I had my second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Saturday, March 27, 2021. 

It takes 2 weeks for full immunity to develop That means on April 10, after more than 1 year, I can start getting my life back. YAY!

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Online since 2009, the Stu Pitt Stuff blog is cool, fun and funny. Sometimes wildly entertaining, sometimes even brilliant, and occasionally serious. Based in America (in trendy L.A.) My Stu Pitt Stuff blog uses humor, wisdom and truth to shine a light on life's absurdities (and other stuff) and offers Stu Pitt solutions to life's problems.

Spend some time on this blog. If you do, you will laugh, you will learn things, and you might just improve your life. At the very least, you will smile. Feel free to binge-read, there are nearly 600 posts on this blog.

Read and enjoy.

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And, in case you are interested, I also wrote more than 20 self-help books that can improve your life ... fast. Want to improve your life ... fast? Here are free excerpts from some of my books


Staying Sane

During an entire year of the Covid-19 plague, March 2020-March 2021, I was able to maintain my sanity. I did not become depressed or overly anxious or bored. How did I do it? A hobby. My photographic fine art hobby kept me sane, and optimistic. How? Why? I was involved with it, in it. I was involved in something that satisfied me, something creative and beautiful. I was deeply involved in a worthwhile hobby that I was able to do daily. 

And, I even created a photo book about the pandemic.

see free excerpts at

Since I started my hobby I created an average of 1 photograph a day. Since September 2019, I have published over 700 of my best fine art photographs. They are available for viewing at Fine Art America

Here's a sample

Art Prints

One of the secrets of being happy is doing what you love. And having a purpose. Find that. 

My books can help.


cellphone addiction

Everyone is always on their cell phone. Everywhere. Always. Everyone is living through their cell phone. It's an addiction.

When you are on your cell phone you are not in the real world, you are not being fully aware of your surroundings. Your eyes are not open to the miracles and beauty around you. 

I do not live through my cell phone. I mainly use it to take pictures. These are some of the things I have seen when I am not on my cell phone and have my eyes open

It's a yard decoration - Halloween

Put down your cell phone. Turn it off. Open your eyes. See the world. Be amazed!

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6 AM Prose

It was May 2, 2020. Los Angeles, California.

During the pandemic of 2020, after 43 days of the LA Lockdown, I was up early, before dawn, so I went to the supermarket just before 6 am when it opens.

The world was empty. No one was out walking their dogs, or themselves. Very few cars were on the road. Very few shoppers were at the supermarket, I was the first one in. By 6:15 I was done and out the door. On the way home, again there were few cars on the road and no pedestrians.

No people. No traffic. As the world awakened, I felt like it belonged to me. Me and the chirping birds. Alone together at dawn. It was spiritual. It was good. It was Saturday.

The above is an excerpt from my book, "The Plague 2020 Collector's Edition". 
Now available at amazon. 

Around the world

Stu Pitt Stuff - it's everywhere!
Recently, online visitors to this blog came from the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Russia, Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam.

Not just an American blog, Stu Pitt Stuff also gets visitors all over the world: from North America, South America, Europe, The Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa. Literally from every continent except Antarctica. And, to rectify that, as I am sometimes stubborn (and sometimes weird), I actually tweeted the U.S. research center in Antarctica, McMurdo Station, and emailed someone else at another station in Antarctica, and asked that someone please go online and visit my blog and kindly complete my global guest quest - visitors from all 7 continents.

The point? Never give up. Even if you have to go to Antarctica.

UPDATE: a day later I received an email from an astrophysicist at a research center in Antarctica who said they went online and visited the Stu Pitt Stuff blog. Cool! Or rather, cold; at the time, in Antarctica, it was -63 C (-81 F).

Yes! I completed my global guest quest - blog visitors from all 7 continents. Am I pleased? Very.

Stupid Floor

written on August 22, 2020 at 1:30 PM

I just weighed myself, to see if I could have a cheeseburger tonight. If I weigh too much, no cheeseburger. If I weigh at or under my minimum of 150 lbs, cheeseburger.

Putting the scale on the wood floor, with the grain, I weighed 151. 1 lb over my minimum and a good weight for me. OK, maybe a cheeseburger. Then, I laid the scale across the grain of the wood floor and stepped on it. My weight was 147. Definitely a cheeseburger. Maybe two.  I then weighed myself again to be sure.  Same thing, 151 with the grain, 147 against the grain. I did it both ways, in 3 different spots on the floor; in the bathroom, the living room and the kitchen. Each time the weight was exactly the same. 151 with the grain, 147 against the grain. Obviously, it was the flooring. The stupid wood flooring. What do I weigh, 151 or 147? Cheeseburger or no cheeseburger? Depends on how you place the scale on the stupid floor.

Hmm. Maybe I should just flip a coin. Or split the difference between 151 and 147 and call it Cheeseburger Night!


The new normal? Many things are unavailable during the coronavirus pandemic. Including toilet paper.

This was the only thing on the shelf in my local supermarket today. Bamboo bath tissue. The package didn't show where it was made or how many sheets per roll.

In any event, I'm not ready to use bamboo on my tushy. 

A Weighty Mystery

I noticed that have gained some weight. I weighed myself and now weigh 155.6. A gain of exactly 2 pounds, in 1 month. I have been eating EXACTLY the same foods, in the same quantity, at the same time each day. There has been NO changes in the last month, with the exception of perhaps slightly less daily walking due to cold weather or rain.  So, how did I gain 2 pounds? It’s not the very minor reduction in daily walking. That wouldn’t account for gaining 2 pounds in 1 month. A mystery. A weighty mystery. Luckily and logically, I solved it. 

The only logical answer may be that my metabolism has slowed down. An involuntary response to the colder weather, i.e. winter. As I am an animal (albeit a human) this makes sense to me biologically. Bears hibernate, and in colder months I too may slow down metabolically and burn less calories, to preserve warmth and fat, etc. A natural response. Summer weight vs winter weight. Hmm, I wonder if overweight/obese people also normally gain weight in the winter, without eating more.

It will be interesting to see how much “winter weight” I gain. And how slow my metabolism gets. Hopefully, I won’t gain more than 5 pounds and, hopefully, I will be able to stay awake, and not go into hibernation, until like mid-late March, when the L.A. winter ends!

Standing in a hurricane

Once upon a time, I was 8 years old. Many many years ago. I lived in Upstate New York. In Binghamton, NY. And I went outside and stood in a hurricane. Hurricane Hazel, a monster storm. It was a Category 4. With winds strong enough to knock me down. Or literally blow me away (at 8-years-old, I didn't weigh a lot). It was a hurricane with conditions dangerous enough to kill me, with flying debris, or flooding.

I was 8 years old, and curious to see and feel what standing outside in a monster hurricane was like. I found out. I stood in it until the wind threatened to knock me down, or lift me off my feet and carry me away. Then, not wanting to die, I went back inside the house.

In its aftermath, here's what the hurricane looked like.

How bad was it?

From the 'Ithaca Voice', "In Binghamton's Broome County, 20,000 people were forced to flee their homes, while downtown Binghamton was buried under feet of murky brown water. 95 percent of Owego (20 miles away) was underwater, as the Susquehanna River topped its banks. 7,000 properties were damaged. Property losses in Broome and Tioga Counties alone totaled nearly a billion dollars, and two people lost their lives."

Once upon a time, I was 8-years-old. Standing outside in a huge hurricane. A deadly hurricane. An epic hurricane. 8-years-old, I went outside and stood in one of the biggest strongest hurricanes ever. It was scary. It was dangerous. It was stupid. It was cool.

I survived.

You may be a phony

Everyone I see is on their cell phone. Young people and middle aged people, even old people, walking around reading/sending texts. On their cell phone. Walking around with their cell phone in their hand, at the ready, constantly looking down and peering at their phone to see if there is a new message.

Everyone I see is walking around texting. Ignoring the real world. Ignoring other people. Ignoring objects until they bump into them. Living through their cell phones. Phonies.

Anyone who spends all their time on their cell phone is a "phony". Are YOU a phony?

Happiness = longer life

From WebMD

A new study is "one of many that are pointing in the same general direction, that people who are happier and more optimistic and have a higher degree of life satisfaction, they tend to be healthier and they tend to live longer," said James Maddux, a professor emeritus of clinical psychology with George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. 

People with a more positive outlook not only tacked more years onto their life, they also tended to enjoy better health, the results showed.

For example, 50-year-old men completely happy with their lives could expect to live nearly 30 more years free from disability and 21 years free from chronic disease. That compared with 20 and 11 years, respectively, for depressed men who aren't enjoying life.
Women at age 50 who enjoy life can expect to live more than 31 years free from disability and 22 years free from chronic disease, compared with about 21 years and 12 years for those who are unhappy and depressed.

The health advantage associated with a positive outlook persisted as folks grew older. At ages 60, 70 and 80, those with a high enjoyment of life and no depression lived longer and healthier than those who didn't.
It's also possible that folks who are happier just tend to lead healthier lives, Maddux said.
"Happier people have something to live for," Maddux said. "They like their lives, and so they tend to take care of themselves more than people who are miserable."

No kidding. That's why I wrote the book, "The Happiness Transformation".  It shows you how to be happy - now - and for the rest of your life.

click on the book for free excerpts!

tasty trivia

Saw a tv commercial with people roasting marshmallows over a campfire. (Geico Insurance commercial). Got to wondering “where do marshmallows come from?” “Why are they called marshmallows?”

Looked it up re google and here is what I found:

“Marshmallows come from the sweet sap of the 'Mallow' Plant that grows in salty marshes near large bodies of water and grow 2 to 4 feet high. The ancient Egyptians used the mallow root for making their candied delicacies for their Gods, Nobility and Pharaohs over 2000 years ago.” 

Huh. Pretty cool. Mallow, from a marsh. Marsh Mallow. Marshmallows. NOW it makes sense. Perfect sense. Apparently, it’s made sense for over 2,000 years, but very few people knew why. Now I know. Now YOU know.

Welcome to the future

1950's classic science fiction will become fact. Robots will replace humans and the government will control everything.

Luckily, we oldsters will be dead.

the common cold

3 AM

I am sick with a cold. A severe cold. Cough, sneezing, congestion, sore throat, etc. I have been sick for an entire week. And miserable. And it feels like I am not getting any better. And I can’t take any over-the-counter cold meds, as they often contain deadly chemicals which can, and almost did, literally kill me. Nothing I usually take or do has helped very much, including liquids, rest, vitamin C, chicken soup, Cold Eeze lozenges. Yes, a while ago, I had a flu shot. AND a pneumonia shot.

A severe common cold is a truly miserable thing to have. Millions of Americans get colds, in every state, every year. Hundreds of millions of people around the world. And, with all the medical advances in the past 200 years, and the hundreds of billions/trillions of dollars spent on medical research, they still can’t find a cure for the common cold?

Ode to Notre Dame

As an American I am sad about the fire and damage re The Cathedral of Notre Dame. I was there. As a young man, I stood on the banks of the Seine, and saw it, Notre Dame, and was awed by it's beauty and magnificence, as the world has done for 800 years. 

Notre Dame was truly spectacular, an iconic Parisian monument and a major wonder of the world.

I saw it during the same magical visit to Europe when I also saw the Mona Lisa, the original, in the Louve.

The wonderful trip included London, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Copenhagen. And I had a beer in an 800-year-old pub in Birmingham, England. And, in Rome, walked on a 2,000-year-old cobblestone road, the famous Appian Way.

I am a lucky lucky grateful guy. With many many priceless memories.

And I put many of those memories into my book:

weight loss book

Lose Weight 4 Free
Here’s how
Andrew Lawrence

weather suckiness

Suddenly, the weather in L.A. has become sucky. December, January, February, March. Lots of rain and cloudiness and chilliness, day and night, winter and spring, 2018-2019. It’s downright depressive. And not fun. Why, after many decades of great weather, are we sun-and-fun Los Angelenos being subjected to, gasp, lousy weather? It’s unheard of in Los Angeles. We used to get 330 sunny and warm days a year. Now, we may get only 30.

What’s causing it? What’s causing L.A.’s lousy weather? Is it Global Climate Change going local? Are minimalist millennials causing it? Is it Trump? Is it toxic white males? Racism? Sexism? Homelessness? Traffic congestion? Opioids? And, if it continues, WHERE can we move to where they have good consistent sunny and warm weather throughout the year? Another state? Another country? Another planet? Or, maybe we all just stay home and live via our cell phones and the internet and have everything delivered, by drones. And go to the doctor online, a virtual visit. And buy a humanistic robot for companionship. Going outside will be a thing of the past. Nature will become irrelevant.

The world is changing. The weather is changing. Life is changing. And it sucks. Where’s a time machine when you need one?

I'd choose 1957. July.

Spring ahead

Hi world! It’s March 17. Today, it’s 83 and sunny in Los Angeles, a beautiful day. Finally, it's warm and sunny, after months of cool 50-degree weather (it’s called cold in L.A.) and lots of rain all winter. The weather is supposed to be "tropical" here in L.A. Finally, in mid-March, we are being treated to a few warm and sunny days.

However, starting Wednesday, L.A. will be returning to cloudy 60-degree weather and rain. That’s typical Spring weather you can get ANYWHERE in the U.S., and beyond. Hey, Mother Nature, it’s supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny here, every day, not 60 degrees and rainy! Warm and sunny. 330 warm and sunny days a year. That’s why tens of millions of people live here! That’s why I live here!

If this crummy rainy weather persists, people living in Los Angeles will have to get a mini-umbrella for their cell phone.


My desire this week is to win both Mega Millions and Powerball lottery cash jackpots.

The Mega Millions cash jackpot on Tuesday will be about $150 million and Powerball on Wednesday will be about $200 million. Either one will suffice. Winning both would be OK too.

What’s YOUR desire for this week?

good deed

My Good Deed

Los Angeles and the surrounding areas were facing 3 days of rain (a big deal in arrid L.A.) Heavy rain in Southern California often produces flash floods and mudslides in hilly areas and destroys entire neighborhoods. I live on a hillside. Plus, the 6,500 miles of L.A. streets can flood. Not to mention that, if outside without an umbrella, my clothing (and I) would get sopping wet.

In advance of the 3 full days of constant rain, I thought it wise to check that my rarely used small umbrella was in good shape. I've had it for over 10 years. I checked it. It still opened and had no holes or rips but it was somewhat bent, the fabric was getting thin, and it did not open as strongly as it once did. I decided to buy a new umbrella. In advance of the coming 3 days of rain.

I bought a new small umbrella at my local 24-hour pharmacy. It cost about $11. Yes, I tried it before I bought it. And I was smart enough not to throw out the old one until I bought a new one, in case all stores in my area were sold out and I would be left with 3 days of steady rain and no umbrella. Now, I had 2 umbrellas. At the pharmacy, after the purchase, I thought about throwing the old umbrella away but decided instead to give it to someone who did not have an umbrella. But it was night and there was no one around. I drove home, the proud owner of two umbrellas.

I parked my car, I looked around and saw another car pulling in and parking in a nearby spot. I got out and locked my car, carrying my two umbrellas. The occupants of the other car exited and walked my way. It was a woman and her son. I greeted them and asked them if they were ready for the rain. They said yes, they had heard that it was coming. I asked if they had an umbrella. The women said no. Perfect. I had found someone to gift my old umbrella to. I told her that it was her lucky day! I said, "I have 2 umbrellas. I just bought a new one. And the old one still works. I only need 1 umbrella. I will give you the old one and now you will have an umbrella for the 3 days of rain! A free umbrella." I handed her the umbrella. She was thrilled. And grateful. I added, "AND, in giving you this free umbrella, I am doing a good deed, I am doing my good deed for the week." She agreed. And she promised to "pay it forward", to do a good deed for someone else. I felt good. The woman felt good. Doing a good deed felt good. For both parties.

Do a good deed today. Do a good deed every day. Or every week. Or whenever you can. It's a blessing. A blessing YOU can originate. Now, go do a good deed.

I am stimulating

I am stimulating. I am stimulating the economy. I am buying some stuff, thereby creating jobs.

I bought a new t-shirt and a new cell phone carrier that clips on my belt. And a bunch of e-cig cartridges. I bought it all online, sitting on my ass.

And I'm not done yet.

Be stimulating. Buy something.


Back to the Future

Like many baby boomers, I got tired of all the modern distractions, complications and stupidity and spent some time on google -- trying to find a real life 1950’s retro style town to maybe move to and live there. Nostalgia. Simplicity. Apparently, there are no towns like that. That would be cool: living a simple but cool mid-to-late 1950’s lifestyle, with a few modern updates like cell phone, internet and cable tv (with a remote control).

And cruising around in a ’57 Chevy with the AM radio blasting Elvis. (back then my family did actually have a blue ‘57 Chevy and I did blast Elvis!)

carhop restaurant

Welcome to the new shopping

Lately, I can't find stuff I want to buy in stores. It isn't there. Lately, for the past year or so, I am buying more and more of the things I want, and need, online.

Even Walmart does not have my desired stuff in stock in their store, even though they list it for sale on their site. I have had to buy the shoes I want online, even though they are replacements for the same exact shoes I bought a couple of months ago - at Walmart. And, no, I am not a weird shoe size, I am a size 8. And, worse, when I decided to buy yet another pair a few months after that, no one online or in stores - anywhere in the world - had them. These shoes fit me well and I liked them a lot. These shoes are now extinct.

Underwear? You would think that in Los Angeles, department stores would carry the Jockey men's underwear I wanted. NOT. I went to 3-4 department stores and ended up buying the desired Jockey sport microfiber boxer briefs online. And, no, I am not a weird size, I wear a Large.

Yes, besides patterned ones, I got plain colors too: black, green. I now have 8 pairs, all purchased online. Because I could not find them in my local stores.

I needed a new pair of scissors, to clip and snip my sideburns. Simple 5-inch scissors. Local stores did not have what I wanted. I had to buy them on amazon.

Recently, I needed to buy some more vitamin C. I like the GNC brand, 500 mg, chewable, mixed fruit, 90 tablets. I have been taking them for years.
I drove to my local GNC store to get another 90 tablet bottle. They didn't have any. I said, "You make the darn things, how can you not have any?" The clerk shrugged and said he didn't know. I ended up buying them online - on ebay. They arrived with many broken tablets, due no doubt to rough shipping.

My new teapot. Not.
And this week I wished to buy a replacement tea kettle, as my 10-year-old tea kettle was getting corroded on the inside bottom. Time to buy a new tea kettle. No problem, right? Wrong! I looked up my beloved tea kettle online and saw that amazon sold it. For $12.49. Good. I put the tea kettle in my amazon shopping cart and got ready to pay for it and have it shipped. I then noticed that it said shipping time was 1-2 months. MONTHS? WTF? I called amazon to report the error. They looked into it and said the 1-2 months shipping time was correct. Apparently, they were out of stock at the moment - but still selling it! I told amazon that doing so was stupid and I deleted the item from my shopping cart, frustrated and annoyed. I then looked online again and, voila, Target had it in stock. At the same price. And they had it in stock. I drove the 10 miles to one of my 2 local Target stores. I tried to find the tea kettle and walked the entire store trying to locate it. Finally, I asked an employee and he took me over to the mini-section of tea kettles, buried among the coffee makers. I looked closely and could not find my new tea kettle. It was not on the shelf. They had a cheaper tinier one but I did not want that one. Target did not have any of my tea kettles in stock, even though their website said they did. The employee suggested I order it online via I told him that I looked into that and saw that I could not order it online without first signing up for a Target account -- and being FORCED to receive their email offers and promotions. No thanks, Target, go F yourself! I walked out of the store, annoyed. I drove home and ate lunch. Later, I decided to try the other Target store and see if they had my tea kettle in stock, ready for me to drive there and buy it. Their website said there was 1 left, in stock, at that store. I jumped in the car and sped over to the second Target store, happy to be replacing my wonderful teapot with an exact replacement. I went into the store and looked around for the "coffee machine" section. I couldn't find it. I walked the entire store (the second one that day) and finally asked an employee where the tea kettles were. He took me over to the well hidden tiny section. There was, once again, an empty space on the shelf where my tea kettle should have been! I was outraged! Why the F did the Target website show it in stock, in the store, in TWO stores, if it wasn't available, wasn't there??? After spending hours driving to, and walking through, 2 Target stores, I had no new teapot! Welcome to online shopping and picking your item up at the store.

The Acer Ferrari laptop $3,000

And, worst of all, when I needed to buy a new laptop, with maybe the exception of the Apple Store, the in-store selection sucked. Very few laptops are on display in electronic stores anymore, even here in the second largest city in the US!

I don't know about you but I need to put my hands on a laptop, on the keyboard, I need to SEE the actual screen resolution, I need to HEAR the speakers. You can buy hundreds of brands of laptops online, but very few are on display in a store, where you can physically touch the product and decide if it's looks and feels great, looks and feels good, or it totally sucks. If I'm going to spend upwards of $1,000 (or more), I want to test drive the f-ing thing. In real life! And no, I don't want to order a laptop online only to have to return it and maybe do that 5 different times - trying to find a laptop I will be reasonably happy with.

Based on all the above, am I a happy shopper? What do you think?

Welcome to the new consumer economy. Where you can no longer find what you want in a brick-and-mortar store. Welcome to the new consumer economy, where you have to buy your stuff online, and wait days or maybe weeks to receive it. Or go back to the store to pick it up after they ship it there (with the horrific traffic in L.A. that can take 2 hours). When I want to buy something, and I want/need to use it that day, or try it on, buying online does not work! Yes, Amazon Prime has same-day delivery (on some items) but I am not a Prime member and would rather not become one.

More and more, I am buying the stuff I want, and need, online (if possible). Because much of the stuff I want, and need, is not available in physical stores.

Welcome to the new consumer economy. Welcome to sitting on your ass and shopping with your cell phone. Now, you'll have to excuse me, I am going to take myself to the supermarket. Yes, I know they'll deliver but, as a old-school human, I want to be around some other humans.

Beautiful Day

December 13, 2018

In New York’s Central Park the forecast for today is a high of 39 degrees F, with rain and snow.

In Anchorage, Alaska today’s forecast is a high of 22 degrees F, with snow showers.

In Los Angeles, today will be 75 degrees F and sunny. A beautiful day. In the middle of December. No rain, no snow, no ice. No jacket.

And the reason millions of people live here.