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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

GAY PRIDE JUNE 21 2021 PART 1   Leave a comment

                                                              
President Joe Biden issues a proclamation to start Pride Month

https://www.turnto23.com/news/politics/president-joe-biden-issues-a-proclamation-to-start-pride-month

Pride Month is celebrated every June 2021–PART 1

HISTORY–June 28 1969  Stonewall Bar Pride Month is set aside to celebrate LGBTQ+ people, their daily contributions to our world, and to pay respects to the struggles that have yet to be overcome. Pride is all about honor and celebration. Pride events are geared toward anyone who feels like their sexual identity falls outside the mainstream — although many straight people join in, too.

LGBT is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The term sometimes is extended to LGBTQ, or even LGBTQIA, to include queer, intersex and asexual groups. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don’t experience sexual attraction. These terms may also include gender fluid people, or those whose gender identity shifts over time or depending on the situation.

Brenda Howard, a bisexual New York activist nicknamed the “Mother of Pride,” organized the first Pride parade to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. She believed Gay Pride was needed:

 1. Because Unity Is Strength

2. Because It’s Important To Show You Are Proud To Be You

3. Because It’s Important To Make Yourself Heard

4. Because We Are Done Hiding

5. Because Support Is Everything

6. Celebration And Unity

7.Pride Brings Comfort and Safety

8.Pride Raises Awareness

9. LGBTQ Awareness, Bullying and Taking a Stand

10. Pride shows LGBTQ youth that there is a community for them

https://www.pride.com/movies/2020/10/06/10-best-lgbtq-coming-age-movies#media-gallery-media-5

Posted June 1, 2021 by greatmartin in GAY, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

15 months later finall 2 NORMAL Days!!   1 comment


As a creature of habit, for 20 years of Thursdays, I would go to The Dollar Tree, CVS, Winn-Dixie,  and, sometimes if I needed things, also Office Depot and Home Depot topping it all off with a late lunch at Big Louie’s, Quarterdeck or Cafe Vico!On Fridays, it was an early movie, usually at The Gateway Theatre, and then Subways or Arbys for a ‘snack’.

Also about 16 times a year we went to either the Adrienne Arsht Theatre in Miami or the Broward Performing Arts Center on Tuesdays to see touring Broadway shows which abruptly stopped in March 2020 as did dinners at many different places before the shows!

Then the epidemic came!!!  ARGH!! No movie theatres, no touring Broadway shows for 15 months and no restaurants, old or new for about 13 months.

About 2 months ago, and a vaccine, we started to tiptoe back into restaurants for lunch, generally going to those we were familiar with, knew would be following the rules, such as the new 17th Street Quarterdeck, IHOP, Arbey’s, Big Louie’s and after our second vaccine started to try new ones like the Brazilian steakhouse Rio Minas.

Then the good news came–The AMC and Regal chains were reopening but the best news of all was The Gateway Theatre, under new owners, was opening up!NORMAL came back this week!! Did the old routine of shopping on Thursday and WENT FOR LUNCH at Big Louie’s and yesterday, Friday, WENT TO THE REOPENED GATEWAY THEATRE TO SEE A MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN AND THEN A SNACK AT SUBWAYS! Okay so it wasn’t a good movie but next week it will be official when “In The Heights” opens up–a show I loved when the Broadway touring company appeared here and the coming attraction trailers really have me excited!! (Ironically, I will be using the gift certificate I got on my 21st Leap Year birthday, Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Nabu American Fusion Buffet restaurant–which didn’t survive the epidemic!)

Now just waiting for the touring Broadway shows to return to Miami and Broward and my life will be normal plus I can start looking for a new, good restaurant to plan my 22nd Leap Year birthday on Thursday, February 29, 2024!

Posted May 29, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS, MOVIES, RESTAURANTS

Wind gusts, breezes, temperatures, the canal and, YES! BETTE DAVIS!!   1 comment


1, 2 & 3) Bette Davis (yes, that’s her name!) is our ABC evening weather forecaster and she is great! She smiles, laughs, feels empathy and sympathy and looks great. Okay on another note she is very accurate. We have been having 3 great weeks of what we call ‘tourist weather’–yes it seems that with temperatures in the high 80s it would be warm, even hot and, maybe, uncomfortable but that is far from the case. The dew point and humidity is VERY low, especially for this time of the year, plus we are having ocean wind gusts sometimes going in the high 29 or low30s miles per hour which makes sitting directly in the sun, with that breeze, very comfortable!

4) I will have to take another picture in a month–this is an orchid that blooms every year since Irene put it on what I call our Wilma tree!! When hurricane Wilma in 2005 hit us it almost demolished the tree and though it took a year or two it came back fully. In fact, they have to trim it every hurricane season as it has grown so much.
Back to the orchid–a few years ago Irene put it in the tree and it bloomed beautifully and then the plant disappeared but the following Spring and every Spring since it comes back and blooms beautifully! More pictures to come!

5) It is pretty hard to see but on the left is a guy working/cleaning the yacht and they have a full-time crew cleaning, it seems, 24/7!! One of the guys said since it is so open to the elements you have to keep at it–worse than owning a home!

6) The house across from me is getting ready for Memorial/Decoration Day and their annual BBQ! Those are 2 inflated Uncle Sams!

The rest of the pictures are sights I see looking out my window. This time of the year, with the great weather, people are out on the water on all sorts of crafts plus the big boats coming and going from and to the islands.

Life is good!

Posted May 25, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, WEATHER

Doctors, appointments, Insurance, rides and more!   1 comment


I really thought things would start looking up today as I had an appointment with the ‘cardiovascular surgery team’ to set up the day I would go into the hospital for the aorta heart valve replacement of the 13-year-old pig valve I have that is really not working up to par which is why I was getting short of breath very quickly. They were to give me instructions of what to expect including an overnight stay, cutting out the blood thinner for a few days before, recovery time, etc. WRONG!!

It seems because of the delay in meeting with them—not MY fault!– the insurance referrals not only ran out of appointments with them but they would need to redo the CAT SCAN and another test as insurance would not approve this procedure based on the ‘old’ (March29!) tests! Yes, we have to now schedule the 2 tests before we can schedule the aorta operation because that will decide whether they will enter through the thigh, the chest or the heart with the balloon. They will call me with the appointments for the tests at the hospital–you know–the hospital that lost my bridge that I still haven’t had the new one fitted properly.

I was then handed a pamphlet and wouldn’t you know the first page I open to is page 20 which is entitled “What Are the Risks?” and the first listed is Death, followed by major stroke or major vascular complications, life-threatening bleeding event, heart attack and on and on and on. All that doesn’t bother me because the 14-15 meds I am taking already list the side effects that I can die, among other things, from taking them!

So far I have accomplished 0 and to add insult to injury I had arranged a free ride with my HMO. The driver picked me up at 10:30 AM for the 11:30 AM appointment and I was there by 10:45 AM.  I won’t get into having to be up in the middle of the night so I would be ready but the injury added to the insult was that I was finished with the ‘team’ at Noon and my ride didn’t come to pick me up until 1:30 PM and I finally got home at 1:50 PM!!

I know, as a rule, the drivers are great at picking you up early enough for the appointment but they are bad news as far as picking you up to get your home! Allen would have gladly taken me but I figured there was nothing major and their parking situation is horrendous but I didn’t want to bother him and knowing the driver might be late to take me back I had a book to read while I waited but, come on,  3 hours and 50 for a 30-minute appointment!??

I may be a patient but how patient is a patient supposed to be? (Okay, I thought that was funny.)

Now I wait, patiently, for one of the team members to call me with the test dates–I may be breathing regularly by my 22nd birthday!

Posted May 10, 2021 by greatmartin in HEALTH, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

I HATE DOCTORS!!!! (Not really!)   1 comment

Too bad we need them to keep us alive!!

When I first met this cardiologist 2 months ago–he replaced my previous cardiologist–he changed a medicine that I have been taking for 20 that did its job (1 pill a day) for a new one 2 pills a day plus aspirin–without any explanations but I didn’t get into that as in his next breath he sort of berated me for not telling him that my aorta valve had been in my heart 13 years (though he had my charts right in front of him and the new medicine had to do with that!)–3 years past expiration date!

On top of that he said he couldn’t do anything about the valve until he found out if I had lung or brain cancer (I DON’T) based on a report from my lung doctor!!!  And I did not see him for the next 2 months though I was supposed to have an appointment with him next Wednesday which he cancelled and made for today–after 2 and 1/2 hours waiting in the small room I was ready to walk BUT I was more concerned about my lack of energy and tough breathing so I stayed BUT I did let him know I was pissed and he used the old “emergency’ excuses and people waiting too long before doing something–I (Bette Davis couldn’t have done better! LOL) said venomously “Well I am 85–how much longer did I have to wait?” and he responded his father was 95–I responded, “I hope you don’t aggravate him like you do your patients!” And then we got down to business.


He said he will speak to his partner and they will set up a day for me to go into the hospital which would be an overnight stay to have the aorta valve fixed going through my thigh instead of the chest as done previously and that I will need someone to stay with me that evening I come home–he was ready to set it up for Monday but I explained I need time to arrange a trip to and from the hospital plus get referrals from my primary doctor and arrange for someone to stay with me so that’s where it stands now while I don’t get back to my lung doctor and “Nocardiosis” (which even the heart doc said could last 6 months to a year and longer) until May 17—and I learn more about the do’s and don’ts with that—before ‘work’ can be done on my lungs!

On the bright side I got my smile back!!

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Posted May 3, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

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