Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Obamacare website is pretty bad. When you log in, you have to include the words "Ted Cruz Sucks" in your password.

Lex's easy and concise health tips:

Try to laugh, sweat, cry, dance and sing everyday.


Hydrate, your drate can never be too hy.

Be a vegetarian for one day a week

Meditate 20 minutes a day


Emerse in a large body of water once a week, ranging in size from pool to ocean.

Pet a dog once a day

Hugs, lots of them

Everybody has to have two things: an at-bat song and a touchdown dance. Me? At-bat song is the Stones "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" and my touchdown dance is to hop up and land in a surfing stance, paddle three to the right, three to the left. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

You can’t spell Spirit without the word pits
Hundreds of Spirit passengers had to spend the night at the Fort Lauderdale airport due to 12-hour engine inspection delays. Asked to comment, a Spirit Airlines spokesperson said; “When will you guys get it? We don’t give a damn about our passengers.”
Asked to comment, a spokesperson for Spirit said; “What a horrible way to treat customers, even for us. Someone’s getting a promotion.”
The name Spirit Airlines is actually short for: “Breaking Our Customer’s Spirits Airlines.”
Asked to comment, a spokesperson for Spirit Airlines said; “Hey, if you want friendly customer service, go to the DMV.”
Asked to comment, a spokesperson for Spirit Airlines said; “Safety comes first and . . . psst, hey, they’re making me do this job against my will, get me out of here, I hate treating people like this. Help.”
This horrific mistreatment of their customers comes as a shock to nobody who has flown on Spirit Airlines.
Normally I am not a fan of ugly litigation, but somebody should tell Gloria Allred half of those Spirit customers were women.
This explains their new motto: Spirit Airlines, something especially awful in the air.
This explains their new motto: Spirit Airlines, we love to hose you, and it shows.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

They gonna brang it and we gonna swang it, Torn Slatterns and Nugget Ranchers
Kanye West rented the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, to propose to Kim Kardashian. Kanye always said, if he was going to propose to Kim’s big ass, he’d need a Giant venue.  
Due to a system failure, people could not update their Facebook status for several hours; it was awful. You know Kenny? That smelly kid from third grade who ate paste? I never got to see what he was going to eat for his gluten-free lunch.

Mrs. Hackner and the Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich
It is funny how food can trigger memories. Today I went to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The problem? No jelly. Fine, thought the chef in me, use another sweet like honey.
Like in a time machine, my 55-year-old brain was hurtled back 48 years to when I was in second grade with Mrs. Kolb’s class and I was having lunch at Ricky Hackner’s house in Winnetka Illinois circa Spring, 1965.
Our school, Crow Island, was famous world wide for it’s educational system. But we had no cafeteria, we rode our bikes home for lunch. If you were really good friends with someone, you got invited to have lunch at their house. Ricky and I were good friends in Second grade. We formed a club: the Buppies. Part boy, part puppy. Will never forget my dad doubling over in laughter when I went to pee at a restaurant toilet and I lifted my leg.
That was one of our Buppy rules.
Even as a certified-non-genius second grader, I knew there was trouble brewing in the Hackner’s house. For Winnetka, the Hackner’s were young and Mrs. Hackner was very pretty. Mr. Hackner had trouble keeping a job due to drinking rumors, but he was a great, outgoing guy. 
Sure enough, the Hackners would have another child, a daughter named Wendy, and would get divorced soon after. A true scandal for Winnetka. Ricky would also start to smoke in high school and run with a bad crowd.
Mrs. Hackner was clearly bored and smoked a lot. She loved Ricky to death and was a nice lady, but housekeeping and cooking held no interest for her so, along with a dog and a cat, the Hackner house always seemed dingy and smelly. Dishes piled high in the kitchen sink. That never happened at our house nor any of our friend’s houses.

That was an amazing thing about Winnetka, Illinois in the Sixties. Not two blocks from the Hackner's little paint-peeling house with the missing shutter and unkept lawn, one of our classmates, a girl, lived in a Tudor mansion fully stocked with English maids, chefs and butlers. 
For lunch, Mrs. Hackner had made us Ricky’s favorite: peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Let me be clear: if Mrs. Hackner had walked into the kitchen goose-step marching in a Hitler uniform, it would not have seemed weirder to me than serving a peanut butter and honey sandwich.
Winnetka was a conservative 1960’s suburban Chicago town where cutting your peanut butter and jelly sandwich diagonally would produce whispers of; 

“Eww, they’re fancy. Are they French?”
By the time I was seven, I had garnered a well-deserved reputation as a good eater. Ate all vegetables and liked them. (Except for creamed spinach, I mean, come on) Even steamed okra. And steamed, not fried, okra is about as nasty as it gets. Hell, beets? Loved me some beets. Asparagus, broccoli and even cauliflower? Bring that ess to my seven-year-old ass. 
But there was no way I could have eaten this peanut butter and honey sandwich. She might as well have served me mud. 
Now this would have been a huge problem if my parents were present. There would be no leaving the table until I ate all of what I was served. They were still referencing starving children in Europe 20 years after WWII.
What Mrs. Hackner did next amazes me to this day. She simply said and then did two amazing things. First she said:
“OK, suit yourself.”
And then she got up and made me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Whaaaat? You have got to be kidding me. If we went to someone’s house for dinner and they served me a plate of fetid lard, my parents would have expected me to eat it and smile.
Neither of those two things ever happened in my life. Nobody said; “Suit yourself.” Seven and living in Winnetka? There was no suiting yourself. You suited everybody else, but yourself.
And nobody made you a second sandwich if you didn’t eat the first one.
God bless Mrs. Hackner, whatever happened to her. No, she was not a keen housekeeper. And, sure, the jealous moms whispered nasty rumors about her and a handsome lifeguard and tennis instructor. And, no, they weren’t the same person.
But Mrs. Hackner said I could suit myself and she made me a second sandwich. That's aces in my book, see?