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Springtime May 2017 Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

We had 2 days of winter and maybe 3 days of spring and now we are in the 90s already!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzebctsNZYg

Posted May 31, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, Uncategorized

Some (not all) who left Gateway   Leave a comment

 

Memory Introduction 1999-2017

 

Posted May 29, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

“Paris Can Wait”–a movie review   Leave a comment

How can you not love a movie that is full of food being talked about, served, eaten, cooked and shown in restaurants, hotel rooms, in open markets, farms and let’s not even get into the love of chocolate by the female star? Let’s throw in wine, lots of wine, for every, and any, occasion. Oh heck, toss in a car of roses driven by a man who knows nothing about a car but can make every topic about food.

Diane Lane is Annie, a woman married to a workaholic producer Michael, played by Alec Baldwin, who seems to be so busy I think he had 5 minutes screen time! He is on his way to Budapest but because of ear infections can’t fly with him so she agrees to drive from Cannes, where they are, to Paris which is a 7 hour drive if she didn’t accept her husband’s business associate, Jacques, played by Arnaud Viard, to drive with him which turns into a 2 day journey.

Yes, Jacques is the food man who can pick dandelion greens and talk about making a salad or insists they stop here and there where he knows a chef, a restaurant owner, a farmer or when they have car trouble just happens to have a picnic basket and who keeps on insisting that “Paris Can Wait” and who can say he is wrong?

Anne, like some people I know (ME!), is constantly taking pictures with her digital camera of all the food she is surrounded by plus the museums, churches, Roman ruins and the very photogenic locations they drive through sometimes stopping the picturesque France we have always imagined. I think she took more pictures than he smoked and a drinking game involving a shot every time he had a cigarette could end with everyone getting bombed before the movie ends!

“Paris Can Wait” has a story with the irascible French roué plying her with things that could seduce her as only a Frenchman can and it may interest you but the food, the wine and the roses steal the picture.

The chocolate candies, cakes, hot chocolates, every and any form of chocolate you can think of, is reason to see the movie, even you strange ones who say you don’t like chocolate!

 Movie Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGyZnzjm7Og

Posted May 26, 2017 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, MOVIES

The “Wilma” tree   Leave a comment

Wilma Tree Collage

Posted May 24, 2017 by greatmartin in MOTHER NATURE

“Wilton Wings Restaurant–A Review   Leave a comment

Wilton Wings April 27 2017 collageI don’t know how many times or for how many years I have passed this stand alone building and always giving it a quick thought as I love eating wings but haven’t eaten them in a restaurant since I moved away from the west Davie Boulevard area.

Last week I got a coupon in the mail from Wilton Wings advertising 10 wings and curly fries for $10 and there was a coupon for buy one get one free burger or sandwich. The latter was important because Allen doesn’t like wings (for him it is ‘too much work’ LOL) so I could get the wings and he could get the sandwich.

Allen ordered the cheeseburger with fries (plus one to go) for $9.25 plus a diet Pepsi ($2.75) and said it was tasty as were the fries, which he is sort of an expert on the latter.

I had the wings and it being a full service restaurant there was no pressure to just order any sauce, especially with the variety they offer plus choice of ‘heat’. I decided on the medium heat garlic sauce and I was impressed with the presentation, particularly with the heavy garlic on the wet wings. They and the curly fries were delicious but because of the amount of the garlic on the wings I knew I would have to be careful talking close to someone but, oh, were they worth it!

With the coupon and the wing special plus tax and tip our check came to $33.31. Considering Allen had a burger to take home for dinner, $16 each for lunch was a more than fair price.

There is nothing fancy about Wilton Wings but it is clean, the service fine, plenty of free parking and I found a place for wings when I get the hankering which will probably be more often now that I finally stopped and gave them a try.

Posted May 23, 2017 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS, Uncategorized

“Everything, Everything”–a movie review   Leave a comment

“The target audiences are teenage girls”, “A date movie”, “The young love audience will swoon”, “Was once called a woman’s movie or a tear jerker”—call “Everything, Everything” whatever you want but I really like young love stories, especially when there is an illness involved!

Maddy Whittier, played by Amandla Stenberg, has SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency, which means she cannot go out of her germ free house, has an all day nurse Carla, played by Ana de la Requera and her mother, played by Anika Noni Rose, is a doctor who takes over from Carla when she gets home.

Not that you would be surprised but a new family moves in next door and Olly, played by Nick Robinson, just as Maddy is about to become 18, his age too. From their talking through windows, texting, his being told about her disease and coming to understanding it to their trusting each other and Maddy’s imagination the time comes for her to take her first step out into the world where she isn’t suppose to go.

Along the way we learn that Olly has an abusive father, Maddy lost her father and brother in a car accident many years before and the fact that Maddy is Black and Olly is White is just a given and has nothing to do with two youngsters falling n love for the first time.

About 50 minutes into the movie Maddy takes her first step out of the house and if you want to see what happens in the remaining 46 minutes go see the movie.

Director Stella Meghie, along with screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe, embrace the teenage romance hitting all the right marks, even when there are emotional moments that could be used to manipulate the audience. They concentrate on the romance aspect ignoring the racial, doesn’t matter, difference, briefly mention the Olly’s abusive father and even make the ‘see it coming’ last 20 minutes acceptable.

Nick Robinson is always dressed in black while Amandla Stenberg basically wears white after falling in love she is in an array of colors and they always complement each other in feelings though have opposite ideas of what love is, or should be, but they are a believable couple throughout the movie.

I’ve always liked Anika Noni Rose and have enjoyed her journey from being a singer on Broadway to becoming an actress in films and on television. Ana de la Requera is a Mexican actress who is new to me and made enough of an impression that I will look forward to seeing her in more films.

If you are a ‘softie’ like me and believe in love, especially first young love, go see “Everything, Everything”. 

 

Movie trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42KNwQ6u42U

Posted May 22, 2017 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, Uncategorized

Rest In Peace R.P.G.   Leave a comment

Born December 16, 1930–Died May 16, 2017


Without a doubt his greatest accomplishments included 63 years of marriage to his wife Carol and, with her help, raising David, Susan and Mitchell to be successful and have their own families.

He will be missed.

Posted May 21, 2017 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

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