Sartorial Splendor

Culture is an important determinant of human behavior, and pushes us to do things that make no sense, put us at serious risk, are expensive and non-utilitarian, or are just plain idiotic.  The absurdity to which humans will go to gain prestige, express their inner child, or be the center of attention knows no bounds. … Continue reading

I’m Special!

  Most people are not particularly good at anything. Those with low self-esteem probably earned it. George Carlin It is all Al Franken’s fault. If Franken had not come up with the character Stuart Smiley from his days on Saturday Night Live, we would not have this problem. “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and… Continue reading

Shoes and Greed

  It’s a habit of mine now, noticing labels, logos, shoes. Michael Jordan Recruiting promising athletes for collegiate programs is big business. Basketball and football are proven moneymakers for almost any college or university. Alumni contribute generously to their alma mater when they have a winning record. Applications for enrollment go up, and on and… Continue reading

Cotton in the Bottle

I have taken a lot of pills lately, and recently, I was reminded of an Andy Rooney commentary on CBS News 60 Minutes.  Rooney was the quintessential curmudgeon, and had the uncanny ability to find irony and humor in the most trivial details of life. In the past, when you opened a new over the… Continue reading