I use my blog for “keyboard therapy” as I like to call it. Started out mostly airing my pet peeves of life on planet earth but have written on some serious topics as well, mostly in defense of Mother Nature who I believe is on the verge of revolting against the human inhabitants of her planet.

It’s All Al Gore’s Fault

It’s All Al Gore’s Fault

It’s All Al Gore’s Fault

Today there were 3 terrorist related attacks on 3 different continents:
Europe – a factory outside of Lyon, France.
Africa – a beach resort in Tunisia.
Asia – a mosque in Kuwait.
As I write this, the total death toll is over 60 people, and I can help but wonder if these attacks are somehow related. Is the timing just to close to be a coincidence?

It’s no secret that terrorist organizations have been using one very valuable tool to gain new recruits and to spread the evil word of their causes. That tool is the internet and who invented the internet? Al Gore did, at least according to Al Gore. So if the internet equals terrorism, and Al Gore invented the internet, it only stands to reason that Al Gore is to blame for the rapid rise of all these terrorist groups.

OK, so I’m being facetious. Al Gore did not invent the internet, but the reality is that terrorists groups are certainly using the internet to spread their own very vicious brand of evil throughout the world. As much good as we all think comes from the internet, all the information that is at our fingertips, our ability to constantly stay in touch, and all the other benefits that this technology affords us, the reality could very well be that the world might be a much safer place without the internet.

It kind of reminds me of that Monsanto commercial. The one where they tell us that “without chemicals, life itself would be impossible.” Oh really…but what about the damage those chemicals have caused and continue to cause? Just think about all the bad side effects many chemicals have been known to cause, and the deaths associated with the use of these products that were once considered safe and essential. PCBs, DDT, Saccharin, GMOs and many more. They were thought to be a benefit for all humanity. However, reality was quit different. For many folks who used and/or were exposed to these chemicals, they brought death, not life.

Could the same be said for the internet? For all the good it does, look at the death that can be traced to terrorist groups that use the internet to their benefit (if you can call it that). So as much I love the internet, am addicted to the internet, use the internet both personally and professionally, I can’t help but think the internet is a big part of the spread of global terrorism. How’s that for an inconvenient truth?

Cleavage Daze

Posted by: on Jun 30, 2015 | No Comments

Cleavage Daze

Without seeming to be a complete sexist or pervert or gawker or groper…what the hell is with women and their cleavage? I understand you have it, and some of you are overly proud of it, but do you have to show it off so openly? What’s a guy to do? Ignore it completely?

Earlier this week I was in Shop Rite. Standing at the deli counter were 2 women – I’m thinking mom and daughter.  Neither of them were in what one consider good shape, although mom was certainly in better shape than her offspring  – the daughter should have been hitting the salad bar…not the deli counter.  They were certainly both zaftig (another great Yiddish word which is used to describe a woman’s ample body type), dressed in black stretchy pants, black tank tops, and major league push-up bras that pushed up their assets into a cavernous cleavage. They weren’t hiding much.

I always wonder what women are thinking when they show off their wares like that. Do they want people to stare at their chests because it’s pretty hard to avoid? And this is not a random occurrence. Woman show off their cleavage all the time, in all sorts of places, including certain times and certain places where it’s completely inappropriate.

Imagine if a man walked around, showing off his package in a something like this.

Yes, this is an actual underwear photo.

It would be hard not to stare, wouldn’t it? And a women’s cleavage is a lot closer to eye level than whatever this guy is showing, so if you were staring, it would be a bit more obvious. But you don’t see guys walking around with their junk in skin tight package. Bad enough some guys still wear Speedos to the beach. Imagine what life would be like if seeing a guy in extra tight undies were the same as seeing a woman in a super push-up bra. Not appealing.

So ladies, if you like having a conversation eye to boobs instead of eye-to-eye, go right ahead and keep on flashing those ta-tas at us. But with all these equal rights movements going on these daze, don’t be surprised if some guys decide to show off their nuts, just to claim equality with your boobs.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s All Al Gore’s Fault

It’s All Al Gore’s Fault

Posted by: on Jun 26, 2015 | One Comment

It’s All Al Gore’s Fault

Today there were 3 terrorist related attacks on 3 different continents:
Europe – a factory outside of Lyon, France.
Africa – a beach resort in Tunisia.
Asia – a mosque in Kuwait.
As I write this, the total death toll is over 60 people, and I can help but wonder if these attacks are somehow related. Is the timing just to close to be a coincidence?

It’s no secret that terrorist organizations have been using one very valuable tool to gain new recruits and to spread the evil word of their causes. That tool is the internet and who invented the internet? Al Gore did, at least according to Al Gore. So if the internet equals terrorism, and Al Gore invented the internet, it only stands to reason that Al Gore is to blame for the rapid rise of all these terrorist groups.

OK, so I’m being facetious. Al Gore did not invent the internet, but the reality is that terrorists groups are certainly using the internet to spread their own very vicious brand of evil throughout the world. As much good as we all think comes from the internet, all the information that is at our fingertips, our ability to constantly stay in touch, and all the other benefits that this technology affords us, the reality could very well be that the world might be a much safer place without the internet.

It kind of reminds me of that Monsanto commercial. The one where they tell us that “without chemicals, life itself would be impossible.” Oh really…but what about the damage those chemicals have caused and continue to cause? Just think about all the bad side effects many chemicals have been known to cause, and the deaths associated with the use of these products that were once considered safe and essential. PCBs, DDT, Saccharin, GMOs and many more. They were thought to be a benefit for all humanity. However, reality was quit different. For many folks who used and/or were exposed to these chemicals, they brought death, not life.

Could the same be said for the internet? For all the good it does, look at the death that can be traced to terrorist groups that use the internet to their benefit (if you can call it that). So as much I love the internet, am addicted to the internet, use the internet both personally and professionally, I can’t help but think the internet is a big part of the spread of global terrorism. How’s that for an inconvenient truth?

Dear Mr. Wireless Company President

Dear Mr. Wireless Company President

Posted by: on Jun 23, 2015 | No Comments

DEAR MR. WIRELESS COMPANY PRESIDENT

I’m a bit annoyed at my wireless carrier, so I’ve decided to write their president a letter. I’m not going to reveal exactly which wireless carrier I’m dealing with, but I’m pretty sure that they are all pretty much the same, and somewhere in the back of mind I keep hearing my ComLaw professor describing the whole libel/slander thing (not

Ira The Wedding Officiant

Ira The Wedding Officiant

Posted by: on Jun 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

Kim & Ben’s Wedding.
“I now pronounce you man and wife.”

Ira The Wedding Officiant

Add one more title to my ever expanding job list – Ira Berkowitz, Wedding Officiant. Yup, that really happened. I still

30 Years And On

30 Years And On

Posted by: on Jun 9, 2015 | 2 Comments

One of our all time favorite photos. Apple picking in CNY, fall 1982 (before the photographer became the king of selfies)

30 YEAR AND ON

Yes, today’s my anniversary…or should I say today is our 30th anniversary. 30 years ago today, Linda and I were married. Honestly, seems like yesterday. Well maybe last week.

Bruce Into Caitlyn Daze

Bruce Into Caitlyn Daze

Posted by: on Jun 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

Wondering what Belushi would do if he were alive today.

Bruce Into Caitlyn Daze

Today’s disclaimer: I’m not homophobic, I’m not anti LGBT. I’m actually very progressive when it comes to these things. I’ve had gay colleagues, gay friends, gay fraternity brothers (one who we all knew was gay before he did), gay clients, gay neighbors, gay clergy. I’m

How Many Sins Can Jesus Take

How Many Sins Can Jesus Take

Posted by: on May 28, 2015 | One Comment

How Many Sins Can Jesus Take

And (once again) I know I’m going to hell for this one!

Major Major Disclaimer: Hey everyone, I’m Jewish. Not in any way shape or form a Christian…although I do think that many times I’m more “Christian” than many folks who do call themselves Christians.  Those would be the folks who wage war, kill, have turned

But First Moments

Posted by: on May 26, 2015 | One Comment

But First Moments

M*A*S*H Season 1
The Army Navy Game

There’s a really great episode of M*A*S*H from Season 1 entitled “The Army-Navy Game.” In this episode, everyone is glued to the radio listening to the big game, until a barrage of artillery leaves an unexploded bomb in the compound. Of course, anyone they call who can help them deactivate the bomb can’t be bothered because of the game. One naval officer goes so far as to tell them to call at half-time (or something along those lines).

Eventually, Hawkeye and Trapper take on the task of defusing the bomb, with Colonel Blake reading out the instructions. They have to un-tighten a screw, remove the cap and eventually get to the wires. At this point Colonel Blake reads out to them “and carefully cut the wires leading to the clockwork fuse at the head.” Trapper cuts the wire. Colonel Blake than continues “but first, remove the fuse.”

At this point, Colonel Blake looks perplexed, Hawkeye and Trapper exchange glances of dread, they try to get as away the bomb stops ticking and explodes, raining down a shower of CIA propaganda leaflets. A classic M*A*S*H moment.

I have been known to use the term “a but first moment” when the opportunity strikes. Recently, I had one recently. A few weeks back, I was working on an estimate for a client for some signage and display work outside his office.  I went and took pictures of his existing piece, measured it, sent specs out to vendors for production, installation and everything need to complete the job. Showed him one vendor’s ideas and he said “no.” Showed him another vendor’s ideas, again “no.” Presented him with a 3rd option and he didn’t say no. He just said “I don’t need all of this. I just need you to design the sign”. I have a guy who can handle production and installation.  At which point I say to him “but first…”

Here’s another classic but first moment. It’s actually a typo but it certainly qualifies as a “but first” moment, at least in my book.  Take a look at the image below, which is taken from Hemispheres – the United Airlines inflight magazine (click on it for better viewing).

 Can you spot the mistake. I will give you a clue (with kudos to my friend Matt for coining this one): Ready, Fire, Aim. You’d think with all the writers, editors, proofreaders, etc., who work on a publication of this nature, that there would be no typos but I guess they just missed this one.

For everyone who flies in an airplane, let’s hope this is only but first mistake any airline personnel ever makes.

Anti-Social Media

Anti-Social Media

Posted by: on May 5, 2015 | No Comments

Anti-Social Media

Everyone who knows me will tell you I’m a pretty social person, online and offline. I actually like social media. I use facebook, have 2 Twitter accounts – IraSez and the local SU alumni club account, use LinkedIn,  post comments on news articles and other folks blogs, and

Postal Service Daze

Postal Service Daze

Posted by: on Apr 28, 2015 | No Comments

POSTAL SERVICE DAZE

Postmarked March 30th.
Delivered April 27th.

When it comes to excuses, “the check is in the mail” is right up there with the dog ate my homework. Oh sure, it’s possible…it’s just not all that likely…or is it?