GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community MY JUNE RESUME IN PHOTOS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>aSA <BR> <BR> SLIDESHOW <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. My June avatar 2. With cast in wheelchair 3-6. Movies seen <BR> <BR> 7-14. Some restaurants I went to 15 & 16. Home cooked meals the first country fried steak and the second Tilapia 17-19. Signs of the Times 20. Eye doctor’s fish tank 21. My plants--some from those Dollar Tree see... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:12:14 EST STRAIGHT WOMEN, GAY MEN & MARRIAGE (The following is strictly my opinion from observations/experience of over 65 years of gay life.) <BR> <BR> There is a gay stereotype very seldom discussed outside of the gay world though it effects many a nongay relationship and that is of the gay married man married to a woman. Woman have written books about the situation as have gay men who have tried to explain why they married and/or why some are still married. Actually it didn’t come before the public until movies like “Brokeback M... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:33:45 EST KAREN BAY AT GATEWAY--PART 2--DOGS AND BOATS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last month I wrote about Karen Bay which is at the east end of the Gateway Terrace apartments I live at. There is always something going on the water whether it is boats coming and going or people water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, riding on paddleboards or going up in the sky with water jet packs. <BR> <BR> In the late afternoon and early evening the dogs of Gateway come to The Point, bring... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:52:55 EST THE VILLAGE STORE--FOR MAINTENANCE ONLY!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After the great lunch (and service--see Fishtales Restaurant post) to celebrate Allen’s birthday we went to The Village Store. It’s in a small unlike Fort Lauderdale area called The Village right south of Sunrise Boulevard and across the street from the beach. Consisting of about 7-8 blocks in a E shape section there are bars, restaurants, a souvenir shop (with some very tacky t-shirts a... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:10:26 EST SEEING OLD MOVIES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (I LOVE IT!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After finishing my post about "The Bad Seed": I started thinking about other old, possibly forgotten, movies that would always be on my 'must see' list and then that got my to thinking about what does it take to get you to watch a movie--the actors? The director? The previews? The genre? The reviews? Word of mouth? <BR> <BR> Along with the 'old' movie ide... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:42:29 EST MOTHER NATURE REIGNS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It boggles my mind how anyone whether a child or a senior citizen or spanning the years in between can say “I am bored,” let alone write a whole blog about being bored or having nothing to do! Every minute of every day of every year Mother Nature puts on a show that is constantly changing whether it is a calm, sunny, beautiful day or she shows her fury with tornadoes, snowstorms or earth... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:38:47 EST MELLOW MUSHROOM--A RESTAURANT REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MELLOW MUSHROOM is the latest member of the franchise that started in Atlanta. It is a huge whimsical location at the new Flagler Village complex. Parking is sort of a puzzle though I heard there is valet parking in the evening. An employee told us that they would be building a garage across the street--that’s across busy Federal Highway--which is far from a workable solution. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:36:10 EST "BECOMING US"--A NEW TELEVISION SERIES I watched this last night and highly recommend it--told from the teenager's point of view--will repeat first episode Friday and Sunday at 10 PM (EST) Regularly scheduled on Mondays at 9 PM ON THE ABC FAMILY CHANNEL <BR> <BR> Evanston the site of TV's new transgender story on 'Becoming Us' - Chicago Entertainment -... <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>2015/jun/08/becoming-us-transgender-ab<BR>c-family Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:23:31 EST SMASHBURGER--A RESTAURANT REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> It has been almost two years since I was last to a Smashburger Restaurant and the one I went to has closed. There are now at least a dozen more different burger franchises in the area and yet wanting to go for a good burger we couldn’t think of one we wanted to go to and after a process of elimination because of easy parking we decided to go to this one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I ordered the Cla... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:14:18 EST MOTHER NATURE'S CREATURES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We have lizards of all kinds on the grounds here. Some have straight tails while others have curled and a few don’t have tails at all. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors and though some people are squeamish these guys keep the ant, roach, fly and mosquito population very low. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don’t know if the ones in the pictures are geckos, anoles or skinks. I woul... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:57:20 EST THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I learned early in life how up and down it can be whether in a week, a month or years. You go through highs and lows but most of the time your days are at an even keel. <BR> <BR> Looking over the month of May 2015 it is more or less a typical month. I take a lot of pictures and they reflect how I spend my life and, luckily, there is more good than bad. <BR> <BR> First of all I have to salu... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:16:25 EST "I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don’t know if 2 movies of the same genre are the start of a trend but I hope so. During the second week of May I went to see “Five Flights Up”, a movie about an elderly couple together for forty years with neither dying of Alzheimer’s or any other ‘old people’ diseases nor were they battling with being an inter-racial couple. They were a pair who made and enjoyed a life togeth... Sun, 31 May 2015 15:47:32 EST WHEN YOU ARE SICK... EAT! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My dinner: 1/2 a chicken made in the crockpot with tomatoes, peas, corn and noodles (the half tomorrow!)--a salad with onions, tomatoes, Romaine, grated cheese and topped with blue cheese. Blueberries for dessert. Could use a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the berries but I am sick. <BR> <BR> All the while watching a new movie about Marilyn Monroe which will probably b... Sat, 30 May 2015 21:05:06 EST ANYONE HAVE A SPARE WHEELCHAIR? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Talk about clumsiness!! Allen was picking me up on Tuesday to go see the movie “The 100-Year-Old-Man Who jumped Out The Window and Disappeared” at The Gateway Theatre. Before he got there I wanted to stop at the Gateway apartment offices and inquire is if I was eligible to have my place repainted. I had lived in this apartment 11 years and my first one for 5 years and ... Thu, 28 May 2015 10:57:08 EST "THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED" A FILM REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While watching “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” (hereafter called 100!) I would flash on to Peter Sellers in “Being There” and Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump” more so the latter due to Robert Gustafsson’s performance as a man, Allan, who meets famous people in history and sometimes changes the course of that history. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The flash... Tue, 26 May 2015 18:52:07 EST GETTING OLD EQUALS BEING CLUMSY? <BR> Does getting old equate with being clumsy? I never was clumsy up until a few years ago. What do I mean by clumsy? Last Thursday I ran over my small toe on my left foot with a shopping cart. It bled profusely for two days no matter how much I packed cotton and bandages and, trust me, it is not easy putting bandaids between the last two toes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Tuesday I noticed the foot was red and on Wednesday it was swollen and I knew it was infected. Called the doctor to have ... Mon, 25 May 2015 12:07:12 EST IT'S A JULIE ANDREWS SORT OF DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since the age of 13 when she made her debut on the London stage with the critics raving about her 4 octave clear as a bell voice Julie Andrews has been a star. From her Broadway debut in “The Boyfriend” at 19 in 1954 to her touring Australia and New Zealand for the first time at the age of 77 in 2013 she has always been in the spotlight mostly for good events but also for the heartbreak ... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:55:06 EST VHS GAY THEMED MOVIE TAPES PART 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’ve spoken about my tape collection in the past at one time having over 600 tapes. I sold most of them on eBay and gave a lot away but I held on to my gay tapes--no, not porno! I currently have about 84 tapes of which 33 were pre-recorded while the other were taped from both cable and network stations. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In any case I am looking to give them away either singularly or ... Sat, 23 May 2015 14:58:53 EST COLLECTING DVD AND VHS TAPES AND BOOKS PART 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I was young, about 1996 when I was 60, I had a collection of over 500 books and a collection of VHS tapes exceeding 400 movies plus I had taped all the Oscar and Tony award shows every year. One day I realized that I only read 7 of the books a few times each and, maybe, watched a dozen of the tapes more than once though I would watch the same movie if I saw it while surfing televi... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:20:30 EST I SHOULD BUT I DON'T WANT TO! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sitting here looking at a list I made this past weekend of things I should do and get done this week. There are 19 different items and all I can think of is, “So what if I don’t do it today?” <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The world won’t come to an end if (#8) I don’t replant the plants today or plant the rest of the seeds I have. I suppose I could schedule my ultrasound (#5) for nex... Wed, 20 May 2015 11:33:28 EST AND SHE IS NOT GOING! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Broadway there is a song known as the ‘11 o’clock number’ when a star does a show stopping number or a show stopping number makes a star. An example can be Ethel Merman as Rose in “Gypsy” singing “My Turn” but now it seems the 11 o’clock number has become a 9:30 or first act closing number such as Donna McKechnie as Cassie singing, dancing and acting “The Music and the M... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:03:03 EST MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 7 THE END? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And the titles keep on coming but I'll finish it today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "The Fan" with Lauren Bacall is every inch a star who has a young, male fan obsessed with her--a good suspense mystery that was underrated at the time it came out--with Maureen Stapleton and James Garner <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Ordinary People" Mary Tyler Moore is no perky Mary in this one--excellent directo... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:47:13 EST LOVING THE LIFE I LEAD! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gateway and Karen Bay part 1 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Gateway Terrace apartments, where I live, has a section that we refer to as The Point which is at the far east end. It juts out into Karen Bay in the New River just beyond our pool. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most late afternoons and/or early evenings a group of residents come down to The Point and spend an hour or two just relaxing, talki... Sun, 17 May 2015 13:25:25 EST HISTORIC DOCKERS & PUB <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago groupon offered a $30 certificate for $15 for Dockers restaurant. I have lost count of how many times I passed the place on a busy section of the highway just south of the Fort Lauderdale airport not even giving it a second thought except to think of it as a local drinking hole for people who work on boats. Here was a chance to give it a try so I immediately ordered the c... Sat, 16 May 2015 13:19:20 EST "MAD MAX" FURY ROAD"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As of today “Mad Max: Fury Road” holds the title for ‘the loudest movie of 2015’ though from what I saw of summer previews it may not hold it for too long! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been 30 years since the original Mad Max trilogy and memory may be wrong but I remember a deeper and more involving story along with a young Mel Gibson showing more emotion than the current Max pla... Fri, 15 May 2015 18:03:03 EST MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My list seems to be ever ending--I think of 1 title and dozens leap to mind--so if I don't want to spend the rest of my life on this series I guess I'll have to end it after this entry--oh, maybe, one more with just a list of films :o) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Cabaret" and how I came to love it--I had seen the original Broadway production in a preview and my buddy and I both thought it would... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:38:52 EST A CAR OR A PARTY OR A DREAM? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A party or a car, computer and/or TV? Are you sitting down? <BR> <BR> Well you are probably sitting down if you are reading this or then you may be reading it on your phone but you might be sitting down IN A RESTAURANT in any case are you ready? If you know me only #1 should surprise you. <BR> <BR> 1) "A Chorus Line" will be playing at a local theatre and I am not going to see it!! <BR> ... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:03:32 EST "5 FLIGHTS UP"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After 40 years of marriage, and living in the same Brooklyn walk up apartment, it is obvious that Alex (Morgan Freeman) and Ruth (Diane Keaton) are still in love and very comfortable with each other. They were married at a time interracial couples were still not accepted in 30 States and ‘got looks from people in the other 20’. As it is her parents didn’t accept them. Alex is a painter... Tue, 12 May 2015 17:12:42 EST MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most of the movies I have mentioned so far are twenty years or older--some of you have remarked about the lack of sci-fi, horror, etc. Sorry, I saw the first chapters of Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars but they didn't entice me to see the sequels--and forget Texas Chainsaw, The Ring and such films. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And now on with some of my favorites: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Gone With Th... Mon, 11 May 2015 10:47:19 EST GATEWAY TERRACE HEALTH FAIR 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday the Gateway Terrace apartments had what is becoming an annual Health Fair for the mainly senior residents. Now we are dealing with many people in their sixties, seventies, eighties with a few in their nineties and health care is an important part of their life. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful, sunny Fort Lauderdale day and a few activities were held outside such as busting balloons,... Sun, 10 May 2015 12:30:42 EST DAPUR ASIAN TAPAS & LOUNGE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though we walked in about 15 minutes before their lunch operating time was over Richard, the owner, greeted us with a smile and, because of my apologizing for coming in so close to their closing time between lunch and dinner, politely, without any pressure implied, asked us to get our order in before 2:30. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I talk about the food and service let me say that the last time I had been here ... Sun, 10 May 2015 12:27:15 EST "FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is it fair to judge a film against 5 previous productions of the film? Or a TV version? Or the classic book it is based on? This review is based solely on the 2015 movie production of “Far From The Madding Crowd”. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, a young lady in 1874 who is an independent thinker, even before she becomes independently wealthy with the death of her aunt inheriting... Fri, 8 May 2015 19:20:55 EST MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I said many times before I could no more list my favorite movie then I could make a list of 'my favorite 100 movies'--what follows are movies that I have seen more than 5 times or many unaccountable times--they were all seen for the first time in a movie theatre since many were pre the world of tapes! <BR> <BR> The comments are strictly my opinion. <BR> <BR> "Monsters" Charlene Theron gives THE best dram... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:44:36 EST BURGER21--A RESTAUARNT REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (THOUGH THEY HAVE SALADS AND OTHER LIGHTER CALORIE FOODS I DON'T SUGGEST GOING INTO A BURGER PLACE WHEN WANTING TO GET RID OF WEIGHT) <BR> <BR> <BR> We have gone from a new Mexican franchise on every third block to a new burger franchise on every block! No wonder McDonald’s has been losing customers. <BR> <BR> Unlike McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s the new burger places, like their prices, are upscale... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:12:27 EST ANYTHING GOES ON CINCO DE MAYO <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last show of the 2014-2015 season has to be a winner. “Anything Goes” has such Cole Porter show stopping songs like “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, “You’d Be So Easy To Love”, “You’re The Top”, “Friendship”. “It’s De Love-ly”, “Blow Gabriel Blow” not to forget the title number or 13 other songs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since its debut in 1934 it has been performed all over the world ... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:50:45 EST ARE PEOPLE BORN EVIL? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Are people born evil? I was reminded of that question watching the twist in the TV series “Secrets and Lies” which immediately brought to mind “The Bad Seed”, a book written in 1954 which in turn was made into an award winning play that same year and an acclaimed movie in 1956. In something very rarely done most of the original actors in the play also made the movie and it was a true version of the for... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:10:19 EST APRIL 2015 RESUME <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Aside from breaking records with hitting 96 degrees one day last week we are now in the ‘rainy season’ so you know if you have anything to do outdoors you should get it done by 1 PM. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The main changes you can see are the ones in pictures 2 and 3--the former were the trees in March and the latter are the trees today! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pictures 4 and 5 are just a couple of the bir... Sun, 3 May 2015 11:38:24 EST RIP JEAN NIDETCH, FOUNDER OF WEIGHT WATCHERS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Thursday morning, April 30, I read the long obituary of Jean Nidetch who had died the night before. She was the founder of Weight Watchers, the most successful weight losing organization for over 50 years. I was lucky to have met and worked for/with her for over one of the most rewarding decades of my life. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was a March night in 1967 that I can see in my head today as if it ... Sat, 2 May 2015 11:56:51 EST "AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mother always said if you don’t have something nice about someone/something then don’t say anything. I didn’t always listen to mother and in this case I have some things to say. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our choice of movie going this Friday was “Avengers”, “Avengers” or “Avengers” and if I don’t go to a movie on Friday the world may shut down so I decided to go see “Avengers: Age of Ultron... Fri, 1 May 2015 19:18:36 EST MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been a big movie fan for over 70 years--going back to the days when you went to the movies and saw a double feature plus a cartoon, plus a newsreel plus coming attractions (maybe, just maybe, if movie houses went back to this they would get more customers)--and never tire of them. I do not buy--I don't rent-- a DVD of a movie until I see it on a movie screen like a movie should be seen first. Even now I go t... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:38:30 EST CHASING A RAINBOW AND 'CATCHING A CAT' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Friday April 24, 2015, I was walking home and decided I would take a video of the sunset though it was far from the usual spectacular ones we have. Near the end one of the cats from the boats that dock at Gateway came over and you will meet him at the end of the first tape and the 5th tape. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I knew it I had made 6 tapes!! The first one is the longest at 2 minutes and 12 seconds and I... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:43:47 EST "THE WATER DIVINER"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, “The Water Diviner”, shows that he has learned enough about films after being in them for 25 years not to embarrass himself plus he shows a good hand at directing actors including himself. He, also, as a first time director, makes the usual mistakes. <BR> <BR> “The Water Diviner” is, basically, an anti war and father-son saga, telling the story of a father who go... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:22:32 EST DON'T MISS THE NEXT ONE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since I haven’t celebrated my birthday in 3 years I am now getting ready for Monday, February 29, 2016, but more about that in another post! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To me my birthday is February29--not February 28 or March 1--so I only celebrate it on February 29, once every 4 years. It was 39 years ago that I celebrated my 10th Leap Year Birthday and it was one of the biggest of all I celebrated. <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:13:36 EST FOXY BROWN--A RESTAURANT REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> First and foremost the best thing about Foxy Brown was our server Kaitlyn who from beginning to end had a smile on her face, knew what she was doing, was all over the place helping every one but at the same time paying attention to her tables giving refill of drinks without having to be asked, checking back to make sure everything was okay and when we had mentioned we were going to split our sandwiches made s... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:36:17 EST MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though I am a great list maker regarding things I have to do and things I must do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. My problem comes when I am asked to make lists of my favorite actors, actresses, movies, plays, musicals, books, etc. I look over these lists and I see so many names I have left out plus how many if I were making the lists today wouldn’t be on it or at least the position they are on. <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:45:55 EST "THE ROAD WITHIN"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By default instead of seeing “The Water Diviner” we went to see “The Road Within” a ‘small’ independent movie that wouldn’t be made by one of the big studios. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The film opens with Vincent (Robert Sheehan) in church at his mother’s funeral ceremony sitting with his father (Robert Patrick), a politician, when all of a sudden he bursts into twitches and out loud foul language wh... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:13:40 EST MOVIE HAPPENINGS PART 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (COMMENT BOARD AT THE GATEWAY THEATRE) <BR> <BR> This is a 7 part series of movies from the past so they will be remembered by a new generation that may only know a few. <BR> <BR> Out of the millions of movies made in the 20th century there are moments that are imprinted in your mind that can pop up at any time. It can range from a shower scene with haunting music or an actress entering a scene or walking down a... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:16:38 EST DO YOU STILL READ PRINT NEWSPAPRES? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> How many of you still read the printed version of your hometown newspaper? I do. I look forward to sitting down around 11 AM with cup of coffee and going through the paper leaving the Jumble and Crossword puzzles for the last before I get dressed and start my day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many things have changed with the paper, first and foremost the price. To subscribe for a year costs, for our city paper, ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:27:50 EST JUDY HOLLIDAY WASN'T BORN YESTERDAY <BR> BORN YESTERDAY TRAILER<BR>M <BR> <BR> It was 1946 and I was sitting in the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street off Broadway in New York City with my parents when the curtain went up and I couldn’t stop laughing at a blond actress called Judy Holliday from the first time she bellowed across the stage, “Wh-a-a-a-t?” It is now 69 years later and I can still hear her voice and see her on that stage. The play was “Born Yesterday” and, what was... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:28:01 EST MAGICAL MOVIE MOMENTS PART 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Travolta strolling down the streets of Brooklyn to Staying Alive in “Saturday Night Fever” <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bette Davis “I’d like to kiss you but I just washed my hair,” in “Cabin In The Cotton” <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Love means never having to say your are sorry,” from “Love Story” with Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Shirley Booth calling for Sheba in “Come... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:21:07 EST