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14th Leap Year Birthday   Leave a comment

Leap Year 1992 collage 2


14th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1992 South Florida

I had a 2 bedroom ground floor apartment right off Sunrise Boulevard which made the location convenient for everyone and not having much money I decided to have my birthday party sort of an open house from 1PM to 9PM. I had sent out 80 invitations and I’ve tried to count how many people came but not quite sure as a lot of the invitations were to people out of town that I knew couldn’t/wouldn’t come. I do know that I received 4 cakes as presents!


The biggest surprise was that Mark Covington came in from Santa Fe. He stayed for a week and we went out every evening for dinner including one of my favorite restaurants, The Ark, which will be talked about for the next birthday.


One of my favorite gifts was a handmade “A Chorus Line” hat with a framed, in aluminum foil, “A Chorus Line” poster. I still have the latter but when I had birds a few years later they chewed the frame to tatters.

Posted December 2, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

91 days to go before I become an adult!   1 comment

12th  Birthday February 29, 1984 South Florida

Leap Year 12 Michaels house Leap year


In 1984 Leap Year fell on a Wednesday. Following are some of the notes from my diary: Party at Mike McCarroll’s house on Tuesday February 28–Bill G gave me a framed posted of “La Cage Aux Folles” the last show we saw together (which I still have in 2020!) John Connolly came in from St. Louis and Buddy Vest from NYC.  Buddy played Zach in the touring company and was responsible for me and Dr. K seeing the show in NYC on September 29, 1983 when it became the longest running show in Broadway’s history and became the most exciting performance I ever saw in a theatre! 


I don’t believe I wrote the following but it is my handwriting and I had been sober for  3 years by then: too much food–3 cakes!


The next evening Thursday February 29 I gave a party at Bobby Rubbino’s Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale for the crew at Wag’s where I was working–as a surprise Shirley, Mike’s mother, came into town and joined us–the next evening we took her to La Vielle Masson–an excellent French restaurant in Boca Raton.

Bob Schink, the ‘last’ Fuller Brush salesman’ in Broward county, was at all events and  took a load of pictures but I don’t seem to have any except at Mike’s house.


For the record: all the restaurants I mentioned have closed but more importantly Mike, Buddy, Dr. K, Bob and Shirley plus some in the picture have died.



Posted November 30, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

Only 92 days to go!   Leave a comment

11th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1980 South Florida

I returned to South Florida in 1979 and got an apartment right off I-95 and Davie Boulevard. Two blocks west was the restaurant/bar called the Sandpiper. I quickly became friends with the bartender Bruce and some of the regular customers like ‘Teacher Mike’, ‘Movie Mike’, ‘Ice Skater Mike’ and Gino. The bar was unique in the sense that the whole top of a long u-shaped bar was the top of a fish tank! You try having a few scotch on the rocks on top of fish!

In any case I had my eleventh Leap Year birthday there and I still have the “Happy Birthday” round pin that I wore all night.

The three Mike’s have passed on but I have many pictures and memories of the 3 of them. Guess where I had my 12th Leap Year birthday party? Just keep reading!


Posted November 28, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

10th Leap Year Birthday February 29, 1976 Memphis Part 2   Leave a comment

 A jazz cocktail hour with finger foods then a complete sit down dinner with the main course Prime Ribs with baked potato, salad, fresh vegetable, open bar, soft drinks and coffee for 300 people.
A live band with a singer first presenting a show and dancing.
A 4 tier cake for dessert and an after dinner drink.
Hired Margie’s son to take pictures.
All this and I don’t remember a thing though I was told I did give a ‘speech’ welcoming everyone and the fact that I was drunk wasn’t obvious. I look at the pictures and it is all a blank! Was I singing with the singer or was I just talking to my guests using the microphone?
I would stop drinking 5 years later!

Posted November 27, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

Starting a photo album celebrating my birthday!   1 comment

I started working on a Leap Year Memory Photo Book for my birthday– this was my first and I made the front page of a newspaper—have no idea of what paper or who the other people are in the picture–maybe this way I’ll find out!

First Leap Year Birthday  February 29, 1940 1 year old


Posted November 24, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE EVENTS

102 Days to go!   1 comment

Putting together a ‘photo album’ of my 20 Leap Years and thought I would share a few pages–right now I am aiming for 21 pages plus 4 to grow on!

The Second 5 Leap Years 1956 to 1976

New York, Miami Beach & Memphis

1956 to 1967 The Fat Years


My first restaurant job 1957-63 Picciolo’s Miami Beach  The Brass Rail 1965-1969 NYC  Marchi’s My favorite NYC restaurant in the 1960s


Flo & Me World’s Fair 1964

Where I was a waiter in the

Gas Pavilion–table side service

Posted November 18, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

116 Days to go!   2 comments

Before I turn 21 on Saturday February 29, 2020!

It all started Saturday February 29, 1936 at 5:35 AM

The First 5 Leap Years  1936 to 1956 The Bronx & South Fallsburg


Posted November 16, 2019 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

108 days to go!!   Leave a comment

Everybody laughed when on March 1, 2016, I said I had to get started on my 21st Leap Year birthday but now we are only 3+ months til THE big day. I have a lot ready but still a lot to do–heck I haven’t even started working on my gift list!!

Martin Donald Goodkin

Leap Year Baby’s 21st Birthday

Saturday February 29, 2020


Posted November 12, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

My new title: A Octogenarian Leap Year Baby!   1 comment

Autumn 3 Oct 2019
We all have many titles during I life and I have reached the pinnacle, for me, an octogenarian Leap Year Baby–bet you don’t know many of those, if any!
Though at 80/20 years old I began feeling the getting old pains I really can’t/won’t complain as most occur getting up and out of bed while the rest of the day isn’t that bad. The only impediment that interferes with my life is the Peripheral Artery Disease I have which makes walking any distance more than 2 blocks more than a chore.
That 20—soon to be 21—year old still gets excited about everything in life from eating to movie and theatre going and, yes, Mother Nature!
Peyton, the young girl in the picture above, is Gateway’s great, great granddaughter (okay, she belongs to Becky’s granddaughter) and there isn’t a person here she doesn’t get a smile from. It is little–no pun intended–things like that which makes this Octogenarian Leap Year Baby feel young(er).

Posted October 20, 2019 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

Old Age: Fight it, give in to it, adapt to it and/or enjoy it!   Leave a comment

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I don’t exactly remember when I faced the fact that I was old but it was probably around the New Year’s weekend 1999-2000 when I woke up in the hospital after having a congestive heart failure attack. Oh I fought it a bit by saying that I was old(er) but, eventually, I had to drop the (er)!It was at that time that I was introduced to Warfarin, a blood thinner, which lead to my arms (see the first 2 pictures) turning all kinds of colors if I even brushed against something, being lucky if it didn’t bleed and take weeks to heal!
I bought arm guards and wore them for awhile but for some reason I stopped wearing them and all of a sudden last week walking on the walkway from the elevator to my apartment, not paying attention, my swinging right arm hit the corner of the railing and got a gash that was a mess.

I decided to go back to wearing arm guards. I got the white ones first and decided to cut off the finger/palm/hand part–see the left and right corner bottom pictures–which was a mistake as they started to unravel. Now I have the black arm guards and I am wearing them as is!Only problem with the guards are they exert so much pressure on the arms they are now a solid red!! At least they match my legs which because of the  peripheral artery disease and the lack of the veins having too much plaque doesn’t allow the blood in my legs to flow regularly as they should.  These are the extra large guards whereas the white were large. I think my next step is to put bubble wrap around the arms!

One of the, many, great things about old age is that you aren’t to blame for anything–it is all the age!! I have lost 2 pairs of glasses this year–well, not actually me but that old man in me–so I decided to go the way of old people I remember from my childhood–you know, those who always had glasses hanging down the front of them like I do in the bottom left picture and the middle pictures. Now I go crazy looking for my glasses before I remember they are hanging around my neck!

Now I am practicing for either a walker and/or a motorized wheelchair–the latter is the ‘in’ thing with senior citizens here at Gateway!Oh, also, have to learn to quickly ditch the hanging glasses and arm guards–have you ever seen an old person celebrating their 100th birthday or any birthday over 90 years wearing those things?? Except on the news have you seen pictures of old people using walkers?? Heck we may be old but we are still smart and know how to hide things!!

Posted August 25, 2019 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

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