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Welcome to my life–again!   1 comment

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(Okay, I messed up the numbers but it is too much work to redo the whole collage all over–bear with me! LOL) EVERY Thursday come rain or hurricane or whatever Allen stops by, picks me up and takes me shopping. We, usually start off, at the Dollar Tree on 17th street but they opened a new (1 & 9) about the same distance in the opposite direction and we gave it a try last Thursday. It is huge with a lot more aisle room and a larger refrigerator/freezer area and selection. The next stop is (8) Winn-Dixie which has just remodeled the whole store and either first or last it is (4) CVS to pick up prescriptions which taking  12 meds a day there is usually 1 to pick up each week. I have tried to get them all at once but it just doesn’t seem to work!
In ‘the old days’ we used to go for lunch sometime between the shopping but since the virus rules we did only once but we are talking about hitting The Cheesecake Factory this Thursday as I have gift cards. (Wonder if I will ever get to use the movie gift cards I got for my birthday!)(2,3,6 and 7) are just some shots of around my living-room which reminds me I have to check for peppers!(8) is one of the aristocratic-looking birds we get after a storm while (11) is a shot of Karen Bay off The Point which is always beautiful looking.Then there are (10 & 12) which are my dogs!! The first is on my desk calendar and the last on my wall calendar and I don’t have to walk or feed them!!
At this point, I really should stop taking so many pictures but then I ask myself “Why?”

Posted August 4, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, HOME

Isaias–hurricane, tropical storm or just a rainy day?   1 comment

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It started last Monday showing the path of a new storm coming directly at Fort Lauderdale. By Friday the path had veered to the west so it looked like we just might get the outer bands of a hurricane. On Saturday it was declared Tropical Storm Isaias and there could be high winds and heavy rain but when to expect all that was constantly being moved.We had somewhat heavy winds and now and then patches of rain but nothing we haven’t seen on a regular day during the rainy season. I believe I may have heard some heavy rain overnight but the parking lot didn’t show that and though we had a few drizzles today we had a lot more brightness if not more sun.
At 4 PM I took the 3 pictures with the smileys and we all know that Larry and Lenny the lizards wouldn’t be out if bad weather was brewing!! There are a family with baby lizards but those little ones are so fast I haven’t been able to get a picture of them—yet!In any case, it is hurricane season and a lot is happening out in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the US so don’t know what the next 4 months will bring. Stayed tuned!

Posted August 2, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

A week in July 2020 in Fort Lauderdale AKA my home!   Leave a comment

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It is 5:30 PM Sunday, July 26, 2020, and it is cooling off–only 87 degrees—which means the rain clouds are starting to move in but right now it is just another beautiful day in Fort Lauderdale ending another great week in South Florida, virus or no virus.

1, 2 & 5) from inside my apartment  3) my ‘neighbor’ Lucy waiting for me to come out knowing it is usually about this time I go down for the mail but it is Sunday and no mail so I will take a walk down to the elevator and back so she can get on with her routine! 4 & 8) new peppers growing.

6 & 10) Lenny the lizard, like Larry his friend, waiting for me to come back from the mailboxes so they can go back to their woodpile  7) looking out from the elevator walkway.

9) Last night watched members of the original cast of “A Chorus Line” getting together to celebrate its 45 anniversary–I am looking forward to 2025 when, hopefully, they will do a revival (and NOT update it too much!) and tour with it, coming to Fort Lauderdale when, hopefully, theatre will have returned to ‘normal’. With as many times as I have seen it and read all the books about it, I was surprised to learn that Michael Bennett (not like him!) allowed the original ‘Richie’ to make up the choreography for “Gimme The Ball”!

11) They finally finished the dumpster project–the residents will still have water up to their ankles when they throw out their garbage but the dumpster wheels will be nice and dry!

12) It has been 50 (!!!!) years since I went to South America and Australia/New Zealand and for souvenirs I framed the money I had left from both trips–top  South America and bottom Australia/New Zealand–wonder if they are worth anything?

And tomorrow I start off a new week going to the dentist!!

Posted July 26, 2020 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE

“Fiddler on the Roof”–touring company review   Leave a comment

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“Fiddler on the Roof” has always been a rich musical in the story it tells and how it tells it. A couple of months ago I saw a documentary “Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles” and it made the production I saw tonight have even deeper meanings. With all its humor and excellent score, choreography and cast it tackles many subjects that are still affecting the world today such as uprooting families from their homeland.
 
The score with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick blend in with the book by Joseph Stein all based on the original stories Sholem Aleichem making a moving tale of “Tevye and His Daughters” and their life in the shtetl, a small village, in Russia in the late 19th century.
 
Family, life and traditions, as the opening song explains, are quickly changing, affecting the people in the village. We follow Tevye’s family as his 5 daughters break away from a life their father is, at times, scared of, but doesn’t allow his wife and kids to see his questioning of what is happening.
 
The show opens with “Traditions” introducing the star of the show, Yehezkel Lazarov, as Tevye, explaining the role of everyone in the village from the father and mother to the daughters, rabbi, matchmaker even the beggar who has a role to play as a member of the village. From that point on Lazarov is in command of the stage, his presence felt even the few moments he is off stage. He is funny talking to God in “If I Were A Rich Man” and just as tender singing to his wife, Golde, “Do You Love Me?”
 
Maite Uzal, as Golde, is a match for Lazarov whether singing with him or standing up to him in her sly and practical way.  Three of the 5 daughters, played by Kelly Gabrielle Murphy, Ruthy Froch and Noa Luz Barenblat, singing “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” show us the independent women of tomorrow while their parents singing “Sunrise, Sunset” show their love for their children.
 
Nick Siccone, as Motel the tailor who wants happiness with one of the daughters makes the joyful “Miracle of Miracles” flood the audience with that joy while Nic Casaula as a suitor for another daughter makes you believe that “Now I Have Everything” as he plans to take her away to start a new life.
 
Jonathan Von Mering as Lazar Wolf, the butcher,  Carol Beaugard as Yente, the matchmaker, are just a couple of the supporting cast, along with the ensemble, that contributes to a first rate company of a first rate production.
 
The choreography by Hofesh Shechter, based on the original by Jerome Robbins, as is the direction by Bartlett Sher, along with an 11 piece orchestra conducted by  Michael Gildein, aids every singer, dancer and actor to do their best and they all do.
 
“Fiddler on the Roof” is one of the best touring productions this season and no matter how many times you have seen it and, especially if you have never seen it, is a must see for all.
 
Running time is 2 hour and 50 minutes including a 15 minute introduction

Day birds and night blooms   1 comment

Birds after rain and blooms at night Oct 2019
It doesn’t happen all the time but after a very windy rain overnight the birds come out to have brunch! Maybe it is the wind that stirs up the worms and crabs but they come out in large numbers.
 
I have always been a night person as it is a whole different world than daytime and night people are a different breed of human being even when it comes to being old but that’s another discussion!
 
At night when I am sitting at my computer desk no matter where I look I see flowers blooming and they have a different look then when in daytime!
 
Someone asked–I don’t remember who–asked when I sleep and I answered, usually, 2 to 10 AM or 3-11AM but I don’t ‘wake’/ up until 1 PM when I consider my day starting! I am not a nice guy before then!!
 

Posted October 14, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, MOTHER NATURE

4 Seasons in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Autumn October 2019
The old joke goes that we have 4 seasons in South Florida: 1) early bird season (they go cheap, cheap) 2) snow bird season (the Yankees and French Canadians invade us)  3)hurricane/rainy season and 4) hot, humid summer!  The last one is true and lasts 6 months while we have 1-2 weeks of winter usually in January and/or February when temperatures can drop into the 60s and even, a night or two, into the 50s and Spring, with high temperatures in the upper 70s, generally from late March to early May and, last but not least, is Autumn, as you can see in the pictures above, when all the Queen Crepe Myrtle trees lose their leaves, lasting through October and early November!
 
No, I don’t miss the snow, ice, freezing temperatures of November to March nor the summers in New York city where the temps are usually higher than down here or the times I have to tell Chuck and Terry to come down here when we are cooler (lower 80s) than they are in Memphis (in the 90s)!
 
By the way I will take the ‘wet’ heat of the southeast versus the ‘dry’ heat of the southwest where you will burn your hand faster and deeper reaching the car door handle to open it!
 
Excuse me as I have to go out and help them rake the leaves—in the rain!

Posted October 12, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE, SEASONS

No movie?? Okay, then Cabo Blanco & Dairy Queen!!   1 comment

Cabo Blanco and Diary Queen Oct 11 2019
“Gemimi”–no thank you! “Lucy In The Sky”–I am not a fan of Natalie Portman and word of mouth hasn’t been too good. “The Addams Family”? PUHLEEZE! “Jexi”? Sounds like a TV rom/com, maybe Tuesday. Okay, I have found out that if I don’t go to a movie on Friday the world doesn’t come to an end. Allen wasn’t in any particular mood to see a movie so I suggested–sometimes I am brilliant!–that we go have lunch at Cabo Blanco for which I had a groupon for and we hadn’t been there in awhile.
 
 Cabo Blanco is one of my favorite restaurants and the best of the dozen or so Peruvian restaurants that have opened in the past decade. When we first went I tried all 29 lunch specials they had (no, not at one time!!) and there wasn’t a bad one in the group but there was definitely a standout dish: Camarones Saltados, about 12 sauteed shrimp with onions and tomatoes on a pasta in a dark sauce, which I think is soy based but not sure. I do know it is delicious and the price, $11.99, ridiculously low for such a meticulous made dish plus they serve a freshly made chicken soup and a side of various sauces. They use to serve bread with the latter which they no longer do so I don’t know what the sauces are for because the shrimp sauce is great as is! I have had this dish about 20 times and LOVE it!
 
Afterwards I was moaning that they don’t have plain vanilla ice cream which is something I like to have after a slightly spicy meal and Allen came up with a brilliant idea of going to Dairy Queen in Wilton Manors for dessert! He had a chocolate and I had a vanilla Blizzard! Now that’s what friends are for!
 
Trust me, the lunch and dessert was better than any movie I could have seen!

Welcome to October!   1 comment

King Tides Oct 1 2019
I always wanted to live ON the water not IN it but with what is known as King Tides come in I sometimes get the feeling my third floor apartment will soon be a waterfront one!
 
With the 20-25 MPH winds we have been having these tides are 2 feet above normal high tides and they come in at 10 PM, 5 AM and 11 AM. This afternoon walking from the church parking lot—that’s another story–to my apartment building, at the entrance to Gateway, the water was up to my calves. Slowly the water went down but very shortly it will ‘invade’ again.
 
Luckily, though it is rainy season, we haven’t been having that much rain this week but, horror of horrors, the temperature went down into the 80s this first day of October!!
 
What’s coming?????
 

Fighting the tide

By the way these two were fighting the waves and the tide and just kept spinning around until they got near the railing and used that to get back to the place where they rented the canoes–ending September with a laugh!
 

Posted October 1, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

September 2019 Fort Laudedale Diary   Leave a comment

Posted September 30, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

Around Gateway   Leave a comment

Gateway September 2019
1) On the left Biscuit 12 years old and on the right Cody 7 months old
2) And the ‘Christmas’ cactus keeps on blooming
3) Working on the roof
4) Out my window
5) A new pepper–for some reason they only grow one at a time
6) Great,Great Grandmother Becky who baby sits with her granddaughter’s child Monday through Friday
7) Rion with his new sun ‘cancer’ hat
8)  When it gets windy we get waves
9) My apartment–3rd floor–right side
10) Another yacht seen from my window
11) Mary racing around on her motorized wheel chair
12) Cloudless sky–freshly mowed lawn–boats docked on both sides of the canal–welcome to Gateway!

Posted September 28, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

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