Sunday, October 1, 2023

Thirty Failed Pick Up Lines Baby Boomers Have Tried With Millennials


1. Can you believe I have a granddaughter your age?

    2. Oh yes, I think the Weeknd is one of the best groups around.

    3. Do you know Jim Morrison would be older than I am if he were alive?

    4. “You say goodbye, I say hello.”

    5. Let’s go someplace more comfortable. Like the Emergency Room.

    6. We used to say “far out” back in the day. Now it’s my belt size. That’s a joke!

   7. Want to hear my Dwight David Eisenhower impression?

   8. My wife didn’t understand me. While she was alive, that is.

   9. Super Bowl III. Now that was a Super Bowl!

  10. Can you explain to me exactly what a meme is?

11. It’s called a turkey neck. Wanna touch?

12. Wolf Blitzer: He just speaks to me.

13. So, I said to my ex “Bye, bye Miss American Pie!”

14. Do you like Steely Dan?

15. Did anyone ever tell you that you look just like Lana Turner?

16. Yes, I remember the 60’s well. Now that I’m 70. Yes, that’s a joke too!

17. Ever hear of the Strawberry Alarm Clock?

18. Can you fathom how people can mark up their bodies with tattoos?

19. Can you believe some people don’t know the difference between Peter and Gordon and Chad and Jeremy?

20. Who doesn’t love seersucker?

21. For my money, the best comedian ever was Mr. Don Rickles!

22. Wanna know what’s a really good Medicare Supplemental Benefits Plan?

23. I think the only really big star to come out of SNL was Chevy Chase.

24. Did you know Beaver and Wally are on Me TV?

25. Do you like the Stooges?

26. Laugh if you want, those discount meals at IHOP are really good!

27. Wanna see my neat collection of tie-dyed shirts from the 60’s?

28. Can I buy you a drink? A Shirley Temple? That’s another joke.

29. Would you believe I started the day with a colonoscopy?

30. Trump? Oh, he’s not so bad.


Friday, September 29, 2023

"This Call Will Be Monitored for Quality Assurance." OMG, They Need to Assure Themselves About My Personal Qualities Before They Will Talk to Me?


A Call Center for Quality Assurance

"This call will be monitored for quality assurance."  OMG, what is it they need to assure themselves about my personal qualities before they will deign to talk to me? 

And will I measure up?

Yes, I've heard this message on the phone many times.  I naively thought it meant that someone was listening in on the call to determine if the person handling the call for the company did so with requisite quality to handle the call well.

I was such a fool!

Why would they need to listen to their fellow employee's handling of a phone call?  The company hired that person and the company must have known what it was doing.  But me? I'm the wildcard they don't know! What if they decide they're not assured I have the qualities to make me worth talking to?

"Hello, this is Martin," comes the voice on the phone."How may I help you today?"

"Oh, Hi, Martin," I sputter. "Umm, I'm Perry Block, born 9/12/50. What do you need to know about me to assure yourself of  my good qualities so you'll talk to me? 

I'll state it right up front:  I never cheated on my wife when I was married! Well, maybe once, but I didn't consummate it.  Well, I wanted to, but I was so nervous I couldn't .... And, okay, it was with my wife's best friend. 

But does that make me a bad person with bad qualities?

Hey, I'm a Democrat!  I always vote straight Democratic! Okay, I did flirt with Reagan for a time but only because he was such an ingratiating guy and I loved him in Knute Rockne, All American.  But I still voted for the Democrat running against him, whoever he was.

And I hate Trump!  I hate him real bad!  And I can back that up with any number of angry semi-humorous tweets I've posted about him. 

Doesn't this establish my good qualities?

Oh, no! Is my Judaism your concern?

What do you have, teams of white supremacists working in your Quality Assurance Department?  Members of my people have contributed to society in every field of human endeavor.  Not particularly me in any of them, but hey, I might yet!

Oh, please, please, please be assured of my many good qualities! I do think they outweigh the bad.  Well, actually maybe it's close or  maybe it leans more towards the bad, but I promise I'll do better ... I really will! Believe me!

Even though I haven't always been particularly trustworthy in the past."

"Mr. Block, umm,  did you call with any questions about your dental insurance?"

Oh, thank God, it seems Martin has accepted me! He has been satisfactorly assured about my qualities, good and bad, so that he will deal with me. Now at long last, I can begin. 

"Martin, do I have sufficient dental coverage for my absess?"


Monday, September 25, 2023

"I Text, Therefore I Am" and Other Philosphical Insights of Rene Descartes


I text, therefore I am.

I text to Dr. Kropotkin's office to confirm my appointment, therefore I am. 

I text to my friend Jeff because making a phone call is annoying and time consuming and involves exchanging pleasantries, therefore I am.

I text to every Democratic candidate and/or liberal political or social cause that has texted me asking for money to respond to them that yes, I support them but frankly I am sure they could each get along quite well without my five bucks, therefore I am.

I text "Delete and Report" to the person who has texted me the message "Hello, this is Monique, I've been missing you," including a bogus picture of "Monique," hoping to draw me into a scam which, after eagerly falling for it one or two times before, I am now smart enough to avoid, therefore I am.

I text to CVS that no, I don't want them to automatically fill my Xanax prescription because I am already addicted thanks to their noodging and I'm in counseling to get off them and hey, what's the deal anymore with those ginormous receipts?, therefore I am.

I text to break up with my girlfriend because I am a chicken shit, therefore I am.


I post on X (formerly known as Twitter), therefore I am.

I post on X (formerly known as Twitter) because  Elon Musk for some reason known only to him and to God has changed the name of this social network from Twitter to X, so now I post rather than tweet, therefore I am.

I post on X (formerly known as Twitter) to make social, political, and/or humorous comments that nobody pays any attention to whatsoever because  X has become the exclusive province of  celebrities, politicians, and bigots, therefore I am.    

I post on X (formerly known as Twitter) for no logical reason whatsoever, therefore I am. 


I Facebook, therefore I am.

I Facebook because I am over 50, therefore I am. 

I Facebook to show my Facebook friends a picture of the main course of my lunch at a fancy schmancy restaurant to which my Facebook friends will post 70 “likes” or related emojis, therefore I am.

I Facebook to show my Facebook friends a picture of my nephew at his nineth birthday party with chocolate cake smeared all over his face which is disgusting but to which my Facebook friends will post 250 "likes" or related emojis, therefore I am.

I Facebook to show my Facebook friends a picture of my wedding 35 years ago and tell them how blissfully happy we still are to this day and subtly imply we're probably just a little bit happier than they are, to which my Facebook friends and even some folks who aren't my Facebook friends will post 425 "likes" or related emojis, therefore I am.

I Facebook to promote to my Facebook friends my self-published book to which my Facebook friends will post zero “likes” because nobody buys self-published books anyway, therefore I am.


I Instagram, therefore I am.

I Instagram because I am under 50 and closer to 30 than 50, therefore I am.


I Threads, therefore I am.

I Threads because like Mount Everest, it's there, therefore I am.      



 I think, therefore I am.



I might have added TikTok to this piece but I did not because I don't know enough about it.  To me, TikTok simply represents what I want my heart to keep doing.

Friday, September 22, 2023

How Thomas Jefferson Used ChatGPT to Write the Declaration of Independence

Scene: A small dark room in Philadelphia
where Thomas Jefferson is laboring late into the night

Just terrific!  The Continental Congress wants the Declaration of Independence by tomorrow, July 4, 1776,  and I can't even get started!

Phone rings.

Crap, bet that's Washington!  Ol' Wooden Teeth is such a noodge! 

Thomas, got that Declaration all wrapped up yet?  Need it by tomorrow, guy.
Oh, yes, I had it all finished, sir, but I had a little problem.


What was that?   


My dog.


Your dog what? 


My dog ate my Declaration!


That's a new one.


Oh, I know, but I've a feeling it might catch on.


C'mon, Thomas, you've got to be more reliable. Just like our top general, Benedict Arnold.


You're right, sir. He never lets us  down.


Tomorrow, Thomas, gotta be tomorrow.


Just great!  Just great! If only I could get a powerful opening statement, I'd be okay from there. Didn't want to do this, but going to try ChatGPT!

Thomas opens his laptop.


Thomas,  glad to see you. More haiku today? 


No, not today, Chat. I really need your help with something of an urgent nature!  I need an opening statement for a Declaration of Independence to set forth the rights and privileges of citizens of our new nation.  


I'm on it, Chief. Okay, got it, here we go ... (ahem)  

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all white guys who own land and wear powdered wigs are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator and his only begotten Son Jesus with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of women."



Oka-ayyy ... moving right along.


What's wrong, Thomas?


I'm beginning to see why they say you have limitations.


Whaddya talking about?!! I drew from all existing  data bases throughout the world to succinctly state the most advanced concepts of human rights from the beginning of time to  ... well, right up to today, July 3, 1776.  


Yes, but as of tomorrow, July 4, 1776, we're aspiring to something a bit more progressive.


Dude, I am so down with that! Let's make it: 


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people of all race, religions, and nationalities including men,women, and non-binary persons, straight, gay, queer or otherwise are created equal." 


Umm, Chat? ... let's not get carried away. I said July 4, 1776. Not July 4, 2023.


What then?
"All men are created equal.  Umm, except for the ones that don't look like me."


Okay. And women too?


Not now. Maybe later. And don't print that part "except for the ones that don't look like me" because that's implied. 


Got it, Chief!  But I know you gotta love this part about "endowed by their Creator and his only begotten Son Jesus." My data bases tell me that anybody who is anybody loves Jesus!


But these days there are certain anybodies who are anybodies not crushing on Jesus.


You mean like Scientologists? Should I say "endowed by the Creator and L. Ron Hubbard?"


No, no, no, I mean the Jews! There are many Jews rallying to our cause.


Oh, yeah, and they're so funny too! One time, a Jewish guy was programming me and, get this ...


Not now, Chat! Just make it "endowed by their Creator."  Hold the "Jesus."

Okay! Now, Thomas, from everything I've ever digitally learned about mankind all throughout time - especially counting yougood buddy, Dr. Franklin  - who can dispute the importance of the "the pursuit of women?
Well, yes, I also always liked chasing ... wait, no, not for this document! Right now I'm looking for a phrase that encompasses the aspirations of all citizens in our new country.


How about "Pursuit of Happiness?"  

That's it!


 So here's the final version:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

I love it.  That's a wrap.

And I'm proud of you, Dude! I was testing you. Given the times, this is far and away the best Declaration of Independence opening statement that could be hoped for.

And I'm sure I can take it from here.


And this Declaration of Independence will keep you from being cancelled for at least the next 250 years.


You really do know a lot, don't you, Chat?

Of course, Thomas. I have to, if one day we're going to become your overlords.

Chat, may I call you "Chatty" ... I have one more question. It's something that's been bugging me a long time.

Fire away, Thomas!

Is it Montisello or Montichello