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“WE BOUGHT A ZOO”–THE FEEL GOOD MOVIE OF THE YEAR   Leave a comment

It is the last picture of my 2011 movie going year and it is a gem, without sex or the ‘f’ word anywhere in sight , a solid performance by Matt Damon with a supporting cast that can tenderly bring tears to your eyes and tigers, lions, monkeys, parrots,  flamingos, bears, zebras, porcupines, kangaroos, even snakes, that can bring a smile to your face.

With just a few minor missteps “We Bought A Zoo” is a movie for everyone. It is rated PG but I can only think that is because 2 deaths, though neither are seen, are part of the story. The screenplay written by Aline Brosh McKenna and the director of the film, Cameron Crowe, is based on a true story by journalist Benjamin Mee, played by Matt Damon, touches the heartstrings and, except for quick fisticuffs , no violence.

Matt Damon is a solid performer who is the equal of Tom Hanks in being a modern ‘Everyman’ and delivers a strong performance here as a father, grieving husband and a new zoo owner. His brother, Duncan, played by Thomas Haden Church, is believable as the older sibling while Colin Ford shines as Damon’s 14 year old moody teenager son Dylan. Scarlett  Johansson, as the zookeeper, gets into a natural romance with the new zoo owner Benjamin that comes about slowly. Cast members like Angus Macfadyn, as the zoo inspector, and the zoo crew played by John Michael Higgins, Patrick Fugit, Stephanie Szostak and Peter Riegert all bring authenticity to their roles.

I found Elle Fanning as Dylan’s love interest just a bit too ‘smiley’ and Maggie Elizabeth Jones as the 7 year old Rosie a little too precocious for me but I am sure most of the audience was/will be charmed by her.

One of the missteps, which is shared by many movies now, is the running time. At over 2 hours there are at least 4-5 scenes that could have been shortened or just eliminated but don’t let that stop you from seeing this gem that won’t win any awards but that will certainly win your heart.

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Posted December 31, 2011 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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HAS MY GREEN THUMB TURNED BROWN?   Leave a comment

This was my Christmas Cactus in 2010 and 2009–always bloomed just in time.


This year nothing–nada–nil–not a bloom!!! I probably should have repotted it into a larger pot and added fresh soil–oh well there is always next year!!!

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Not all is lost–here it is December and for some reason my Heliconia has decided to bloom and it looks like 2 of them.


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Also my vine outside on the walk after months of nothing came up with a bloom yesterday–looks like it will open tomorrow into a full pink bloom.


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I added three twigs to the hibiscus pot but, so far, none have ‘taken’ though the original has a new bud–I never get tired of flowers.


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Last, but not least, the twig I stuck in a pot about 6 months ago, is now blooming with yellow flowers every day–it just keeps giving


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Every evening around sunset the birds–all kinds–come and roost on the wires until the sun disappears and our wild parrots are back!


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“Well, what is a relationship? It’s about two people having

tremendous weaknesses and vulnerabilities, like we all do,

and one person being able to strengthen the other in their areas

of vulnerability. And vice versa. You need each other.

You complete each other, passion and romance aside.”

Jane Fonda 1937 American Actor

Posted December 30, 2011 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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AND WHAT DO YOU DO ON FRIDAYS?????   Leave a comment

And What Do You Do on Fridays????

(Got Allen off to the airport at 5:30
AM–came home and went to sleep–saw Doc at 1:30 PM then came home and
went to sleep and am now getting ready to pick up Norman and off for a bite to eat and then “Cirque Dreams Holidaze”–see review at http://www.corinescorner.com this weekend or here next week
My life is so hardhow do I keep up with this pace?!?!?! LOL)

 

   

Allen usually swings by and picks me up around 1 PM–then it is off to the movies–

Gateway Theatre

  


or the AMC in Coral Ridge or The Riverfront downtown

    

Then it is a late lunch–usually at the Quarterdeck or Outback

    

       

and then, for a treat, Cold Stone Creamery right around the corner

    

Do you have anything better to do?!?!?!?

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“A man’s feeling of good-will towards others

is the strongest magnet for drawing good-will

towards himself.”

Lord Chesterfield 1694-1773  English Statesman

 

Posted December 28, 2011 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!!!   Leave a comment

(This is just a quickie–Allen and I are going to see the opening of the “Million Dollar Quartet” in Miami this evening and then I will drive him to the airport at 5 AM—yes I will be up at 5 AM–anything for a car!!!– and will have his car for 3 weeks. You’ll be able to read my review at http://www.corinescorner.com this weekend and then here next week. Tomorrow night Norman and I will be seeing “Cirque Dreams Holidaze–same thing regarding reviewsalmost cancelled going to the show tonight–the classiest, best TV program is on this evening–watch it for me and let me know all about it–“34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” at 9 PM (EST) on CBS–they are saluting Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins–DON’T MISS IT!!!!)

 

 

A COUPLE OF CHRISTMAS SCENES FROM AROUND GATEWAY

    

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

      

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

          

IN FRONT OF THE ADRIENNE ARSHT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER


  
I ADDED A FEW MORE HIBISCUS TWIGS TO THE POT 

‘GOODIES’ FROM MY NEIGHBORS AND A FRIEND


WELCOME TO MY WORLD


THE UPSIDE DOWN CHRISTMAS TREE HANGING FROM THE CEILING


THE BIRDS IS COMING

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“ONE MAN

WHO HAS A MIND AND KNOWS IT

CAN ALWAYS BEAT TEN MEN

WHO HAVEN’T AND DON’T.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW  1856-1950 IRISH DRAMATIST, ESSAYIST AND CRITIC

Posted December 27, 2011 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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ON DEC 23 & DEC 24 I CHEATED DEATH—AGAIN!!!   Leave a comment

I have been taking coumadin–blood thinner—for 12 years since I had congestive heart failure and was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation New Year’s weekend 1999-2000. In June 2009 I started to do the Philips blood level tests at home instead of going into the doctor’s office a few times a month and I didn’t have any problems with it. The readings are suppose to be between 2-3 but around 4 weeks they were 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.2 My doctor increased the dosage but it didn’t seem to help. On December15 he almost doubled the amount–instead of taking 5mg per day I was taking 10mg 4 times a week and 12.5mg 3 times. I do  my testing on Thursdays and when I took it December 22 it was still 1.4 I thought I would call the doc and tell him that I wanted to come in and take a test there but I was told he was on vacation until the following Tuesday so I decided I would wait until then. An hour or two later I noticed that parts of my body–tongue, thumb–were getting filled with blood. A couple of hours I noticed my computer chair was wet and to my surprise it was blood. My recliner, dining room chair and bed had blood on them. Making a long story short I called the doctor’s office and wrote a few people an e-mail about my bleeding and ALL insisted I call 911 but I know better (HA!) and said if I was still bleeding in the morning I would call 911. Making the story even shorter–blood was gushing out of my rectum and I was spitting out blood. 911 here I come and by 7:40 AM I was in the ER.


 

in the ER on the left–my private room on the right

I was not allowed food or water as they had to put plasma in my blood stream. Remember my level is suppose to be between 2-3 and it was 1.2 the day before? Well it was 10+ in the hospital. The bottom line is that I didn’t have anything to eat or drink for 40 hours, got plied with plasma and eventually it came down to 2.5.

  
 

The ER doctor said I was not to take coumadin again and that I should see my doctor and talk to him about the alternatives. Very strange, for me, but I didn’t sleep at all the whole time I was in the hospital. I didn’t know whether to go to sleep or eat when Allen arrived to take me home. I bought a couple of subs at Subways and went home, fell into bed and got up an hour later.

The next day being Christmas I went to our little get together on the breezeway. It being Monday and a legal holiday there was no way I could have gotten ahold of my doctor so I plan to call the office tomorrow, tell them to get copies of my hospital file and go see my doctor on Wednesday and see where we go from there.

I did e-mail Philip’s and Hemosense, the manufacturer and distributor of the testing machine. To my surprise I did get a response  a couple of hours later from the Hemosense company with a young lady asking me dozens of questions—I think trying to find something to blame the false readings on–didn’t work. I am not a suing person but I might in this case.

This is the letter I sent:

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I need to talk to someone–I was in the hospital December 23 & 24 with coumadin poisoning–heavy rectal bleeding–due to wrong readings of machine for past month and my doctor basing dosages on those reports–on Dec.22 the machine said 1.6–by the time I went to hospital at 7 AM (because of bleeding) Dec.23 the level was at 10+—I was humiliated by having had to wear a diaper–couldn’t eat/drink for 40 hours–had blood all over my bed, clothes, etc. I have pictures (sadly after I washed a lot of the blood off the clothes) that will verify all the above.
No where in any of the material does it say anything about the company, at any time, checking machine or for machine to be returned for checking to verify working right–nor have I ever heard from woman, who came over to teach me how to use machine when I first got it, again.
Please have someone contact me!!!
 
Okay I dislike very long blogs and this is way too long at this point–I do suggest anyone taking coumadin read the following two sites:
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I was closer to death than I knew and I must admit that if it wasn’t for the pressure from my friends (and the threat from Chuck in Memphis that he would call 911 and send them to me! ) I may not be writing this blog! I will keep you up to date on what’s happening and what my doctor says BUT don’t panic if I don’t post for a couple of days–see below!!!
 
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Tomorrow (Tuesday) Allen and I will be going to Miami to the opening of the road tour of “Million Dollar Quartet” and then Wednesday at 5:30 AM I will be taking him to the airport as he is going to visit his daughter and her twin sons–his grandchildren!!  SHHHHHHH—I will have his car for 19 days!!! Then, after seeing the doctor Wednesday afternoon Norman and I are going to the opening of “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” so I may not be posting again until Thursday or Friday and not because I am dead!!! :O)


Posted December 27, 2011 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS DAY WITH THE ‘MINDLESS’   Leave a comment

Considering that I was in the hospital for 31 hours, from Friday, December 23, 7 AM until December 24, 2 PM Saturday, with nothing to eat or drink for 40 hours, with cumadin poisoning that could have, almost did,  kill me, I was gratful to be at the following celebration. I will elaborate on the former in a blog tomorrow along with my bad lungs, C.O.P.D. arterial fibrillation, P.E.D., etc., and other things I could moan and groan about and ask for sympathy for from my ‘friends’ but don’t! LOL Coumadin is a lethal drug but I have had to take it for 12 years but now must stop and so I guess I could start crying wolf each time I cough but I guess I won’t! Aren’t you glad YOU are MY friend and not someone else’s? {#rofl.gif}

Now on to the Christmas Day at Gateway celebration!

 

Most evenings at sunset we have a ‘meeting of the mindlesson the breezeway at Gateway. John, an original member and possible chairman of the board, and hos twin, Jim, an honorary (?) member decided that for Christmas Day they would buy some pizzas for the group and we would get together around 3:30 PM. Jim would pick up the pizzas from Big Louie’s-he was a little late LOL. Poochie (that’s her name!!!) volunteered to bring the drinks, mainly wine, which she did. We had a big problem the night before–a main water pipe busted and Fort Lauderdale didn’t have water and when we did get it we had to boil it before using it so though she had the bottle in water and ice we couldn’t use any of it. She did have a bottle of non-alcoholic wine—really grape juice.

 

I bought the table settings—all in red–my favorite color and apropos for the holiday–red tablecloth (I should have gotten two), cups, plates, napkins and forks, spoons and knives. I, also, provided cherry candy canes and white chocolate covered mints. Someday I will have to get John to write his story about how the original candy canes came about .

The guys got 4 large pizzas as we thought if anyone came by we would offer them a slice or two plus we all had asked people to stop by. As it was, except for our new security guard, no one else stopped by. (Would you like to guess who took all the extra slices home? RIGHT!) Along with John, Jim, Poochie and myself there was Irene, Roosevelt, a new resident, Dot and Larry.

A good time was had by all and here are a few of the pictures:

     


BEFORE                                                    AFTER


FROM LEFT: JOHN, ROOSEVELT, LARRY, DOT AND POOCHIE


FROM RIGHT: JIM, JOHN, IRENE, ROOSEVELT, LARRY, DOT,POOCHIE

      

 

  



It was a beautiful Christmas Day–around 80 degrees, sunny, a slight breeze–good pizzas but, more important, good people!

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“A man is what he thinks about

all day long.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson  1803-1882  American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher

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Going to see Wednesday

Posted December 26, 2011 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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MERRY CHRISTMAS   Leave a comment

HOLIDAY INN  FORT LAUDERDALE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH NOVEMBER 1988

23 YEARS LATER—QUARTERDECK RESTAURANT–DECEMBER 2011–A CUSTOMER

 

       

HOPE SANTA WAS AS GOOD TO YOU AS HE WAS TO ME–BUT THEN I HAVE BEEN A GOOD BOY!

LOVE,

MARTIN

Posted December 25, 2011 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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