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January 9, 2015

The body is a marvelous thing but it certainly can betray you when you least expect it!

Through the years I have been unable to sleep in cars, planes, trains, buses, watching a movie or a television show but put me in bed by myself and I can sleep through anything! I have slept through tornadoes and hurricanes, maintenance and exterminators coming in to do their job without disturbing me for a minute.

Once my head hit’s the pillow I am out. I always have been able to sleep solidly 8 or more hours without getting up once but at a certain age you know you will be getting up in the middle of the night a few times to urinate but even then I have no problem getting back to sleep.

It seems as soon as I hit 62 and retired my body started acting up. It might be paying for all the years I ate wrong, smoked, drank to excess and basically abused it but even then I have been able to live with whatever came along whether it be an aorta valve replacement, congestive heart failure, COPD, PAD, etc., including getting diagnosed with diabetes2 this past November.

Well since this past Sunday my body has been double crossing me! It is the same pattern every night: after 2-3 hours of good sleep I wake up with a sharp pain on/by my left hip. When I say sharp I mean on a scale of 1-10 it is a 10. As long as I sleep on my right side all is well but as soon as I turn on my left I am up and hurting.

Don’t know what is causing it but I do know if I say something to my primary doctor it means going to specialists, getting X-rays, cat scans and spending a lot of time going to and from doctors. I am not ready for that yet! By the way it does not hurt when I am awake!

For those who say “Age is just a number” or “You are as old as you feel” try to tell yourself that after you hit 60!

Posted January 21, 2015 by greatmartin in LIFE

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Turns out that my carotid artery is blocked–I have 3 choices:

1) Carotid endarterectomy which is an operation to peel away the plaque with a scalpel–surgical dangers are stroke, bleeding, infection and a slight possibility of death.

2) Angioplasty where a soft narrow tube is inserted into the groin and removes the plaque through the tube and a stent is inserted–the dangers are the same as above but recovery is faster

3) Do nothing and have a high risk of a stroke.

And what option would YOU choose????

This was posted 6-7(?) years ago and I chose #3–I am not a worrier so after the decision that was that–I didn’t think of it until recently when I had a big lump on the right side of my throat–turns out it wasn’t anything (whatever that means!)

I did find out this week why what I thought was my smokey, microphone ready, sexy voice wasn’t anymore–seems in 2008 when I had the aorta valve replacement I had a partial paralysis of my right vocal cord while I was ‘under’ and I understand many strokes, even deaths, take place when one is under anesthesia–that was brought up by my new vascular surgeon when he was discussing the complications of my P.E.D. I will be going for 2 ultra sounds next week so he can see what is going on and we will go from there. Once again I am not worried as that won’t do anything.

Funny but you don’t hear anything about this when you are a ‘kid’!



When you live with old folks the pool rules are a little different–can you read the “Don’t use the pool if…” rule ?



Posted October 24, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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When I was young life was all about the next adventure and exploring. The next stage for me was being happy in what work I did and I was very lucky that I loved what I did whether it was being a professional waiter or helping/advising people to lose weight and, though I didn’t make a living at it , writing, which I always found to be a mental and physical joy and seeing a magazine article, a book or even a letter to the editor kept me on a high no matter what bad was happening in my life! After I retired , never having been a homebody, I all of a sudden found that where I lived was the most important thing in my life.

In 1999 I went from almost living in my car to living at Gateway. The previous year Perry told me about Gateway and I got on the list and 18 months–June 1, 1999 I moved in. I started my 15th year here and have gone from a small  1 bedroom apartment to a large one on the 3rd (top) floor overlooking an arm of the New River from Karen’s Bay and across the way million dollar homes and boats of all kinds . I have talked so much about The Point, at the eastern most part of the Gateway Terrace apartments that many feel they have been here . There is no way a person can’t feel terric just sitting in a lounge chair with the sun shing on them and all sorts of water activities for them to see and at night it is almost magical.

Today, as I have done many days over the past years, I took the Sunday edition of the Sun-Sentinel paper down to The Point to read and relax but things have changed, with me, in the past year. I love our swimming pool and spent many hours in it but this year, doctor’s orders because of meds, eye and ear problems I am not allowed in the water and shouldn’t be in the sun too long. Okay so I cheat a little on the latter but I keep my shirt on. Also I got into trouble with P.A.D. in my legs along with gout and tendernitis so I have had to stop wearing flip-flops. (Shhhh–don’t tell my vascular surgeon or pediatrist–I cheat by wearing them in my apartment!) Sitting on The Point with my shoes and shirt on isn’t the way I want to go but I made the choice to follow doctor’s orders to a certain extent. (I am now looking for a new vascular surgeon to tell me flip-flops are fine!!)

In spite of all that I envy anyone who couldn’t be me today. Sitting in a lounge chair, reading the paper, feeling the sun and a light breeze over me, hearing motor boats, people paddling along, sailboats going by, two hours of pure luxury and a feeling of peace is something everyone should have  when they are old and I have it!

Old age has been, and is, a blessing to me and when I read posts about people dreading getting older or fighting getting and being old I want to slap them!! As long as you are independent and can adjust to what life hands you being old can be the best time in your life.

I plan on writing a few posts about the bad and good about getting older and trust me there is a heck of a lot more good than bad. I can live very happily without wearing flip flops or going into the pool but I know I will be doing both again—very soon!

Posted September 29, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I WAS ALWAYS OLDER THAN I WAS!   Leave a comment




I have always had fun with my age after I realized that I was a Leap Year baby meaning I had one birthday for every 4 years I have lived. When I was 16 in 1952 I said I was 4 and in the year 2000 I had a sweet 16 party but it was in 1949, when I had my Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13 that I started to say that I was older than I really was.


It was at 14, when I was going to the bars and baths in NYC when the legal age for drinking was 18, that I got a phony ID and, ironically, I was never ‘carded’.  When I was in the Marines whether in California, Korea or Japan I always added a few years to my age and after I left the Marines and lived in Hollywood, Ca., and Miami Beach, Florida, even though I was in my 20s I said i was 30. Most people, as a rule, found twenty to twenty- nine year olds very obnoxious with their know it all attitude and that doesn’t seem to have changed 50 years later. I don’t know what happens at 30 but it seems like all of a sudden people started to respect you.

It was at the age of 33 when I became ‘Director Of Operations’ for Weight Watchers of Greater Memphis, Eastern Arkansas, Western Tennessee and Chattanooga that I started to have my ‘hair stylist’ spray gray into my temples to give me that distinguished look when I went on TV or did newspaper interviews plus added a year or two to my age, thinking it gave me more authority.


After my Tenth Leap Year birthday it was explained to me that the Chinese always said that you were a year older than you thought you were. For instance when you celebrated your 40th birthday you were actually starting your 41ST year of life and I adapted that idea. I have, since 1978, waited until July to make myself that year older. As an example I am, by my birth certificate, 77, or 19 1/4 Leap years, old but now, when asked I will say I am 78. Somehow or other when February comes around in 2014 my being 78 is already a part of my life.

Just for the record don’t say “Age is only a number” or “You are as old as you feel” or other BS like that–I’ve already written a blog on how stupid those sayings are–they are usually said by people under 60 and people who have not felt just the physical aches and pains of aging or how your body changes as you age.

I have never worried about being old or getting older as much of my left I have lived, loved and been friends with people older than me, with some exceptions, so I know/knew what was ahead of/for me.

I was usually the youngest one in the crowd but that is not true now. Aside from some of the people who live here in Gateway I am the oldest one of my friends. I love being old and being able to look back on where I’ve been and how I came to where I am now. It is, also, amusing to read blogs by kids in their 20s, 30s, 40, 50s and 60s knowing where they are and where they are going and what they will learn. The one thing I have learned is that though we all like to think we are different and/or unique we really aren’t. A book I read in 1972 called “Passages” written by Gail Sheehy, about men and the different stages they go through is as true today as it was then and recommend all 20 year old men read it.

And, oh yes, young people always know better than their elders and do the former never listen to the latter because they know better and aren’t like others–that NEVER changes!!!! {#rofl.gif}

Posted September 7, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I was going to write a very deep, thought provoking, incendiary blog about elections regarding poor losers, gloating winners and the shape of the world after November 6 but, folks, my age has caught up with me (for those who don’t know I celebrated my 19th Leap Year birthday on February 29 of this year) and after this week I am exhausted so instead of taht prize winning blog I offer the following as a diversion.

Go ahead and be nice, nasty, give me compliments or insults but VOTE!!! Your vote will decide which glasses I wear–don’t you feel the power you have?  VOTE!

                      NUMBER 1                        NUMBER 2                          NUMBER 3



Posted November 8, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I had promised myself that when I was old I wouldn’t say “I told your so” to someone in their 30s or 40s and I have, most of the time, kept to that promise. I have the bitten tongue to prove it!!! I didn’t want to hear that as a younger man and neither do younger men today.

Though we like to think we are individuals we have more in common than we are aware of. We all go through certain steps in our lives though not at the same time or age. As unique as we want to see ourselves there are prevalent stages we all go through.

Yes, many of old men have ‘been there, done that’ but our telling you won’t stop or help you from doing it, also.

Every once in awhile I will read a blogger’s post by child-men in their teens and other men-child in their twenties just for the DRAMA and/or to remember the dreams one has at that age. They have the world ahead of them and limits or boundaries don’t exist. They blame anyone and everyone for their lousy lot in life or take all the credit for their ‘smart’ moves and accomplishments.

I find men most interesting when they are in their 30s and 40s and are discovering who they really are—what their limits are, what dreams they have to let go of, what their future will realistically be, where they may have to compromise.

In the 1970s I read a book called “Passages” by Gail Sheeney that tackled the subject of just that in men from their boyhood up to their 50s and 60s. (She has recently published a book called “New Passages”, basically an update on the same subject in today’s world of technology, which I haven’t read.)

I not only saw myself but all the men I knew in my life and as years went past I saw that she was pretty accurate about the different phases we go through.

I still very highly recommend this book to all men just to see what is ahead for them.

There are about 20 male bloggers here, in their 30-50 age range, that I subscribe to just to watch where they are in their life, hear how they feel about things and how sure they are of these things, their relationships, their work, etc., knowing that a lot of this will change.

I hope they (and I) stay around to see all the changes that will take place in their life regarding how they feel about things today, what their priorities are now, etc., and how most of this will alter—some in small ways, others in ways they couldn’t/wouldn’t imagine.

And I promise not to say, “I told you so”!


Posted October 10, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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