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Last Week of June 2022   Leave a comment

1 to 3) Wilton Manors is home to THE GAY PRIDE PARADE every year and this year thousands showed up to show off! Wilton Manors is a small ‘island’ city adjacent to Fort Lauderdale and is known for   it is also know for its “Love Wins” bridge  It has the Gay Rainbow Flag colors and is near a high school so I am surprised the Florida governor hasn’t signed a law banning it—yet!!

4) No that’s not me but I get a kick out of it every time I see it!

6) A typical weather week in Fort Lauderdale in June–and, by the way, our weather meteorologist is Bette Davis!

7) Indoors or outdoors I never get tired of Mother Nature whether it is growing peppers from seed (first picture) or clipping a stem of a bush and putting it in a pot and growing the Cuban plant and the bright  living 24 hours, yellow bloom or the striking Queen Crepe Myrtle tree outside my window.

8) We have lizards all over the grounds and a lot of the times you can’t see them–this one caught me eye running away from me–the tail starts at the tip of the arrow–can you see it?

9) Last but not least what’s a week without eating out here and there? Ice cream at Baskin Robbins, a cheeseburger at the Quarterdeck and the best pizza in town at Big Louie’s–my last job before I retired and one of the very few restaurants that I ever went back to eat in after I stopped working in it!Now waiting to see what July brings!

Posted June 27, 2022 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE


Walking in the door the first impression was that Rossini was a new place, sterile-looking, with no warmth and certainly not Italian!  We were greeted by 2 servers telling us to sit where we would like. Very quickly we were brought a large bottle of water and glasses filled with ice plus a basket of bread and side dishes each with oil and Balsamic vinegar on each.
We ordered an Antipasto Di Pesce (Shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari in a tomato sauce with spices) $17* for an appetizer, which was served beautifully but looked better than it tasted. It wasn’t bad but nothing special.
I ordered Lasagna $18* which was just okay while Allen had the Ribeye Con Gorgonzola E Tartufo $36*. He said the steak was very tender but he didn’t care for the topping so scraped most of it off. Again the plate was served looking beautiful
In addition, he had a diet Pepsi $3.50 so with tax added after the 50% off promotion our check came to $39.87 plus a $15 tip bringing the check to $54.87 to $24+ each for lunch.

* We were there for lunch–about 1 PM and though they advertise 50% off for lunch and dinner we were given the dinner menu–the appetizer was $2 more than the lunch menu as shown on their web page as was the Lasagna and the steak wasn’t on the lunch menu.

I have sort of gotten used to sticker shock seeing restaurant menu prices
but if you are advertising something I would suggest changing your web page and just say 50% off the menu all day 11 AM to 11 PM. Also, this is the second restaurant in 2 days that I have seen “Pay with cash and save” printed on the check, assuming they will charge the customer what the credit cards charge the business but there wasn’t a charge added on either restaurant check.

Bottom line: the service was fine, the dishes presented nicely but the food was just okay and at regular prices plus tip would have come to $92 for lunch  
which is too high.

Welcome to June in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

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Meanwhile life goes on in South Florida!

1)  The two wolves on the June calendar welcome you to summer, the rainy & hurricane seasons, in Fort Lauderdale!!!

2) The Gateway Theatre was recently taken over by new owners and started a GoFundMe page to spruce it up a bit. The first picture was a year ago and the second today’s lobby-a lot more to come. Here’s more of the history of The Classic Gateway:”The Gateway Theatre opened March 24, 1951 with the world premiere of “Up Front” starring David Wayne. It was operated by Wometco Theatres as a single screen venue with 1,500 seats, all on a single floor. The theatre had its own 500-car paved parking lot. Sunrise Cinemas later operated the the theatre and had converted it to a fourplex.The World premiere of “Where The Boys Are” took place here in 1960 which is where I saw it before I moved back to New York.
It runs the latest in fine art, foreign and independent films. It is noted as one of Fort Lauderdale’s landmark theatres.”

3) And then what’s life without food? That is why the Quarterdeck is here! I have been going there for over 20 years and just last week had the BEST jambalaya ever and I have been recommending it there for years but this was pure heaven.Well if the electricity and power doesn’t go off with the 8 inches of rain expected I’ll see you tomorrow!

Posted June 2, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Another week in Fort Lauderdale May 2022   1 comment

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Though it is not officially summer we have been hitting the temperatures if the high 80s and low 90s for a couple of weeks now and I have no objections. Today officially starts our rainy season which also means the humidity will start climbing but right now all is comfortable and walks outside, looking around, is a pleasant way of spending time on a Sunday afternoon.

In the upper left corner is a picture of the Queen Crepe myrtles coming into bloom (which means the Jacarandas aren’t far behind—some already showing buds of red!)In the top row in the center 2 pictures and in the lower left corner a bird almost joined me on the walk. I took a closeup of his head but it didn’t come out. Though the bird looks very familiar  he had some ‘different’ markings on the top of his head–yellow and white flowers.

In the two middle pictures in the center row are a few other ‘strange’ birds! I think they are called humans and come in all shapes and sizes and they don’t agree how to maneuver their modes of transportation but they are always fun to look at.Of course I don’t have to go out to spend pleasant time as my place always offers things to see.  I enjoy watching the weekend weather man give his predictions and I often wonder if he just makes up the projected amounts of rainfall chances to cover his backside. We will get rain most everyday (or night) from now until November and it can be a short, misty fall or a hurricane but as long as he says it is going to rain he is very seldom wrong!!

Looking around my place I can see all kinds of plants from the pink Geraniums in the upper right corner to the yellow Cuban flowering plant below it and below that is the ‘Christmas’ cactus blooming in May!Last, but not least, are two pepper plants with one producing a round pepper and the other an elongated pepper, both green. Now I am waiting on a couple of red ones on another plant!

I look around inside and outside and I can easily tell myself that life is good—-for today at least! :O)

Posted May 15, 2022 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE

Signs of May 2022   Leave a comment

First sign of May at Gateway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are the Queen Myrtle Trees start to bloom! We used to have dozens of them but many were taken out not to mention other signs of May that I miss like the blooming hibiscus that were all around the property.

Of course another sign are the weather predictions when temperatures in the 90s start appearing but considering we have been in the high 80s since February it isn’t a surprise.

What would May be without Cinco De Mayo which is celebrated more in the USA than in Mexico where it is acknowledged as the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the battle of Puebla in 1862. I believe it is also celebrated more in the South then in the North but then we have so many Mexican restaurants in this area not to mention any excuse to drink Margaritas!!

We went to the Tequila Sunrise restaurant where they were preparing for a big party outside and it was busy, as always inside! We had a Chicken Chimichanga which is a tortilla filled with meat and then fried. It is always served with refried beans and brown rice and is delicious, not to forget filling!

Also—I think it got mixed up–my Christmas cactus bloomed  to help Mexico celebrate!!
And who are the building C cat, and me, to not enjoy the sun, warm weather, he looking out the window and me strolling along the walkway to my apartment?!

Welcome to May, 2022!

Posted May 7, 2022 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GATEWAY, SEASONS

WELCOME TO MAY 2022   Leave a comment

April went out and May came in with   but I have a feeling it was cut back because a) I didn’t hear the continuous barrage of noise over our buildings and b) there was on and off rain though none really that heavy.

#2 pictures–I walked around Gateway along the canals and down to The Point and even though it was Spring since we had mainly temperatures in the 80s since February it was like a summer day–the grounds were wet but not a drop of rain all afternoon and the sunny was out and bright!

#3 pictures–Spring or not the plant on my kitchen ledge consisting of the yellow Cuban flowers and the pink Geraniums were blooming! All from little snips of older plants and just stuck in a pot of dirt and left alone to do their thing!

#4 pictures–talking of blooming and Spring my 5 pots of pepper plants started showing flowers towards the end of April and on the first of May I had a few peppers to use in my dinner tonight. I don’t know why out of 15-20 blooms I only get about 6-7 peppers and they are very small (but enough to flavor a recipe!) I suppose I should cut them back, have less branches and the results would be better and bigger but I love seeing the blossoms and since each plant seems to rotate in producing peppers I am not really complaining!

Do I really have to explain the two unnumbered pictures? I didn’t think so!Here’s to May 2022 on the way to summer.


I was really looking forward to seeing “The Duke” for many reasons from the fact that it starred one of my favorite actresses, Helen Mirren, and her co-star, Jim Broadbent, always gives a good, sometimes great, performance. They were the leads in this film based on a true story and was being billed as a British comedy which is always a plus when it comes to movies! Also, in its favor it was only 1 hour and 36 minutes which meant it had to move fast. Last, but not least, there was included a story about one man fighting against the system with social overtones and, to a certain degree, showed how the British government did, or didn’t, work.

I was ready to relax and enjoy all the above.

The true story is interesting but not worth 96 minutes! Oh yes, that 96 minutes seemed like 4 hours. There was only one time I, or anyone else, laughed but I won’t tell you because might as well leave you something to look forward to. There is a twist that unless you know the story you won’t see it coming and might not believe.

Mirren and Broadbent are good but there is a whole story between them that is only touched on and could have made for a more powerful story.The trial section is entertaining to a point but not as funny as the spectators, the lawyers, judges, court personal and the prisoner to to think it is.

“The Duke” is really slow moving, not funny, not dramatic and not really a movie worth seeing on TV as it certainly is not worth paying admission to see it in a movie house!


1, 2 & 3    We have had Spring in Fort Lauderdale since February–all in all great weather for the Spring-breakers, tourists and birds but it was the blooming of the Queen Myrtle Crepe trees that made it official!

4  All my pepper plants in the apartment are blooming–all have a lot of blooms but it seems only each plant will produce only 2-3 peppers

5  No, I am not a drug dealer–those are just some of the meds I take each day and a few, very few, ‘as needed’!

6  The lab I go to for c-scans, sonograms, etc., which will soon change—more about that in May!

7   You probably can’t read it but just above the  NO DIVING is rule #7 “DO NOT USE POOL IF YOU ARE ILL WITH DIARRHEA”  Welcome to Senior Citizen World!

8  Oh, just a little snack I threw in!

Posted April 26, 2022 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, FRIENDS, LIFE


Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill

I’ve always considered Gilbert’s 17th Street grill one of the better places for a good cheeseburger but I found myself disappointed this time.

I won’t make a big deal out of getting Sweet Potato fries for regular French fries as that could have been quickly fixed if I had wanted to change but it wasn’t an important item for me.

The burger itself was thick on a small bun, medium-rare as I ordered, and by the time the cheese, lettuce, tomato and the slice of onion I requested it was too thick to take a reasonable bite. The burger flattened a little and put on a slightly larger, not thicker, bun would have been a lot better to deal with.

Removing the top part of the bun, using and knife and fork it was a good meal but not a cheeseburger! :O)

By the way, the ‘runner-busboy-server was excellent!

Cold Stone Creamery

Haven’t been here for awhile so decided to go in for an ice cream. There were 4 customers in front of me and 2 came in right after I did.

Looking over the selections—many as usual–I decided to have one of the

‘Signature Creations’ called Chocolate Devotion consisting of chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips, brownie bits and fudge served in a waffle cup with chocolate around the edge but I had it in a plain cup.

Could have done without the last 2 items in it but it took care of my chocolate ‘fix’ for a few days!

There was one person behind the counter and she was doing it all–waiting on 8 people, making their orders, working the register—with a smile!

Posted April 25, 2022 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE

A WEEK IN APRIL 2022   1 comment

#s 1 & 2)  Things you learn as you get old–an 86 year old man shouldn’t move a bed around even if to do some Spring cleaning! I had to get some ‘bed stoppers–for those that can’t lift heavy things’—don’t get me wrong as once you get them around the wheel they work great but don’t try to take an easy way out–don’t lift the bed and lose a wheel! Actually just don’t lift the bed!#s

3 & 4) We have been very lucky with weather since the beginning of March! In the mid to high 80s during the day and in the low to mid 70s overnight. Oh,some–a little–rain here and there and an occasional dip into the 60s overnight but Spring Breakers, tourists and the Easter & Passover visitors have had great weather!

#s 5 to 8) All my pepper plants are beginning to sprout–green, red and orange. They all started from seeds about 5 years ago and I get a ‘crop’ of peppers twice a year!

#s 9 & 10) My ‘Christmas Cactus’ bloomed again just in time for Passover & Easter.#s

11 & 12) We go to Big Louie’s about 3 times a month for a pizza with pepperoni, meatballs, onions, mushrooms and olives plus once in awhile—just for Terry–I will order garlic rolls and eat them in his honor! I’m such a good friend!

Posted April 22, 2022 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, WEATHER

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