persona non sequitur

a review of media by a slightly jaded baby boomer.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


The 5 top  reasons I do not like lists

1.  They are not too deep.

2.  They reflect personal bias.

3.  They are rarely informative.

4. They are forgettable.

5.  Writers of blogs with deadlines to fill love them because they require no research.

Monday, August 19, 2013


I managed to get my radiator fixed. For the need of a ten cent part, I paid $35.00. To have it replaced was $45. Runs well, so far.   What was wrong with it? The radiator's overflow bottle was missing the cap. The replacement had a cap. but it wouldn't fit the one already installed.

Saturday, August 03, 2013


I had some bad cars. One used to shake and shimmy after the ignition kay was turned off. A few shudders, smoke  emitted from the exhaust and a loud pop were the results.

Another car had the headlights fail randomly while driving,. In order to get them back on, you had to slam on the brakes.

One car drove very well during the day, but would stall curing the night.  This was because the amperage was low and the battery was dying. 

One car was towed to a shop, and I was told it would never run again. I got a new car (sort of new) after that. Months later, I keep seeing that "dead" car on the road. It easy enough to identify.

I have gone to to a mall, misplaced the vehicle,  and found my car, not so much by visuals, but from the bad smell it was emitting. 

I could tell you in sign language how much I hated these cars.


Smurfs are back. And still lame. As far and and far as intellect and memes go, they seem to be the  equivalent of herpes to sex.

They are bothersome because they are so vacant.  The previous round of Smurf entry to the psyche was a generation ago, and a joke made the rounds. It went: "what color does a Smurf turn when you choke it?"

I've made up a new entry: "Why do you do if you have a Smurf in your hand?"

Pretend it's bubble wrap.

Monday, July 29, 2013

All of life is a post tramatic stress syndrome response.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


And while I think of it, I can recall my first car. A Ford Mercury.  There wasn't much wrong with it. Though, several months later the regrooved tires fell apart while I was on the New Jersey Turnpike,  and it was only then I discovered the jack wasn't...well, there were three parts, but none of the parts fit one another.

First lesson: check the trunk and see what's missing..

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AUTOMOBILE HELL: a series of stories 

   I own a 2003 Honda Civic. It drives and handles well. But It overheats. I can drive it some 30 miles to work, but need to refill the radiator because on a damaged overflow container.  I can tell the radator is in fine shape, because when I untwist the cap, there is a slight vacuum kiss.  The overflow tank is missing its cap. This was not noticed until after winter passed. Currently, if it overheats, I must turn on the heater and let it blow until the needle on the thermostat lowers. This is the reason it was not noticed until spring.  Now, until the part arrives, I must drive in dry heat in the middle of the summer when the thermomator outside the car reads 95 degrees. 


My hearing aability is about 50 percent in one ear. Giving an overall deafness of 75 percent.

These days, when someone cames into the office, and the individual is talking  I must   wait a few seconds for a facial sign to indicate that A) they are talking to me, or B) they are wearing Bluetooth.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A note about Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick was abducted many years ago by alien beings from another dimension. He was replaced by an exact replica. The replica does not know this and thinks it is Philip K. Dick