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.

How Many Sins Can Jesus Take

How Many Sins Can Jesus Take

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

How Many Sins Can Jesus Take

How Many Sins Can Jesus Take

Posted by: on May 28, 2015 | No Comments

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?

The 5th Anniversary Sez

The 5th Anniversary Sez

Posted by: on Apr 27, 2015 | No Comments

The first (and not quite official) @IraSez hat.

The 5th Anniversary Sez

April 27, 2010. That was the day the very first IraSez blog was posted. It was titled “Now What” and was all of 3 sentences long:  http://www.irasez.com/now-what/
5 years later, my posts have gotten a bit longer (some would say too long) but I still ask myself the same question….now what?

The IraSez Lexicon

The IraSez Lexicon

Posted by: on Apr 23, 2015 | No Comments

The IraSez Lexicon

Every once-in-a-while, I get an email or a comment about a typo or grammatical mistake I’ve made. Some of these are on purpose, some of these are words that I have found particularly useful, some of them are to see if folks are paying attention, and some of these are homonyms that I just prefer to use instead of the proper spelling.

The Hardest Thing A Parent Has To Do

The Hardest Thing A Parent Has To Do

Posted by: on Apr 20, 2015 | No Comments

The Hardest Thing A Parent Has To Do

My mother always said the hardest thing a parent had to do was bury their own child. Unfortunately, a few hours ago we found out that Allie’s sorority sister and roommate from senior year at Syracuse passed away from an apparent overdose. So sad to find out that a life was taken so

Telemarketing Daze

Telemarketing Daze

Posted by: on Apr 17, 2015 | No Comments

Telemarketing Daze

Earlier today I got a call from some company selling solar panels, or at least that’s what I think this guy was selling because his Indian or Pakistani or whatever half-way-around-the-world accent he had was so thick, I could barely make out the words he was saying. When are telemarketing

An American In Paris Broadway Show Review

An American In Paris Broadway Show Review

Posted by: on Apr 13, 2015 | No Comments


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
BROADWAY SHOW REVUE

Major disclaimers:
1) I am not a Broadway Show critic by any stretch of the imagination.
2) I have been to the ballet, I can appreciate ballet, but I am not a big fan of ballet.

LOTR In Concert Review

LOTR In Concert Review

Posted by: on Apr 8, 2015 | No Comments

Lord of The Rings in Concert at Lincoln Center

LOTR In Concert Review

I’ve always been a firm believer that there are folks with real talent, and those that wish or think they had real talent…but don’t, so they become critics instead. Sort of like those that can, do; those that can’t, teach; those that can’t teach, teach gym. I try to shy away from the gym thing because one