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I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS!   Leave a comment

BRIE CHEESE

STONE GROUND MUSTARD

CINNAMON ROASTED PEANUTS

lILY o’bRIAN’S CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

wALKER’S cHOCOLATE TOFFES

PANETINI OVEB BAKED ITALIAN TOAST

USINGER’S SUMMER SAUSAGE

MONICA’S WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIES

KING LEO POMEGRANATE PUFFS

GRAPEVINE TRADING COMPANY SEA SALT & OLIVE OIL CRACKERS

ALL ON A CARVING TRAY WITH A SLICING KNIFE

CARE TO GUESS WHICH I ATE FIRST? SECOND? THEN THIRD?

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I CAME HOME THE OTHER DAY TO FIND A PACKAGE AT MY DOOR FILLED WITH GOODIES. i HAD BEEN HAVING A ROUGH TIME PHYSICALLY WITH DOCTORS AND SUCH AND THOUGH FOOD BRIGHTENS MY DAY WHAT REALLY GAVE ME A GLOW WAS WHO THE GIFT WAS SENT FROM.

Just 2 days later I received another gift from a friend who had been dismayed at my not being able to pick up my prescriptions the day I was suppose to start them.

I confess that as much as I have been around I was shocked at what people say and do on blogs–their disrespect, their vulgarity, their back stabbing and complete lack of manners–and that’s just the women!!! LOL

I have also been extremely lucky in finding friends as I have a knack for, as a rule, picking out the best people and, due to blogging I have met (some in person, some soon to be in person and some better save up their pennies for my 20th Leap Year birthday in 2016 when they will be invited to my big bash!) about 10 people who I am proud to call my friends and not because they send/sent me gifts.

I love surprises and they constantly surprise me with thoughts and deeds. I feel sorry for people who don’t have them as friends but even then I hope my enemies have some one, any one, comparable to any of these 10 loving, good people. I have become a part of the life of these friends and they have become a part of mine–THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!

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Posted August 25, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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7 DECADES SERIES 2005 ALLEN PART 30 C   Leave a comment

It had to be towards the end of 2005 that Allen and I became friends because I started blogging (thanks Gene) around the early part of the year and his name wasn’t mentioned or was it mentioned in “Letting It Hang Out” BUT his name starts popping up all over my diary that year. He started coming over for the Wednesday socials in 2004 but I think at that time I was getting rides from Larry, Bill, George and Gino was taking me shopping. He was going to the theatre with us a lot and he would join Gino and I for lunches and dinners here and there. I, also, started to make notes like “April 29 Allen and I to see “Eatery” at The Gateway Theatre. Then there is that private memo about April 20 Wednesday (none of your business! LOL) along with notes about going to the Mosaic Theatre (closed) , The Red Tavern, Bob Igizi, Allen and I going to see “Walk on Water” and then The Emerald Coast (closed after 2 bad health inspections but I loved it!)In May we went to see “Madagascar”, “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” and “3 Iron”, all on Fridays. (Funny–I gave the last movie  a good review “very beautiful, strange, metaphysical love story–male lead a beauty” but I don’t remember a thing about it!) And in 2005 we saw Sandra Bullock in “Miss Congeniality” –now 8 years later we see her in “The Heat”!

Among other theatre shows we saw were “What The World Needs Now is Swing! Swing! Swing!?, “Because He Can” and, of course, eating out going to the Cheesecake Factory, Golden Corral and Ballentine’s (closed) along with going out on the gambling ship with Anita and/or Bob.  We were socializing a lot together and at some point–I don’t remember when–he volunteered (?) to take me shopping on Thursday which continues to this day and on Wednesday, after the ‘socials’ at my place, he would take me on a few errands like dropping my things off at the laundry or going to the drugstore. We would go for a bite to eat on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and I was introducing him to the restaurants of Fort Lauderdale going to places he never heard of and, in most cases, never would have gone to such as Casablanca’s on the Beach or the new Seasons 52 when it opened up.

I noted in my diary that I ‘checked out Allen’s condo’ on July 5th and then on August 2 and 12 I drove out there to see that everything was okay and that I went to the movie house on Pine Island Road. Obviously I had his car while he was on vacation and I thought it was great that he would let me use it as long as I took him to the airport when he left and picked him up when he came back. Now that is what I call being a friend. I would try to pay back once in awhile by picking up lunch/dinner checks.

On August 22nd after having blood tests done Allen, Anita and I went to Catfish Dewey’s (open)  while the end of the week we went to see “November”–how is this for a review that I jotted in my diary? “Good picture to watch but don’t know what it was about.” On Wednesday, August 24, Allen and I had lunch at Tommie Dee’s (closed)  and we heard that Hurricane Katrina was heading our way. The next day I taxied to and from Winn-Dixie getting stocked up.

8 years later Allen takes me every Thursday to The Dollar Tree, Winn-Dixie, CVS and sometimes to The Office Depot and Home Depot and we have lunch (currently doing the 2-4-1 lunches at Cafe Vico) while on Friday it is movie time and a bite afterwards.

By the way just to clarify things in case of interest—Allen and I are friends not lovers or bed partners–got it?  LOL

Posted July 9, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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A MAN WHO EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AS A FRIEND PART 3   Leave a comment

CHECK OUT PART 1 SO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT–REMEMBER THESE ALL HAVE TO BE SAID WITH A DEEP MISSISSIPPIAN ACCENT AND A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE ! i WAS GOING TO SPREAD THEM OUT AS QUOTES ON THE BOTTOM OF BLOGS BUT HERE THEY ARE–AND HERE’S TO YOU “SPORT”.


ME–BUDDY VEST IN “A CHORUS LINE”  DR. K

ON DICTION AND PRONUNCIATION:

“Y’all are just a bunch o’ Yankees. What y’ look into is not a meer –it’s pronounced mirr-ohr!”

“…two words pronounced wrong–“our”, which has 2 syllables. and “Tuesday,” pronounced “twosday” not “teeoozday.”     “Miss Susie says…”

ON SPEAKING TO FEMALES: (SOPRANOS AND ALTOS, GENERALLY BUT NOT ALWAYS)

“Dahrlin’…(most females addressed in this manner .)

“Well-l-l there’s MIss___________”

“Come back, little Sheba!” (to an inattentive female during rehearsal)

“Whoa there, Miss Molly!”

“Holy cow, gal! You can hit that high C! C’mon now, do it!”

ON AUDITIONS:

On the first Monday night of each quarter “Mr. K” would conduct ‘hearings’ (as opposed to auditions, since he believed that anyoen who could match tones should be given the opportunity to experience the excitement of singing major choral works to orchestral accompaniment, if they put forth the effort. The ‘hearing was simply employed to place the singer in the proper voice range section.) On one such occasion, after many hearings of “Way Down Upon The Swanee River” a young lady with a confident manner, enetered the hearing room. With a clear ringing quality in her voice Mr. K took her though scales from low G to A above the staff, his eyes growing larger with each sequence. Giving her a gracious compliment on her voice Mr. K excused her. When she was gone he turned to his assistant and said with wonderment only he could exude, “The roof of her mouth must look like the Sistine Chapel.”

ON PHILOSOPHY:

“…a oneness which abides.”

“…a terribbly meaningful experience.”

“Your joys, hopes, dreams and fears are mine. I want mine to be yours.”

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I took Dr. K to his first performance ever of “A Chorus Line”. He sat crying, trembling, through the song “At The Ballet”. This was a man who had sung all over the world, had taught music for over 25 years and after the show said, “That song, ‘At The Ballet’ is one of the most perfect pieces of music I have ever heard in a Broadway show.”

We lost him too soon.   

 

Posted September 19, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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TEH MAN EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE AS A FRIEND PART 2   Leave a comment

CHECK OUT PART 1 SO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT–REMEMBER THESE ALL HAVE TO BE SAID WITH A DEEP MISSISSIPPIAN ACCENT AND A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE ! i WAS GOING TO SPREAD THEM OUT AS QUOTES ON THE BOTTOM OF BLOGS BUT HERE THEY ARE–AND HERE’S TO YOU “SPORT”.

                 ME              DR. K, THE PROFESSOR

GENERAL CONVERSATION:

“I can’t believe they expect me to work in such an unlimited facility!” (frustration at two large pillars in choral rehearsal room)

“Frazzlin’thing”  “If I live to be ninety-one…”   “Judas Priest, son…”  “Don’t that beat all?”  “…as sure as there is a cow in Texas.” “That’s your red wagon.”

“Haven’t looked at that score in 83 years…but if you’ll look on page 75, 2nd brace, 3rd measure I b’lieve you’ll rind…”

“Do you suppose you could…” (usually a preface to a favor he was about to ask. )

ON PUNCTUALITY:

“The only excuse for being late to rehearsal is death—yours!”

ON REHEARSALS:

“Four-ten-go!” (sometimes with foot stomping to accentuate)

“You’re not counting–you’re guessing!”      “…finesse of an elephant!”

“Steady, steady…don’t bleed!” (usually said on  sustained high notes.)

“… most important note you will ever sing!”  (said after each note he felt important at that point in the music)

“…make it an eighth with an eighth rest.”   “…slice it and doctor it.”

“C’mon (voice part section) you got the party part!” “Sopranos came in like a wet Kleenix!”  “…that’s fine composing, tenors, but I prefer the note printed in the score.”  “Let’s look at it a minute.”

“Bass section sounds like a Mack truck in low gear.”

“C’mon people, let’s sound like professionals.”  “…don’t act like a church choir–please don’t talk!” “…if y’all don’t stop talking I’, going to have a Puccini fit!”

“…now son, you’re trying to make me maddern’ a snake, dammit! And, I don’t want to!”

“…if you ain’t singin’, don’t talk, study your part!”

ON BRINGING A PENCIL:

“Son I don’t care if you have to go all the way to Murphysbopro, don’t you come back with out a pencil!”

“Mark it”  “Do you have your pencil, son?”  “I love ya, darlin’, but you gotta bring a pencil.”

THE REST IN PART 3.


ROBERT, BOB, BOBBY, THE FRIEND

Posted September 13, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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THE MAN EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE AS A FRIEND PART 1   Leave a comment

On September 3 I wrote about Robert Kingsbery, a friend everyone wished they had and I did http://www.blogster.com/greatmartin/7-decades-of-adventures-part-11-b   Upon his death an overflowing auditorium at the Southern University of Illinois celebrated this wonderful friend, teacher, muscian and talked about his:

KINGSBERYISMS

“One did not engage Robert Kingsbery in conversation for any length of time without encountering an assortment of picturesque expressions. He used them effectively to illustrate a specific point or to punctuate a pointed message. These expressions also served to communicate a portion of his personal philosophy. e.g., punctionality is virtuous, concentration is mandatory, and professional behavior is attainable by those who put forth the effort. It was universally known and accepted that to participate in any of “Mr. K’s” choral groups one must be present, boe on time, bring one’s own music, and above all bring a pencil!  Using these simple rules he was able to turn a nominal group of singers into performing muscians.

Listed here are but a representative few of some of these expressions, affectionally remembered, covering a range of subjects, arranged topically where possible. Those who remember will know the accent and inflection that goes with these sayings. For the uniformed, simply imagine a heavy “Southern” accent”

I don’t plan to list them here but spread them over my posts for the next few weeks–the one that isn’t listed is the warmth he could use in calling his friends “Sport”.

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“I’m so glad y’all could…” (come, sing with us, participate, etc.)

“Well, I never…”

“Tough as a nickle steak.”

“Ain’t that a hoot?”

Posted September 12, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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7 decades adventures/discoveries part 11 d   Leave a comment

I had an apartment and I rented a car until Chuck and Tommy brought my car down from Memphis. Next came a job which brought up questions. It had been a decade since I waited tables and I had a fleeting thought that I might not want to do that again. There was also the question of my ego–could I go back to being bossed by someone else, especially in the restaurant business where ‘servers are a dime a dozen’ was the attitudes of most owners/managers? I had some money so I could relax a bit, go out drinking as I was doing more frequently . I was lucky in the sense that I was still getting settlement checks from Bernie which would take care of all necessities. Tommy and Chuck were due to come down around August 27 so I figured I might as well wait until after they left to go job hunting. Meanwhile I was going over to Flo and Ritchie’s place having dinner most night. I’ve written about Flo in one of the other chapters but justareminder–she was the first person whoever showed me unconditional love. Of course she was bugging me to get a job yet yelling at Ritchie if he said anything– that was my Flo!

On November 21, 1979, I started work at a new restaurant called “Incredible Edibles” that was opened by two guys with their wives helping now and then. I was the only server also, sometimes doubling as cashier. There opening the week of Thanksgiving, and planning to be closed that day, sort of didn’t sit right with me but the job did offer me a chance to get back in the swing of things and it was like that old saying about ‘riding a bike’–it was as if I never stopped working as a waiter. I found I still loved doing it as aggravating a job as it could be. It took awhile before business picked up as they were sort of off the beaten path in a small shopping center. The owners were nice to work for and I was sort of pleased that they listened to some ideas I had.  In February they got a 5 star review in the Fort Lauderdale paper but they were having cash flow problems and I was wondering if they would make it. I came to work on March 11, 1980,tofind the place closed. They had left town owing me 2 weeks of wages–granted it wasn’t much as, if I remember right, pay at that time for servers was $2.03 an hour! This by the way is not remarkable in South Florida where restaurants open and close with regularity.

Hey, I worked 3 months and it was time for a vacation! I spent three weeks drinking, going to the beach, playing tourist and then went to work at The Fisherman’s Wharf on 441 on March 26, 1980, when I was 11 years old having celebrated my Leap Year birthday at the Sandpiper, but more about that later. Meanwhile I was busy making friends, having sex and getting drunk. In the picture on top there are a dozen guys who became my new family. The red badge I am wearing is my birthday badge.

Life was good. I had settled into my new old life–waiting tables, partying every night since I got off work at 10-11PM and didn’t have to be there until 4-5PM the next day. I was smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day, drinking almost a bottle of scotch a night and having sex 15-20 times a month. I was 44, life was good and Memphis was fading away.

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Posted September 10, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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