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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Columbia Review of Books and Film's Take on "The Little Handbook for Navigtionally Challenged Cidiots"


“The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots”
Reviewed By: Avraham Azrieli
Avraham Azrieli writes books and screenplays. His website is: www.AzrieliBooks.com

“The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots” by G. Head (Author), D.C. Head (Contributor), Ken Head (Contributor), and S.V. Head (Contributor) is a supremely funny book of remarkably clever observations on today’s driving habits.
While we rarely find our review to agree with the publisher’s description of a book, in this case, we do. Here’s the one from Amazon:

“Filled with hundreds of common driving offenses, this gut-wrenching funny handbook features hilariously, jaw dropping terms and phrases describing some of the nastiest driving habits you or another cidiot have engaged in almost every day on the highways and byways. Inside, you’ll find “The Motor Mouth Motorist” who suffers from road rage, “The Para Lane Bluffer” who can’t decide if they want to merge with oncoming traffic until the last second, “The Eye Shadow Bandit” who thinks she’s skilled enough to drive at high speeds while applying makeup in the car mirror, and many more epic adventures of daily cidiot driving habits that are far too many to list here. Whether you’re the culprit or the victim of cidiot driving, The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots will have you laughing, pouring tears, and showing off your enriched cidiot vocabulary.”

If anything, the above description is an understatement. And if you’re wondering (wisely) whether the book provides a definition of “Cidiots,” you’re in luck. Not only is there a definition, but there’s also a short quiz to test yourself (in confidence) whether you are one of those cidiots (and to what degree: a major cidiot, a borderline cidiot, or a future victim of a cidiot). Here’s one of the questions, for example:

“The railroad bucks are coming down due to a train approaching in the distance. You would: a. Stop and wait patiently for the train to pass. b. Make a u-turn and try to find another street or route to avoid waiting for the train to pass. c. Attempt to beat the train by speeding around the railroad bucks.”

In fact, we found the quiz by itself to provide enough laughter, insights (and shame) to make it worth buying the whole book.

What distinguish “The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots” is its uncanny observations of odd, obnoxious, selfish, and outright stupid behavior every driver and passenger witnesses every time they venture onto the roadways. Not one section could be read without recognizing a familiar and memorable ‘cidiotic’ moment that could have ended with clashing metal and agonized screams, or at the very least, a juicy expletive. We especially enjoyed the authors’ marvelous ability to attach titles to the cidiots by their particular habits, such as “The Inner-Laners” (going straight from the left-turn-only lane), or “The Arrogant Knights” (dropping off passengers while blocking all three lanes of traffic), just to give you a taste.

In summary, “The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots” is an absolute riot: hilarious, brilliant, and outright indispensable for both drivers and their unwitting passengers, as well as for surviving pedestrians and public-transportation loyalists who mistakenly believe that their mode of travel is safer. In fact, any reader who has ever been in a moving vehicle (or plans to risk it in the future) would laugh out loud, keep turn the pages, and quote sections to family and friends. Highly recommended!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrity Cidiots

Ever wondered what type of cidiot some of your favorite celebrities are?  According to cheatsheet.com, our top five who've made recent news and tweets, are "Bad Drivers" .....and they know it!

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made recent tweets about sideswiping a pickup truck that was parked on the street. According to The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots, Johnson would be defined as The Sketch Artist. In the handbook, The Sketch Artist is a cidiot who prides themselves by driving extremely close to parked vehicles while giving each driver side door a free sample of their finest art work. While he may not pride himself in giving that poor pickup truck a free sample of his finest art work and tearing off the mirror, Johnson definitely fits the bill. Instead of a stage 5 Sketch Artist, perhaps he's a Stage 2. Ben Afleck seemed to have tied with The Rock this week, committing the same offense in Santa Monica when he knocked someone's car mirror off. But I have to give them both credit; they owned up to the fact they are Celebrity Cidiots on the road.

Eva Longoria could possibly be the amplified version of The Reckless Rembrandt. Instead of leaving a nasty mark on the parked vehicle's door, she left a nasty mark on a parked vehicle's hood and front grill when she backed into it while trying to make her exodus from the parking lot. Ohhhh that had to hurt.

Kylie Jenner gets the honors of being put in the  Hubub The Flub category, not because she ended up in her neighbor's flowerbed shortly after getting the keys to her parents' car; but simply because she caused a 3 car pileup.

It seems as though Parking is just not one of those driving techniques that celebrities have mastered. Selena Gomez's car ended up in another person's fender on a 7-11 parking lot. She could possibly be defined as The Reckless Rembrandt with Sketch Artist tendencies.



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Voted Reader's Favorite 4 out of 5 Stars












Star Star Star Star StarThe Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiotsby D.C. Head, G. Head, Ken Head, S.V.Head 
Non-Fiction - Humor
106 Pages
Reviewed on 07/13/2014

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Foreword Clarion Review of "The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots"

The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots


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This light, fun book shows the best way to deal with “Cidiots” on the road and, of course, how not to become one.
Ever been suddenly cut off by an inconsiderate driver? Or perhaps come across someone who acted as if driving was interrupting their phone call? The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots sympathizes, and offers to deal with these everyday issues through humor. Written in manual style, this book covers all those little things that people do to make the road a miserable place, from tailgating to failing to signal.
According to the manual, a “Cidiot” is “a navigationally deficient person having common driving knowledge in the lowest degree, appearing to be incapable of guarding against and usually the culprit of common road, street, highway, freeway and expressway dangers, and nearly aloof as to how to properly navigate on the roadways.” The majority of the book is devoted to how to deal with these “Cidiots” and, of course, how not to become one yourself. The book even offers a handy quiz at the end to make sure the reader isn’t one already.
The handbook acts as a guide on what not to do while driving, as well as what to watch out for. It’s written as a comedy piece, yet with important information thrown in. It contains just the right amount of levity and seriousness to balance itself out; categorizing the different kinds of tailgaters (“Double Dutch (Toggled Posterior Magnetism),” for example), incorrect shoulder passes, and many more. It’s a light, slice-of-life style that states what every driver often feels about others’ incompetency on the road.
What does not work in the manual’s favor is the formatting. It’s very skewed to the right of the page, with a large font that causes the book to look longer than it is. Often, there are only three paragraphs per page. This might be to give it a more “manual” type of feel, but the result is distracting and hard to read. It doesn’t have to be formatted like a regular novel, but perhaps centering the text a bit more would make it more readable.
While The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots manages to be clever, smart, and surprisingly educational, it could use some editing for the sake of readability. But the book gives a bit of catharsis for those who are sick of encountering “Cidiots” on the road. People who enjoy comedy and despise bad drivers will get the most out of this quick read.

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