Comedic Descent

We watched Chris Rock’s new HBO special last night, “Tambourine.” It was about 500% more vulgar than anything I’ve seen him do, and it was less funny than anything I’ve seen him do. It was extremely therapeutic, I’d guess, because he talked about his divorce and the fact that he cheated, and that he’s cleaning up his relationship act. The audience roared because he’s Chris Rock, not because he was very funny. But he descended into that moronic comedic world …



I Like to Lead When I Dance

I basically read social media, particularly Facebook, to understand how well balanced and emotionally healthy I am (and that I’m not paranoid). On Linkedin, somebody is trying to demonstrate that driverless cars will take over in the near future. (Of course, if you use I95 at all, many of those cars seem driverless at the moment.) Remember when computers would create a “paperless office” and a “chuckles society”? All our computers do is spew out paper, and the check printing …


I Didn’t Hear the Earthquake, Did You?

Would someone like to explain how Steve Wynn pays over $7 million to a manicurist he raped, setting up a shell company for the sole purpose of making that payment, and NO ONE comes forward to report this behavior in all these years? How many board members, senior managers, administrative assistants, and assorted others (acknowledging attorney confidentiality) knew about this but never thought it an urgent matter? Does Las Vegas have even one investigative reporter on any of its news …


And Here, Now, The News

I’m sitting in Palm Springs, California, watching the early morning news (News Channel 3, which is the ABC affiliate). A succession of street reporters standing in the early morning darkness report stories which don’t require them to be on the streets and which could really be read by the newsreaders back in the studio. The reporters use poor grammar, stumble with their notes, and the video clips that run are repeated every 20 seconds or so. Is this really the …


What’s Your Story?

I’m as guilty of this as anyone. There are some people whose interests absolutely put me to sleep or move me to violence. I develop a bad tic when I hear about computer backups, golf, or any kind of running, especially pre-dawn. Fishing stories compel me to root for the fish. Of course, I’m sure not everyone is mesmerized by my talking about electric trains, or sports cars, or wine. It may be their loss, but I understand that I …


RIO: Rhode Island Oddities

Rhode Island is more a state of the mind than state of the Union. The Christmas Tree in the rotunda of the state house died about a week ago. It made the New York Times. (Under our former Dolt of A Governor, Lincoln Chafee, this was called a “Holiday Tree” so as not to offend the 37 people who are offended by “Christmas” and who evidently attack people who say, “God Bless You” after they sneeze.) Normally, a dead evergreen would involve …


Help Me, I’m Melting

I’ve been hearing “Frosty the Snowman” about a hundred times so far this season, by perhaps 20 different singers. I finally listened closely. I’m wondering how long before we have to include a female or transgendered person in the mix. The song is gender-specific for no reason. Was the carrot nose organic? Was it recycled? Those eyes of coal are sorry uses of fossil fuel. The sun, of course, is an oppressor, causing Frosty’s demise. Where’s the legal team? As …


RIO: Rhode Island Oddities

Rhode Island is more a state of the mind than a state of the union. It has snowed in these parts for at least 10,000 years. Yet every winter, a disproportionate amount of time is spent by the media on snow, as if it’s Haley’s Comet showing up unexpectedly. They even harken back to past storms, although many people here weren’t even born “during the blizzard of ’76.” Nonetheless, here’s what going on this morning, while it’s snowing: • People …


If You Don’t Agree With Me There’s Something Wrong With You

It’s fine to tell someone you think they’re wrong about an issue, and demonstrate why you feel that way with evidence and reasoning. It’s not fine to tell someone they’re damaged just because they don’t agree with you (“You don’t get it,” “You’re a ‘denier,’” “What else can we expect from someone with your background?”). When you simply condemn the opposition, you demonstrate your own insecurity about your position on the issues.