Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fantasy football and masturbation.

Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.

Fantasy Football.

At the end of every season, I swear I will never play again.

And then, like a retirement notice from Brett Favre, I rescind it five minutes later.

Its the ads, the commercials, its like a hooker flashing her tits at you, you can’t resist.

(Get the feeling I lost half of my audience there. Ok, I will curb the hooker talk.)

Whats the harm? I say the same thing to myself every year, like an Alzheimer’s patient that has never gone dome this road before.

And every year, by mid-season, I regret it.

I didn’t even get thru the forth game of the season before I am throwing in the towel and giving it up for good.

And the reason lies in two locations.

San Francisco and Denver.

The Quarterback of San Francisco, is the main quarterback of my team.

I will not be mentioning his name, kind of like you don’t mention the devil’s name for fear you draw his wrath.

But he is a world class QB, or at least he is when he is not on my team.

He was great the first game of the season, and has sucked ass the last two weeks.

So I benched him.

He had a sub par game, and my backup had much better game.

So everything should be great, right?


Enter Payton Manning, quarterback of Denver and is a solid FUCKING shoe in for a first round vote into the Football Hall of Fame.

I would be in a winning position but, after 3 quarters of football, Payton has thrown for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Its like consensual date rape. I agreed to it, but its rougher than I expected.

Either way, my ass hurts.

At the beginning of the season, I could see myself in the Fantasy Super Bowl, winning a little cash or prize on the side.

Now? I am a sports addiction cautionary tale.

Nothing sadder than a man at the bottom of the pile.

And the really shitty part is, I know better.

But, football is much like coffee.

Its an addictive drug, but its an excepted one.

Thats the tough part.

You are not going to generate any sympathy when you say you have an issue with something people consider to be harmless.

Its a lot like how women see masturbation.

Take it or leave it.


Every man out there has dealt with the voracious appetite of his penis at one time or another.

And, no, you can’t just walk away from it.

One of these days, I will explain it to you, but if you don’t get it from the start, its going to take a long time to explain.

On to better subjects.

Fantasy Hockey starts soon, and I have a really good feeling about this year.

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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


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The rules of insanity.

Karma is a bitch.

Coffee karma is a vindictive bitch.

So after my admittedly whiny rant about Coffee Bean sucking ass and Starbucks ruling, the coffee gods got together and decided to smite me for my arrogance.

Starbucks will not let me connect to the wifi.

And I have things to do online this morning.

Its a minor thing, in the scheme of things, but its annoying.

There is no reason that I should not be on.

My computer’s wifi can see and connect to the Starbucks wifi.

But it won’t go to the Terms and Agreement screen.

Oh well.

Can’t let it get to me.

But it does.

Throws my game off.

Perfect example, there is a homeless guy out front that appears to be arguing with the newspaper stand.

And I don’t even care enough to go find out what they are arguing about.

Its too easy to say “He’s crazy” and let it go.

Just because its an inanimate object, doesn’t mean it is not capable of arguing.

Insanity has rules.

If he is arguing with it, he has to have a reason.

Which leads my mind to wonder that, in the world of arguing with objects, how tough an argument do you get out of a newspaper stand?

Is it like that slightly annoying friend that you argue football with?

Or does the newspaper stand have serious debate game, and you better be prepared?

Who knows, they could be old friends and had a falling out over a woman.

Shit happens.

And it seems that a minor altercation is developing at the front door that does NOT involve the homeless guy.

There is a mid-50’s guy who wants coffee.

But he is unwilling to tie his bulldog to a tree out front and is insisting that he be allowed to bring it in.

The sort-of manager has told him no.

The man has that kind of useless douche aura to him that leads me to believe that he is really well monied, kind of that “The rules don’t apply to me” type vibe.

Here are his three most amusing comments.

1. “He just pooped a minute ago.” (It appears that he feels this removes the only problem with bringing the dog in. I had not actually thought about the possibility that the dog might crap in line.)

2. “Well then, I will get it to go.” (He was thinking of staying?)

3. “FINE! Then you have lost my business! FOREVER!” (This guy is 5 seconds away from stomping his little feet, going to his room and SLAMMING the door. I hate you! He may even run away.)

The lost my business forever comment didn’t last long because the second the lady at the door offered to get him something, he smiled, gave her his Starbucks card and his difficult and feminine order.

He is currently sitting out front, waiting for his coffee like a teen spotting beer at a liquor store.

There are several morals to this story.

The first is, try not to be a douche, to the help or in your blog.

You either won’t be able to get a coffee, or you won’t be able to connect to the wifi for reasons unknown.

The second, and maybe the most important thing, is that if you want coffee in the morning, just tie your dog up out front.

Just not to the newspaper stand, that guy is an asshole.

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


You people have no taste.

There are some mornings that start out rough, get worse, and finally turn into a Greek tragedy, the final minute before the death star blows up and the ending to Old Yeller.

Starbucks is closed.

There is a hand written sign on the door that says something about “Maintenance issues” blah blah blah.

Bottom line is, they are closed.

How the hell does this happen?

Caffeine is a drug, don’t they realize that?

In the morning, I am 10 minutes away from knocking on doors to demand java.

Home invasion for a pot of Columbian.

Besides, what “Maintenance issue” is a big enough deal to shut down the whole place?

I am willing to wade thru backed up sewage for my morning fix.

That leaves 3 unpleasant alternatives.

1. Peet’s Coffee. Can never quite put my finger on what’s wrong with their coffee, but its wrong. (Like that slow cousin you NEVER leave alone with the kids kind of wrong.)

2. Noah’s Bagels. Not a coffee place, and it shows. Coffee is put into coffee urns. Always lukewarm and has a faint “Just been teabagged” flavor.

3. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The coffee place for people who’s taste buds are just to old to taste much anymore, or younger folks who are just a little too slow to recognize crap beans. Also, the clientele average about 85 years old. On any given day, there are at least 4 oxygen tanks and 3 little dogs.

Reluctantly, like a man agreeing to an IRS settlement, I head to the coffee bean.

And, wonder of wonders, it sucks.

First off, I end up ordering a large Costa Rica.

I know from experience that I hate Costa Rican.

However, the other choice is a dark Ghana roast that sucks worst and something called NY Snickers. (I swear, the flavored coffee crowd are like children.)

I believe I read somewhere online that Coffee Bean both supports whaling and child molestation. (My mind is frustrated to the point that this could be true or absolute BS, I have no way of knowing.)

Pains me to give them the money.

The old man at the table next to me just noisily shit his adult diaper.

Par for the course at the Coffee Bean.

I realize that there are those that like this place, even claiming that the coffee is the best available.

But, some people like snuff films, too.


I made the mistake of posting this on FB.

Just a casual mention of the Starbucks being closed and my reluctant choking down of the Costa Rican swill.

And like a Brook Trout going after the bait, the Coffee Bean folks looked up from their various vile activities and attacked.

You would think I had talked smack about Michael Jackson at the funeral from the half-tarded indignant screeching that went on.

After awhile, it became a almost fun to taunt them.

Then it just made me feel like the class bully, slapping the defenseless little kids.

Fun for a few minutes, then just sad.

Starbucks had better be open on Monday.

I don’t think the Coffee Bean crowd will be able to breath after this blog.

And, if you are one of those sad CB fanatics and this offends you in any way?


Bite me.


Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Somebody beat that kid.

Whatever I was just going to write has gone out of my head.

Loud, piercing shrieks will do that to you.

I am in a Starbucks that sits on a shady side of town.

I once heard the gang-tatted cashier say she would “Cut a bitch” here.

And there is a child on the verge of shitting himself here.

And mom is the type of passive, don’t want to make a scene, absolute shit parent that just stands and watches.

I hate this child.

I have no idea what his name is.

Usually, when a child is throwing a spoiled brat tantrum, mom will at least say their name in an attempt to break their concentration.

Not this lady.

And she isn’t even ignoring him.

She is just standing there watching, doing nothing.

The least she could do would be to beat this little bastard half to death.

Here is a short list of why she should.

1. While screaming hysterically, he emptied an entire shelf of 1 pound coffee bean bags. (Mom did not pick them up, she is just staring.)

2. He took a USA Today newspaper from the rack and tore it to pieces, all while shrieking. (The basic social contract demands that she offer to pay for it. Shit mom has yet to offer.)

3. He just pissed himself. (And, despite his obvious control issues, he is not in pull ups, and it looks like he did it on purpose.)

If that were me, and my mother were here, the police would be feeding her into the back of a patrol car in cuffs and the manager would be trying to figure out how to get my blood off of the ceiling.

And rightfully so.

I am not advocating beating your kids, but please beat your kids.


On another note, I had a total stranger carve into my for a few hours and the end result is a rather awesome tattoo.

25 years ago, in my tragic early 20’s, I got the worst tattoo I have ever seen.

A guy that claimed to have worked at a really good tattoo parlor, had left his shop and was doing tattoos out of his house to make rent.

I decided on a tribal Celtic sun.

It looked awesome on the page with some nice knot work.

It wasn’t until the asshole had been carving into my arm for about 40 minutes that he confessed that my tattoo was the most complicated thing he had ever attempted and that he hadn’t been an artist at his last shop, he had been an assistant.


He probably was one of those little kids that would throw tantrums and mom never beat him.

So he grows up and absolutely fucks up other peoples flesh.

So I had this piece of crap riding my arm for 25 years.

But no more.

I had my new artist cover it up with a flawlessly done Celtic knotwork shield.

Couldn’t be happier.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

You don’t have to let one shitty act fuck up a part of your life forever.

If element of your past doesn’t suit, change it.

There you go, Bittermac the philosopher.

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


My penis is not afraid of the dark.

My penis is not afraid of the dark.

Its a revaluation that just occurred to me.

We are having a power outage in Redondo Beach.

I went to the bathroom for my morning constitutional with a flashlight.

After dropping trou, I sat and waited.

My bowels are not hard chargers in the wee hours of the morning.

Think of it like a freight train of waste, slow to start, awesome in its power at full speed.

I am not trying to be gross here, I am trying to “frame the picture” as is were.

So, after sitting in the dark waiting patiently for my morning BM to begin, I realize that I am pointing the flashlight at my crotch.

In my head is the reflex that, if I cannot see, I might shit on the walls.

I can’t help but think that my penis feels like “Don’t worry about the light, I got this.”

My bowels, however, seem to like a little light.

I refuse to point the light at my ass, so I compromise by leaving the flashlight on the sink with the beam shining nearby.


Once that is done, its time to shower.

I discovered something interesting in shower.

I can scurry around like a sure footed gymnast in total darkness.

But when I get wet, I lose all sense of balance.

It was after I had almost tore the shower curtain out the second time that I had to turn the flashlight on again.

Once I had a little feeble light to work with, my balance returned.

I realize now that saving the flashlight batteries just in case the power outage goes on for weeks is silly.

If this goes on for more than half a day, the flashlight batteries are the least of my worries.

Because by then, my milk is in danger of going bad.

What will I put in my coffee then?


Plus, football is on at 10am and I am having a monster fantasy football season.

It is only the second game of the season and I can firmly see my place in the fantasy bowl, my team is epic.

My body, however, has other ideas.

My bowels have taken a shine to the idea of shitting in the dark.

Either that or the odd combination of things in my breakfast omelet have all come together to give what I like to call “Bacon thru a goose” syndrome.

Thank God for the Amazon Kindle, at least I have something to read.

So I came to Starbucks to finish my blog since I still have no electricity at the house.

And walked into the middle of an interesting little situation.

There is a gentleman having a net meeting on his laptop.


In Armenian. (I am fairly sure.)

And the local crowd at the surrounding tables are just about done.

I had just booted up when the guy at the table next to me shouted at him.


And the room came to a stand still.

The Armenian guy opened his mouth to say something.

And thats when a guy on the other side of him yelled at him.


Actually he said “FOOKING” which may be an accent or serious speech impediment.

Take your pick, but it took an already tense situation and cranked it up into the rafters.

The sort of manager was saying nothing.

Starbucks as a corporation has this really passive management philosophy that they should hide behind the counter like a battered wife and only get involved when its time to give a statement to the police.

So the stuff that could have been nipped in the bud, but never is.

So the question is, when is the bud going to be nipped?

Moot point, the bud is leaving.

The Armenian is packing up and leaving.

And every movement is a masters study in being a pissy little girl.

And yet, if he would have turned it down, none of it needed to happen.

The second he walked out the door, every ass in the room generally unclenched.

I can’t help but think that Starbucks might be behind my power outage, it knew that I was putting together a blog and it had something to show me.

So thank you for that.

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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


Try not to shit yourself.

Friday the 13th, Fuck me.

I hate this day.

Nothing bad has ever happened to me on this day in the history of my life.

But I fear it.

I spend the entire day scurrying about like a combination battered wife and a mole that was molested as a child.

Swamp ass of epic proportions

And the entire day is just an ass clench waiting for SOMETHING to happen.

Its exhausting.

Should the day come that I get so much as a splinter on Friday the 13th, I will be vindicated and then probably shit myself to death.

I have a number of people that seem annoyingly oblivious to the danger this day offers.

I say annoyingly mainly because they make fun of my fear.

Don’t get me wrong, I think they are right, I just wish it was someone other than me was dealing with it.

Then I could make fun of it, too.

On the flipside of things, while I think they are creepy, I am not afraid of clowns.

I have contemplated for years the idea of wearing a clown suit on Friday the 13th, just as a counteracting factor.

Lets see how tough you are, motherfucker, when I come running out of the alley at you in full clown makeup, floppy shoes and piranha teeth.

And my Red Cross CPR card is up to date, by the way.

I am going to make that my Halloween costume this year.

I wonder how many people could deal with an evening of drinking combined with a piranha toothed clown who is going out of his way to freak people out.

Thats an episode of Fear Factor you don’t wanna see, trust me.

And none of that mean spirited little fantasy helps me deal with the fact that this is being written by a man who is hiding like a coward in the back of a Starbucks.

Completely out of character for this vile day, I have a bunch of shit going on.

Someone really close to me is flying out of town.

I am having a tattoo finished after work tonight.

Have I gone insane?


I cannot begin to describe the terror that is running thru me at the thought of someone I barely know carving into my flesh in a permanent manner today of all days.

However, if there was ever a time in my life where I am RIPE for catching a flesh eating virus, its today of all days.

As for flying, forget about it.

The person flying doesn’t care what day it is.

And thats fine, I am worrying enough for both of us.

I am glad it is not me, if it were they would be peeling my petrified corpse out of that plane when it landed.

Getting a little misty-eyed about all this, and I am afraid to fart right now for fear I would shit myself.

This is most likely the most dysfunctional, whiney thing I have ever written, but I have no choice, I have THE FEAR, and its not going away quietly. (Hunter S. Thompson spent books documenting THE FEAR, so I think this is legitimate.)

Enjoy your day.

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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


Before someone gets bit in the ass.

I have honestly come to hate little dogs, but only in a purely hypocritical way.

My parents have a Shi Tzu named Rocky, he’s awesome, cute as hell and they love him.

Everyone else’s little dog sucks.

Especially when you carry your yappy piece of shit into Starbucks.

When the dog is yapping non-stop, and you never stop your conversation with your friend to tell him to shut up, aside from the occasional “That’s momma’s baby!”, you are a rude old crone and your animal should be put down.

Just saying.

It has become an odd little clause of the social contract that we put up with this shit.

These used to be social conventions that basically amounted to common courtesy.

Now all of society is like a battered spouse, keep it to yourself, don’t make waves.

And on all too many occasions, we get slapped around for our trouble, without the obligatory “I’m sorry, baby.”

Ike Turner style.

A little like Gangnam Style, but with 80% more ass kicking.

However, with all of the screeching about gun control, shooting the little yapper out of her hands would be viewed negatively by local law enforcement, as well it should be.

But what if a well trained bigger dog came rushing in and snatched it out of her hands and ate it whole in front of her, then ran off at a complex toot of a training whistle.

And that whistle is not mine officer, someone put that on my table at Starbucks.

One of those awesome Alsatian Shepherds with the black mask.

Terrifying and cuddly at the same time.

They are also really trainable.

I used to have one that was also half wolf, one of my finest dogs of all time.

And he was a rescue.

Serious good karma there.

Unfortunately, he passed about 20 years ago, which explains why the little yappy dog and the old lady made it out of Starbucks unimpeded.

Better to save my karma for serious shenanigans.

One of the bad sides of having this type of semi-vile hyper creativity is that I sometime find myself knee deep in what you would call “Bad-Karma situations”.

And at those times, you dip into any banked good karma and hope for the best.

Before the voice in my head gets much louder, yes, not getting into trouble would be the best course of action.

But what fun is that?

Oat sowing continues long after you are old enough to know better.

You just have a better idea of what is acceptable and what is not.

However, beyond the old enough to know better means your mind can dream up some serious crazy shit.

Maybe its the coffee talking, and if it is, it certainly is not helpful.

Much like that friend that your mother is convinced is a bad influence on you.

And yet, I am going to give it another chance.

So, to sum up, always give coffee another chance.

As far as bad influences go, you could do worse.

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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


Sexting ain’t just for kids.

I live within 2 miles of some of the finest Mexican food on the planet.

Its Southern California, so Mexican food comes with the Beach.

I decided on an early dinner to miss the rush, so its me, the cashier and two guys in the kitchen.

And then the Sheriff’s arrived, 6 of them.

From the looks of it, they are here for dinner.

I don’t know how the Sheriff’s look in other parts of the country, but in LA County, they hire the biggest guys they can find, put bullet proof vests on them and arm them to the teeth.

Suddenly, I was a minority in the building by not being armed.

I don’t even have a bullet proof vest.

I haven’t broken a law in over a decade, and I was still reviewing my activities.

And yet, I couldn’t leave.

Mainly because I had not finished my burrito. (Barbacoa beef is one of God’s gifts to the world, it would be ungrateful not to savor it.)

Besides, when would be the next time I would get to listen in on LA Sheriff chit chat?

I put on my headphones and began to be really interest in something on my tablet.

And serious chit chat it is.

The subject of private dinner conversation was an officer that everyone at the table seemed to know.

Not a sheriff, one of them made the comment that “At least he’s not a sheriff.”

And it appears he is a deviant.

Evidently, the man in question is into leather, pain and other freaky nonsense.

Which is fine, as long as you keep it to yourself.

But he thought he had found a kindred spirit and texted several BDSM porn shots with himself as the star.

And the kindred spirit not only wasn’t, he couldn’t keep his mouth shut, either.

He passed them around.

That is the kind of shit that gets you fired.

Do what you want at home, but don’t bring that shit to work.

And before anyone spouts that “Don’t judge” crap, grow up.

The world and everyone in it judges, glass houses are a bitch.

But talk about your high end office scandle!

I mean, this is better than finding out who fucked who in the maintenance room during the Xmas party.

And yet, it was refreshing to find out that the Sheriff’s are just as twisted as the rest of us.

People are people after all.

With the exception of Syria, those motherfuckers gotta PAY!

Sorry, I try not yo go political, but I couldn’t resist.

I watched a congressional hearing all day and finally came to one, solid, conclusion.

How did any of these shitheads get elected?

Bad toupee’s, poorly spoken, badly dressed and a fairly fugly theme in all of them.

This is like some traveling freak show.

And these assholes are, literally, pulling the trigger on a WHOLE lot of shit.


And the funny thing is, if one of them sextexted dirty pics of themselves, he wouldn’t be leaving office, unless of course his last name was Weiner.

You gotta wonder what that guy did to make his own party turn on him.

You know they have made stickier shit than this go away.

So let that be a rule to follow.

Don’t text your freak pics at work, unless you are a politician with all of his ducks in a row.

Just saying.

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


A day off is a day off.

I was going to write a blog about Labor Day and then decided against it.

I realized that I have a very poor attitude of the labor movement in this country.

Mainly its the unions.

Back when my great grandfather was a steel worker, unions rocked.

Now they kind of exist to fuck up th economy.

Just an opinion.

My great grandfather was a great man, much like most men of that era.

An immigrant, he worked his ass off, fought in the great war, and raised a big family.

The American dream at its core.

He was one of the reasons why I joined the Elk’s Lodge in my early 20’s.

While he was never an Elk, it seemed like the sort of thing he would do.

Plus the bar at the Elk’s lodge was populated with old veterans, which I dig, and outrageously cheap alcohol. ($.25 Corona’s were cheap even in 1988.)

That alone is enough to get me thru the door.

I realize that the average age dropped by 20 years when my cousin walked thru the door.

Other than us, there were few men under the ripe age of 80.

That would probably explain why there is not a younger demographic.

What everyone fails to realize is, these old guys didn’t start out that way.

They were young badasses once.

And they have the most awesome stories.

Especially when they are doing beer and shots with their “Brothers”.

That is when you find out a number of fascinating facts.

Here is the top 3 that I can remember to this day:

1. The German’s were not all that tough. The Japanese, on the other hand, they were tough.

2. Whiskey is a Goddam man’s drink. (Direct quote from a holder of the Navy Cross Medal, so he would know.

3. What the hell is wrong with kid’s today. (No idea exactly who they were talking about, but that was a pretty general comment from everyone over the age of 75)

And when these old dudes find out that a new member served in the Military, they practically shit themselves in the rush to buy drinks.

(Actually, my cousin served in the patriotic fashion, I ended up with a medical discharge at the end of Basic Training. Long story.)

In all, I think all men should join these groups at one point of another in their life.

Aside from learning to drink in the company of old school MEN, it helps you formulate the idea of there being more to life than just yourself.

That is something sadly missing.

Just an opinion.

Moving on.

Having a day off is nice no matter what your view of the holiday.

I always wondered about those people who tried to vote against MLK Day a few years back.

How screwed is your issues when a day off is not a good idea?

Sorry, being paid for not working is fine by me no matter the circumstance.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am kind of a money whore.

Plus getting to sleep in is a different type of payday.

I just asked the possibly homeless guy sitting across from me at the huge wooden table at the Redondo Starbucks if sleeping in and getting paid for it on a holiday is a good thing.


Well said, sir.


Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Uncategorized