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Cutting the cable   1 comment

During a recent discussion with neighbors this was brought up:Am I just lucky??? Or smart?? I have AT&T for my IP and never have a problem. I also cut the cable and bought an indoor antenna, order netflix and prime video–3 months now and not a problem. I bought a fire stick TV on sale at Best Buy (49″ $229) not a problem. I’ve have binge watched Orange is the New Black, Dear White People, Special, watch the Sunday CBS slate, watch ABC (Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, late news) Fox (Empire) etc., and not a problem. My TV ‘bill” is about $25 a month (Okay, granted I get senior citizen discounts) and if I prorate the new TV, indoor antenna, etc. I am spending about $35 a month over a year for TV and Internet and, so far, not a single problem–well except for some stupid mistakes I make! :O)A question from a neighbor:no you don’t sound lucky but smart. However, I do question your costs per month. To help us out add 1) the ISP cable fee, 2) the ISP internet fee, 3) Amazon Prime fee (prorated), 4) Netflix per mo, 5) any monthly fees to access “extra” channels (if you are)? My guess is your monthly fee at least double? TY!!
My response:
Okay—I pay $10 a month for IPS from AT&T–$6.06 for Amazon Prime video, $9.72 netflix (ad free) (If I split the ATT bill between Internet & TV that would be $5 each—divide the $229 I paid for the TV and the $30 for the indoor antenna over 12 months to pay for them and it comes to about $21 a month so I pay $41.78 a month and in 9 months I will deduct the $21 and it will come to $20.78 a month–if my math is right!! :O)
His last remark:Awesome! Smarty pants. LOL!
With all this I don’t know a mega bite from a cookie bite–I don’t know about fast or slow speeds–what’s my hurry?


Posted August 7, 2019 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Always room for more!   Leave a comment

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“They” can take all the flowers up from the grounds around our buildings but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a load of them in my apartment! At my count today I have 29 mostly in the living/dining room area. There is a pepper plant in the kitchen along with “I don’t know what kinds of seeds I have thrown in there” pot! I have an orchid plant on the bathroom sill that needs ‘saving’ !

There is a miniature evergreen in the east window that is growing so slow I might get old before it is tall enough to decorate!

Posted July 29, 2019 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Summer–Ft. Lauderdale –2019 Part 1   1 comment

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That’s Bette Davis–our major weather reporter–in the first picture you will notice the 30% chance of rain every day–being rainy season (more about that soon) she is not taking a chance of being wrong! In the second picture that are our lows! (Goes into the 70s at night it means we are having a ‘cold wave’!)And the third picture is from 6 PM until 10 PM and not a stray shower in sight–yet!

Posted July 15, 2019 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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New Foods and Peppers   1 comment

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Are the French copying American delis? They are offering a ‘everything’ croissant–a takeoff on the American ‘everything’ bagel? How could I not try it. Sorry France, back to the drawing board for you!I put a batch of chicken breasts in my crock-pot and emptied the bottle of Honey Mustard dressing and marinade made with Avocado oil over it. (Okay, okay–I don’t have the patience to marinade!) It was delicious so next I will give the  Caesar bottle a try.After a long quiet time it looks like my pepper plant is not giving up! 7 peppers so far that I have used in salads and cauliflower rice. There are 4 new ones growing and getting ready to be eaten. I threw a few more pepper seeds in another pot along with tomato seeds and even some cherry pits and–why not?–some apricot pits!Will let you know the results—good or bad.

Posted July 14, 2019 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

“The Reports of Sarah & Saleem”–movie review   Leave a comment

Sarah, a cafe owner, is cheating on her husband, Israeli army Colonel David, with Saleem, a delivery driver whose wife Bisa is pregnant, which is nothing new in the world of movies and television. The conflict here is that Sarah and David are Israelis while Saleem and Bisa are Palestinian and the affair takes on geopolitical dimensions when Saleem is arrested under not quite believable circumstances.

Going back and forth between West and East Jerusalem, the illicit affair and the seemingly normal home lives of both couples the movie goes a bit awry from the point of Saleem’s arrest, the unsuspecting spouses finding out what is going on and the reactions of all 4 with 1 having to lie in the hope of saving their marriage. The second half of the movie is a little over the top when it becomes a ‘thriller’. A couple of scenes are way too melodramatic if not completely explainable but they do raise expectations of topics to be discussed after the movie.

Sivane Kretchner (Sarah), Maisa Abd Elhadi (Bisa), Adeeb Safadi (Saleem) and Ishai Golan  (David) give excellent performances with Elhadi having the greater arc of change.  Though at times it is difficult to tell which side the officials are on the supporting cast does first rate job with Hanan Hillo a standout as public defender while Rebecca Esmeralda Telhami, as Sarah’s employee, has a line that explains a lot of what the politics of Jews and Arabs are all about.

The screenplay by Rami Alayan, brother of the director, Muayad Alayan, has to take some of the blame for not as clear last third of the picture while both deserve the credit for the open-ended scene.

“The Reports of Sarah & Saleem” is a good movie but a little too long and one too many shots of the hillside village.

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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Indie



Posted July 12, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Uncategorized

“Wild Rose”—movie review   Leave a comment

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At one point in the movie an American says to Rose-Lynn, “I don’t know what you just said but…” and that sums up a major problem as the Scottish accents of Jessie Buckley as Rose-Lynn, Julie Walters as her mother Marion and Sophie Okonedo as her employer Susannah are, in most of the film, indecipherable.  The fact that the film is a by-the-numbers story of a woman having to choose between what she wants, which is to be a country singer at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and her life and 2 children in Glasgow, helps overcoming the accents.
The story is also about the relationship between the 3 women which elevates the movie but it is Buckley’s singing and her acting that puts this in a must-see category. With the screenplay by Nicole Taylor and the direction by Tom Harper the acting by the 3 women–men are very incidental to the film–is what sells this film.
Buckley is Irish while Walters and Okonedo are English so maybe that had to do something with the accents but even then Walters is superb, as always, putting over what she has to say and makes the dramatic impact she must while Okonedo makes you want for her to be your employer and backer.
Getting back to Jessie Buckley even if you aren’t a country music fan, I’m not, she will make you one. Though from the opening she, getting out of prison, the neglecting of her children, her attitude towards her mother and her disdain of the men around her is not someone you would root for but by the end of the film you will be cheering for her. The next film she will be in, coming in September, is “Judy” with Renee Zellweger playing Judy Garland in her last days with Buckley as her production assistant, Rosalyn Wilder, who I hope, sings!

Summary: Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley), a rebellious country singer who dreams of trading the working-class streets of Glasgow for the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville, juggles her menial job, two children, and committed mother (Julie Walters), as she pursues her bold ambition of a one-way ticket to musical stardom. With the support of her boss (Sophie Okonedo), Rose-Lynn embarks on a life-changing journey that challenges her sense of self and helps her discover her true voice

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Posted July 9, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS, Uncategorized

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks—sometimes   1 comment

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For a guy who spent 3/4s of his life (so far) being impulsive, not planning, doing things on the spur of the moment I don’t know when it happened but all of a sudden I had my life, my days planned. I don’t care if Thursday is a holiday, it is my day to go to The Dollar Tree, Winn Dixie, sometimes CVS and then lunch afterwards and if anything interferes with my schedule I get teed off!
With that in mind I went to The Dollar Tree, Winn Dixie and then #1 to Big Louie’s for lunch. Friday? Friday is movie day and lunch after so went to the movies #2 and then lunch at Arby’s. Thursday evening sitting at my dining room table and looking out my window I watched the fireworks #12 going off at the Fort Lauderdale beach.
Saturday, long story short, I had lost my neck pillow that I especially bought for when I go to the Gateway Theatre and thinking I lost it I ordered a new one #4 through Amazon #3 and it arrived Saturday only to find out Friday when I went to the Gateway Movie I had left my other one there! (Another sign of getting old? NAH!)
#5  I have been throwing seeds into a planter and something is growing—tomatoes? peppers? pickles? all 3?–as I just throw seeds in there. And #6 my pepper plant blossoms continue to turn into peppers!
# 7 I must confess that I have become a couch potato (well, a recliner potato) and am addicted to netflix trying to catch up on 6 seasons of the “Orange is the New Black”  and #8 “Ozark” before both come back with their new seasons later this month.
Something I never get tired of–walking along the canal to Karen Bay. You can catch a bird #11 scanning the water for some fish, #10 a dog at Gateway going for his afternoon walk or #9, if you can see it between the yacht and shore patrol boat, a green speed boat getting a ticket for making too large a wake and speeding in a manatee area.
Now it is Sunday afternoon and after reading the Sunday paper, bringing it over to John, watched 3 minutes of golf—hey, it is my Sunday schedule!–at his place, came home, writing this and then into my recliner but no netflix tonight, strictly a CBS evening.
Ah, life is good with a routine but I admit leaving Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday for some impulsive living is part of my routine!!
Have a great week!

Posted July 7, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, Uncategorized

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