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Hurricane Irma 1 Calm before the storm   Leave a comment

Calm before the storm?


Sorry about all the noise in the background.

I am going to try and make a video every day around 5 PM from the walkway outside my door to show IF there are any changes over the next few days. We have 5 trees and 3 buildings surrounding my backyard.

First time I can recall all 3 movie houses are closed.

Right now ‘they’ are saying it will hit the Florida southwest as a category 5.

All flights from and to the Fort Lauderdale airport will cease at 7:45 PM

Curfew on the beach tomorrow.

I learned something new that I am going to try. I have cooked up and frozen a load of food. It is suggested that you put a glass of water in the freezer and when the water is frozen place a penny on top. From the time the electricity goes until the penny is on the bottom of the glass your food is okay—at that point chances are the food will be spoiled.

Hopefully the electricity won’t go out—if you hear from me tomorrow you know it hasn’t!!! LOL


Olive Garden Restaurant–review   Leave a comment

 Olive Garden 2 collage

I don’t go to the Olive Garden for an Italian meal as we have too many real Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for the true experience. The Olive Garden is a wanna be Italian restaurant with real Italian names for their food items but that is as far as it goes. I have yet to taste a sauce there that isn’t just bland, tasteless.

I had a $35 gift card plus a $5 off coupon so off we went.

Upfront, Marlanea, our server was excellent. The breadsticks were warm while the salad was good but the Minestrone soup was loaded with vegetables and very little taste.

We both had the Shrimp ‘Scampi’, ($16.49 each) at least that was what they called it.  Yes, there are many variations of Scampi but the basic Italian restaurant will make it in an oil and garlic sauce while this was in some sort of cream sauce. They did put it over Angel Hair pasta.

I had a diet soda ($2.89)–is there some theme I am missing with all items priced to end in a 9? Allen paying heed to the latest report on diet sodas stuck to water.

We did share a piece of Black Tie Mousse cake ($7.79) which was very good.

Altogether our check came to $45.98 including tax plus we left a $10 tip so minus the $35 gift card and the $5 coupon it cost us about $8 each out of pocket.

It has been about 5-6 years since I had been to an Olive Garden and after this meal, I remembered why.

I’ll stick to Cafe Vico, Big Louie’s, MezzaLuna Bistro, etc., for an Italian meal!

Oh yes, a big plus in their favor was that I didn’t see a television anywhere! LOL

Living near the water   Leave a comment

In my backyard



The Audacity  (sold shortly after I took this.)


The Point–this one is a little loud just before I learned how to shoot without the background noise!

I took these in January 2015 when it was cold–only 77 degrees I think!

Posted June 29, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, HOME, LIFE, Uncategorized

The King of Siam, Anna and I in 1951 Part 2   Leave a comment

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana as the King and Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna  

Photo by Matthew Murphy

The first time I saw the complete show was when I was invited to the Actors Fund performance which was held on a Sunday as most shows didn’t give performances and it gave the casts of those shows to see the ones they heard so much of and were anxious to see.

The night was a star studded night and I was sitting in the middle of an audience that I had only seen on stage or in movies. It was a night I would never forget as this was an audience of professionals who knew what work went into a show and it was clear both on and off stage all were having a night even better than an opening night! Gertrude Lawrence was loved by her peers and Yul Brynner captivated the audience.

The next time I was to see “The King and I” was in December. My mother belonged to “Show of the Month” club and as my father was usually out of town I would be her escort. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but something was off as the show wasn’t as ‘exciting’ as it had been the last time I saw it. I won’t say that I knew something was wrong but 9 months later, at the age of 54, Gertrude Lawrence died of liver cancer that was never diagnosed.

I had been going to the theatre since 1944 when I saw the original cast of “Oklahoma” and picturing myself as Alfred Drake being Curly and the following year I wanted to be John Raitt as Billy Bigelow bringing me to tears as he sang the “Soliloquy”. I saw some of the best dramas such as “A Streetcar Named Desire” but I never remembered falling apart as I did when I heard about Gertrude Lawrence’s death. I was never to feel that way about another actor or actresses’ death.

Not seeing a stage production of “The King and I” for the next 66 years had nothing to do with that but just not being at the right place in the right time each time it was revived.

The Touring company montage

April 16 2017 Welcome to my world   Leave a comment

In order for the property to look more ‘uniform’ sadly the owners are tearing out beautiful hibiscus plants, frangipani trees, flowers planted by residents, gardens, etc., but still Mother Nature offers a lot of beauty of her own.

Drizzling and quiet at The Point!

Looking North up at my apartment

Looking south from the walkway right outside my door

Posted April 18, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, Uncategorized



While some cities in the Northern United States of America have been having 7-9 days of snow in a row we have been having record high temperatures, one day reaching 90, for weeks now.

Wherever you look there are beautiful flowers blooming outdoors and indoors, boats are cruising along, paddlers are busy going up and down the new river and one has to decide whether it is a pool or beach day.

As the old commercial use to say, “Come on down!”


Posted February 15, 2017 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER



For those who don’t believe in climate change this is a prime example of what is happening in South Florida.

We live on Karen Bay which feeds off the Atlantic Ocean. 3-4 times a year there is what is known as King High Tide when the full moon, earth and sun line up and tides raise higher than usual. Wikipedia defines it as “King tides are simply the very highest tides. They are naturally occurring, predictable events. Tides are actually the movement of water across Earth‘s surface caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon, Sun, and the rotation of Earth which manifest in the local rise and fall of sea levels. Tides are driven by the relative positions of the Earth, Sun, Moon land formations, and relative location on Earth. In the lunar month, the highest tides occur roughly every 14 days, at the new and full moons, when the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun are in alignment. These highest tides in the lunar cycle are called spring tides.

With the oceans rising just a few inches every year, every decade it only adds to the flooding and damage that takes place when these tides come in. In the picture, looking out from my window this morning, even though we have passed the highest tides points you can see that the water at 11:30 AM has risen high enough to cover our walkways and flood some of the grounds.

It does get worse each year and some have predicted that my 3rd floor apartment will soon be a ground floor apartment, on the water, within ten years or less. I plan to hang around and see what happens!


Posted October 19, 2016 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

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