast-cancer

Bye for Now, 

Bill

Monday, May 6, 2013

I HOPE THAT

tomorrow is a peaceful and pleasant day for you.

Bye for Now

bill

Friday, May 3, 2013

IT'S RAINY SEASON HERE IN STOWE VT

BUT SOMEONE FORGOT TO TELL THE WEATHER GOD WHO GAVE US A SUNNY BLUE SKY BEAUTIFUL DAY. SEE  CANCERVILLE.COM FACEBOOK PAGE FOR PIC.

MY WORKSHOP WENT WELL AND 50 OR SO PEOPLE NOW KNOW WHAT "DAMSTRONG!" MEANS AND HOW TO BETTER ACHIEVE THAT STATE OF MIND.

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, May 2, 2013

OFF TOMORROW

to Stowe VT to speak at another cancer workshop.

Hope to be back up on a regular basis once we return. Can't tell u when that will be in case the burglars of the world monitor this blog. Who me paranoid? Certainly.

And if u come near my house, watch out for the pit bulls and the poision frogs!

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, April 29, 2013

MY LOYAL FOLLOWING HAS BEEN CLAMORING

for words of wisdom, or, for that matter any words. I was in Las Vegas till this am when we returned on a red eye. And our eyes were very red!

We were there for me to speak at the OMG STUPID CANCER SUMMIT for those patients under 40 and their "heart and soul givers."

It was  a heart warming and heart wrenching experience. So many young people suffering so.

We made friends and I'd like to believe we made a difference. That is really all we can do. And, if you haven't donated to my Relay for Life Team it is not too late. So far we are just shy of $6k

Bye for Now

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NEED TO GET TO LIGHTER AND BRIGHTER SPACE

It is lovely that every nite my wife can skype with my beautiful miracle granddaughter, and read her Goodnight Moon. My roll is after "whispering" to say HUSH.

Interesting to me how children of that age enjoy repetition.Then again, perhaps that never completely goes away.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, April 20, 2013

THOUGH

I am relieved that the perps are no longer a threat or danger, but I feel no consolation. In an eye for an eye there is no equity.

As information comes in, it makes even less sense than the hypotheses previously held. The "Brothers Karamazov," had every reason to love America, seemed to reflect that by their actions, and ultimately betrayed us in the most cowardly of ways. A boxer and a wrestler had neither character, nor courage! May they rot in fucking HELL! They had NO right and didn't deserve our support or shelter.

And what good does the memorial do growing bigger and bigger at the finish line, which has now become literal? Innocent people were finished there. The runner's glory became gory in a flash.

And let's not forget the Texans near Waco. They took an even larger hit and my paranoia can't help but wonder if that was an industrial accident or yet another form of April terrorism.

The old ditty was "April showers bring May flowers." It starts to seem that those flowers are going to the grave sites of innocents throughout the world.

When is enough is enough?

Prayers to the victims and their families of yet more  insanity. If you are listening God, we need you now more than ever. But I have come to realize you need us more than ever too.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I DO MY DARNDEST

to stay upbeat, positive, and optimistic and write about that in my blogs.

But when the world falls into the center of a deep, dark hole, such as occurred in Boston, I cannot find inspiring words when all covered with perspiring feelings.

I could not begin to imagine what it felt like to be a Newtown parent whose child was robbed of life by a lunatic in a micro second of time. And I am a pretty good imaginer. Nor can I imagine how a father feels having crossed the finish line triumphantly, only to lose a son, have a daughter lose a leg or perhaps two, and a wife with brain injuries, all in a micro second of time, that will forever stand still, for him and all of us.

Horrified, once again, I am. It, sad to say, is becoming a regular occurrence. What it shows is that gun control is only one small piece of the puzzle. Human control seems totally out of control and I'm not sure we can do much about that!

Bye for Now,

bill


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ALL DAY

I have been thinking about the Boston Marathon turning into the Boston Massacre. And all day, I have written blogs in my head and serially rejected them.
Not that long ago I wrote about the increasing violence in my community, our country and the world. And it just keeps getting worse.
The story about the young boy who carried a peace sign last year, dying this year blew me away. OMG he was just there to hug his dad at the finish line and he was finished.
I just don't know what to say or think.
But next I see an unattended back pack, I do know who to call.
We live in a world that gets scarier by the day. Nothing is sacred or safe anymore. That which is iconic and that which is quintessential is now a TARGET!
God bless those who lost lives or were injured. God bless us all!

bye for now,

bill

Monday, April 15, 2013

WHAT CAN I POSSIBLY SAY!

Boston, OMG, senseless seems to b the name of the game!

We live in  painfully crazy times and our challenge is to somehow remain sane.

Bye for Now,
bill

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SO I STARTED TO WRITE MY 'ONLY IN SOUTH FLORIDA' BLOG

I had a cop in my sights who sold dope on the side, and two teachers who seemed to be dopes, and more bad news than i would ever want to share and then I thought, "Why are you doing this?"

This blog is supposed to spread cheer and hope most of the time—not DOPE! And why exactly would you want to piss on your hometown? Really?

So I will only post a 'Only in South Florida' when it is good news.

Don't hold your breath, but we can pray!!

Bye for now,

bill

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CONTRADICTORY WORDS


Any time things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.
—Shirley Chisholm

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
—Abraham Lincoln

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, April 7, 2013

I'M STARTING A NEW SUBSECTION

It will be called "Only in South Florida." Since moving here in '73 I've noticed a tendency for things good, bad and worse to happen here. The sun doesn't always shine on us, but let me start with a positive story.

A 5 year old Oakland Park girl was walking on her window sill when she fell out of her bedroom window—from the 7th floor!! She is in intensive care, but she survived. Only in South Florida!

Bye for now,

bill

Friday, April 5, 2013

PSYCHOLOGY LOST A LEADER and A LEGEND LAST WEEK

Dr. Nate Azrin passed from cancer at 82.

He was one of the most cited psychologists in the world. Professor Emeritus at Nova Southeastern University (where my career began in 1973) he published more than 100 studies and received numerous awards and honors. He is credited with inventing "time outs." for kids, among so many other cognitive-behavioral tools.

He was married for 60 years, had four wonderful children,  and had a passion for dancing, when he wasn't being a powerfully influential psychologist.

The only thing that bothered me about the Sun Sentinel obit was that they referred to him as Mr. Azrin over and over. Folks, we Ph.D.s have earned our titles too, but rather than call me Mr. call me Bill, if you prefer.

Rest in peace DR. Azrin. You have done well—very well, and have left a legacy of which to be proud.

Bye for Now,

Bill

IF YOU ARE IN THE WEEDS

it's time to plant some seeds that will grow into giant beanstalks—sooner than later.

Bye for now,

bill

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pleased to Report

that I have finished the book "The I'm Not Only a Cancer Patient I'm a Survivor Workbook for Adults." It came out far better than I imagined. It will b dedicated to all the people I know who have passed from cancer. They tried so hard, but sometimes cancer can be harder.

That is why i haven't posted much these days as I have been in addict writer mode..

Hope u r well and THIF. Though I don't know why I care cause everyday is a work day for me. The robot within lives.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, March 31, 2013

THE OPTIMIST VS. THE PESSIMIST

The pessimist says "Florida had 3 teams in the final 16 and none of them made it into the final four."

The optimist says "OMG 3 teams made it into the main events from Florida. That is amazing and good, especially when one of them was Florida Gold Coast.

You pick who you B!

 Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, March 30, 2013

An 87 Year Old College Student



The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.
I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me
with a smile that lit up her entire being.
She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.
“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”
“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the
next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine”
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was
introduced and stepped up to the podium.
As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell
you what I know.”
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop
playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.
You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing
older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.
If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets.
The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those
with regrets.”
She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died
peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s
never too late to be all you can possibly be.
These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
OPTIONAL.
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give."

Friday, March 29, 2013

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

for the Jewish people for Passover and for the Gentiles for Easter coming day after tomorrow.

May everyone enjoy a peaceful, happy, and family filled celebration.

Whatever your religion, it is all about love, peace of mind, and hope for the future.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING

Yesterday is a cancelled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promisory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash. Use it.

—Edwin Bliss


Must be his last name!

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A WHILE AGO I SAID

that being in the weeds is when you don't have time to update your "to do" list.

Really being in the weeds is when you don't recall what a "to do" list is.

But all of my weeds are happy and celebratory ones. They just block my "robot' from his list!!

Bye for now,
Bill

Friday, March 22, 2013

WORDS WORTH LOL ABOUT


TO ERR IS HUMAN, BUT TO REALLY FOUL THINGS UP REQUIRES A COMPUTER.


THE GREATEST DANGER IN MODERN TECHNOLOGY ISN'T THAT MACHINES WILL BEGIN TO THINK LIKE PEOPLE, BUT THAT PEOPLE WILL BEGIN TO THINK LIKE MACHINES.

—John Manning

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

FINALLY SOMEONE LISTENED TO MY BLOG

I believe it was after the movie theater shootings that I suggested that the perps shoot themselves first NOT last!

The dude at UCF plotting murders of mass destruction with guns and bombs did exactly that. Don't get me wrong. I do feel sad for his family and friends. But at least he spared so many other innocent people from a needless tragedy.

When in doubt get help. When help doesn't work shoot yourself first, if you must shoot at all!

I go to a memorial service on Thursday for a woman whose husband never read my blog. He shot her first and him second. I kid you not. Wrong order. She was a very good woman and will be missed by many. He, on the other hand, will not be missed by any.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, March 17, 2013

FROM THE SAME BOOK AND AUTHOR

"All trust has limits. And it has to be constantly earned."

TRUTH!

Bye for Now,

bill

LINE FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS

"Actually you will come to see that D.C. is just one big conspiracy."

 —David Baldacci
     "Hell's Corner"

And here I thought it was just one big happy family working together for the good of us all! LIFE TRULY IS STRANGER THAN FICTION!

BYE FOR NOW,

BILL

Saturday, March 16, 2013

HOPE YOU HAVE

a pleasant, peaceful, fulfilling weekend doing things you enjoy.

Hope I do too!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, March 15, 2013

DID YOU EVER NOTICE

that when the outside of an envelope says VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT....... it rarely is?

And I also notice that I rarely get anything important via snail mail. Technology has destroyed or seriously weakened so many long standing entities—the post office, travel agencies, book stores, the yellow pages just to name a few.

The advances that have been made in my lifetime amaze me, BUT don't get me wrong. I am still pissed about the traffic ticket I got via technology, for being on the yellow side of a traffic light.


Bye For Now,
Bill

Thursday, March 14, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind it doesn't matter.

—Mark Twain

Saturday, March 9, 2013

HEADING AWAY FROM CYBER SPACE AGAIN

Laughter is an instant vacation.

—Milton Berle

If you remember Uncle Milty, not to mention the men from Texaco, raise your hand! If you do, this means you are older than you ever cared to be!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

THEY LET ME BACK INTO CYBERSPACE FOR A BRIEF VISIT

Fascinating article in Time Magazine special report called "Why Medical Bills are Killing Us."

A few of the facts:

Nonprofit hospitals make significant profits

Hospital CEOs of 10 hospitals earn from 2.1 million to 5.9 million a year

The price of an appendectomy in US averages $13k. In Europe $2-3k. Argentina $1000

If i need one, I am going to Argentina. I would save $12 grand and be able to drink their great wines.

Check out the article as it is worth the read.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, March 3, 2013

WISE WORDS

When something bad happens you have 3 choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

I vote for door #3!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

ps  May be in a no wifi zone this week. Only have my phone access. No worries if you don't hear the sound of my keys typing or see any further updates.


Friday, March 1, 2013

NOT A BIGGIE

But does anyone know why General Schwarzkopf died 12/27/12 and was buried 2/28/13? Seems like a very long wake.

Bye For Now,

Bill

ON BEING IN THE WEEDS

You kinda know you are in the weeds when you don't even have time to put things on your "to do" list!

These days, that is where I am. Hope to get back to balance real soon. You too!

Bye for Now,

Bill
 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

TOMORROW NITE

Jake The Snake, leukemia survivor, skates out onto the ice with his heroes The NY Rangers, to sing the National Anthem with them.

Jake, together with his twin brother and best friend, Chase, overcame leukemia a few years ago. Chase The Ace was a perfect bone marrow match and saved the day.

Their story and my emails with their father Rob, inspired my book for heart and soul givers.

I am confident that Jake will skate "DAMSTRONG!"

Bye For Now,

Bill

SORRY

to all who feared the worst for me, but I was away and did not have access to the internet. Yes, I know I could have gone to Starbucks but i don't drink coffee. Or I could have gone to McDonald's but I try not to eat that stuff or any other wifi friendly fast food junk.

In any event, I am back and hoping your days I missed have gone well and and your weekend goes even better.

There is a man fighting leukemia whose wife contacted me and I ask that you send prayers in Ron's direction at MSK.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, February 22, 2013

YEARS AGO I SAID

It is not paranoid to be paranoid these days.

Sad to say, now more than ever that is true.

That said, let us hold onto hope and optimism, while being cautious and watching our backs. It is a cakewalk and balancing act between being positive and proactive and being protective.

And no, we don't have to wear a holster and gun just yet, but there are times it is a scary, but tempting option.

Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, February 21, 2013

LET'S MAKE EVERYDAY A GOOD DAY

If we made every day Friday there would be no reason to TGIF!

Bye For  Now,

Bill

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING

The sign says, "A candle does not lose anything by lighting another candle."

Short, sweet and to the point. Let us each be that candle, lighting the way for others following behind.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A QUOTE WORTH READING

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

—Evan Esar

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

should be against the law for obvious reasons.

But for political reasons it will be up for approval in the Florida Legislature again—for the fifth time. This despite texting while driving being equated to driving blind for 5 seconds or driving after 4 beers. It is also about 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.

Florida is only one of five states that do not ban texting while driving.  Isn't it time we come into the 21st century?

Please text your legislators—just not while you are behind the wheel!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tele-Tickets!


I haven't had a driving ticket in over 40 years.  A while ago, a video camera said I jumped a light. I said bs and had an attorney defend me. We lost. I now have to pay $190.

First of all, I believe these cameras are unconstitutional. Second, we all know that machines do err. Third, I have noticed that traffic lights are NOT all created equal and some give fair warning and some make you stop on a dime.

The latter had me riled all rainy day today. I kept slamming on my brakes to avoid another ticket when the light quickly turned yellow, at the risk of skidding and being part of an accident.

Though I love technologies benefits, I do not like when it is used against the average citizen—especially me.

Big brother is watching and doesn't always play fair. And we have little to no recourse. I think I'm gonna sit right down and write somebody a letter, but as my grandma would say "gournish helfin." It will not help. After all, our great law people, can't even pass a law regarding texting while driving, but they will nail you and me over a fraction of a second.

More about that next week.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, February 15, 2013

AS MY WIFE CAN ATTEST

I have never been a great fan of V day. It has always felt a bit contrived, a Hallmark and other vendor moment, and a national "love" day that disappears all too rapidly. The latter can amount to little more than buying some flowers, a card, or chocolates and be done with it rather routinely and matter of factly!

In the  February Parklander Magazine, I wrote an article called "Making Everyday Valentine's Day." That, to me, holds much more meaning.

So, I hope your V day was pleasant, warm, and loving. Now keep it going forward the other 364 days of the year! If you do, you won't have to buy a card in 2014. You will have made a beautiful one all year long!

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

IT IS A POWERFUL FOOTNOTE TO OUR DEMOCRACY

and commitment to equality that the face of the Democratic Party is African American and the face of the Republican Party is Hispanic.

Now, if we could all just work together no matter what the party, and move our country forward, that would be huge indeed.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SO I FIBBED

when I said that there would be no more politico comments. But there is a much bigger fibber than me.

For those local you are aware of the Atkins-Grad disaster in Tamarac. Patte Atkins-Grad is a (was a hopefully soon) City Commissioner in Tamarac Fl. She was indicted on accepting bribes from real estate developers to vote on approving their plans, which she did. Though the briber's testified against her, she was found innocent, reinstated in her position by the Governor, and paid all back monies due, including her defense attorney's fees.

Her defense was that she was "incompetent but not corrupt" and didn't understand the implications of their payoffs. DUH!!

The good news is that a group of devoted Tamarac residents have collected enough signatures to oust her from her commission chair and into an assisted living facility or wherever people who don't know the difference between a bribe and a gift go.

Frankly, I think they go to Hell, but that is a whole nother story.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, February 11, 2013

ONE MALE'S OPINION ON THE MAIL

I don't think anyone will fret that Saturday's mail will soon be a thing of the past. I mean like 80% of my snail mail is junk mail anyway.

However, this latest change reminds us that our new world order has impacted so many areas. Where have all the travel agents gone? I recently canceled my yellow page ad realizing what a waste it was. Despite the proliferation of brick and mortar banks, so much is now done over the net, not to mention that book stores have bit the dust. Who would have thunk that I tunes is an 8 billion dollar annual business? And did anyone of my generation ever imagine Facetime, Skype, Texts, etc.

The face of the world has changed so much. Our communication is so much more efficient. Yet people still don't respond to my emails.  I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter! Not sure it will be delivered—especially on a Saturday!


Bye For Now,

bill

Sunday, February 10, 2013

APPROPOS OF YESTERDAYS COMMENT

here is a quote from Time Magazine: " Is Washington so polarized and dysfunctional that it will not be able to find a way to pass any compromise package on these—or other—issues?"

This to me is unacceptable and I can't imagine anyone—Dem or GOP—who sees this as an appropriate way to govern and guide our strong nation. I think politicians should be voted for who promote compromise and cooperation and those who only want divisiveness and political exploitation need to get the boot.

Okay! No more political blogs.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, February 9, 2013

TIRED

of reading articles explaining, defending or debasing the political climate in the USofA.

We need to be a team united for the common good of the common person whatever the party.

In fact, a party suggests a happy celebration, not a country divided unto itself. Let us celebrate that we all want the same things for our country—peace, harmony, equity, and you fill in the blank________.

Frankly, Marco is not the solution, but just a small part of the answer.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, February 8, 2013

SUNNY SKIES BEGET SUNNY MINDS

As the North East braces for "the worst blizzard in 100 years" following  the worst hurricane there, let us be grateful for the wonderful weather we enjoy for free.

South Florida certainly has its issues at times, but as far as the weather in winter is concerned, we who live here are very fortunate indeed!

This said as my wife is being snowed in in NYC! Maybe when she returns she will dislike Ft. Lauderdale less. Then again, maybe not!

Have a peaceful weekend.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

DID YOU EVER CONTEMPLATE

the miracle of creating a child? We all arrived that way. It is truly amazing.

No matter the toil of your life, enjoy the fact that you are here. Do your best to make the most of it.


Bye For Now,

bill

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Don't know who said that, but ain't that the truth.

Make this week— gratitude week— and reflect from your heart about all that you have for which to be thankful, despite the challenges and difficulties.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, February 3, 2013

SUPERBOWL

Game great
Lighting questionable
Commercials uninterpretable, violent, or just plain silly! A waste of millions.

Bye for now,

Bill

Friday, February 1, 2013

WELCOME TO BOCA

land of opportunity and opportunism!

So my friend told me her purse was stolen from her car when she was shopping at Publix there. I assumed it was a smash and grab. NOOO!!

She put her groceries in the car along with her pocketbook. She went to put the cart in the space provided rather than just leave it there. In the brief moments she was gone someone opened her car door and grabbed her purse so fast that she did not see anything wrong.

Wasn't till she got in her car that she noticed her purse was missing.

Moral 1: Leave the cart and head for the hills!

Moral 2: Return the cart to its proper place after you have used your key pad to lock the doors!

Moral 3: Those out there aren't always good people!

Which is why, even when I go for gas, I lock my doors.

Watch your back and your car doors.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

12 YEARS AGO OR SO

I noticed and wrote about the world not working so well anymore.

It is worse than ever so buyer be ware, look over your shoulder, read every word in your contract and have a lawyer on retainer. I am NOT a gun person, but carrying one for protection is an interesting question to research and ponder.

Much as I try to be optimistic about life, life let's me down. More specifically, too many people let me down.

My philosophy of Realistic Optimism makes sense. When it is realistic be optimistic. When it is not realistic protect your butt.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DID U EVER NOTICE THAT

mail marked important, urgent or DO NOT DISCARD is usually junk mail and mail that is low key and nondescript is usually very important.

I wonder if this tells us something about people too?

What do you think? I think so! You may recall the saying "Still waters run deep."  And there is another one that goes something like this "Noisy brooks are shallow."

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, January 28, 2013

WORDS WORTH READING


When you are following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.

—Shakti Gawain


Take it from me, that distinction dissolving can be both a blessing and a curse.


Bye for Now,

Bill aka The Robot

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ONE MORE LAUGH


Why are married women sometimes heavier than single women?

Single women come home, see what's in the fridge and go to bed. Married women come home, see what's in the bed, and they go to the fridge.

I didn't write that, just quoting! But the funny thing about some jokes is that they are not that far off from the truth!

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ANOTHER JOKE FROM ORANGE PEEL GAZETTE


A couple was sleeping. The wife had a bad dream and woke up crying and scared.
Her husband comforted her and asked why she cried.
She replied " I had a dream that a very rich and handsome man kidnapped me from you."
Husband said, "Honey, it's okay it was just a dream."
Wife responded loudly, "That is why I am crying."

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

UNLIKE THE BEATLES I DON'T WANT TO

"Hold Your Hand"

I have given up shaking hands for flu season and perhaps permanently.

I have never fully understood the tradition. If you google its origins it dates back to the 5th century BC. It was used to show the other guy that the hands contained no weapons.

In today's world it seems to be more about friendship and honor, as it is not so easy to hide an Uzi. Then again, I have shaken hands with many people who betrayed my trust and dishonored themselves. A handshake is not exactly what it once was.

But hands do contain weapons, namely germs. I think fist bumps make more sense—especially during flu season. I simply say, "I am not shaking hands these days. Please don't take it personally. Here's a fist bump instead."

By all means, follow my lead. Okay, let's shake on that—NO WAY!!


Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, January 21, 2013

THIS WEEKS A JOKE!

The following hit home:

"I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to exercise everyday. I'm going on a diet and stick to it... Hey is that cake?"

"I'm going to open a gym called 'Resolutions.' For the first two weeks of the year it's a gym, the rest of the year it's a bar."

"My doctor told me to watch my drinking... Now I drink in front of a mirror."

"Alcohol doesn't make you FAT...It makes you LEAN... Against tables, chairs, walls, etc."


Hope you can stick to your resolutions this time around, cause if you don't you may not be around this time next year. Hope I can too! I really want to be here.

Bye For Now,

bill

Saturday, January 19, 2013

APPROPOS OF YESTERDAY'S POST

Though I kibitzed yesterday about the guy answering "right away"that was the clue that should have alerted me. I didn't get a recording that said, "Thank you for calling Yahoo customer service. Press 1... Press 2... etc. Your wait time is 12 minutes.

The SOB answered right away with "How Can I Help You?" That was a red flag that I missed. Hope you don't.

Bottom line was all I needed to do was change my Yahoo password. For that he was going to charge me $299.95. May the bird of paradise," as Johnny used to say, "defecate on his head!"

By the way, my new password is.....NO WAY! I learn from my lessons. Hope you do too.


Bye for Now,

bill