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!

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Posted July 29, 2019 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!   Leave a comment

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50 weeks of the year I have to depend on uber, lyft, cabs, TOPS (A county service) or insurance car rides to and from doctors! The other two weeks of the year Allen goes to visit his daughter, and twin grandchildren, so I have his car.
Oh yes! No way can I forget Jacque who lends me her car almost once a week so I can go to a movie and some med appointments.This week Allen went up north and on top of that my neighbor’s wife had to go to Argentina as her 97 year old mother isn’t well and that’s where her family lives. He said I could use the car as long as she is away (and when they go on vacation) and they just got her this new used car.So now I have to decide whether I use one car or alternate the cars but at least Jacque’s car gets a rest from me. And you think you have problems!!PS After Wednesday it is back to no car!

Posted July 28, 2019 by greatmartin in AUTOMOBILE, LIFE

Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood–movie review   2 comments

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The only reasons to see Tarantino’s latest movie are the really alive performance by Brad Pitt, the red Rottweiler Brandy and a scene where Margot Robbie, playing Sharon Tate, watches herself on the screen in a theatre and enjoying the audience’s reaction plus it is always good seeing Al Pacino, even in a wasted role.As to be expected in a Tarantino’s film there is a lot of very vivid violence, much distortion of history and facts and a lot of extraneous scenes that bring nothing to the film.I have always been a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio since “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” even in his lesser pictures but in this movie he is just bad and I put the blame on Tarantino’s shoulders as director and screenplay writer. There are many cameos but none memorable or even remembered 5 minutes after you see them.The only reasons to see “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood” are if you have 2 hours and 41 minutes of your life to waste and/or your electricity has gone out and this is the only theatre that has air conditioning! synopsis Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer/director features a large ensemble cast and multiple story lines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. Comedy, Drama   2 hr. 41 min.
 
Movie trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELeMaP8EPAA

Posted July 26, 2019 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS

The new ‘uniform’ Gateway Terrace Apartments   2 comments

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The ‘new’ Gateway is almost complete–just missing a few bushes!I give the owners credit for making the inside of the apartments really modern with new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, new hurricane windows, new ceiling fan/light fixture in the ceiling of the bedroom and new lights in the kitchen and bathroom, new blinds though the new air conditioners/fans don’t do as good a job as the old system and they certainly fixed up the hallways.The big problems are on the outside where all individuality has been taken away. No more Christmas/Hanukah lights and contests for the best displays (or even the company putting up lights all around). The biggest downer are the beautiful individual gardens that many residents put their own time and money in to liven up the place with Hibiscus & Rose bushes, many colored orchids,  Banana plants, lemon, grapefruit trees with blossoms, sunflowers, etc., etc.  No plants on the window sills, no decorations of any kind on the doors and/or windows. Our avocado tree from which we got 75 avocados one season is gone.Now you can’t tell one building from another and I don’t know if one has to do with the other but all of a sudden we are ‘losing’ residents to death, rehab and nursing homes more than usual!Don’t get me wrong! I love my apartment and I can look out and see Karen Bay, green trees but from the outside all you can see are bland buildings, one after another and sometimes ‘uniform’ can be very dull!

Posted July 25, 2019 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE, LIFE EVENTS

A question asked–my answer   Leave a comment


Someone asked me a question about my restaurant reviews and this is what I answered–hopefully it will help and not add to the inquirer’s confusion.

Welcome to Fort Lauderdale in Broward County where there are over 2,000 restaurants and it is too hard to keep a record of how many open and close within ONE year.

I have/had been in the restaurant business 38 years, all positions, now retired and the biggest problem I have found is that too many restaurants open before they are ready to open and/or don’t have enough money to see them through a year.

With all that said I am pretty easy with restaurants as I really don’t expect much except a clean place, good food—doesn’t have to be great!–good servers–not necessarily super stars but at least show that they have been trained well. With prices as high as they are today, with a choice of 4 types of restaurants starting with full service, followed by buffets, then the new fast casual and finally fast food, a restaurant really don’t get a second chance Added to that is the fact there are too many choices of each types of food. In 1970 we had 2 Mexican restaurants now I can count 23. Italian restaurants? There are 9 within 2 miles from where I live. Just recently, within 1 mile we have 3 Cuban restaurants and Peruvian restaurants are growing faster than I can count.

I eat out twice a week, one usually fast casual or lower priced full service and another a new one. I have 5-6 favorite restaurants that I try to get to 2-3 times a year at least. Add to that I am a Leap Year baby which means I have (and only celebrate) a birthday every 4 years with a dinner party at a restaurant, usually a new one, that I have tried in the intervening years and comes Saturday, February 29, 2020 I will be celebrating my turning 21 at the Nabu restaurant if #1 They are still open and #2 I haven’t come across a newer, better one. My last birthday was in 2016 and I held a dinner for 22 people at Cafe Vico and I couldn’t have asked for better food, service, atmosphere or evening.

I usually will try to speak to a manager if I find something wrong–some listen, some don’t. I see over 100 movies a year in theatres–maybe, if I am lucky, I will see 5 or 6 that I would want to see again. Why do I bring this up? Too many people today don’t have the money to go to movies anymore and certainly not to eat out. I don’t like to see any business close or employees lose employment but I know I read reviews for restaurants, movies, plays, etc., so I won’t waste my time and money.

I soon learn who to trust when when reading their reviews and who not to. For instance there is a critic in South Florida that I know if they dislike some place chances are I will love it!

Didn’t mean to go on so long–I appreciate your note and just wanted to explain a little–which turned into a lot!–of where my head is at regarding my posting reviews! I reviewed 2 restaurants recently–VALE FOOD CO and CAO Bakery & Cafe–each had something good but I won’t be returning to either because there were too many negative things that should have been taken care of before they opened if not after customers brought it to their attention. Hope you find some great places to eat!

Martin

Don’t drink the water—in Fort Lauderdale!   1 comment

Water, water everywhere without a drop to drink!
Thursday morningI received an alert message,not only on my phone but also on my Internet email, stating that Fort Lauderdaleand a few surrounding cities had contaminated water due to a company busting an old 42″ water pipe and due to old safety valves the water was not transmitted to safe water pipes and so:
Tap water should not be used for drinking, making ice, preparing foods, washing dishes, brushing teeth, taking showers, etc. Before using be sure to boil water for a minute to eliminate bacteria or other organisms.
“They”said this should be fixed within 36-48 hours and here is it 88 hours later and the warning is still in effect. At least the water is still running!
It being hurricane season most many people had bottled water in their homes just in case but it seems the majority didn’t as stories below talk about.
On Thursday Allen and I went on to do our regular Thursday chores only this time we had his daughter who was here on vacation joined us and we decided to eat lunch in a ‘nice’ placebut many restaurants weren’t open because they didn’t have water to cook, clean or to serve to customers. Just think about all the businesses that depend on water–clean, germ free water–and imagine the loss businesses will take not to forget employees! We finally found a restaurant that was open but I still think they used the tap water to make that awful lemonade I had and all the dirty tables! (See my post about Vale Food Co.) It took a couple of days for restaurants, hotels, etc., were able to reopen.

Needless to say that any place selling water was immediately cleaned out by panicked customers!

I lucked out that I had bottled water supplies in case of a hurricane but I got a bonus in that my neighbor orders bottled water and last week they sent him double the amount he usually gets so he gave me a case of 24 bottles, each bottle holding 18 ounces and he has 12 more cases if I need some!
“They are testing the water again today and we are waiting to hear the results meanwhile having a heat wave like the rest of the country (but not as bad and at this time of the year we expect it and know how to deal with it).
Meanwhile I have Allen’s car to get out and enjoy a beautiful sunny day in Fort Lauderdale with water all around—only not to drink!!

220,000 In Fort Lauderdale Urged To Boil Water Through Sunday

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-ne-water-main-break-cuts-service-20190718-5vfpmg76gfg3hnjcycgryt3sua-story.html

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article232857237.html

Posted July 21, 2019 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE EVENTS

VALE FOOD CO–restaurant review   1 comment

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The second time in a week that I was to a restaurant in a location that has failed before, the dish I had was excellent but everything else was either blah or downright not good.

We had other plans but with the water situation the few places we wanted to go to were closed and I had a coupon for this place  that had been another restaurant for a short time. Vale has kept the same set up which is fats casual, line up for your food, get it, pay and go look for a table, hopefully to find one that isn’t dirty, sticky and still have used plates on it.

I had the small Aci bowl which is normally $7.99 but with the coupon I got it free as long as I bought a drink, which I did and cost $3.52 with tax.

The Aci bowl was really good with bananas, strawberries, granola, something like a blueberry cream sauce but the drink, organic lemonade made with sugar cane and blue agave that tasted like gasoline

If nothing else that ‘drink’ would keep me from ever going to that place again but the dirty tables was/is even more of a reason not to go back.

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