Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Some of the Best Conversations are at the Supermarket

Some of the Best Conversations are at the Supermarket 

I'm in Shoprite and women says to me are you Italian, I say yes and she then asks what's the difference between Prosciutto and Pancetta, I said one has 9 letters the other 8 letters.

Then over at the frozen foods section of the store, a lovely couple as chatty as I am are in looking into the frozen veggie section, she says let us get out of your way, I said that's okay I'm taller and can see over your shoulders. So of course dieting is mentioned. 
I go to checkout grab the wrong cart that has nothing but water whos behind me the lovely couple who says I know you are dieting but just water. Oh crap, I run back to find my cart and run back to the line, too funny.

Today made me think of my Dad and he used to get his exercise at the supermarket starting in the bakery - dairy and 19 aisles in between. I do the same thing and sure enough, it's genetic.

Some of your best conversations are at the Supermarket, have a nice chat your next time your out shopping.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Starbucks Hottie

OMG, I've found the right bipolar meds and this buff young man got my attention, got many guys' attention as all the tables had daddies and other gay men wanting to make eye contact.  

Starbucks Hottie, unedited. 

So what is it with me that not only got eye contact, a smile, and a laugh ... his reply "that's a good one," and my bipolar advantage" I was feeling so good I wanted to have fun, I wanted to write, I wanted what all aging gay men want, first base...batter up!

You know when you order a coffee beverage they ask you your name, well I bought water and a raspberry seltzer water and got on the line to pay and said, "FLIRT ALERT" you aren't going to ask me my name we both smiled.

Life is short if you can't get to first base at least hit the ball and be tagged out and get your ass into a batting cage and practice.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Open Letter to my Social Media Friends

Mental health AWARENESS, it's what I do. PLEASE DON'T STIGMATIZE Mental Illness I don't own a gun and know better thanks to medications and therapy. 
I want to thank all of my Facebook friends who take the time to read what I post. Social media isn't very social, especially if you are diagnosed with a mental illness disorder (social anxiety) I'm raising awareness, I'm NOT GUILTING those who don't take the time to at the minimum LIKE, SAD, ANGRY, WOW what I post. 
As a former journalist, I know not everyone agrees what you write, but those who take the time to write a letter to the Editor because they disagree had to READ what you wrote to disagree. 
Maintaining (3) websites, two on being Bipolar you'd be amazed by the hate emails and sadly stalked It's why I fly the Bulling Logo & text on They are a CRIME.
"Online harassment, sometimes referred to as “cyberharassment,” usually pertains to threatening or harassing emails, instant messages, or website entries. ... Cyberstalking involves using the Internet or other electronic means to stalk a victim, and generally refers to a pattern of threatening or malicious behaviors"
lastly, this is not a cut and paste if email chain email. But feel free to share, thank you.

P E A C E on E A R T H and Z E R O S T I M A mental health.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Bus Ride Humor

If you don't know I ride up front in the disabled section of the bus, these are the seats facing each other (captive audience) near the door and the driver and some of the questions when the door opens I can't resist, think out loud and answer the questions and fellow passengers who hear me either get it or not. Tonight two of them got and we all smiled. 
This happened this evening I'm on the 159R we pull up to the bus stop and the man says is this the 158, I need the 158, repeated again I need the 158? I say let me get off and repaint the number.

How can you tell there's am an amateur comedian on the bus? He's sitting in the disabled section.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

SIM Card Experience Humor

Sim Card Experiences both of these are from the same call.
October 12, 2019

A problem with my visual voicemail, so I call customer service and get the automated operator who asks me a few questions so I start to push buttons until I got a voice saying," are you calling from the phone ending in 4657 if yes press #1,"  so I push # 1.  
Now in a short few words, tell me what's the problem, for example, "are you having problems with your visual voicemail."

She says let's begin. In a few short words tell me what's your problem? "I say I'm having the same problem as the example you gave me?

Different Day.
October 23, 2019
Not sure what a SIM card LQQKs like (see the photo above.) This SIM card came in the mail. I had to change the one I had with a new one I got nervous and I dropped it next to the other and got confused which is the new one. 

So I called my carrier and the Rep says read me the numbers I said let me look in the box to see if you sent a microscope. We had a good laugh.

He then says use your fingers to expand the image and tell me what you see. "I said the winning numbers for tonight's lottery," he said are there any letters, "I said yes "GOOD LUCK."
I said am I holding you up he said no I needed this call you are too funny. I said, "I use humor when I'm nervous," and that's why my hands were shaking and dropped the SIM card, to begin with.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Universal Hello and Gestures

Loneliness and how I cope.

I went for a walk and as I exited the building the same really sweet older women who speak little English are sitting in the community room like clockwork, like eight years of clockwork so I pop in to see them. They don't always see me and when they do they say "Steve" and make gestures as to what's up. When I'm depressed I make a sad face, when I'm tired I place my hands and tilt my head, they say goodnight.

On good days I have a routine to make us laugh, the same routine, same eight years... where I creep into the room and the two sitting in the alcove who can't see me, I go boo!!! The smiles are priceless.

On days I'm out and I'll pick up some candy, boxed chocolates, pastry and I share with them, the gesture on those days is them pointing at my belly and "Lucy." who speaks a few sentences...says to me how many months like I'm pregnant, and communicates to the others, they say too much, not good.

I reside in a building of Italians, Armenians, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and others I can't remember right now. What ties the ones I know especially those with a language barrier is the universal hellos and gestures we share with each other.

There are days when I pop in and only see one of them sitting there and I gesture hands up, meaning "what's up," and at times get back is a sad face and I sit for a spell as I know loneliness as well.

Then there are days when I pop in and only see one of them sitting there and I gesture "what's up," what I get back is the gesture of raising hand from bowl to mouth meaning they are eating dinner and yes I gesture back by rubbing my belly and we smile.

Gesture "smile," tonight I'm not alone.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

A few jokes from what's been going on, my day-to-day.

A few jokes from what's been going on, my day-to-day.

298 lbs, 6' 1" always told that I carry it well, let's get to know one another,,, I'll let you carry it.

I'm at an intersection in Manhattan guy goes to hand me a card that says FREE scoop of ice cream, I reach out to take one and he says, "it's on the kid's menu,"  my I'll take me ten of them.

I had a few Trump jokes that I can't share.... they got redacted.

I'm on a bus that pulls up to a gas station, the driver opens the door and rushes out.  I say to the folks  opposite me.. when you gotta go, you gotta go.   Five miniutes later I say this is why planes have two pilots.

How can you tell there's an amateur comedian on the bus, they're sitting in the disabled section.

Something different at home, the pint of ice cream next to my hand melted................ no smoke alarm!

Thank you for clicking on Bipolar Shorts, hoping I made you laugh. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

My Favorite Part of My Day : June 04, 2019

My Favorite Part of My Day:  June 04, 2019 
       Inspired by Linda.    
               (Unedited version)

       In a meeting recently the phrase time-management was tossed around, someone compared themselves to me saying I can't work like he does, an accurate statement as I experience and manage my manic episodes pretty good using a combo of medication and holistic alternative approaches, like  walking meditation, and enjoy walking into town, my favorite part of my day.  

      Today's destination the pharmacy and while there I sat down to chill some and met Linda.  What types of conversations do people have in pharmacies... medications?

Linda and I hit it off as we both kept stopping each other saying remind me of your name again, give me a hint, the first letter and it stuck, as our conversation was on a topic we both know very well anxiety.
      Linda talked about her husband, asked if I was married, we share pleasantries, as we both eased into our personal stories.  Linda had shared that she had stopped her medication without doctors supervision, I said that's the worst thing you can do.  

      I shared that I take my script as needed and I split the pills when I need just a little extra when my alternative natural deep breathing exercise isn't working that well, she replied sounds like you have it mastered and I replied I do for the most part and that it takes work (practice) with your therapist and pdoc (short for psychiatrist).

       Our conversation winded down as I needed to get moving, manage my time, squeeze in a sit-down lunch before squeezing in twenty minutes of Vitamin D, the natural kind..." SUNSHINE"

      According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, NAMI:
 1 in 5 adults in America experiences a mental illness.  
Nearly 1 in 25 adults (10 million) live with a serious mental illness.
For Additional Information visit

For information on Holistic approach to mental health click on this helpful link: Hollistic Approach to Mental Health

Linda until our paths cross again, be well and God Bless

Monday, April 29, 2019

Two Jokes that got laughs today 4/29/19

Two Jokes I wrote that got laughs today.

My folk's headstone at the cemetery is marble when I went there recently it was gone so I went to the office and asked where it might be, she told me to check the bottom of the hill that's where many of our marble stones end up.

What's one of the perks of being the Chair of a Community Advisory Board? You always have a seat.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

You Never Know Where You will meet a Quacker

Just in and wanted to share my commute home with you.

          I'm on the crosstown bus everyone commuting home and on gets 60 high schoolers from Portland Oregon. One of the adults says we're all about to go quack, quack, quack. She said this is so all the kids know to get off the bus at the same time. 

       I chimed in and went quack, quack, quack and another woman on the bus opposite me say aren't you going to get off with your group? I said no I just like to quack as well just not alone so it was a treat to meet fellow quackers.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Who doesn't like receiving greeting cards

What a nice surprise from one of my bipolar bear friends, many who know my love for Polar Bears have sent me images, greeting cards, and magnets.  Thank you Mark D. 

Ever curious about the origin of Greeting Cards -->  CLICK HERE -->  Greeting Card History

Have a nice weekend all.

Other bears of mine:

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Is Sugar addictive and why is it sold in Pharmacies?

My two cents:

Okay, not that I'm in favor of the sale of tobacco at pharmacies, but what about sugar/candy.  

I just got back from Rite Aide and while standing in line to check out, are shelves of wrapped candy as if candy isn't addictive and harmful for you.  All I'm asking is to put the candy in an aisle so shoppers at a drug store are tempted.   Who do you think shops there, people on medications, many with addictive behaviors?

New York City Bans Sale of Tobacco in pharmacies.

"“Pharmacies are places of health and should not sell deadly consumer products,” according to a statement from de Blasio’s office about the ban."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Have You ever heard someone say, Smile................

Smiling increases face value 

Have you ever heard someone say, smile it increases your face value?  I have and want to share who wrote this., meet American Author: Robert Harling

Smile, it increases your face value. " A quote from the American writer Robert Harling states a reality-based quote which helps you to increase your beauty and appearance just from a natural jewelry that is free called as SMILE.

A few days ago I caught up with my friends and neighbors who I've gotten to know, all sharing laughter as we share stories and jokes around other topics that pop up during our afternoon or some wee hours of the evenings. When I caught up with them, they usual say, "here comes trouble," as I never know what I'm going to say, but it's always done with love and respect, the shared goal is laughter and smiling.

Boy do we smile, this evening just plain goofiness.  This past evening we spent a fair amount of time of laughing about the pronunciation of General Tso's Chicken, dark meat, white meat, and also Crab Rangoon the cream cheese puffs, we each had our own way of pronuncing these.

Another funny share...picture me eating candy and placing the wrappers in the one ladies jacket pockets, the prankster I am.   It was priceless, her going out another day and reaching into her pocket wondering where did this come from, "I bet it was Steve,." next day she asked me and I confessed yes and smiles and a hug.

Out of nowhere I say adult diapers can be bought in bulk, 4,000 shipped in boxes at $.89 each and we laughed on that.  Sometimes we just laugh off each others laughter and tonight was one of those nights.

Laughter and smiling release Endorphins which, "make us feel happier and less stressed. They also act as the body's natural painkillers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall over."

(the photo credit Helpguide)

Many of us are up in age, me the baby at age 60 so we all suffer from one aliment or another but all with chronic pain.  So we laugh.

Photo's of friends and family 
in my life last November 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Story of Bipolar Shorts

The idea for bipolar shorts came about when I was riding the bus through the Lincoln tunnel several years ago.  An accident occurred injuring "thirty-one people hurt after two Buses Collided In the Lincoln Tunnel".  The bus I was on not involved, but it triggered a severe panic attack.

Here's what took place, thanks to an educated passenger yelling to the bus driver he needs to get out, he's suffering a panic attack.   The Bus driver explaining he can't let passengers out in the tunnel, he finally does and I immediately calm down, a minute later I feel a hand on my shoulder from the driver of another bus, instructing me to come into his bus that had plenty of seats, air conditioning...as if I walked into an oxygen tent.   It was here that I drew upon deep breathing skills I learned also a woman offered me a bottle of water, one other holding my hand and another woman handed me a pen and paper saying try drawing or writing something that this will help you stay focused, I did as it worked and there began the creation of bipolar shorts. 

In addition to the above anxiety and panic disorders I struggle with, now my hands and wrist are becoming problematic due to peripheral neuropathy so when I write, I write short sentences, step away and go back and finish when I have flare-ups.

Pictured below is a series of photos of my creating bipolar shorts using pencils and post-it notes helping me space out the colored boxer shorts in photo number one. 

Next is image number two showing a clothesline inspired by my childhood apartment building, I remember clothes hanging back and forth.

A friend connected me with a graphic designer who created the last mage.  We met to talk about what I was wanting and she sent me a few to decide from and I decided on image number two which is used in the blog cover photo.

If you suffer anxiety and possible panic disorder, neuropathy, arthritis, or any other chronic medical or mental disorder and use meditation, breathing exercises maybe you too might want to write to help relax, it helps me.

Have fun writing.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Home Alone This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and to those of us who are truly alone no siblings, nieces or nephews or family that accept you for who you are and welcome you.   I'm blessed to have accepting Cousins whom I'll be sharing Thanksgiving with, I'm also blessed to and friends and neighbors who are accepting of me and to be living in a State that is LGBT Affirmative.  Not all states are the same.

There are many reasons people are alone, never married, married no children, married and divorced, outlived members of your family, abandoned by family, not accepted by your families if your gay, distance, immobile, mental and physical health issues, poverty, etc.  Know you're not alone and know there are resources available.

Check with your local and State senior service agencies.  Look for a similar disclosure (below), where I live in New Jersey, our County welcomes all.  If you don't see one, ask.

Bergen County Division of Senior Services supports and promotes diverse and inclusive communities, and does not discriminate based on age, color, creed, gender, gender identity, mental or physical disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, or sexual orientation in its provision of services or employment practises. 

The inspiration for this post is from such a program, each year the neighboring community of Garfield, NJ invites seniors to participate in their annual Thanksgiving Celebration.   Thanks to the Borough of Cliffside Park's own Senior Activity Center buses are provided. -- Thank You, Linda, Phyllis and all who work there for all you do.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

One of Our Own, Long Term Survivor awarded POZ 100 2018

"As a gay man living with HIV, mental illness and addiction, Mark wanted to help others living with such conditions.  To that end, in 2003, Mark, who has survived suicide attempts as well as prostate cancer, founder Pink & Bluesa peer-run recovery support group and safe space for LGBTQI people living with mental illness, substance abuse and health conditions, including HIV."

click here--> The POZ 100 2018 Mark A. Davis <--click here 
for the POZ Magazine listing 

"In 1987, Mark was elected founding president of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association. A year later, he was diagnosed HIV positive."

"In 2009 Mark was awarded a Consumer Leadership Voice Award by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for his work in the mental health field, including advocating with survivors of suicide attempts.  Mark's goal is to help eliminate needless deaths by suicide and overdose that disproportionately affect LGBTQI people from all generations." (POZ 100 2018)"

I had the pleasure of meeting Mark back in 2008 at the LGBT Center in NYC where he was presenting on a panel discussion on Mental Health sponsored hosted by the Rainbow Heights Club.

Mark and I continued working together on various projects with the National Alliance on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration since then.

Pictured above is a recent photo of Mark and I attending The Reunion Project Philidelphia.  We both spoke up on mental illness that day when the mic was passed around, others that same day started opening up about their own mental health and addiction recoveries.  Know you are not alone.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Soup

Home alone I keep very little in the house as it motivates me to get up and get out as staying inside isn't good for my depression.  In the picture above is one of my quick meals using unsalted or low sodium chicken broths, frozen veggies as the base. I use turmeric powder, grated fresh ginger and black pepper for my spices. 

I mix it up by adding diced chicken breast, or brown rice, or both.  When on sale I add quinoa, you pretty much can add what you like, garlic, onions.  

Set a timer, I do as I get easily distracted, also just safe.

Have fun.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Am I the only person who eats Snickers with a knife.

November 3rd, 2018

I snapped this photo and started to write a story, like in English class where your teacher takes out a photo and says give me 175 words on the count of three."  

One, two, three begin.

It's after midnight I'm wide awake surfing on my Facebook groups and sure enough, my sweet tooth kicks in and I'm craving a Snickers. I change back into my jeans and head down to the lobby snack room, one of the many luxuries of living at Riverview Towers.

While waiting for an elevator one of my neighbors comes into the lobby sees me with my snickers bar and I said to her that I use a knife when I eat my snickers and we both chuckled.  It was one of those spurs of a moment jokes.

I'm back in my apartment, back into my PJ's, back surfing my Facebook groups ready to eat my Snickers and decided to snap the photo above and start writing.  Halfway into my story I Google, "am I the only person who eats a Snickers with a knife,"  apparently not!

Click here ---> Snickers Bar

Laughter is the best medicine

November 2nd, 2018

Who doesn't enjoy laughter? seated here are a few of my neighbors and boy do we make each other laugh.  Laugher is better than the medicines we take and who wouldn't like to take fewer pills.

 seated L - R Elsie, Mary Vicki 
standing -Maryanne and kneeling myself

Here's to many more years of laughter and support to one another.