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7 DECADES SERIES THE GOOD LIFE PART 32 D


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


One thing you can be certain of in life is that along with the bad there is a lot of good and looking over my 78 years (okay 77 and a half or 19 and a quarter) there has been at least 87% good and that ain't bad!

In just the past 8 years, not in any particular order and not including theatre or movies, some of the good have been;

I learned about being eligible for medical surveys. The first one I went to I got paid $100 and since it was so close went to Jaxson's for ice cream afterwards. Without having a car it is more difficult to get to them but every once in awhile I do.

I have met some pretty fabulous people on the Internet and most have surprised me in various ways. I met AJ and he introduced me to the Jean M. Auel book series which starting with the "Clan of the Cave Bear" kept me mesmerised (though as hard as he would try he couldn't get me into "Star Trek"!) Through him I learned about his partner Ray and I am so proud of them being the first couple in Rhode Island to have a civil union and it looks like they will be the first same sex marriage in that State!!

I met Tim, who sent me a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory for my birthday and made it extra special. I am still waiting for him to get some of his fantastic poetry published! Talking about The Cheesecake Factory Chris (then known as The Pirate, I believe) also treated me giving me a gift card and though I pick on him (I want him around for his daughter's wedding!!) I am still waiting for him to stop by one of these days.

On February 18, 2009, Michael and Alfredo came down from New Hampshire for a week and we went to see the Broadway touring company in "A Chorus Line" during mu 'unbirthday'.

Maria and Mary have been more than generous with their outpouring of love to and for me not to forget their gifts. Donna was the first person to ever send me a restaurant.com gift and due to that I learned about Groupon and I have had some fabulous meals at very low prices.

Big Louie's got damaged by a double whammy of a hurricane and a car crashing into thier glass front. On December 16, 2005 Allen and I went to the 'new' Big Louie's--a little more expensive and without that homey neighborhood feeling they use to have but the food as good as ever. It is always a must stop when Chuck and Terry come down! And Sheila still asks me to work a couple of nights a week!

In May of 2011 Suzanne, the administrator of Gateway, approached me about publishing/editing the Gateway Gazette and for 6 months I had a ball but then it became a job.

Talking about Gateway I met so many great people over the years, losing a few. The names Little Flo, Emily, Francis, Larry, Carol, Jean, Angelina, Cookie, Norman may not mean anything to you but they mean a lot to me!

I've won at Play 4, Fantasy 5, got a bonus with Obama's stimulus package, holiday gelt from Larry, was able to buy a new 3 in 1 printer that 7 years later is still working. I bought a new DVD/VHS player and haven't used it in a couple of years. I've learned how to work with the Internet to get many free gifts and was given my first digital camera and have been taking pictures ever since.

Over the past couple of years I have been transferring loads and loads of pictures to a thigamiig UBS that Chuck gave me. For 8 years I have kept my 'diary' on the Internet--not that I have given up making notes in notebooks but they aren't as big or as many as there were years before the Internet came along.

I've been very lucky to make a friend in Allen who goes above and beyond to help me out when needed and just to be a friend the rest of the time.

Five years ago I bought this Emachine desk top computer and there is the possibility I may get a new one but right now I am saving my pennies for my 20th Leap Year birthday on February 29, 2016. There is nothing in life I lack (except a darn car and the insurance for it) but I am sure over the next 3 years I'll manage to come up with a list.

I want for nothing, certainly don't need anything and as the old Berlin Song goes, "I've Got The Sun In The Morning"

Taking stock of what I have and what I haven't
What do I find?
The things I got will keep me satisfied
Checking up on what I have and what I haven't
What do I find?
A healthy balance on the credit side
Got no diamond
Got no pearl
Still I think I'm a lucky guy
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Got no mansion
Got no yacht
Still I'm happy with what I got
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
Sunshine
Gives me a lovely day
Moonlight
Gives me the Milky Way
Got no checkbooks
Got no banks
Still I'd like to express my thanks
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
And with the sun in the morning
And the moon in the evening
I'm all right
(And I was lucky enough to hear Ethel Merman sing for the first time anywhere on the Broadway stage in "Annie Get Your Gun".)
It would take me books to write about all the good things that have happened in my life but even more books to write about all the great people I have met.
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TENNISJIM 7/31/2013 6:38AM

    Thanks for sharing, Martin. Awesome song.

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KATRINAKAT23 7/30/2013 9:17PM

  emoticon emoticon your life sounds like it is so much fun.

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