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LEAP YEAR COLLAGE 2016   Leave a comment

feb 29 2016  Collage

In case you don’t know it I celebrated my 20thLeap Year birthday this past February and it was one of the best.

In 2012 a neighbor made a collage of that year’s memories of my 19th birthday and, previously, in 2008 James did one up for my 18th and I see them every day and get a smile on my face.

This year I decided to make my own collages using mementos of the people, who celebrated my birthday with me, the shows we saw, and restaurants we ate at plus the dinner on Monday, February 29th, 2016, that I had for 20+ people at the Café Vico.

I, literally, had over 100 pictures so I knew it would have to be more than 1 collage. Now I have never made or even attempted to make a collage before and I made a load of mistakes BUT I DID IT!!!

I started it in March and little by little picked all the things I wanted to put in it and finally in June started to work pasting the invitation, Playbills, letter of why they were invited to the dinner, poems that people have written for and about me plus a couple of balloons that had been used at the dinner, a few birthday cards and yes, I went through all the pictures making sure that I had a picture of at least each person that had been there.

I didn’t use any rhyme or reason how I pasted them on the boards or even how I hung them up on the wall but I can look up from my computer and see Mary, Pat, Glenn, Robert, Betsy and Nancy looking back at me plus my neighbors and mustn’t forget Fernando, the waiter, who had a few hearts beating!! (There were more pictures taken of him than the birthday boy!)

With all that I put on the boards I needed to frame the needlepoint that Gene sent me plus a few pictures I had forgotten to put with the rest.

And, oh my, not a single picture of Chuck and Terry who surprised the heck out of me knocking on my door one day in December since they couldn’t come in February!! They certainly deserve a board of their own so here thinking I am finished I realize that I may never be finished by February 29th, 2020.

They may not be the best collages you ever saw, not a thing in proportion, outsized things overwhelming small articles BUT I did it!

ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW   Leave a comment

Martin IS Great – Final Thoughts…..

I’ll have to admit, and I’ve been on a lot of trips in my life, but the trip my sister and I took to Fort Lauderdale couldn’t have been more perfect…well, there was only one small glitch going through security on the way home.

We each carried a small piece of luggage and a knapsack, both of which went on the plane so we didn’t have to worry about checked luggage. On the way down, we were waved through security without a second blink, and the same would have likely happened upon our return if I hadn’t been wearing a Mockingjay pendant around my neck.

When I walked into, then out of, the full body x-ray thingie, the woman security agent told me I had set off a BREAST ALERT .  I thought a second and then pulled the pendant out, showed her, and said this is likely what did it. She looked at it, smiled, and asked if this came from the Hunger Games movie, which I told her YES and that I had purchased all the DVDs.  She asked if I had seen the last movie, and I had – so a  short conversation followed.  She said she had to check me anyways – I lifted my arms and said “go for it” and she copped a quick feel of my BOOBS and sent me on my way.  LOL.

Well THAT was a first!!

So anyways, looking back on this trip, neither me nor my sister could think of anything negative to say about it. I mean NOTHING. Jet Blue was perfect… the hotel was perfect and very accommodating, the party was perfect, Uber was perfect, all the meals were perfect, the theatre was perfect, Marty’s friends were perfect, and meeting Marty was the highlight of my trip and was what mean the most to me.

It was great to me his good friend Allen. Allen and I have been in touch before when Marty landed in the hospital for one reason or other. So nice to have been able to give you a hug Allen.

Glenn, who drove down from Georgia was very personable and always had a smile on his face. Loved meeting you Glenn!!

It was great meeting all your friends, Marty, at your party – unlike any party I’ve attended. So tasteful and delicious.

But my main reason for going was not only to share a wonderful time with my sister, but getting the opportunity to finally meet my dear friend who I’ve known since 2009 and is now considered a part of my family. We all love you Marty!  Thanks for being such a classy host, making sure everything went smoothly for us, and making my day a little brighter, as you continue to do each and every day of the year!!


The next 4 years will whiz by but I will have great memories from this year of my 20th birthday. There will be the two Geranium plants I got at The Home Depot with a gift card and the orchids that I hope I don’t kill by over-watering. I will be busy getting my new address book up to date and will have a ball–or go crazy–filling in my new password logbook that I got at Barnes & Noble withanother gift card. Oh yes I will be eating Subway sandwiches and going to the Coral Ridge AMC theatre and the Gateway Theatre with other gift cards.

I have plans for the Target gift cards and that Visa debit gift card will come in handy! Might buy the recliner I want with those and the generous cash gifts I got. I’ve already spent my Winn-Dixie gift cards on food treats!!

Staring today I am going down to the Point getting some sun for at least an hour and start reading the 3 books I got. On Sundays I’ll have a special treat reading the New York Times.

For the next 4 years I’ll be able to look around my apartment and I’ll be able to see one of the center pieces I had on the dinner table and in 2 weeks, if not sooner I will have all those photographs taken by my guests developed along with a CD of each. I might even take one of the balloons, when they deflate, and either make it part of the collage I am planning–that alone should take me 4 years!!–or put one on the wall.

I’ll remember seeing “Phantom of the Opera” in Miami and “Kinky Boots” in Fort Lauderdale, the latter with Glenn seeing him for the first time in over 40 years, Mary–a lot more about our meeting in another post–and her sister Pat.

And how can I ever forget the M&Ms and NOT eating them for a month?!? Plus I have some of the engraved pens that I hope will last for awhile along withthe taste of the great food at Cafe Vico. And how could I forget that cake??

Time to start planning for my 21st birthday in 2020!!!




Forever young: Leap year babies celebrate birthdays with a bang

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

Updated 8:34 AM ET, Fri February 26, 2016

What’s the deal with leap years? 01:14

Story highlights

  • Leap day is an extra day added to the end of February every four years
  • There are about almost 5 million leap day babies in the world
  • The chances of being born on leap day are one in 1,461

(CNN)Martin Goodkin likes to say American presidents can’t be chosen without his blessing.

This year, the retired gay-rights activist and author will celebrate his birthday, something he does only every four years. Goodkin is one of almost 5 million leap year babiesin the world, and like any quadrennial event, his birthday isn’t just another day — it’s a production.

“It’s an election year and unless I have a party, they can’t have the election — that’s the way it goes,” Goodkin jokes. “Those are the rules. I do it every four years and I do it with a bang.”

Goodkin was born on February 29, 1936. Since his first leap year birthday, which was documented in full detail by the local newspaper, Goodkin and his family have made it a point to go hard on the party planning. The significance of the rare birth date isn’t lost on the man who decided that this year’s event (which he’s been planning since September) will feature everything from a fancy dinner for dozens of his closest friends to M&Ms bearing his likeness and the big date. “I’m going to have 40 people eating me,” he says.

If Goodkin’s excitement seems overstated then you’re not a leap year baby.

Every four years, an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar to synchronize it with the solar year. In a leap year, the extra day is added at the end of February, giving it 29 days instead of 28. The extra day is called a leap day, or an intercalary day. The chances of being born on this day areone in 1,461.

Party of the century

One of the guests Goodkin would like to see at his party is Sunrise, Florida, resident Daisy Belle Ward, known by her family as “Big Daisy.” The matriarch was born on February 29, 1916, and is believed to be the oldest-living Leaper in the state and possibly the nation, according to her children.

Daisy Ward

Ward’s family is marking her 25th leap year birthday with a weekend-long celebration in which she’ll be honored by city officials, see a gospel performance led by recording artist Dottie Peoples and attend an all-white gala, where she’ll be presented with the Centennial Certificate issued by President Barack Obama.

“Let the celebration begin! 99 and a half won’t do. I’ve got to make the 100,” Big Daisy told her family. She hasn’t been shy about making a big deal out of her milestone. Speaking to CNN through her son Clinton Ward, Daisy, who resides in an assisted living facility, “was excited about it and every time we’d come to [visit her] she’d think it was the day,” he said.

“The idea about it is this — we’re happy that she reached it. I’m 81 years old, and I would like to reach 100, but I would like to be in the state of mind just like she is.”

Ward’s family says they’ve submitted paperwork to have Daisy entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. A representative from Guinness told CNN, “We currently do not have a title holder for the oldest living leap year baby.”

Millennial leapers

St. Thomas native Chloé Rosey was never a big fan of her leap year birthday or the quirks that came with it. “I kind of hated it as a kid just because I didn’t have an actual day, and all of my peers were so confused,” she said.

Rosey was born in the very last hour of February 29, 1988. She says she’s grown to love being a leap year baby, bragging that, “we’re forever young.”

For her last leap year celebration, Rosey and eight of her best girlfriends flew to Atlanta for a weekend on the town. This year, she’s pushing her plans back to late March/early April in time forCarnival in the Virgin Islands. During the in-between years, Rosey celebrates for a week leading up to the big day or simply settles for the weekend. “When do you celebrate your birthday when it doesn’t land on a perfect day?”

Nick Lemmond

For Nick Lemmond, also born on February 29, 1988, the perfect day won’t involve, say, a big band and 300-person guest list like Goodkin’s infamous shebang of 1976. Lemmond says his last leap year birthday was an event, carefully orchestrated by his friends. There were no photos allowed therefore there’s no documentation, but it was a good time, he says.

“My friends respect the fact that I only get a birthday every four years. So, it’s usually my friends who make a bigger deal about it than I do,” he said.

This year, though his friends wanted another banger, Lemmond’s taking the reins, opting for something on the sportier side. “I’ve already let my work know Tuesday I won’t be there,” he said. “We’re going to Top Golf.”


Posted February 27, 2016 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR 2016, LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, Uncategorized

Do you know any Leap Year Babies?   Leave a comment

People born on February 29 only have birthdays every 4 years! They are called “Leapers”, “Leaplings” and/or “Leap Year Babies”. Some celebrate it on February 28 or March 1 during the off years and some only when February 29 comes around. Do you know any Leap Year Babies? If you do when do they celebrate their birthday? If you don’t know any well now you do!! I am a Leap Year baby who will be celebrating his 20th birthday on Monday with a big dinner party. Yes I am one of those who celebrate only every 4th year–a USA presidential election year–an Olympic year. Looking over the video you will see a picture of a kid celebrating his first Leap Year birthday–yes, that’s me.
On Monday I will be 20 years old and I can’t wait to be 21 in 2020 when I will be able to drink!! But sadly I only have 3 more days of being a teenager!
I won’t be around too much in the next 4-5 days as I will be celebrating going to see “Phantom of the Opera”, “Kinky Boots”, entertaining people from out of town–in other words having a ball but I promise to answer all comments I get notifications about. Would you like to be ‘special’? To be a Leaper, Leapling and/or a Leap Year baby? Why? Why not? 20 Leap Year Birthdays

I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (

Posted February 26, 2016 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR 2016, LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, Uncategorized

How you you not LOVE these guys????   1 comment

There are friends–and then there are friends who know you!! Let the celebration begin!!

February 29  20 years old!!

Posted February 25, 2016 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR 2016, LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, Uncategorized

Little By Little It Is All Coming Together   1 comment


Had lunch this afternoon at the Cafe Vico to finalize the dinner plans now that I have a guest count. Instead of the party room I asked Marco if we could have the room off the main dining-room and he said that it wouldn’t be a problem. The pictures above are how the tables look today. I told him to arrange the tables anyway he wanted to and that I would come in at 5:30 PM that Monday to put the centerpieces on the tables, put the special M&Ms in the monkey dishes at each table and put up the Happy Birthday banners. Also I have printed up the menu, a note–no speeches–from me, poems written to and about me along with special pens that I ordered.

The day before I went to the Sweeter Days bake shop where Steve and I talked about the cake design I wanted and what I wanted it made out of–give you two guesses! He said he would deliver it to the Cafe Vico that day at 5:30 PM and Marco said he would have a separate table to show it off.

On the 29th I will ‘ship’ the out of town guests off to see Fort Lauderdale from the Inter-costal while I get the balloons and do a last few minutes things.

It is all coming together and soon I will be able to start thinking of 2020 when I will become 21!!

Posted February 18, 2016 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR 2016, LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, Uncategorized


The Sea Watch opened in 1974 and since has become a landmark in South Florida. I have been eating here for over 30 years and the restaurant has recently gone through a major overhaul and while the chairs are not the most comfortable the surroundings are still a part of dining here. It is one of the very few free standing restaurants built on the beach overlooking the ocean and it is a great place to take out-of-towners for the scenery alone, especially during the day, and then taking a walk on the beach.

It is almost a jigsaw of a place seemingly put together without rhyme or reason and as far as I can tell there are 3 different levels all offering views of the beach and ocean.

Being on their mailing list for years I received a $30 gift certificate so Allen and I went there for lunch yesterday. I had Rigatoni made in a San Marzano sauce with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and Parmigian cheese plus I added shrimp. Allen had the Seared Scallops with roasted red peppers, thyme, coriander and corn relish plus fries. They serve both dark and rye seeded bread and though good I wish it had been warmed up. Our server Patrick was very efficient but as I told him instead of the 22% tip (on what it would have cost) added to the bill I would have made it 25% if he smiled! :O)

Aside from being a place to take guests from out of town for the seafood the landscape adds that extra touch.

Sea Watch slideshow



People laugh because I started getting ready for this party last September but it has taken this long just to get some of the necessities ready like sending out invitations (and getting people to respond!), getting various items for the event and I am still not finished. As soon as I get a head count I have to talk to Marco about which room I want the dinner to be, have to get to the baker and choose from 3 different cake ideas, get balloons, happy birthday banners, not to forget I do want to spend time with out of town guests and take them around Fort Lauderdale—getting closer but I am breathing easier!

On top is a ‘celebration’ picture that will be in our paper the last Sunday of the month compliments of the Sun-Sentinel (because I am old!!!)

  1. This is just the front page of the menu
  2. Cameras—there will be a camera at each table and each will be able to tale 27 photographs—at the end of the dinner I will collect them and have them developed, make a collage or send individual pictures to people who want them
  3. Free birthday meal at the Courtyard Café in Wilton Manors.
  4. A $30 dinner certificate from the Sea Watch—one of my favorite restaurants
  5. A center piece to be put on each table
  6. If you look you can see Happy Birthday on it

7 to 10 poems written for and about me to be part of a package

  1. What I think will be the hit of the party—except for the cake—are the special M&Ms I had made with the date and a picture of me.
  2. The Café Vico in the evening where the dinner will take place.


And a pen engraved with the date of the party will also been given to everyone and still more to come!

Posted February 15, 2016 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR 2016, LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE, Uncategorized

READY FOR THE PARTY OF THE YEAR 2016?!   1 comment

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Little by little things are falling into place for THE party of the year–MINE!!

The following is the menu that will be served at Café Vico in honor of My 20th Leap Year birthday–Monday, February 29, 2016–something for everyone (and I get to eat the leftovers!!)


1. Hot Antipasto: Fried Calamari–Homemade Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

2. Cold Appetizer Platter: Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese, Olives, Imported Salami, Prosciutto and Marinated Mixed Vegetables


3.Homemade Lasagna alla Bolognese

4.Penne Pomodoro

5.Chicken Breast sauteed in a Lemon and White Wine Sauce

6. Veal Scaloppini in a Marsala Sauce with Mushrooms

7. Filet of Snapper sauteed with Capers, onions, Black Olives and Tomatoes in a White Wine Sauce.

8. Dessert Tray

9. Birthday Cake

In addition to the trays of Italian desserts there will also be a 3 tier carrot/chocolate birthday cake.

Included will be coffee, iced tea and sodas. Carafes of wine will be on the table during dinner.

All other Alcoholic beverages are pay per consummation–cash and carry.

And yes, because Mary and Chuck are so pushy, I am working on my “want/need/wish gift list” in time for the holiday sales.

Posted November 4, 2015 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR 2016

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