Situation Normal

Michael Estrin
Life is funny (sometimes), so that's what I write about. Readers compare my humor to Dave Barry, David Sedaris, and Larry David. Basically, everyone agrees that it's "funny" and David-related.
Created 08 Sep 2020
  • Spoiler alert: I wasn't murdered
    28 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    Photo by Florian Olivo on Unsplash For the second time in as many days, Christina went to the office. Two years ago, this wouldn’t have been worth mentioning, but these days commuting to a physical of...
  • Humanity booster
    21 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Photo by Jake Nackos on Unsplash “This is like that scene in War Games,” I shouted from my office. Down the hall, Christina yelled back from her office. “What scene in War Games?” “The one at the very...
  • The trial of a sci-fi freak
    14 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    Photo by Ben Griffiths on Unsplash Christina and I saw Dune while we were in Santa Barbara. I already wrote about that perilous trip, but for reasons of narrative economy, I omitted the incident at th...
  • Scared Shitless
    07 Nov 2021 • 10 min read
    Photo by Bee Felten-Leidel on Unsplash In his 1933 inaugural address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was known as Franky Dee to his friends and Frank The Stone Cold Motherfucker to his enemies, ...
  • Funk zone or danger zone?
    31 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Photo by Joshua Tsu on Unsplash Hotel Californian isn’t the same thing as The Hotel California, but it’s close enough for rock & roll, as they say. Not that Christina and I are fans of The Eagles. We ...
  • It's not magic. It's Florida, man
    24 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    Photo by Done By Alex on Unsplash I have a confession. I’ve never read the Harry Potter books. I haven’t seen the movies, either. If you want to stop reading right now, unsubscribe from Situation Norm...
  • Time is crypto. Actually, it's way more valuable
    17 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    Photo by Morgan Housel on Unsplash The subject line catches my eye: there are only two hard things in computer science. I’m not a computer scientist, so I think everything is hard, but I open the emai...
  • It's a wonderful telemarketer
    10 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash “Is Vanessa Bailey there?” I should tell the caller the truth, they have the wrong number. But I’m pretty sure the person calling me at seven in the morning is a tele...
  • Dazed and Amused
    03 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash The early bird gets the worm, but when the worm is a cannabis-infused gummy the early birds have to wait for the bud tender at the dispensary to get his shit tog...
  • Doh Nutz
    26 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Photo by DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash An unmasked man enters the donut shop. That sounds the setup to a joke, 2021’s answer to a priest and a rabbi walking into a bar. But this isn’t a joke. The unmask...
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