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October 2021 Surprises   1 comment

October 2021 started off with a surprise when Chuck called to say he and Terry would be in on Monday October 4 around 4 PM to spend the week. I hadn’t seen them since Leap Year 2020 and since then they had moved from Memphis, Tennessee, to Port Richey, Florida, about 280 to 300 miles from Fort Lauderdale so I was hoping I would see them more than once every 4 years

The main things we did was talk, eat and drive around. We ate at Peter Pan’s Diner, Ferdo’s, Osha’s and stopped at Kilwin’s for some ice cream. Between Tuesday and Wednesday we went for a drive down to Hollywood and up to Boca Raton. Seems construction is going on all over this State! Unfortunately they got a call from a neighbor of theirs that water was leaking out of their new home so they had to cut their trip short and left early Thursday. I was disappointed but was really glad to see them!I had another really unexpected, very pleasant surprise at about the same time that Chuck told me they were coming here.

Long story short–In 1979, shortly after I arrived in Fort Lauderdale I met Emir, we became friends and he ‘disappeared’ in the late 1990’s–a couple of weeks ago he ‘found’ me on facebook and since he was coming to South Florida to visit his mother we arranged to get together for dinner. When I opened my door I saw the Emir I knew 42 years ago. My mind knew that wasn’t possible but it is the same with Chuck who I met when he was in his 20s and now in his 60s that is the Chuck I see.

I haven’t been out on a Saturday night in a long time but I was surprised at how hard it would be to have dinner and talk leisurely as most places take reservations and, in addition, stopped serving at 9 PM! We finally went to IHOP where we had the place to ourselves! Since he comes to see his mother every month I hope our getting together will be a regular thing.

By the way you are never too old to learn as I learned! The second picture in the top row on the left there is a blue reflector which I didn’t realize are all over the roads in the city and didn’t know what they are for until Chuck/Terry told me they were as a signal to fire trucks that a fire hydrant is nearby.  “While you might not notice them while you are driving around, they are useful for vehicles attending a fire because they can quickly locate a source of water.”  Now I see them wherever I go! Does your city/state have them?

And on another note–I have never seen Matt Amadio, the contestant, who won 38 nights in a row and $1, 519, 601 on Jeopardy as I stopped watching after Alex Trebek died and they started having all those different hosts. Last night I decided to watch him and called Allen and told him that if the guy loses he can blame me. Guess what? YES!!! He lost!

All in all the start of October has been great–well, maybe not for Matt–and I am looking forward to seeing Emir again and more trips from Chuck and Terry!

Posted October 12, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

It is Still Summer!!!   1 comment

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#1 I got up this morning to find my Christmas cactus loaded with buds and a few blooms but it is only September!! Okay people are already talking about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and wishing their life away but not me. I don’t celebrate the end of summer until it is the end of summer! So we only had a high of 91–that doesn’t mean it is winter!!

#2 Can’t pick on the Cuban flower because that blooms all year round–this plant is on the edge of my desk–all I have to do is break off a piece from the original plant and I have a bloom in a few days.

#3 Allen has had a pizza ‘thing’ so we go to Big Louie’s a few times a month–best in town!

#4 The first one is an reflection of me in the water at The Point while the others are what I am surrounded by—love it!

#5 The orchid in the tree outside my window–getting a darker purple every week

#6 Don’t tell me summer is over!! :O)

#7 Back to where we were summer 2020

Posted September 13, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, WEATHER

Last Week of August 2021   Leave a comment

We have been lucky so far as far as storms go as we have had 11 around or near by but except at late nights/early mornings we have escaped all storms, have light rain showers, which right now is not good for us.
Looking at the first picture the second half shows that we normally have 5.66 inches of rain in August but have had only 2.84 inches. We are going to need rain soon but I hope it doesn’t come in the form of a tropical storm or hurricane! As the other pictures with number 1 they show we are having hot, hazy and dusty (from Africa) days, temperatures in the  90s which usually ‘feel like’ is around 100 degrees though without rain the humidity does stay down—a bit!

\#2 pictures–Fort Lauderdale doesn’t have a ‘thing’ for history–if something is old that just means tear it down and/or remodel it! Right now they are putting the finishing touches on the Parker Playhouse, one of my favorite theatres anywhere and I am hoping they aren’t ruining it. The Parker (as it is now being called—playhouse being old-fashioned!) is in Holiday Park and was built in 1967. Also at Holiday Park the War Memorial,  erected in 1950 as a tribute to members of the military, the city is now redoing it as a skating rink for the Panthers hockey team and also to be made available to the public. I am hoping they will leave the Memorial Wall honoring members of the Coast Guard.

#3 In the past few years the city has been painting the many water and electric power tanks around the city reflecting the areas of the city they are in such as this one is near the performing arts center.

#4 And, as always, Mother Nature has her job to do. In our backyard, a few years ago, Irene who lives on the ground floor planted an orchid in the tree outside my window and every year it blooms! The picture next to it had me a little concerned because these egrets usually only show when it has rained but, of course, by the time I get up in the morning the rain is gone and they are looking for their worms and crabs!  In the last picture we have a bluebird (I didn’t get close enough to show its color) keeping an eye on the parking lot–hey, everyone has  a job here, including birds!August 2021 has been a good month!

Posted August 29, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

Summer, Working Out, Park, Mother Nature & Home   1 comment


Better explain that ‘working out’ first! I watched the guy in photos #11 & 12 for about an hour. They lifted weights, jumped rope, ran around the soccer field, used the fountain edging for stepping–for an hour but I didn’t lose an ounce!!! Something is wrong there!

I say it often because I truly am constantly amazed by what I see.  Mother Nature comes up with things that just make me stop such as the iguana in the tree in picture # 10 who blended so well I didn’t see him until someone pointed him out! By the way she also provides us with the following spectacle!!  https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51203724

Photos #1 & #4 are plants in my house that I have ‘grown’ just by trimming their mother plantand sticking them in a pot!Between the flowering trees and the watering of the fields you forget the heat and humidity that equals summer in Fort Lauderdale! (Those guys were sweating so much I should have lost a few pounds!!)

After being closed for a year and 4 months we got the notice about the pool reopening!

Posted June 30, 2021 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

This “Old Man” almost gets scammed!   1 comment


You are officially an old man in South Florida when a con artist tries to scam you: scam–definition “A scam is a deceptive scheme or trick used to cheat someone out of something, especially money. Scam is also a verb meaning to cheat someone in such a way. Example: Banks will never call you asking for your credit card number or social security number over the phone.

“Only 2 problems with this con: 1) I don’t have ANY money and/or 2) Recently AARP did a story on scams and one of the ‘red flags’ was misspelled words.

I was approached on facebook with a PM saying “I‘m excited I got $100,000 from the on-going grant Program when I applied and it isn’t a loan you don’t have to pay it back” and I was given a ‘government agent’ to contact via a text. I am not naming names as there will be an investigation made and I don’t want to wrongfully accuse anyone. The agent replied and had that red flag of misspelled words. Also, I don’t believe that the person who first contacted me knows her name and facebook page (or copy) is being used.

I could continue on–I have kept ALL the facebook PMs–and if you are that interested just email me but I felt uneasy about the whole thing and checked the government grant page  

‘Social Services Block Grant’ which started me on a hunt. I finally emailed *someone I have complete faith in and they responded with: “The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) does not provide direct grants to individuals; SSBG does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you a SSBG grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.”

I have heard neither from my ‘friend’ or the ‘agent’ but I did want to make you aware what happened!

Now this ‘old man’ is going to console himself with some carrot cake before another con person wants to steal what little carrot cake money I get each month from Social Security!!!


https://www.floridarealtors.org/news-media/news-articles/2021/06/elderly-scams-are-including-property-fraud

Posted June 23, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

Week in June 2021   1 comment


No matter how much doctors and hospitals try to drive me crazy Mother Nature and life always keeps me sane! I may be put on hold for 39 minutes—see photo #3— but then I look at the canal and there is a swan float—#2–going up the canal without any visible strings pulling it!!

Of course at this time of the year and I can look out my window and, if I wanted to, could dive into a tree loaded with Queen Crepe Myrtle blooms–#4.

I didn’t know whether to laugh at the iguana who was afraid of me enough to scamper up a tree–see #7– or shake my head at the lack of a classic building–#5–that was built to honor the men and women who served in WW 1 & 2–being torn down to be made into a modern skating rink for the Panthers hockey team to train in and open to the public at other times. I am curious to see what they will come up with as they also ‘redoing’ the Parker Playhouse which is perfect as is and, so far, they haven’t changed much on the outside.

Though it is our rainy season we have been having a lot of sunny weather and there are always people in various vessels going up and down the canal–#6–but no, none were pulling the swan!

Last, but not least, there is always Bette Davis–#1–to look at (sometime I am going to have to take a week of pictures of her different outfits–sorry you really can’t see this one, matches the colors on the weatherboard!), tell us the weather and even downplaying the 30% chance of rain on Father’s Day!With the medical department against Mother Nature I would bet on the latter with a little good human nature thrown in!

Posted June 19, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Hospital June 8-10, 2021   1 comment


Won’t go into the whole story but I went into the hospital on a Tuesday at 9 AM for a test and before I knew it, or was told, I had a stent put in just above the wrist area, into a clogged artery and woke up to be told not to move my right hand! And that I would be in the hospital overnight which turned out to be 2 nights so what to do?

Sure, take pictures of the food, the room, the menus, the outside view, the nurse’s chart and the arm!

Here I am 5 days later and don’t understand why the arm is redder, more swollen and hurts more than it did Wednesday! I have been given an additional blood thinner making 3 I am taking so, sensibly, at least to me, I reason that I can’t have a blood clot!

Was thinking of going to the ER but for a couple of reasons–illogical ones–I will wait and call the doctor tomorrow.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we are having our early evening rain which will make the humidity rise and going out means fogged up glasses!

And how are you doing?? :O)

Posted June 13, 2021 by greatmartin in HEALTH, LIFE

GAY PRIDE MONTH JUNE 2021 PART 2   Leave a comment

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1) “Gay Like Me” by Richie Jackson–one of the best books–if not THE best–about gay life for Gay & non-Gay people–he is open, honest and even though it says, “A Father Writes to His Son” it is if he is writing directly to you whether father, mother, a relative of any kind, man, woman, knowledgable of Gay life and People or know nothing of them or only know what politicians and religious ‘leaders’ preach! Over the years I have donated to many Gay causes and these are just 3 of them!

2) The Hetrick-Martin Institute “The Hetrick-Martin Institute is a New York City-based non-profit organization devoted to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth between the ages of 13 and 24, and their families.”Ilearned very early that instead of giving a lot of money to one organization–which is nice–all organizations need/can use funds small or large. I never failed to send this Institute something over the years!

3) Gay Games IV “The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that promotes acceptance of sexual diversity, featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes, artists and other individuals.” The athletes need a venue wherever they may travel and donations of all sizes help pay for that, obviously very much needed. In 2022 they will take place in Hong Kong and I am curious as to how they will handle the transgender athletes, hopefully doing the right thing!

4) The Celluloid Closet  “The Celluloid Closet is a 1996 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on the 1981 (revised 1987) book of the same name written by Vito Russo.” From the first time I read the book I thought it was the perfect gift to give to anyone interested in movies and/or Gay life. As soon as I read they were making a movie of the book I had to help them get it made. All involved did an excellent job and the movie should be seen! (By the way, the ‘Dr.’ Goodkin was misinterpreted by someone seeing Martin D. on the donation!!!)

The first 2 quotes #2 & #3 are from wikipedia and #4 from bing.

Posted June 7, 2021 by greatmartin in GAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

From my apartment & along the walkway   Leave a comment

After getting the notice about the Heart Catheterization and Ventriculography test being changed from Monday to Tuesday I had to call to change the transportation and, not that I was rattled, but when asked for my address I told the schedular to wait a minute at which I point I had to look at my address card for my address!! Of course, at my age, the immediate thoughts of dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., quickly pass through the brain and so I did my ‘cure’!

I sat at my dining room table looking out the window for an hour and then took a walk down to The Point and all was well with me!No matter what time of the day–or night–Mother Nature calms me down! The full moon disappearing behind the leaves of ‘my Wilma Tree’ was the best meditation! Also, if you look at and count the people in the canoe in the next to last picture you will see 8 people without an orange floating device around their neck, or on them, you realize we live in a crazy world of crazy people!  By the way in the picture before that, you see a motorboat tugging another canoe back to the landing they came from—at least the last guy in the crowd is wearing a floating device around his neck.

Heck, a test where ‘a tube is placed in your heart to look at the blood flow to your heart and how well your heart is pumping’ is nothing compared to how people put their lives in danger every day! LOL

Posted June 6, 2021 by greatmartin in HEALTH, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

Weather, dogs, the moon,man working on a yacht and a small rant!   1 comment


I had a horrendous day yesterday with the 2 tests–started with my having to get up at 6:30 AM–yes that is 6:30 AM!!–only to get to the hospital to find out the doctor’s office didn’t send the paperwork! Long story short–didn’t have the tests done until 11 AM and they only lasted a total of 30 minutes!

That isn’t the worse part though! I called to get my ride home and was on hold for 32 minutes (with a recording telling me repeatedly how important I was!) until I finally, after speaking to 4 different people, was told my ride would pick me up 45 to 60 minutes! I know you don’t want to hear what I said after that but let’s just say I did apologize to her because I knew it wasn’t her fault but after she put me on a very short hold, but enough to hear how important I was, she came back on the phone and told me that a lyft driver would pick me up in 4 minutes and that my insurance will pay for it!

I got home about 2 PM and spent the rest of the day & evening looking out my window and watching some of the dog walkers who are out every day. The third picture is my next-door neighbors with their 2 grandkids and Lucy their dog. I, also, thought I would point out the doggie clean-up bags management has put up around the property! And then there are my 2 June calendar dogs who greet me every day.

That evening we had that special moon and I took a couple of shots from where I sit and have dinner.
In the very last picture is a reminder that even rich people with yachts have to work on their ‘homes’–in that last picture can you see the guy working on the bow?

Last, but not least, another beautiful week with one exception and that is our afternoon showers that bring very humid evenings!!
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Now I have to brace myself for another test on Monday but I will be sure the doctor’s office has sent the paperwork over on Friday!!)

Posted June 2, 2021 by greatmartin in animals, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

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