Having your cake and eating it too.

New Jersey recently enacted a law clarifying that a candidate for one of the state’s U.S. Senate or House seats can also run in presidential primaries.

hold on now.  You have a job, and you want a different job so you can keep your current job at the same time as you actively pursue the new job and if things go south and you don’t get the new job your old job will be waiting for you and then you can write a book about the ordeal. 

This is clearly amazing.  As CE’s father ( a war refugee) often said, “so, you like it in America “

Happy Father’s Day

Although CE has no doubt that Mrs. CE and each and every mother holds the key to their children’s paths, it is comforting to know that Hallmark and the retail industry have not forgotten that recognizing a dad can help spur the economy. 

But as important as wishing each one of us a wonderful day is that even though he has little chance to contend, on this Sunday Tiger is playing another father’s day round at the US Open.  

enjoy the final ten hours of coverage on the Fox network and the US Open App. 


Why do health care professionals wear gloves?

CE has the answer and it’s not the answer CE was looking for. 

Those latex gloves are a defense against germs. Ok no surprise there. But just who are the gloves protecting?   

If you are a long time CE reader then you already know where this is going.   

“If it’s good for the consumer it’s a coincidence “. ( see early posts ) 

yup it’s not the patient that the doctors are concerned with, it’s themselves.  

 Yesterday Mrs. CE visited a local medecin and was spell bound as the doc put on gloves and proceeded to touch various non sterilised items before examining her eye.  Naturally Mrs. CE prevented this from occurring and insisted that he put on a new pair of gloves. When asked why he wears gloves he sheepishly admitted that the gloves are not to protect the patient but to be sure that the doctor does not get sick in case the patient has anything contagious.  

If you are squeamish or intolerant of questions please skip this post.

In October 1979 CE was hit over the head with the realization that it’s not the answers that matter.  


Prominent cities across our nation from SF-NYC have relaxed or ignore the penalties for public; drug use, drinking alcohol, excessive noise and public urination.  


Couldn’t hold it in?  Shouldn’t  municipalities provide safe and clean rest areas?   Why should toddlers and young children have to navigate past this behavior?

Couldn’t hold it in?

Shouldn’t  municipalities provide safe and clean rest areas?   Why should toddlers and young children have to navigate past this behavior?

The Best of Intentions to fight infections.

while at the hospital with Mrs. CE for a pre surgery visit   



clearer view below 




As the world turns it is more and more evident that; 



Say it ain’t so.

CE And Mrs. CE were on our way to a meeting last week when we happened to find ourselves walking behind two of New York’s finest.   although perhaps difficult to see from the photos, their shoes were falling apart to the point where it was clear to CE that if speed was necessary, these two brave souls would need a cab to keep up with the bad guys, because there was no way in hell they could run in those shoes.  

What’s happening? How can it be that in greatest city on earth the people that are protecting us don’t have proper footwear.  And CE knows shoes.

(Editors note: CE used to work in the ladies shoe department at A&S in the Queens mall) 


If you have the answer please let us know.  

And remember caveatemptorbuyerbeware  


Flying the friendly skies

CE recently had the misfortune to fly the unfriendly skies of United.  It was not the airline staff that was at fault, but if you have the misfortune to sit towards the rear of the plane as is so often CE’s plight your food choice may be limited due to the clear favorite food choice having been distributed to the passengers sitting closer to the front.

But, the inconvenience above is Just a red herring. The problem that most concerns CE is the lack of civility that we passengers demonstrate towards each other.

The “shared space” concept that the airlines like to present is nothing but a hoax. There is little or no sharing because most airline passengers become hungry wolves and indiscriminately abscond the precious and limited overhead stowaway compartments with a clear and total disregard to the needs of fellow travelers.

In this high altitude microcosm it matters not if you are seated in economy, economy plus or business class, the struggle is the same.

as always,


''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,'' was stated by Dick the Butcher in ''Henry VI,'' Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73.

for many years CE has repeated adnauseum our mantra that “the only time a corporation does something good for the consumer it’s a coincidence “. There are exceptions to every rule. Some of you may have in the past cashed in your coins at a TD bank. TD for no charge ( and TD also gave out prizes to kids young and old who correctly guessed within a few dollars the amount of change being counted) accepted the coins which you could either redeem for cash or deposit to your account.  It was a great banking and learning experience for my mini me CE. 

So by now you are probably wondering what TD Bank has to do with Shakespeare’s admonition to slay lawyers.  Sadly some law firm saw TD banks courtesy to consumers as an opportunity to file a class action.  Although TD checked the accuracy of their counting machines every four hours and took the machines off line if they were even just one penny off,  this was not good enough for the lawyers.  

Well as it happened the lawyers did have a valid argument , the TD coin counting machines were off infinitesimally.  This inconsistency in the coin counting resulted in a settlement which caused TD to discontinue the service and take the coin counting machines off line.  

So CE asks who wins and who loses?  Now CE has to count and roll his coins and wait on line at the bank to make a deposit or CE can use the coin machines in the supermarkets and pay a 10% fee.  

Shakespeare, it seems that you were on to something.  But, please give CE and Mrs. CE another 30 years.   

as alwsys, 



Slow down

As we move ever closer to December 21, our winter solstice let’s try to take a deep slow breath and rather than cogitating on the negatives, let’s try to adopt some of the great philosophy of Jerry Posner.  CE and  Mrs. CE believe that he is on to something. 


Ok? No it’s not ok

Why do so many people use the expression ‘ok’?  What does ok? represent?  Actually it’s not ok.  I no longer wish to hear someone end their sentence with ok?  “ hello, like um you know, we don’t like have it in you know,  like in your size, ok?”

CE & the NRA

CE recently received a fundraising call from the NRA. CE agreed to make a contribution on the condition that the NRA’s policy included the requirement for background checks including mental health background checks prior to anyone obtaining a gun and a 30 day waiting period to perform the background checks.  CE also conditioned a donation on annual mandatory continuing education requirements to maintain a gun license and further that each gun be registered with local law enforcement agencies.  

To CE’s surprise the NRA representative (who declined to be named in this post) agreed with the above in its entirety.  

As CE’s father often said, “where there’s life there’s hope”  

as always, caveatemptorbuyerbeware.   

Can I help you?

Why do people ask the question if they really don’t mean it? 

Up up and away

well CE and Mrs. CE together with mini CE after a two hour weather delay took off on JetBlue from JFK to SFO this afternoon to celebrate thanksgiving with our west coast family.   Unfortunately there was an extremely disruptive passenger who moved to empty seats across from us and prevented us from enjoying the Jetblue experience.   The crew had apparently spotted him before he moved to our proximity because when I mentioned the issue to a steward he was well aware of the situation.    Apparently this gentleman, and I use that word loosely, is a frequent JetBlue flier and is known to the JetBlue organization although this was the first time that this plane crew had come across him. 

 To get the full picture,  this odd looking gentleman thought nothing of exposing himself, lowering his pants and raising his shirt while sitting Awkwardly on his seat and every 10 to 15 minutes he made mysterious.   ( no flush was ever heard) trips to the bathroom.  

Prior to moving to our row of seats,  he had made a loud public announcement that he needed to sleep and couldn’t sleep where he was originally seated and then proceeded to fidget for the entire 6 1/2 hour flight without sleeping a wink.  We would have greatly welcomed the peace and quiet that his nap would have brought.   

 Further his bizarre antics made it impossible for CE to get any shut eye because CE was on security mode to make sure that no harm would befall Mrs. CE or mini CE.  

CE applauds the Jetblue flight staffs vigilance. They were on high alert during the entirety of the flight.  I surmise however that the combination of alcohol and whatever else he may have been taking contributed to his disruptive behavior.  

The CE takeaway from this experience confirms once again—be on your guard and