My deplorable lunches

I work in an industrial park. It’s completely encircled by fast food places dangling their wares in front of the thousands of people working around here. Off the top of my head, I can think of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sonic, Taco Bell, Del Taco, KFC, Jack In the Box, plus a bunch of mom-n-pop ethnic places and smaller local chains. And there are tons of fast-casual and sit-down restaurants, too. Continue reading “My deplorable lunches”


My deplorable event tickets

I know I come across as a cheapass curmudgeon who never has any fun, but I actually really like going to entertainment events. I enjoy everything from pro hockey and baseball games to the symphony, concerts and theater. Sue me, I’m a pretentious fuck. Continue reading “My deplorable event tickets”

Deplorable commercials and social media

I organize my life to avoid commercial advertising to the extent possible. Yeah, I know this sounds stupid for someone who does marketing for a living. Sue me, but I can no longer stand the omnipresent attempts to sell me things I don’t need to impress people I don’t know or like. Continue reading “Deplorable commercials and social media”

My deplorable Walmart food

Yup, I buy my groceries at Walmart. It’s cheaper than anywhere else, or at least cheaper than any place where the employees speak English. The shopping experience sucks at the ghetto Walmarts. The Walmarts in nice neighborhoods are perfectly fine. The Walmart in the nice neighborhood near my work is cheaper than the ghetto Walmart near my condo. Weird. Maybe they don’t have to hire so much security and they pass on the savings. Continue reading “My deplorable Walmart food”

My deplorable suits

One of my current interests is “masculine style.” There’s an absolutely great website by that name, incidentally. Go look it up if you’re a man who wants to learn to dress well. Dressing appropriately and well doesn’t always mean dressing up, though I admit to enjoying suiting up for an event like the symphony or a formal occasion. Sue me, I’m vain that way.

The style world is vast. Everyone from custom suit makers to suit mills like Men’s Wearhouse want you to buy suits that you don’t necessarily need. They try to convince you that you’ll look like George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven if you just buy their product. Even shows like Mad Men – which I actually liked a lot – are often just commercials for Brooks Brothers. Continue reading “My deplorable suits”

My (her) deplorable gun

I work in the shooting industry. It’s fun. Most of the people in the industry are cool, and a lot of them are unusual in an entertaining way. They all have dozens of guns, from pistols that fit in a pocket, to revolvers that will down an elk with one shot, to rifles like I carried in Afghanistan. I don’t begrudge them any of it. They have a right to own all that stuff. It’s there in the Constitution, depending on who you listen to. Continue reading “My (her) deplorable gun”

My deplorable (lack of) cable TV

I “cut the cord” years ago. I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with TV. It’s mainly just another propaganda outlet driving the consumerist and establishment political agendas. I have one of those gadgets that pulls the digital signal out of the air. It gives a pretty nice picture when I put on the World Series. I think the gadget cost $18. Cable costs like $100 a month. Continue reading “My deplorable (lack of) cable TV”