Archive for January 2019

This hasn’t happened in decades!   1 comment

A little background first—I don’t remember when I started drinking diet colas but I do know that I was drinking them in 1969 when I joined Weight Watchers and since then have been drinking a minimum of 5 cans and/or 2 litters every day for 49 years!

There was a study done last year that showed drinking diet sodas could add weight to your body or at least hinder it from losing weight. That is all I had to hear and I stopped drinking them–cold turkey–last September or October. I am good with coffee–regular before 2 PM and decafe after–and water. I, also, started experimenting with tea not really liking green or other similar ones so I started with the herbal teas settling on Chamomile, which I could buy at the Dollar Tree for $1 a box of 20. Every night before I am about to go to sleep I put 2 bags and a Sweet ‘N Low in a cup, pour hot water in and then cover the cup for about 5 minutes.

An aside:  I didn’t lose an ounce giving up diet sodas.

Also, for a month, I have been having a CBD gummie bear which I don’t think has done anything for me, if it was supposed to!

Now for what this is really about! I don’t and very rarely have any problems going to sleep. Yesterday was a regular day–nothing out of the ordinary for a Friday–got up at 11 AM after going to sleep around 3 AM–went to the movies and then had lunch at Big Louie’s, came home, read mail, answered emails,  posted my review of “Cold War”, did some work on the Internet, watched TV, had dinner, read a couple of magazines, had my tea, and about 1 AM was a little sleepy so I went to bed. I remember getting up at 10 AM, looking at the clock and the next thing I knew it was 12:45 PM!!

I haven’t slept that many hours since I was a kid! I wasn’t stressed about anything, didn’t do anything exertive, have been drinking the tea late at night for months now, didn’t have a gummie bear as I used them all up the night before. In any case, I don’t have nor can I find any reason for sleeping such a sound sleep for almost 12 hours. I have heard the older you get the less sleep you need or the less sleep you have at one time which is why old people nap.

I find it almost impossible to nap nor do I fall asleep reading, watching TV, etc. I try to nap but as soon as my head hits the pillow my eyes won’t close!

Maybe instead of researching diet cola they should research me!!

❛When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.❜

Marcus Aurelius

Posted January 26, 2019 by greatmartin in HEALTH, LIFE, Uncategorized

“Cold War”–movie review   Leave a comment

Inline image   A simile? A metaphor? Maybe, even a pun? The title of the movie “Cold War” can refer to the time period the story takes place or the romance, or lack of chemistry between the two leads, or possible the photography of this black and white film.
We follow Wiktor (Thomas Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) from the beginning of their romance when they meet in Poland where he an accomplished musician, conductor and producer, with his current lover and co-producer, Irena (Agata Kulesza) are auditioning singers and dancers for players in the Mazurek Ensemble which revolve around Polish countryside folk music. Wiktor and Zula fall in love though really not suited for each other and, many times, make selfish decisions that keep them apart though the cold war also interferes with their journey. They never discuss their being unfaithful to each other and what it does to them over time including Zula. In the mix is Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc),  who was a driver for Wiktor and Irena and over the years has risen on the political scene.
A lot of the picture takes place in Paris, many scenes in a nightclub, Le Eclipse, and the soundtrack has music from Chopin to Billie Holiday to Bill Haley and the Comets.
The direction by Pawel Pawlikowski, along with cinematographer Lukas Zal, makes “Cold War” in the black and white 4:3 ratio photography look like paintings with each picture worthy of a museum showing. I was taken completely by surprise in the first scene a mirror was used as a background and having another scene with the screen filled with a field and 2 very small people looking like minatures in the lower corner was another wow moment.
Though Thomas Kot and Joanna Kulig didn’t have any chemistry between them both present very striking figures, he with his imposing height and intense stare and she with  a persona that makes you concentrate on her whenever she is in the camera’s eye. It did bother me that she resembles an actress that I just couldn’t name!
Last week the movie received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film of 2018 and though it is interesting it is also disappointing mainly because the love story aspect just doesn’t deliver. Was “Cold War” a metephor? A Simile? Or was the title a pun reflecting on the couple’s love?
If you are looking for a beautiful, moving, involved love story “Cold War” is not for you but if you want to see a beautiful black and white photographed moving picture and, maybe, learning a little about the cold war and how it affected lives this is one for you!

DoughBoys Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant Review—and sobriety!!   5 comments

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If I’m not mistaken it was in March of 2015 that I was here last. Though I am a man of habit I am not rigid, pretty flexible if a change is required. As an example every Thursday I go shopping at the Dollar Tree on 17th Street, then lunch at a full-service restaurant.
For some reason (Alfredo talking about it is THE reason!) I woke up this morning wanting chicken cacciatore which I haven’t had since January 1981 when I gave up drinking alcohol. After all this time I decided I wanted to go to either Big Louie’s, Bistro Mezzaluna or Cafe Vico but riding down to 17th Street I remembered DoughBoys being in the area. Doughboys Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant has been in business for over 30 years for good reason.
They have a huge, varied menu which offers different size meals for different people. All over their menu you can see: “can serve two”, 4 different size pizzas, “mini, small, large” Calzones and Stromboli’s, 2 different size wraps, ‘half and whole’ subs, cups and bowls of soups, ‘huge’ salads, ‘Smaller versions by specific request only’. They have 19 different categories of food such as Italian Specialties, Combination Entrees, Seafood, Fresh Pasta, Homemade Pasta–okay I don’t know if the fresh pasta is different from the homemade pasta but that’s for another day. They have everything BUT NO CHICKEN CACCIATORE!!
Instead of leaving we decided to stay. With all the above the food doesn’t disappoint and things run fairly smoothly I remembered why I haven’t been there in 4 years! I prefer going there after 5 PM instead of for lunch. The exact same menu is offered for lunch, dinner and late night bites BUT you don’t get table service for lunch. You line up at the counter, give your order, pay and then wait for your name to be called. I don’t understand why it is full price at both the evening and day time but not the full service.
I had their chicken Sophia (small $15.50 which surprised me as for $2 I could have had the larger one! It is a baked chicken cutlet topped with ricotta, pepperoni, ham and sausage covered with sauce and mozzarella. Though it was supposed to be baked the cutlet certainly tasted fried. In any case, I don’t think anything would have satisfied except–yeah, you know what. It was a large portion and served with a large salad and big portion of spaghetti along with a fresh salad All were certainly enough to be shared by two though Allen got his own which was a White Albacore Tuna Antipasto (small one for $9.95). My only major complaint was the lack of full service.
The folks behind the counter were friendly but it was lunchtime with people lined up to order and dirty tables all around with their looking/acting a little ‘in the weeds’ . Though there is no way of knowing it you are expected to clean up your own table as you would in most fast food places the staff does that with the dishwasher helping. Parking is free but if you don’t know the area chances are you will wind up having to make a U-turn if you are driving east as chances are you will go right by the end of the shopping plaza they are in. Going west it will come up surprisingly so you might find yourself taking a last minute right turn.
The cry of most restaurants is “Location, location, location” and after 30 years Doughboys proves that isn’t a must just as they show cutting back on service along with small inconsistencies doesn’t discourage business. (I still haven’t had my chicken cacciatore but writing this I realize I am celebrating 38 years of sobriety–hurrah for me!)


I’m having fun & going crazy!! LOL   Leave a comment

I am playing making videos and posting them–getting no where quick!! (But having fun!) or



allens birthday chima june 18 2009 thirty two allen and me after dinner

They are both the same just made at 2 different sites!

Posted January 23, 2019 by greatmartin in FRIENDS, Uncategorized

Restaurants & People #7   Leave a comment

the ice cream club feb 18 2012 1 - copy–people-january-2019

4 of these restaurants have closed and 3 are on my 10 best restaurants in South Florida list.

Trying this new video making site–takes a few seconds to get started so have patience–let me know what you think of it.

Posted January 23, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

Restaurants & People #6   Leave a comment

I did learn it is hard to ‘write’ with a mouse!! :O)


Posted January 21, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

Restaurants & People Series #5   Leave a comment

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Learning a lot and this is only #5–already at least 130 restaurants plus a few repeats and way too many pictures (selfies) of me!! Also, in future, better pictures of the restaurant’s name and, maybe, only 1 or 2 food pictures.
A couple of these places are out of business, including one of my favorites, The Old Seafood House which had a good run!


Okay, haven’t even gotten to the last 3 years of new places!

Posted January 20, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANTS, Uncategorized

They show know how to hit when you are down!!   1 comment

winn dixie chocolate


The whole world–whether they need it or not–goes on a diet January 1–probably the biggest New Year’s resolution made.

I walked into our local supermarket and, yes, that table was the first thing you saw when entering it!!

Is that playing fair??????

Posted January 19, 2019 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized

“Stan & Ollie”–movie review   Leave a comment

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While there are a few good things about “Stan & Ollie” there are too many negatives to make it worthwhile seeing.
John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel were a top comedy duo in the 1930s and by 1950 were barely making a living. Both actors are excellent in their roles though, sometimes, Reilly’s prosthetics go astray. Most people, under 50, probably won’t be familiar with these comedians and their routines might provide puzzlement as to why they were so famous even to the older folks in today’s audience.
As a film about two comedians, it is more of a drama than a comedy, telling the story of their lives in the 1950s doing a tour in England to almost empty theatres and hoping to make a movie that might never be made.
Shirley Henderson as Lucille Hardy has a very hard to hear, and understand, accent while Nina Arianda as Laurel’s Russian born wife Ida seems to get the most, what there are of them, laughs in the film and the two women are more of a comic team than their husbands.
In the 1940s Abott and Costello were more popular while they, in turn, would soon be surpassed by Martin and Lewis.
“Stan & Ollie” has 3-4 laughs and near the end a few tears but all in all it does nothing for them putting the spotlight on the team and really doesn’t entertain the audience.

I plant the seeds…..   Leave a comment

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Over the years I have grown Romaine lettuce, peppers and all kinds of vegetables. In some instances, say like I was cutting a tomato, I would just take a few seeds and without thought would just push them into the earth in a flower pot and forget it. That’s what I did with some seeds at the beginning of January and today I have a full grown plant. I will just have to put them in their own pot, put a stake in, put it on the sill of my east window where they will get full sun and just wait for the flowers to come and then wait for the tomatoes!!

Posted January 17, 2019 by greatmartin in HOME, PLANTING, PLANTS, Uncategorized

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