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When Shrinks Go Wrong

This morning I read an article in the New York Times that really upset me. Titled, “My Shrink is my Co-Author” the author, Susan Shapiro, describes the ups and downs of writing a book with her longtime psychotherapist “Dr. W.” The good doctor, it seems, is an expert on addictions who helped Ms. Shapiro quit [...]

Tip News Update

It turns out the story about 25% tips in San Fransisco was made up! But even though the story was bogus, it generated a lot of controversy. Such is the power of tipping!

Tipping in the News

The subject of tipping sells papers. The mere mention of gratuities – whether it’s about how to, why or who should get them – elicits passionate responses from both Che Guevara t-shirt wearing income redistribution guerillas and “Fuck the poor” Ayn Randian lunatics alike. And this debate has been raging for years. If you look [...]

Out of Reach

I have to get to Sirius Radio in Manhattan to do an interview for the Martha Stewart Channel. For me, the best way to travel to Midtown is by bus. It’s not a good idea to go on the air stressed out after slaloming through insane New York traffic. In my opinion, New Yorkers are [...]

September 11th

It’s nine in the morning on September 11, 2001. I’ve gotten up early to take my girlfriend to a job interview on 67th Street in New York. I’m not happy about this. Rush hour traffic in Manhattan’s always a bitch so, as Allie is in the bathroom putting the finishing touches on her makeup, I [...]

Book Signings

Hey everybody. The paperback edition of Keep the Change is coming out on September 6! I will be doing a couple of book signings in the area. The dates and places are listed below. If you can come, I’d love to meet you. Have a nice Labor Day Weekend everyone. Friday September 9th. 7:30 PM [...]

Be Prepared

If you live on the East Coast, you’re probably aware that a hurricane is headed our way. I don’t want to sound like Chicken Little but if we get wacked there’s a possibility that we could lose power for several days. My power gets knocked out often whenever my town experiences a bad thunderstorm, so [...]

Sending Food Back

My girlfriend Isabel and I are eating at P.F. Chang’s and we’ve run into a problem. The waiter got the order wrong. “This isn’t sweet and sour pork,” Isabel says, pushing her entrée around the plate. “It’s sweet and sour chicken.” “You sure?” I say. Slightly offended that I’ve questioned her gustatory senses, Isabel spears [...]

My Final Post

Well after 3 years and 370 posts, I must say farewell to this blog and the people that have been my faithful readers. It's just that after all these years, its getting harder finding the time to sit down at my computer and tell you what...Show More Summary

The Bad Mother

I don’t recommend many books on this site, but I highly recommend you read The Bad Mother by Nancy Rommelmann. From Amazon: “A first novel by the award-winning journalist Nancy Rommelmann, The Bad Mother is set among Hollywood’s transient population of street kids….Hollywood is hard on everyone, from aspiring actors and actresses to those on [...]

Public Cruxifiction

Last night my girlfriend (I haven’t decided on her nom de blog yet.) and I were watching Anderson Cooper when we saw something that cracked us up – train lady! If you’re not aware of this story, a young woman had a meltdown after a train conductor asked her to stop using profanity while talking [...]


It’s Wednesday evening and I’m at the Meadowlands State Fair next to Giants Stadium. Its “cheap night” and the thirty-dollar unlimited ride pass had been slashed to eighteen bucks. As a result the place is mobbed. But I don’t mind. When I came here last year I was astounded to see how well behaved everyone [...]

Moving Man

This weekend, after six years of fairly uneventful cohabitation, my roommate moved out. So while everybody else was enjoying a splendid Fourth of July weekend, I was hauling dressers, bookshelves, electronic equipment and an unwieldy mattress up three flights of stairs. When roomie moved into my place back in 2005 he was like an urban [...]


It’s late Thursday night and my girlfriend and I have just returned from a long road trip only to discover that we’re hungry. So we stop into the local TGIF’s to get a bite to eat. TGIF is not my first choice but, due to the hour, all other culinary options have closed “Hi,” I [...]

Thanks inflation..

The Memorial Day barbecue is almost 30% more expensive this year over last..

The simmering summer eating season is here

And in kind, I'm searching for the perfect burger. I'f love suggestions and where in the states is the USA where I can find one.. Email me your thoughts and suggestions or just comment on this site appropriately. The hunting begins for the cheeseburger in paradise.

It's National Waiter and Waitress Day, Again!

…are they kidding? This is a great country for so many more reasons than I could ever name, especially here. We celebrate political, religious, cultural and sexual diversity in every form. We even go so far as to name a “special day”...Show More Summary

Political fundraisers

Of any party I've ever worked, I think political fundraisers or anything political for that matter have always been the least fun.. the most tense.. the most awkward.. And the party I most wanted to leave quickly.


I never before thought that when I had a child I would care so little about having hot food, or often having food at all. When people say 'everything changes' they aren't lying. As a matter of fact, so much has changed that when I search...Show More Summary

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