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CELEBRATING AN UNBIRTHDAY   Leave a comment

I was born on February 29th which comes once every 4 years therefore I celebrate my birthday only in years divisible by 4 and this year isn’t. Folks, I am only 19 and 1/4 years old starting to  plan for my 20th birthday on February 29, 2016, but some people are just pushy and insist I am a year older this year so, against my better judgement, I am going along with them. (And some people think I am not nice–HA!)

Though it wasn’t part of my unbirthday plan I was surprised when I decided NOT to write/post a blog either Tuesday or Wednesday but even more surprising the world didn’t end nor did I suffer any withdrawal pains! I might release myself from feeling I have to post every day–oh stop the cheering!!

Just some quick notes about the above pictures–this week was like any other week with a few additions which I wouldn’t mind every week.

#1  I was at home waiting to find out whether I was getting tickets to see Stephanie Powers in “Looped” which was opening at the Parker PLayhouse. I got a call asking if I would be home as they had a delivery–I explained the situation and he said he would be over within 40 minutes and he was with a package in his hand. He told me to put it in the fridge which I did knowing it was a carrot cake just from what the box said on it “Sweetsdaybakeshop.com” and I was right!! As it turned out I never got the theatre call BUT I didn’t even have a slice of the carrot cake.

#2 & 3  I had received a gift set box of movie musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including “Carousel”, “Oklahoma”, “The King and I”, “State Fair”, “South Pacific” and “The Sound Of Music” a few weeks ago and was waiting for a special time to watch them. I figured between the DVDs, the carrot cake and my unbirthday I would stay in this weekend but look at picture 2–obviously I have mice in the apartment so I have to eat the cake before it is gone!

#4 & 10  Tuesday, before going to see “Les Miserables” we grabbed a quick bite at the DRB (Democratic Republic of Beers #10–don’t ask–see my review Saturday) and this afternoon we had lunch at Wild East Asian Bistro–#4–(see my review next week).

#5 & 6  Gift cards to Subways and Home Depot

#7, 8 & 9  At “Les Miserables”–#7 is a publicity still–#8 Are Charlie, the PA, and Charlotte, PR, for Broadway Across America at the Arsht Center opening night–#9 is something I have to stop doing–it is the cast taking their curtain call! (Next Tuesday we go to see the stage production of “Flashdance” before it heads to Broadway.) You can see my review of “Les Miz” at broadwayshowbiz.com now

#11  My unbirthday table–can you see the blooming February birthday/unbirthday cactus?

I would like to say “Thank You” to those who posted happy ‘unbirthday’ wishes as part of your blogs and those who added your comments. I love the ecards many of you sent and, of course, those who sent snail mail cards.

Okay folks start saving your pennies to come to my 20th birthday party on Monday, February 29, 2016–well actually I celebrate that birthday all week long!

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Posted February 28, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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85TH ACADEMY AWARDS SHOW   Leave a comment

Looking good: Charlize Theron, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jackie Weaver, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones and really a wow– Jennifer Aniston.

Best spots: Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum dancing, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing and dancing.

Standing Ovations: Shirley Bassey singing “Goldfinger” and reaching that note at the end. Jennifer Hudson sang “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls”. The “Les Miserables” cast, including Russell Crowe, did a medley of songs from the movie and got their standing ovation. Out of place, but she looked and sounded great, was the ovation Barbra Streisand got for singing “The Way We Were” as a salute to Marvin Hamlisch. Daniel Day-Lewis the only actor to win 3 Oscars for Best Actor and Ang Lee who won his second as Best Director also got standing ovations as did Jennifer Lawrence winning as Best Actress or could have been for her recovering and not losing her cool when she tripped and fell on the steps going up for her award.

Musical numbers: Along with the numbers mentioned above Catherine Zeta-Jones did an excellent job on “All That Jazz” from “Chicago”. The disappointing numbers were the competing Oscar contenders including Adele singing “Skyfall” which she co-wrote. Her voice was excellent but the song, and the background, couldn’t compete with what came before in the previous salutes. The ending song with Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth was too little too late.

Best acceptance speeches: Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis

Wasted time: Bill Shatner in the opening number which made the opening number too long and almost brought the show to a stop before it even started. Also the “We Saw Your Boobs” number should have been cut.

Host: Seth MacFarlane was better with his adlibs than with his prepared script. He was pleasant.

My best moment: “Armour” winning Best Foreign film.

My worst moment:  Showing a pivotal scene from “Armour” that should only be seen in the context of the film.

 

The producers, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, put on a smart show, keeping it moving on great sets, bringing it in at 3 and 40 minutes (if you stayed tuned for the last song) which is still too long and if you were/are a glutton for punishment you watched the hour and a half red carpet show before the actual Oscar show.

 

Now until the Tony Awards–the classiest award show!

Posted February 25, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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WHO WILL WIN–WHO SHOULD WIN–THE OSCARS   Leave a comment

 

(I AM ONLY SELECTING WHAT I CONSIDER THE TOP 10 CATEGORIES AND FEEL THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT SHOULD BE SHOWN ON THE SHOW SO IT WON’T RUN FOR WHAT SEEMS FOREVER. I APOLOGIZE TO THE UNIONS AND THE HARD WORKING TECHNICIANS BEHIND THE SCENES OF VARIOUS FILMS BUT THOUGH YOU CERTAINLY DESERVE RECOGNITION I THINK PEOPLE WOULD PREFER A SHORTER TV SHOW! AS IT IS ASK ANYONE THE WINNERS IN THE CATEGORIES BELOW 2 YEARS AND I AM WILLING TO BET THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO ANSWER!)

 

                                   WHO I WANT TO WIN          WHO I THINK WILL WIN

 

BEST PICTURE               ” LINCOLN”                           ” ARGO”

BEST DIRECTOR             MICHAEL HANEKE               STEVEN SPIELBERG

BEST  ACTOR                  HUGH JACKMAN                  DANIEL DAY-LEWIS

BEST ACTRESS               EMMANUELLE RIVA            JENNIFER LAWRENCE

BEST SUPPORT ACTOR  TOMMY LEE JONES             ROBERT DE NIRO

BEST SUPPORT ACTRESS  SALLY FIELD                    ANNE HATHAWAY

WRITING (ADAPTED)     TONY KUSHNER                   TONY KUSHNER

WRITING (ORIGINAL)     MICHAEL HANEKE              QUENTIN TARANTINO

ORIGINAL  SONG            “SUDDENLY”                          “SKYFALL”

FOREIGN FILM                 “AMOUR”                               “AMOUR”

 

Posted February 23, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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A FRIDAY WITHOUT A MOVIE REVIEW? IN A WAY!   Leave a comment

 

(SEE YESTERDAY’S POST AS TO WHY I AM REFERRING YOU TO THE REVIEW OF THIS MOVIE THAT I POSTED ON FEBRUARY 6:                                    http://www.blogster.com/greatmartin/amour-movie-review I WENT TO SEE IT AGAIN TODAY AND ALLEN SAW IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.)

These are topics that don’t really fit into blogs I write and since I am so rarely political regarding Democrats and/or Republicans this is one place to get a couple of things off my chest. By the way I am VERY political when it comes to Gay issues-I have been since 1948 when I came out at the age of 12 and will continue as long as I breathe!

1) Treason is defined as ‘betrayal of one’s country to an enemy’–what is it called when Republicans on blog sites call for an overturn of the government with guns as many have done, especially at blogster? Are they out of their mind, as many come across as being? Why aren’t they willing to work with all Americans even though they think they are the only ones who deserve to be called Americans? They deny it but they hate Obama and if they know anything about this country they know he doesn’t have anywhere near the power Congress has and they can stop anything he does or wants to do or do they forget Republicans run the House?

2) Why do Republicans play games with ‘We the people’? John McCain has said that Hagel will win the nomination even though he blasted him and just recently 10 GOP Senators asked Obama to withdraw his nomination. Why does the GOP eat their own?

3) By the pictures above and what you will read the next two days if you see only one movie this year see “Amour”–it is a love story, one that shows you what love is all about and encompasses.

4) Looking at some sites on google maps I wonder if ANYTHING is private on the Internet?

5) I received a royalty check last month for a book I had published years ago–it was for $9.14 with $2.56 taken out in taxes–does that mean my social security will go up? LOL

6) I hate nicknames like Honey, Darling, Sweetie, etc., especially when whoever is calling you that knows your name. What ever happened to respect?

7) I keep on trying to cut back on blogging eliminating subscriptions and commenting. Many don’t respond, so why bother? And some I thought were interesting turned out to be boring. Also, as surprising as it might seem, some people are more egotistical than I am. There is one blogger who every post has to tell you how smart they are like you might forget or not know it or be a new reader–don’t they realize it makes them sound dumb? I, also, know teh world won’t come to an end if I don’t post every day but it was something I committed myself to 7-8 years ago when I started blogging and it is a hard thing to stop!

8) I love eating out but it is so hard to find others who do and are willing to go to a restaurant. It isn’t a case of their not being able to afford it as if I can, they can. I would eat out more but without a car it is hard to get to and back from places.

9) Do you prefer single pictures or collages? I have been doing the latter for the past year feeling it takes up less space not only on the blog but for the web site owner. Does it make a difference to YOU?

10) According to new rules I had to take in all 20 plants off the walkway. I now have a jungle in my aprtment, not to mention the ‘friends’ I brought in with the plants!

11) Looks like I will be having cataract surgery in May.

12) Don’t forget to read my “Who Will Win” and “Who Should Win” regarding the Oscars–the post tomorrow–feel free to agree or disagee–and don’t forget to watch the Oscars on Sunday at 8 PM (EST) on ABC–also I will be reporting on the show for broadwayshowbiz.com

 


Posted February 22, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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FRIDAY MOVIES, OSCARS, SIGHTSEEING   Leave a comment

The choice of movies to see tomorrow are: Zero Dark 30, Snitch, Escape from Planet Earth, A Good Day to Die Hard or DJango Unchained and with the exception of Planet Earth they are all violent, action R rated films which are not for me or Allen.  We will be going to the movies tomorrow but I will not be writing a review as I have already seen the movie and I am more than willing to sit through this gem again. I am talking about the film I hope will win the Best Foreign film Oscar, “Amour”, and I am pulling for Emmanuale Riva to win Best Actress, which Allen hasn’t seen it!

For my original review of “Amour” go to http://www.blogster.com/greatmartin/amour-movie-review

Regarding the Oscars I will be posting a “I Want To Won–Who I Think Will Win” blog on Saturday and then will do a review of the Oscar show for http://www.broadwayshowbiz.com either Sunday or Monday. I am thinking of writing a blog as I watch the show and commenting on it as we go along. With the exception of my threatening NEVER to go to the movies again IF Charlize Theron didn’t win for “Monster” or Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls” I very seldom pick the winners so if you are in a contest to pick the winners ignore my choices!

And what will I blog about tomorrow since I won’t be posting a review? SURPRISE!!!!

Regarding the pictures above they were all taken around Fort Lauderdale.  Numbers 1 and 2 are something I think may be unique to the area. As in most big cities we have eye sore electric boxes all around and the city has decided to cover them with area appropriate pictures. #1 is near the Arts Center while #2 is near sailboat Bend, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Laurderdale– for more about the area go to http://sailboatbend.net/ and scroll down.

Number #5 is the water taxi which I think is one of the best ways to see the city by water with one of the many stops–#3—at the 15th Street Fisheries Restaurant and docks (#4) at the entrance to our beach. Last, but certainly not least, #6 was our full moon last month.

Last but certainly not least we went for lunch ar Cafe Vico one of my favorite places–whenever you get here we will go there!!!

Posted February 21, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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7 DECADES WHO SONG AND LARRY’S 1996 PART 22 B   Leave a comment

I started work at Who Song and Larry’s on Sunday, March 24, 1996 by filling out all the paper work. I trained Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4 PM and 6-9 PM which basically meant being a waiter’s slave and not getting any tips. On Thursday I took, and passed, a test and on Friday got an abbreviated station. My diary notes say, “worked floor 6:30-10:30–made $35–netting $28 after tipping out–hard work!”  I was off on Saturday and was scheduled to work brunch Sunday.  I had to get up at 7:45 AM to be there at 9:45 AM–don’t ask–I am not someone who jumps out of bed ready to go, especially at 7:45 AM! “I worked brunch and dinner–9:45 AM to 10:30 PM and grossed $104.81 walking out with $81.50 after tipping out which is NOT a good start! Lots of work involved like taking buffet down, side work, etc. but it was fun with the Mariachi Band and I made my first guacamole table side and did a great job!”

I worked at Who Song and Larry’s from March 24, 1996, until they closed their doors in February, 1997. I was averaging $2,000 to 3,000 in tips per month which wasn’t very good but I had money coming in for a change plus, most of the time, it was a fun job. The tipping out was high and the hourly pay of $1.85 an hour didn’t add up to much but almost immediately I started getting call parties and had the reputation of making the best guacamole in the restaurant.  I got to eat all the chips and salsa I wanted not to mention the fried ice cream which was something new for me. I learned a whole new vocabulary of food terms and the difference between burritos and a Chimichanga, along with corn and flour tortillas plus how to make different salsas and all the different peppers available to make dishes mild to piping hot and all the various sauces for steaks, fish and/or poultry using those same peppers.

My second week there I got a party of 2 and everyone was buzzing about the guy I was waiting on. I certainly didn’t know who he was and a couple of the other servers looked at me as if I came from another world. Finally one came over to me and said, “It is Marilyn Manson!”  After a ‘So what, who is he?’ look he explained that he was a best selling Goth like singer.  Okay I was 60 years old so I’ll use that as an excuse to not know who he was. The bottom line, to me, was that he left a good tip!
Though things were going well all of a sudden in May I started having bad car problems and after bringing it into the shop I was told I either needed a new engine or I had to get it rebuilt which would be about $2,000. In addition I had to rent a car which cost $110 a week–hey, this was 1996! In June I needed a new transmission and a paint job but the ‘icing on the cake’ was on August 23rd I came home to find my place has been robbed! The robber or robbers not only took the VCR I had bought 2 weeks before but had the chutzpah to use my 2 suit leather luggage bag to steal what ever he, they, could put into it!
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Posted February 20, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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7 DECADES LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY 1996 PART 22 A   Leave a comment

1996 started off great as I was working but more important I was going to have my 15th Leap Year Birthday on February 29th, which kept me going through January. A few times the waitress who worked the graveyard shift didn’t show so I had to work a double shift. On the 5th a policeman was shot outside the restaurant and traffic was cut off for blocks all around 17th Street and Federal Highway which meant there was no business and we were stuck in the place. On the 11th I had to get new glasses and I charged the $188, but it was okay because I was working. On the 16th I went to see “The Inspector Calls” at the Parker Playhouse after dinner at the Park Café with David, charged it all of course but I was working. I was going to the movies every week seeing “Heat”, “Dead Man Walking”,  “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and “Sense and Sensibility” and I was paying cash! Then I got hit with 2things, the first being that Todd’s was going to close and become a Denny’s which I definitely didn’t want to work at and I needed a new top for my car. On February 6 I was out of a job which was okay as I needed time to plan for my Leap year party. I had paid off my debts and had saved $5,377.93 which included a tax refund so I was in good shape and decided to take the rest of the month off before I went job hunting. I was sending out 3 manuscripts plus a play script that I sent to the Glines Theatre group. It was time to start celebrating my birthday.

I don’t know/remember who Mark was but he figured quite prominently in the doings for my 15th birthday. He and I went for lunch at Mango’s, which by the way is still in business and had dinner at Lester’s, also still open. The next day we went to the Bimini Boatyard for lunch and, this is getting weird, it is still open. On Wednesday, the 21st, Bob, Jim, Juan, Gino, Mark and I went to see “Love, Valour and Compassion” at the Caldwell Playhouse, now closed, and dinner at the Firehouse, yes, also closed. On the 23rd Mark and I went to Carlos & Pepe’s for dinner, still open, and we went to see “Before and After” a good movie but Streep still leaves me cold–I don’t remember the movie at all! On Monday I went down to the ZanZbar restaurant to make reservations and plans  for my birthday party.

The invitation was headed “DEATH BY DESSERT” to be held at the ZanZbar restaurant specializing in African food and desserts. There were 5 of us–Nancy, Jim, Bob, Gino, myself–and 16 desserts. Each dessert was homemade and had a hand carved chocolate animal on the top and each was better than the other–I know as I tasted each! It is now closed!

Looking at my notes I see that I wrote about Mark: “Possibility of Mark as a ‘companion’ but sex not that good and he doesn’t have a job or money either!” There were mentions of him, and a Miles, during the month of March but then both disappeared.

I had been going to Carlos and Pepe’s for years not to mention always liking Mexican food but really had no idea about the different tortillas or burritos. On March 24th, a Sunday, I started at “Who Song & Larry’s” which turned out to be an interesting job!

Posted February 19, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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