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2 Songs I never heard sung by men before!   Leave a comment

Every once in awhile I have to remind people I am still here! ) (Or I have too much time on my hands!!

And to add to that:

First time I ever heard it sung by a man and he is as powerful as Jennifer Hudson (in the movie) and Jennifer Holiday (on Broadway)

If the shoe fits wear it!!! Me sarcastic???

Pisces horoscope


You could find yourself in a socially awkward position today. Any unkind or critical remarks that you have made lately could come back to haunt you. Your sarcastic wit can be very amusing, but sometimes you need to watch how you express those sharp Pisces edges. You might need to make peace today and express some sympathy and apologies towards someone. Don’t be afraid to act a little humble!

Posted June 21, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, LIFE, MUSIC

Peppers, Geraniums, Cuban Yellow plants and a Full Moon!   1 comment

We start off with:

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RealFeel® 92°

Hot Yes, I know it is hot all over–Memphis hit 100 degrees today!–but we have been living with this heat since March so it is nothing new but, yes, IT IS HOT! And as Bette Davis, our weather expert told us, that it will be that way all week and with the Sahara dust that has helped keep the rain going away we won’t have it this week so the rains will be back!

We all had a full moon this week and Mother Nature, with a sense of humor or I was seeing things (see the last photo, top line, right) but she had to be playing with my camera making the full moon a heart!
On the line of photos are just a few of my pepper plants and they are all colors and sizes plus showing from the blossoms to the forming of the peppers! In the fifth picture, far right, are my Cuban plants with their yellow flowers ‘looking’ at the pink Geraniums!

The bottom line starts with another pepper growing but I love the last 3 pictures! When I get up in the morning–well, not too early–I swing my feet to the left and I look directly through the wall fan between the bedroom and living room and I see the same Cuban plants and pink Geraniums that I talk about in the previous paragraph. Though you can’t tell I see/have a clear view and I almost don’t mind getting up in the morning!

As I get old—passed the “I am getting older” stage–I find 1) My body can’t take the heat like it used to though I still love both–the heat and my body! and 2) I love what appears to be the simple thing like a pepper growing or a flower blooming–welcome to MY world!

Posted June 16, 2022 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE, PLANTS


DOCUMENTARY–1 HOUR& 15 MINUTES– if you ever hear OR WAS ASKED OR ASKED “Why do ‘they’ need gay pride? What do they have to be proud of? What if I wanted to start a straight pride movement?” have them see this! If you are GAY see this and see why it is so important for you to vote in EVERY election!

From 2 guys starting a swim team & water polo club a ‘family’, a safe place and a new movement were found!

The fight for equality in sports is still one that we deal with on a daily basis in the LGBTQ community, however we have made some incredible strides over the past 50 years that has brought us much acceptance across the boards. It wasn’t always that easy, and a new documentary from LOGO proves that in a time when being openly gay was a lot more difficult than it is today.

 The film reveals the untold story of a group of gay men and women who found one another through their love of competitive swimming, ultimately becoming a family and a force for the LGBTQ sports movement.

   “The West Hollywood Aquatics Team – who also go by “WH2O” – were pioneers in gay sports. With a current roster of more than 180 individuals, the organization initially grew out of a group of athletes training for the first Gay Games in 1982. During a time when being gay and being an athlete was considered an oxymoron and the AIDS crisis only increased homophobia across the U.S., WH2O prioritized inclusion and dignity and combated stigma.

As one of the original members states, “if you could swim, you could live…or at least you were alive for that moment.” And another: “swimming was about celebrating and rising above all the darkness that was around us…and striving to show the word that we are not being wiped out by an illness.”

Light in the Water reveals the inside story of a group of trailblazers who personified the change they wanted to see and created a legacy for equality in sports that lives on in the team today.”

It is produced by Patty Ivins Specht and Lis Bartlett and directed by Bartlett. Executive Producers from Logo Documentary Films are Pamela Post and Taj Paxton.


Posted June 15, 2022 by greatmartin in Documentaries, ENTERTAINMENT, LIFE, Streaming

A WALK TO THE POINT JUNE 12, 2022   1 comment

I was about to take a walk down to The Point when the skies opened up and I couldn’t see out the window (1) so I decided it was a sign for me to stay in.  I put on the TV and there was Bette Davis (2) saying the rain would be out of the area in a couple of minutes and that the rest of the week we would have the usual 20-30% chance of rain every day.

She doesn’t lie and 15 minutes later the sun was out and in 30 minutes you couldn’t tell it even rained!

I went outside and the first thing I saw was one of the beautiful Jacaranda trees in bloom-the same one (3) I take a picture of every year–and so I continued walking only to have a bird (4) land a few feet from me as if to say ‘take MY picture’ so I did!

Since I was there I decided to take a picture of me in front of my yacht (5)—someday Allen will have to take a look at it and tell me how big it is–and then before the help took off for a ride (6) to Karen Bay–I let them have it every Sunday nice employer that I am  I took a picture of it just in case they had an accident! At night the top has an ongoing show of neon colors that really is beautiful.

I continued walking to the Bay and had to stop when I saw the tree (9) on the top of the house!! I looked again and took a closeup picture of the tree and house and it is directly behind the house! (They better chop it down before a hurricane comes!)

After that I went into the pool area (8) and sat for about a half hour feeling as if I owned the world–it was so quiet (guess all the old folks were taking their afternoon nap) and peaceful!

Before I knew it I had to get back upstairs to get dinner ready because the Tony Award show is 4 hours with the first hour on Paramount+ and then on CBS for the next 3 so taking a quick look at the Queen Crepe Myrtle tree in full bloom at the end of my walkway (7) I walked into my place and just felt great!

Posted June 12, 2022 by greatmartin in LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

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.


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


I LOVE #6–don’t remember where I first saw it or who originally posted it and where but I have never forgotten it!

#2 I have been going to the Gateway Theatre for so many years I have forgotten how many! We used to drive up from Miami Beach for a day in the ‘country’ also known as Fort Lauderdale. We did come up to see the opening of the movie “Where The Boys Are” and that was in 1960—OMG! 62 years ago–and I have been coming at least once a week since I moved back to South Florida in 1979 (43 years ago doesn’t sound any better!)

In any case new owners took over recently and I donated to their GOFUNDME campaign plus got a membership. They are a nonprofit organization and I was taken aback when I saw they raised their prices, even for matinees, including for seniors. I know COVID has really hurt the movie-going business but raising prices in not the answer nor is only showing Marvel movies as they are made for the BIG screen showings not for an intimate theatre like The Gateway. On the other hand the movies they are showing don’t attract people to matinees so why raise prices for those shows?

I will NEVER stop going to movie theatres to see movies but why should I pay over $9 for one movie when I can pay $8.99 for Netflix and see 100 movies? Theatres charged higher prices for the new Batman so why not charge lower prices for ‘art’ movies? I’m afraid—and hope I am very wrong—The Gateway won’t be in business too much longer.

#s 4, 7, 11, 12 are just a few pictures I have taken of The Point on Karen Bay. I think I have taken more pictures of The Point than I have taken selfies!! Really! It is just an ever changing great sight to see any time of night and day!

#s 1, 8, 9, 10 Ah yes, my indoor Cuban and Geranium plants are always a joy to see and how can you not smile when you are walking around and see a bird #3 just standing around and looking at the same view you are?

Posted April 17, 2022 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE

1) Crew Cut 2) Saturday Evening Post   Leave a comment

  1. We have a salon on the premises and Nora, who owns it, comes and opens it 3-4 days depending on appointments. I stopped by and she said she had an opening at 12:45 so I took it!She is good and will even trims my beard without my asking–all for $15 and, of course, tip! I get a crew cut 3 times a year :O)

2) The Saturday Evening Post was first published in 1897 and I remember it being a staple in homes and on every newsstand—are there still newsstands?–in the 1940s and 1950s. It sort of faded out just as Life magazines among others did recently and I don’t recall seeing one for many years though every once in awhile the paintings they published by Norman Rockwell were either on the Internet or a reminiscing of a certain time/period in newspapers (which are now disappearing in print) and other magazines.In December, with tons of other ads, I received a mailing from the Saturday Evening Post regarding a year’s subscription for $10 and I couldn’t resist! Hey, they also included a 2022 calendar with 14 reproductions of Rockwell’s paintings of which many are classics today.I received my first issue and immediately was taken with an article: 
that discussed what was wrong with hospitals today (a lot!) including doctors and huge pharmaceutical companies (major problems) that was worth more than the $10 I paid for a year’s worth of articles.There were, also, many very readable and worthwhile articles about other subjects not to forget the illustrations all through the magazine.

One of the many smart things I have done this year—so far!

PS   I am tempted to go back to the antibiotic I was taking in January, February and some of March! I was eating whatever I want (which is a lot!) and losing weight but I was having  a lot of side effects, including scheduling the 2 pills, so I had the meds changed to one, that so far I am having only ONE side effect: my weight is going up as fast as I eat!!! ARGH!

Posted April 5, 2022 by greatmartin in LIFE, MAGAZINES

“Help ME! I’ve fallen and can’t get up!” Gadgets!   Leave a comment

After falling off the recliner (which I still don’t know how that happened with those wide arm sides) and waking up an hour and as half later in a pool of blood and, instead of calling 911, I crawled to my bedroom, leaving a trail of blood, got up on my bed and, after falling off it 3 times, decided to stay on the floor and sleep there! (Stop laughing!)

I woke up the next day, and seeing the trail of blood and still bleeding, I finally got smart and called 911 the next day December 20! I stayed in the hospital getting an IV for a bacterial infection—that’s a whole other story–until December 29 and came home where I continued the IV eventually having to learn how administer the equipment and giving it to myself.

I had been looking at these ‘help I’ve fallen and can’t get up’ gadgets for awhile and in the mail I got an ad for a ‘special’ gadget to help you when you fall which was selling for $149 instead of $299.99 and no monthly payments whereas most companies selling like gadgets also charged a monthly charge anywhere from $14 to $20+. This one can be clipped on your belt or worn around you neck.

Most times I will read reviews on things I am buying just to get an idea of what to expect but I didn’t with this which was a  error on my part! It came within 2 weeks and I quickly opened the package and, yes I did, I read the instructions in the booklet that came with it. I had a problem with the wire that came with it that you attached to the gadget so you can wear it around your neck at home and/or when you go out. I didn’t know about the latter because, as I said, you could also clip it on your belt but I figured I would hook it up to wear at home so I didn’t have to carry my phone from room to room. Cutting to the chase let’s say the wire and I didn’t get along!

That wasn’t the major problem because, as I said, it had that clip on BUT I failed to read one important piece of information that, yes, was included in the ad, included in the booklet, and the reviews I finally read. It finally dawned on me it wasn’t what I wanted because when I fell and was out for some time I would have to press the button on the gadget and it would connect me to 911 but they wouldn’t have my location! I would have to tell them my address so they could relay it to the emergency motor transportation. Oh, so that’s why you had to pay the other companies! When you fell their gadget would connect to whoever (not sure) and they would automatically know where I lived, including my apartment number, and my phone number and would have been there before I woke up and crawled into my bedroom. It might have even saved me from having that bacterial infection and having to go to an infectious disease doctor and learn that I would have to take pills for the rest of my life (which by the way were to cause me problems and had to be changed a month later!)

I did send the “Fast Help” back—I had to pay $8 for mailing and they deducted for P & H so of the $162+ I paid them it cost me $21 for something I can’t use. Yes, I realize that $21 would have paid a month if I fell and had the right gadget! A case of ‘penny wise, pound foolish’

Anyone know of a ‘I’ve fallen and can’t get up’ gadget that works when you fall, can’t press a button and doesn’t cost too much a month???

Posted April 3, 2022 by greatmartin in LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

55 Years Later Still Celebrating My Anniversary!   1 comment

Every March 29 & 30 I relive the worst night of my life and the day that I started the rest of my life. (The following are notes from previous years of posts and my diaries from 1967.)

On Wednesday evening, March 29, 1967, I left the Brass Rail, a restaurant I was working at in NYC on 47th Street and 7th Avenue, got drunk, stopped at the Stage Deli and had a Hymie’s Special (a triple-decker sandwich) with a side of French Fries. Stopped at a bar near Columbus Avenue and 75th Street, close to where I lived, and, oh yes, I might mention I walked from the deli about a distance of 30 blocks and had a nightcap which consisted of 3 scotch on the rocks. I left the bar and went next door to the pizza place and got a large pizza with everything on it to go.

I was 31 years old, fat, drunk, nauseated and hated myself for many reasons but, as I ate the pizza, mostly for being fat which I blamed all my failures on. I wanted to commit suicide but I didn’t know how or have the guts. (Pardon the pun.) I didn’t have the nerve to slash my wrists. I didn’t know how to get a gun and if I shot myself in the head I probably would have botched it–though I had been an ace shooter in the Marines–and wind up being a vegetable seeing and hearing everything but being unable to communicate. I couldn’t/wouldn’t overdose as I might botch that up too. Hang myself? What in my apartment would hold me up long enough?

I ran out of my apartment and walked from 75th street to the Everod Baths on 28th street stopping at a few bars along the way. I walked out the next morning feeling helpless, hopeless and not knowing where to turn.

Condensing the next 10 years into a few sentences: On Thursday, March 30, 1967, I walked into a Weight Watchers meeting at 12:30 PM on 57th street. I went on to lose over 100 pounds getting down to 167 pounds (for at least a week!LOL) I went to work for WW as a lecturer, meet the man who trained franchise owners to be, we became partners, moved to Memphis where we opened a franchise. In 1972 I went into Transactional Therapy which took me through the next 48 years with a lot of ups and downs but never thought of suicide again!

Today, 55 years later, I am so glad that I didn’t commit suicide. l smile remembering the so many good things I have experienced and dismiss the many failures I have had since then because I woke up this morning to a beautiful day–Monday, March 30, 2022!

Posted March 30, 2022 by greatmartin in LIFE

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