Tagged: Michael Konik

The 85% Diet

Facing the physique-softening indignities of middle-age, a friend — call him Chumley, or Chum – adheres to a different diet-and-exercise plan every few weeks or months. He’s done them all, with varying degrees of success. (The old-fashioned “burn more calories than you consume” method doesn’t come with a glossy recipe book or 4-hours-a-month workout plan,...

When We’re Gone

Do you think it’s possible that when we’re gone, when we’re just another mildly successful extinct species that came and went like millions of other species before and after, do you think those that remain will remember us? Millions of years from now, when the mass we call Earth is still spinning in the sky...

Super

Gamblers will find (significant) value in the underdog, as always, and you’ve got your tradition and all that to augment the genuine athletic quality of both the Packers and the Steelers, so we’re looking for a potential classic of a game, although it must be noted for the records that both teams are among the...

The U.S. Constitution Fetish

Tea Party “originalists,” John Boehner, Sarah Palin, and a large percentage of Americans who want less government and more “freedom,” profess an undying fealty to the Constitution of the United States of America. From its 4,400 words (written and agreed upon by the richest elites of the new Republic) stems the philosophical underpinnings of their...

Are Human Beings Worth Fighting For?

Rousing public sympathy for bottle-nose dolphins is easy, and it might get your documentary film lots of awards. Saving whales, polar bears, pandas, snow leopards, wolves, tigers, rhinoceroses, and imprisoned industrial fowl will get you sympathy, money, media coverage, and maybe even a little pot-stirring controversy. Championing a cause that involves something that isn’t capable...

Thanksgiving Thankfulness

We were once under the misapprehension that Christmas was the holiday that had become commercialized and drained of meaning. After witnessing the emergence of Black Friday as a widely understood part of the lexicon, we’re inclined to think that the Thanksgiving holiday has become just as bad. Never mind that the whole Pilgrims and Indians thing...

No Free Parking

The idea behind Congestion Pricing is to charge people more to use things — city streets, toll roads, cellphones — during peak times. By raising the cost you reduce demand, freeing up more space. And if demand stays constant you earn higher revenue and then raise the price some more. Such programs are in place...

A Secret I’ve Been Keeping

Most of the people I’ve not met who recognize my name “know” me as a book writer, or as that guy who used to be on television blabbering about poker. A smaller subset might know me as the producer and proprietor of jazz records, or even as a former jazz vocalist.  Those are all cool...

Why I Wrote “Reefer Gladness”

My new book, coming out in a couple of months, is about marijuana. Fans of my gambling and golf and dog books have been wondering what gives. Why this? Aside from not wanting to repeat myself, I sought a subject that’s moving to the forefront of our ongoing cultural conversation, a subject about which people...

Poem: Father’s Day

Look for the tender part hiding beneath the armor. That’s where you’ll find the love and the care that’s too big to have a word. Altogether different from Mom’s, it feels at first more settled, less frantic. But when you live with it long enough and if you’re charitable, you’ll discover that Dad will never...