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BOATS OF GATEWAY   Leave a comment

The Point of the Gateway Terrace apartments juts into Karen Bay which allows all kinds of boats access to all the waterways of Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas up to and including the Atlantic ocean. There are 8 docks owned by Westminster which in turn runs the Gateway apartment properties. In and out od ‘season’ we have people from all over the world use the docks and become part of the Gateway family.

At any one time in Karen Bay there are boats anchored in the bay with flags from all nations flying from them. Whether it be sailboats, catamarans, small yachts or large ones along with ‘special’ dinner and lunch boats that cruise out along the inter-coastal there is a continuous change of scenery. In one day you can see all these boats plus kayaks, canoes, motor boats, paddlers, rubber rafts being towed with kids having a ball and being tossed around like one. There are the James Bonds type with their water jet paks walking on the water or flying over it.

Once in awhile, sitting on The Point, you might spot a school of manatees going by and back to their nesting area. And with Labor Day celebrations one can sit on The Point in the evening and watch the fireworks against the dark sky flaring over Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hollywood Beach, Pompano Beach along with those from downtown, all competing with the stars and a moon filling the sky.

Who would want to live anywhere else? Not me!!

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Posted August 31, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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“PARANOIA”–A MOVIE REVIEW   Leave a comment

The main things missing from the thriller “Paranoia” are thrills. The leading man, Liam Hemsworth, is as good looking as they come and certainly Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman as former friends now out to destroy each other play their roles to the hilt. Richard Dreyfuss adds the sympathy, the only sympathy, to the success of Hemsworth who wants it all and Amber Heard supplies the love interest in a role that certainly doesn’t give off any thrills as to who will wind up together.

 

There are a few mysteries in the film such as how does Hemsworth rise so fast showing so little talent in the IT field and just how does Embeth Davidtz fit in as Oldman’s right hand? The setup, and execution of the screenplay by Jason Hall and Berry L. Levy, is overshadowed by the sights and sounds of all the glass office buildings in Manhattan and the Brooklyn neighborhood.

 

Director Robert Luketic keeps the action going with car chases and all kinds of technical gadgets and throws in a red herring that should be easily seen through by even a casual moviegoer.

 

Harrison, Ford, Dreyfus and Davidtz offer whatever tension there is in the movie while Hemsworth, Heard, various sets and cars offer relaxation for the eyes but “Paranoia” should disappear quickly from the large screen and go to DVD and the small screen.

Posted August 30, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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IF IT’S THURSDAY IT MUST BE CAFE VICO DAY!!!   Leave a comment

Between the 38 years as a server and over 70 years eating out I have eaten in thousands of restaurants and maybe a dozen are memorable and most have been Italian restaurants.

My first major job, where I learned all about the basics of running a restaurant and all about Italian food was Picciolo’s at 101 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach and I always think back of my years there with pleasure. One of THE best restaurants I have ever eaten in was/is Marchi’s in New York on east 31st Street in New York City for 83 years and their motto is “No sign outside, No menu inside”–you have to go to their web site to know what I am talking about when I say this is the definite dining experience http://www.marchirestaurant.com/

I retired after working at Big Louie’s here in Fort Lauderdale and it was one of the very few restaurants that I worked at that I went to eat at after leaving and, I have to admit, I haven’t been there since I discovered the Cafe Vico in February of 2012. It has been there for years starting off as a single storefront and now has expanded to an additional 3 storefronts plus an outdoor patio eating area plus they just acquired another storefront to have a piano bar.

The bottom line is that I have never had a bad meal there and am seriously thinking of holding my 20th Leap Year birthday party tat the Cafe Vico. They are not inexpensive which was why I was so pleased to hear that they were doing 2-4-1 lunches during the summer and have now extended that until October when “season” starts. Allen and I go for lunch there every Thursday and I have been working my way through their menu. Whether it be raviolii stuffed with seafood in a lobster cream sauce or their lasagna I can easily recommend that you order anything off the menu and you will be more than satisfied.

Everyone on staff, from Marco and his wife, work together to make your dining experience just that–an experience. The service is excellent, the plates served as a work of art and the hot rolls served with a spicy garlic oil dip is the best. By the way the carrot cake isn’t bad!!!

Posted August 29, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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SUMMER AT GATEWAY PART 1   Leave a comment

Walking around the Gateway Terrace apartments, where I live, is a dream come true. Whether turning a corner and seeing a couple of Iguanas bathing themselves in the sun or going down to The Point to see ‘dinner’ boats floating in Karen Bay or yachts docked around the property, not to forget sailboats and catamarans anchored in the bay itself, makes taking a walk an adventure.

I have written about Gateway many times but every day brings new surprises. Gateway compromises 8 acres of 32 buildings containing 265 apartments and near to 300 people, most over 70, quite a few in their 80s and 1 or 2 in their 90s, who for the most part get along.

There are 232 trees, a beautiful swimming pool overlooking Karen Bay, a breezeway to sit and talk where, yes, there is always a breeze! Originally a tomato farm in the 1920s it became a townhouse community for the wealthy to enjoy in the winter and then in 1959 it was converted into affordable housing for the elderly. There are 8 docks that accommodate yachts from all over the world and become part of our community and there over over 1500 feet of seawall.

Posted August 28, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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SUMMER IN FORT LAUDERDALE PART 10   Leave a comment


One of the things you learn living in South Florida during August is that being in an air-conditioned place in the afternoon is the place to be and why not a restaurant? This afternoon Allen and I went to the Quarterdeck where he had Chicken Francis with a baked potato and I had a turkey, lettuce, tomato and onion with mustard on rye and a side of broccoli.

 On Thursday Arnie and I went to the Quarterdeck–they are running a ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ deal–he had a turkey burger while I had the turkey sandwich only for variation I had it on toast!

 

On Wednesday Allen and I went to the Rendezvous where he had a skirt steak with fries (and, shhhhhhh, 2 French pastries!!) while I did a turkey and cheese on French bread and they put bacon on it which melted into the cheese! (This year we have been going to the Cafe Vico for their excellent 2-4-1 lunches!)

 

Getting away from food–I do talk about other things!!!–Norman went on vacation to New England for a month and I am plant sitting his Ming tree and I hoping it looks as good when he returns!! (2 years later he once again went to New England on vacation and I took care of a plant for him but it wasn’t a Ming tree–I will have to ask him what happened to that one!)

 

The last two signs were in a restaurant–I don’t remember which one–and they made me smile so I took pictures of them–love the last one, the one below!  LOL
 


 

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“To believe your own thought,

to believe what is true for you

in your private heart is true for all men

_____that is genius.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted August 27, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT–FREE–BOOKS WRITTEN BY A FRIEND!   Leave a comment

AN OUT AND OUT PLUG FOR A FRIEND–PRICE IS RIGHT—FREE BOOKS TO READ
 
Peter and I became friends years ago when we met as bloggers. I found him to be a funny, caring and passionate man who tells things as they are and how he sees them. He has written many books, most thrillers, plus his autobiography which talks of a world many readers will discover for the first time and is a live thriller in its own right.
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Born in New Zealand, Rigby Taylor grew up in Europe where he was an actor and creative dancer before becoming a lecturer in Renaissance Art. His two gay themed novels, ‘The Price of Freedom’ in which he explores gay relationships of youth, middle age and the elderly while coping with undercurrents of homophobia, and ‘Dome of Death’ a thriller , are both set on Queensland’s sub-tropical Sunshine Coast.
His autobiography, ‘Dancing Bare’, is a humorous look at his first twenty-five years as a young exhibitionist in Europe and the UK in the ‘swinging sixties’.


Dancing Bare is the sometimes risqué tale of an innocent young man who swaps the suffocating confines of middle-class New Zealand for love and liberation in 1960’s London and Europe. Reveling in the freedom conferred by anonymity, he becomes an actor, a stripper, a rent boy, a lover, a teacher, and a dedicated traveler through Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, where travelers are uncommon and countries still retain many of the differences that makes traveling so interesting. He encounters a wide variety of people, life styles, and customs, eventually settling in Paris where the state does not consider his sexuality to be a criminal offense. A moving and amusing story of hope and love, sex, and sexuality, theatrical showmanship and artless innocence, laced with a little philosophy. Download this FREE e-Book today!
 
All three books are available from Lulu publishers.

FROM PETER:
I think the other books might have more appeal  readers than Dancing Bare. I get quite a few emails from contented readers, especially thanking me for “Rough Justice/Price of Freedom” [same book, different title]”. ‘Sebastian” and “Dome of Death” are also very popular… being fictional and sort of thrillers with gay heroes. The memoir is a bit too real for many people…. being “a snapshot of a wonderful time of freedom so long ago it seems like a different planet”…. this last comment was from a pleasant Indian fellow.


PETER AND HANS–TOGETHER OVER 30 YEARS!


Books

                          Jarek by Rigby Taylor
               Price: Free! Approx. 97,080 words. Language: English.    Published on July 29, 2012. Category: Fiction.

                In this sequel to ‘Sebastian’ that begins in an isolated tropical Australian town, the refusal of a student to be victimized by a female teacher leads to his being drafted to assist at a rainforest camp where he teams up with the activities teacher, Jarek, who dumps his girlfriend and becomes the unwitting target of a small group of women dedicated to the elimination of misogynistic males.
Time to Think by Rigby Taylor
Price: Free! Approx. 30,390 words. Language: English. Published on November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction.

Time To Think is an amusing, thoughtful and sexy collection of eight short tales about the human condition and how some gays cope with such things as visiting evangelists, unwelcome visitors, too much praise, unwanted sexual attentions from women, living in a nursing home, unpleasant relations, genetic modification and newly awakened sexual urges.
Sebastian by Rigby Taylor
Price: Free! Approx. 62,120 words. Language: English. Published on February 18, 2011. Category: Fiction.

Sebastian is an enigma. Everyone likes him, but no one knows anything about him. He wears clothes only under protest, but no one seems to mind. To say his home life is unusual would be like saying the Amazon is a stream. Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe his upbringing. He doesn’t know who his father was, he’s used as a therapist for broken youths, and yet he’s ‘normal’.
Dancing Bare by Rigby Taylor
Price: Free! Approx. 118,650 words. Language: English. Published on February 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction.

0.75 star (3.67 from 3 reviews)
Dancing Bare is an amusing tale about Rigby, an impossibly innocent young man who swaps the suffocating confines of middle class New Zealand for love and liberation in nineteen-sixties London and Europe. Revelling in the freedom conferred by anonymity, he becomes an actor, stripper, rent boy, lover, teacher and dedicated traveller through Europe and North Africa.
Dome of Death by Rigby Taylor
Price: Free! Approx. 103,100 words. Language: English. Published on February 3, 2011. Category: Fiction.

(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Dome of Death is a thriller; shocking, funny, romantic and thought provoking. When the director of an Art Gallery in Queensland falls to his death from the central dome, his lover, Peter, unwillingly takes over the job. Murder, torture, cyclones, tidal surges, snuff porn shows – are but a few of the complications to be navigated in his search for justice, happiness and love.
The Price of Freedom by Rigby Taylor
Price: Free! Approx. 103,260 words. Language: English. Published on February 1, 2011. Category: Fiction.

(4.00 from 1 review)
Two young men in subtropical Queensland fight for their lives when threatened by homophobic students.
 

 

Posted August 27, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS!   Leave a comment

BRIE CHEESE

STONE GROUND MUSTARD

CINNAMON ROASTED PEANUTS

lILY o’bRIAN’S CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

wALKER’S cHOCOLATE TOFFES

PANETINI OVEB BAKED ITALIAN TOAST

USINGER’S SUMMER SAUSAGE

MONICA’S WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIES

KING LEO POMEGRANATE PUFFS

GRAPEVINE TRADING COMPANY SEA SALT & OLIVE OIL CRACKERS

ALL ON A CARVING TRAY WITH A SLICING KNIFE

CARE TO GUESS WHICH I ATE FIRST? SECOND? THEN THIRD?

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I CAME HOME THE OTHER DAY TO FIND A PACKAGE AT MY DOOR FILLED WITH GOODIES. i HAD BEEN HAVING A ROUGH TIME PHYSICALLY WITH DOCTORS AND SUCH AND THOUGH FOOD BRIGHTENS MY DAY WHAT REALLY GAVE ME A GLOW WAS WHO THE GIFT WAS SENT FROM.

Just 2 days later I received another gift from a friend who had been dismayed at my not being able to pick up my prescriptions the day I was suppose to start them.

I confess that as much as I have been around I was shocked at what people say and do on blogs–their disrespect, their vulgarity, their back stabbing and complete lack of manners–and that’s just the women!!! LOL

I have also been extremely lucky in finding friends as I have a knack for, as a rule, picking out the best people and, due to blogging I have met (some in person, some soon to be in person and some better save up their pennies for my 20th Leap Year birthday in 2016 when they will be invited to my big bash!) about 10 people who I am proud to call my friends and not because they send/sent me gifts.

I love surprises and they constantly surprise me with thoughts and deeds. I feel sorry for people who don’t have them as friends but even then I hope my enemies have some one, any one, comparable to any of these 10 loving, good people. I have become a part of the life of these friends and they have become a part of mine–THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!

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Posted August 25, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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