Women’s Humor

Yesterday I was thinking of some of the mildly rude humor women share with each other when men are out of earshot.  We have to be careful because not all women find it amusing, but if your female acquaintances are as rude as you then knock yourself out. In 2012, this YouTube video (link below) was produced to reply to a Facebook post.  A man had used his Facebook account to express disappointment with the deceptive way menstruation is depicted in feminine product advertising.  According to him, he had learned the truth through experience, and the truth wasn’t pretty. Richard Neill’s original … Continue reading Women’s Humor

When Hotels Disappoint

Please don’t accuse Dave Hill — or me — of overstating the crisis. Rest assured, we’re all strong enough to handle this.  Perspective is absolutely essential, though. Regardless of how bad this gets, remember that the heroes who help us navigate the confusion and disillusionment of travel are not to blame.  Policy decisions are made by cowards who never show their faces in the hallways, guest elevators or restaurants of hotels. The employees we see during our stay are suffering as much as the rest of us.  Some of them may be suffering more, if a guest causes damage or … Continue reading When Hotels Disappoint

Book Review: Half Empty by David Rakoff

  Half Empty by Rakoff, David Anchor Books Paperback (an imprint of Doubleday, which published the original hardcover edition), 224 Pages Copyright 2010 ISBN-13:  978-0767929059 $14.95 Wisdom and a talent for humor should always be appreciated.  Half Empty, the last collection of essays published during David’s Rakoff’s lifetime, is a beautiful example of life experience, calm perspective and comic relief. The ten essays in this book cover separate topics, but all address one type of absurdity or another (Note:  There are different definitions of the word “Absurd,” and the author was aware of this.  Humor is not always emphasized because not … Continue reading Book Review: Half Empty by David Rakoff

Procrastinating With The Printer

If you own a home computer, there’s a good chance you also have a printer.  It might be a simple black-and-white model, limited to putting electronic letters, manuscripts and statements on paper. That’s what I need.  Nothing more. I bought one of those printers sometime last fall.  It isn’t in use, though, because I haven’t opened the box to connect it. Please don’t judge.  My childhood and adult life have forced me to learn almost everything without help, and I’m burned out.  A kind librarian taught me the basics of using an internet computer, and for months after that she … Continue reading Procrastinating With The Printer