“NORMAL”? NOT!!!   1 comment

For about 15 years Allen has picked me up on Thursdays and we would go to The Dollar Tree, Winn-Dixie, and out for lunch! Sometimes if I had prescriptions to get we would swing buy CVS, other times to the bank for me to take money out of the bank, usually, the first week of the month also stop by the cleaners.Of course, things changed a year ago in March with the first not going to the movies on Friday and for a bite to eat afterward.
Now the ‘normal’ has become wearing a mask, going to the bank drive-through window and skipping lunch. We did tentatively start to eat lunch out a few times though I really didn’t feel completely comfortable. We also tried the movies once a month or two ago as I had a movie gift card! There were only 4 of us in the theatre so things were okay but it would have to be a really good movie to go back! (Still have cre4dits on that gift card!)In any case this past Thursday after The Dollar Tree we decided to have lunch at the new nearby Quarterdeck and it almost seemed normal. The restaurant had a good, but not overcrowded, group of diners and we are able to take off the mask while eating and drinking but one thing was different!I love their Jambalaya but I was in the mood for something I usually don’t have and after looking over the menu I picked the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich with curly fries. For whatever reason, and I still haven’t figured it out, though the sandwich was good I couldn’t/wouldn’t eat it all and left most of the fries over.Stranger was that I wasn’t hungry that night either! ME? NOT HUNGRY? I know I have been having some medical problems but this was serious!!The next day I went for my second vaccine shot and the only reaction I had was a solid 12 hours sleep that night!I have been juggling between 3 doctors who don’t seem to communicate with each other and today is the third week since I had 3 possible reasons for why I wasn’t feeling well plus the news that I had to have a replacement put in for my pig aorta valve I had put in 13 years ago. I was also told I needed to have 3 tests taken of which 0 have taken place.Today is my no more nice Martin and I plan to spend all day, if not 2 as I am sure that is how long it will take to get those doctors talking to each other! And then a third day to, maybe. get some answers or at least the tests set up for next week!
I don’t like experiencing not being hungry and not ‘cleaning my plate’–time to get normal, whatever that might be, with or without masks, again!

Posted March 8, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Got the second shot!   1 comment

Got my second show yesterday and was easier than the first. I don’t know if because there are more vaccinations and types available and/or more places giving the shots but in the picture at the left the last time all you could see were cars–no grass, poles, trees!

Luckily, being without a car and old our Broward County Aging Agency made a deal with TOPS, our local transportation, to pick us up where we lived, go to the park to the head of the line, get our shot, wait for 15 minutes and then take us home!

We were 3 to a bus and the ladies would come on the bus and give us our shot.It was Pfizner. They gave us our card and told us to carry it wherever we went and said we should still wear our masks–which I planned to do anyway.

My arm was a bit sore last night but not enough to annoy me. Now I don’t know if the shot had anything to do with it but I went to sleep early–for me–1:05 AM and didn’t wake up until 11:30 AM—a real sound sleep!

Now if I could only get this group to work with my cardiologist, thoracic surgeon and pulmonary doctor I might have better news!!

Posted March 6, 2021 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Streaming reviews week of February 28, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Moxie”–Netflix–Movie–1 hour and 51 minutes–this one really surprised me–tuned in for a couple of minutes of nonsense about teens in high school and before I knew it I was watching the final credits! REALLY ENJOYED IT

2) “Tina Turner: One Last Time”–PBS Passport–concert–2 performers have left me completely exhausted after each time I have seen them and I always wanted more–one is Better Midler and the other is Tina Turner–the energy this woman expands on stage, never stopping,  never standing still, even when singing ballads is astounding–this was/is her final concert and though very loud IS AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED!

3) “Crazy About Her”–Netflix–Spanish movie–1 hour & 42 minutes–I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy and this one has a twist–he is crazy for her and she is crazy!  A FUN ROMANTIC COMEDY

4) “Buried by the Bernards”–Netflix–Documentary–8 episodes–3 hours and 13 minutes–I watched it because it takes place in Memphis–A WASTE OF TIME

5) “Middle of Nowhere”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 37 minutes–one of Ava DuVernay was the first African American to win the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance in 2012 for this movie–the direction, and acting, is excellent and shows why DuVernay is a much admired figure today but “MIDDLE OF NOWHERE” GOES NOWHERE!

Posted March 5, 2021 by greatmartin in REVIEWS, Streaming

February 2021–3 years to go til I am 22!!   1 comment

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Whether it is looking out at a full moon at night or birds looking for worms after a rainstorm life is good for this 21-year-old guy!

Though I am not thrilled about being an adult I’ll deal with it and maybe by the time I am 22 in 2024 I will have adjusted to all the responsibilities and annoyances that ‘maturity’ brings!!

If you look at the bottom left picture you can say hello to our latest resident! A bit young to live here but we will age him quickly!

I felt like I was ‘cheating’–doing something wrong–but did it anyway! Went to JMark’s for lunch and had a steak and baked potato plus I did NOT order their carrot cake (but I did take a bite out of the one Allen ordered! Picture of the cake in the lower right of the collage.) Then the following week went to Big Louie’s and we had a pizza! Amazing how little it takes to make you feel human with this epidemic.

I did get my first vaccine shot–no after-effects–and go for the second one next Friday, March 5 so though I won’t go wild I will feel a little more comfortable going out.

Had a few medical problems even though I felt fine–so far 4 doctors and 8 tests and no answers as to what is wrong except I do have to get my aorta valve replaced after 13 years but that can’t be done until they find out what is wrong so more tests coming up!All in all, February 2021 goes into the positive column, and now on to March!


Posted February 28, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE

Streaming reviews for week of February 21, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Made You Look: A True Story of Fake Art”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 34 minutes–a ‘mystery’/scandal in the New York art world–I vote ‘not guilty’ for Ann Freedman–CERTAINLY HELD MY INTEREST!

2) “I Care A Lot”–Netflix–Movie–2 hours–2 first-rate scammers are forced to work together–a story of elder abuse–a winner from beginning to end (which you won’t see coming!)–EXCELLENT!

3) “Behind Her Eyes”–Netflix–limited series–6 episodes–5 hours–helps if you believe in the supernatural–a married woman, who lost her parents in a fire, has a husband, male friend and female friend–I didn’t buy the last 20 minutes but even then IT IS EXCELLENT!

4) “Northern Rescue”–Netflix–series–first season has 10 episodes–7 hours & 10 minutes–a single father has to help his 3 children with the death of their mother and a move to a new town while dealing with his own grief–Amalia Williamson is a standout as the oldest child and the rest of the cast very good–a bit different from the regular family drama.

5) “Bliss”–Prime Amazon–sci-fi movie–very loud, distracting background noises–AJ, where are you when I need you?– TOO CRAZY FOR ME!

6) “Amend”–Netflix–Documentary limited series–5 hours & 48 minutes–if history was only as lively as this when I was in high school! A look at what brought the 14th amendment into being–you WILL learn something new and BE ENTERTAINED!

7) “I Am Divine”–Netflix–Documentary–1 hour & 30 minutes–one of the most famous/infamous drag queens in cinema history–though I am familiar with him and his work I DIDN’T FIND THIS INTERESTING!

Posted February 26, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

85 years of songs and singers Part 7   2 comments

85 Years of songs, singers, songwriters    Part 7

Fun songs from Broadway

A story song from yesterday, “Miss Otis Regrets” sung by Carmen McCrae written by Cole Porter for “Hi Diddle Diddle”

Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur  “Bosom Buddies” from “Mame”

Nathan Lane “Comedy Tonight” from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

“A Musical” from “Something Rotten”

“Dance 10, Looks 3” (AKA T**s & A$$) Original cast of “A Chorus Line” with Pamela Blair as Val

“Adelaide’s Lament”  Vivian Blaine in “Guys And Dolls”

“Another Opening, Another Show” Broadway cast revival of “Kiss Me Kate”

“Big Spender” Original cast of “Sweet Charity” starring Gwen Verdon

Judy Holliday  Original BroadwayCast “Bells Are Ringing”  singing “I’m Going Back”

Posted February 22, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

Streaming reviews week of February 14, 2021   Leave a comment

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1) “Naked”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 36 minutes–the stupidest, silliest, dumbest, most ridiculous, absolutely insane, inane, etc., that is so bad it isn’t even ‘camp’–IF NOT THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IT IS ONE OF THE WORST!

2) “The Greatest”–Netflix–2009 movie–1 hour & 39 minutes–I don’t know why I didn’t see this in a movie theatre when it came out as I have never missed a Susan Sarandon movie–this has an excellent cast with Pierce Bronson and I am just recently getting acquainted with Carey Mulligan–THIS IS A 4 STAR 4 HANKIE SOAP OPERA AND I LOVED IT!!

3) “A Fall From Grace”–Netflix–movie–2 hours & 1 minute–I like Tyler Perry’s productions (except for his Medea movies) and though I am not that good about solving mysteries I got this before even halfway through–not one of his best movies but ENTERTAINING

4) “Bonding”–Netflix–series–2 seasons–4 hours & 23 minutes–each episode between 13 to 24 minutes–about a dominatrix and her gay friend she hires as an assistant–NOT FUNNY, NOT SEXY, NOT EVEN TRASHY

5) “Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”–Netflix–documentary–4 episodes–3 hours & 39 minutes–could have been/should have been an intriguing true-crime story if told in 1 hour–BORING

6) “Monsoon”–Netflix–movie–1 hour & 25 minutes–this took me completely by surprise as I really didn’t know what it was about except it starred Henry Golding who I saw first in “Crazy Rich Asians” and have been following since–he gets better with each film, not that he was bad to start with–the story is about a son who returns to Vietnam, where he was born though brought up in London, to spread his mother’s ashes and his brother would follow the next week with their father’s ashes–I was surprised at the gay angle and I was taken aback how padded the  movie seemed–I didn’t understand the purpose of the film but found the setting and look at Vietnam interesting–A SMALL ‘ART’ FILM WORTH SEEING

Posted February 19, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, Streaming

Bright/Good Day!   Leave a comment

Doctor Singer has been my pulmonary doc for 19 years now and he is a good guy!

Right now he is mad that the other two doctors aren’t ‘doing their job’ !! He told me if I get a run around regarding the Thoracic surgery to call him immediately. One less thing for me to worry/think about–I like doctors like that!!

By the way, how many of your doctors are a “Hot Doc”? He reminds me that was back in 1999 and it is a medical award, not a ‘body’ award!

In the first picture, we are driving by the beach on the way to the vaccine shot area while the one on the bottom left is from my apartment. I know we don’t have 4 seasons but our trees lose their leaves in February so can we say we have Autumn in winter? On the top right is the Cuban plant that is constantly in bloom all year round in my apartment.

I may feel a little guilty when I look at the weather map and we have the highest temperatures in the USA but I get over that quickly. Our high was 85 today–‘cold wave’ coming Saturday when our high temp will be 74!!

Posted February 17, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE

Everything is good on Valentine’s Day!   1 comment

Everything is good on Valentine’s Day whether it be the calendar February dogs or a new shower curtain not to mention a new bed in a bag set!There is a promise of the Broadway touring shows coming back this Fall and even if I don’t have a birthday this year Baskin & Robins sent me a coupon for a free Sundae and, yes, I even got some Valentine’s Day cards!!Spent a few days in and out of hospitals and seeing doctor after doctor plus got my first vaccine shot and our local supermarket Winn-Dixie gave me a free quart of ice cream for my unbirthday.Today is Valentine’s Day and we are having a high temperature of 84 degrees with blue skies and great sun all over. There’s enough love in the air for everyone to give and get plus don’t forget, great sales on chocolates TOMORROW at all kinds of stores!!

Posted February 14, 2021 by greatmartin in LIFE

Streaming Reviews–week of February 7, 2021   Leave a comment

1) “The Next 3 Days”–film–2 hours & 13 minutes–a man’s wife is tried and convicted for murder and he knows she is innocent and becomes obsessed with breaking her out of prison–I am a huge Russell Crowe fan and he does an excellent job here–surprisingly, another favorite actor of mine, Liam Neeson does a cameo that is perfect–A GOOD THRILLER!

2) “Malcolm & Marie”–film–1 hour & 35 minutes–husband and wife coming home after  debut of film he has written and directed–John David Washington excellent and Zendaya, who I am not familiar with, didn’t impress me in a role that is very whiny–a lot of noise that DOESN’T ADD UP TO ANYTHING!

3) “Firefly Lane”–series–season 1–10 episodes–8 hours & 18 minutes–a look at a friendship between 2 completely different girls/women over 30 plus years–we meet young Tully (Ali Skorbye) and young Kate (Roan Curtis) and older Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) going back and forth with their good and bad experiences–a lot of melodrama–full disclosure–I have never liked Heigl and don’t understand how she keeps on getting jobs–that plus her character here is so off-putting that if there is a second season I WON’T WATCH IT!


Posted February 12, 2021 by greatmartin in Streaming

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