GREATMARTIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GREATMARTIN GREATMARTIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ CABO BLANCO-PERUVIAN/CUBAN RESTAURANT--FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223674 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fc48010-3b11-45a8-b147-e695b9ae6b7b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Excellent service by a male and female server who looked like teenagers but in all likelihood weren't. Restaurant is bright, inviting and comfortable. Food portions are large, taste excellent and fairly priced. The whole atmosphere was completely different, all in a good way, then it was years ago as a Jewish Israel restaurant. <BR> <BR> I asked the server for a suggestion and when sh... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:10 EST IT ISN'T EASY BEING A POSITIVE PERSON 24/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222467 Being positive 24/7 takes a lot of mental work but even then there will be times/days/minutes that a cloud of negativity, depression will hit and all the talking to yourself won’t help. Sometimes it takes more than that whether it be the help of Mother Nature or just looking at the world around you. <BR> <BR> For the last 17 years I found a place in the world no matter what is happening in my life, no matter what the weather may be, no matter how I am feeling but, especially if I am ‘down’, ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:59:38 EST GOUT OR JUICE PRICE: WHICH IS MORE PAINFAIL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221930 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24059029-be00-4a62-8ba0-642d523e8754.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I have been fighting gout now for about 3 years and all I can say about it is that having a gout attack is extremely painful. When it was first diagnosed I was prescribed allopurinol and until it kicked in to stop that attack I was first given MethyIPREDNISolone which is taken in exact amounts at exact times. As my ankle—yes, gout doesn’t only attack the big toe—was still hurting I was also ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:48:45 EST "HELL AND HIGH WATER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221073 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93c54d10-1e77-4cf9-9557-1b29fb1e8a32.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Hell and High Water" is a very 'odd' movie!! For the first 75 minutes you wish it 'would just get on' to where it is going though it does have 1-2 minutes of hilarity supplied by Margaret Bowman as a sassy waitress who wouldn't take any guff from Jack Nicholson giving his order in "Five Easy Pieces" let alone from Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges! There is also a lot of give and take between... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:33:15 EST 15TH STREET FISHERIES--REVISITING A RESTAURANT IN FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219916 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a55411e4-ec64-4c40-b1e7-59407fb91751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've experienced much better--at this same restaurant!! A few years ago I use to be a regular for dinner but it has been awhile. A friend was celebrating a birthday and wanted to take us out for lunch and picked this place. <BR> <BR> Obviously having a new owner and being out of season hasn't hurt the restaurant as it was crowded. Not given a choice I wasn't aware that upstairs was op... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:06:20 EST FREE AGAIN! FREE TO BEING BACK TO ME AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218295 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4667710f-594b-47cf-ae84-a449a8f90607.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yes I am free to come and go as I like, to go where I want when I want! Free to cruise around town, to spend money, to go to doctors when I want. FREE!!!! <BR> <BR> From Monday August 15 at 6 PM until September Monday September 12 6:30 PM I have Allen’s car. First thing I did was book 11—yes, count them 11—doctor’s appointments. It is my yearly visit to specialists along with going to my pr... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:23:26 EST "FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS"--A MIXED MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216919 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34b8b877-077f-4bac-a622-2d1c9111d153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The most impressive part/performance of "Florence Foster Jenkins" is by Simon Helberg. Name doesn't ring a bell? Picture in the poster and trailer look familiar but you can't quite put your finger on who he is? How about if I said he plays Howard Holowitz in "The Big Bang Theory"? He really does a tremendous acting job, mainly with his face, in this film including a scene where he is on a cr... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:32:33 EST SPRING CHICKEN--NEW RESTAURANT CHAIN--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215529 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f23f7914-6ff0-439e-9bb0-90a9c251c3ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spring Chicken is so new that they still haven't put the name of the restaurant over the front door--though it is on the other 3 sides. Walking in everything is clean,sparkling and though they try for that old down home feeling it is too modern! <BR> <BR> The best thing, and I can't rave enough about him, was our 'host' David. It has been a long time since I was greeted with such a bi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:31:57 EST ANYONE WANT FLIP-FLOPS? GOODBYE OLD FRIENDS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214321 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2bec457-c5c6-4cff-8dc4-1018f92ed0d4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well I won’t say it takes very much to teach this old dog a new trick but after tripping and landing on my right knee breaking it into 3 pieces I still wasn’t ready to give up my flip-flops! <BR> <BR> It wasn’t too long after that, wearing flip-flops, when it was raining and walking up a cement incline that I slipped and fell on my left knee which would lead to an infection swelling up the ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:18:00 EST "INDIGNATION"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212891 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de119fd8-4a05-44c8-aadf-b1c107ef3fa4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is 1955 and Marcus brought up and raised in Newark, New Jersey, to Jewish parents is 18 and his way off to college. In 1955 I was raised by Jewish parents in the Bronx, New York, was 19 and serving in Korea as a United States Marine. I could identify with Marcus only in that we are both Jewish and were raised in the Northeast, otherwise we were as different as night and day and I find it ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 18:46:32 EST 2 GIRLS 7 A GRILL--A RESTAURANT REVIEW FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211527 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d9dfdbe-5ba4-4c35-b304-b7563c557d61.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Order at the counter--seat yourself--large Philly Cheesesteak sub ($9.99) very greasy--large Meatball sub ($9.99) very dry. Asked if one order of French fries would be enough the lady behind the counter said we should each have one--one would have been more than enough--not sure if they came with the subs because it doesn't say so on the menu and a side was $2.99. We each had a can of soda (... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:11:29 EST "CAPTAIN FANTASTIC"--MOVIE REVIEW--A WINNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210556 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a147c76a-f437-4063-9355-6653655ff0e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> In “Captain Fantastic” Viggo Mortensen, as Ben Cash, is a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination and, possibly, winning the statute! Always an excellent actor here he is even one step better than other times. Besides holding your attention in every scene he is in, including, yes, his required full frontal nudity shot, there are two short scenes that will mesmerize you with one being the scre... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:58:45 EST SHOW ME AN EMPTY WALL AND I'LL FILL IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210328 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6abf22bb-58c2-4b52-ab40-fc0fede0267e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I posted about finishing and hanging the collage I had been working on since March. After it was up for a few days I noticed there was enough room for more pictures. <BR> <BR> I don’t know when, where, how or why it started but at one time in my life my motto became “If there is space on the wall put up a framed picture!” <BR> <BR> I do remember being in St. Louis, going to the home ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:39:17 EST MY NEW DIET--DON'T TRY IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209267 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e2d9e82-72ac-4c05-a3cb-923a51c64dab.JPG"> <BR> <BR> After 80 years my cast iron stomache betrayed me! I have never had a stomach ache, a belly ache, an upset stomach, whatever you call it, and then all of a sudden it hit! We had gone to Fusion Pizza for a bite to eat and I got a individual pepperoni pizza and a diet cola. I had nothing else to eat so though I don't want to blame the restaurant that's the only thing I can point to. Mmmmm--mayb... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:27:07 EST "CAFE SOCIETY"--A WOODY ALLEN FILM--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208917 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4dd179f-4d15-4b4a-a4fc-527f49f17079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As an old man after directing and in most cases writing the screenplays for 49 pictures Woody Allen has always has a hand in the past reflecting on what was and would could have been. In "Cafe Society" during the first half, he looks at Hollywood in the 1930s when the studios were experiencing the star of the golden age and names such as Barbara Stanwyck, Errol Flynn, Ginger Rogers and such ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:03:13 EST COCO ASIAN BISTRO & BAR--A WINNER! RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207624 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4366040-f867-46c4-89d5-e59da9014d80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking into the Coco Asian Bistro from a typical hot, sunny, summer day in Fort Lauderdale outside is like coming into a beautiful oasis! At first it appears to be dark with booths on the left, tables throughout and chandeliers that appear like stars in an ink sky. Am I being too romantic? Well it is that type of place which also includes a beautiful red rose in a small bowl filled with wa... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:23:34 EST LEAP YEAR COLLAGE 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206346 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff44f949-2e79-4b79-af99-7c2a2624a02d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> In case you don’t know it I celebrated my 20th Leap Year birthday this past February and it was one of the best. <BR> <BR> In 2012 a neighbor made a collage of that year’s memories of my 19th birthday and, previously, in 2008 James did one up for my 18th and I see them every day and get a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> This year I decided to make my own collages using mementos of the pe... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:17:51 EST "ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE" REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205015 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dde4687c-5450-44d5-b711-cc7b7e80518b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking into this movie you know exactly what to expect and you get it! Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are older versions of the 'girls' first met in a TV series in 1992. They still drink anything with alcohol, including Chanel #5, but mostly prefer Bollinger's champagne. They inject, pop, inhale any drugs they can get their hands on and part of Patsy's morning routine i... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:36:57 EST Update on my left leg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204300 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec84e7e8-1e5a-4bf7-b690-b1f3b2d179a0.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b3d2b69-08c2-4e6f-8241-28ac411bd6e9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> July 3, 2016 July 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> For those who don't know I was wearing flip-flops, it was raining and I had to walk up a smooth shiny incline to get to Allen's condo and I fell on my left knee. Here is the up... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:29:08 EST "THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT" HA! A RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41f20c88-7ce3-4679-b58d-65707442a475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a hard review for me to write as 4 days later I still have residual puzzlement at what took place. <BR> <BR> I was first attracted to the restaurant after reading an article in the New Times paper. The name itself was a big drawer as I love a play on words and snappy phrases. The second big selling item was all the raves about the cookie dough cones which many reviews on... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:48:40 EST A LOOK BACK AT THE 2015-2016 THEATRE SEASON IN SOUTH FLORIDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202589 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ2bpVrH6_<BR>w <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 & 6. At The Broward Center For the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR> 2. At the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts in Miami <BR> <BR> 3 & 16. “Big Fish” by the Slow Burn Theatre in Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR> 4, 8, 11 & 12. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” <BR> <BR> 5 & 6. “Once” with the latter of the cast taking their final bow <BR> <BR> 9 & 10. “The Book Of Mormon” returning for the 3rd time <... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:47:07 EST "HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE"--A NEW ZEALAND MOVIE--REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201160 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0327a96-fe9e-44f7-b5e6-44c19e25a2f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is a sweet, sad, funny, drama and comedy small ‘art’ picture that takes the standard odd couple and fish out water stories and stands both on their heads. The odd couple is a 13 year old city foster child Ricky (played by Julian Dennison) and a sixtysomething old country geezer Hec (played by Sam Neill) who is married to Bella (Rima Te Wiata) a Mother... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:59:20 EST JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199841 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f3c5478-ecc6-476e-95fd-9e666d7c7311.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I WAS ON THE PHONE THIS MORNING FOR 3 AND 2/2 HOURS EATING AWAY AT MY BILLED MINUTES!! You know---the automatic recorded messages and, what must be, the automatic 'please wait you call is important to us' (so we will only have you on hold for 20 minutes!!) <BR> <BR> First I had a voice mail from my eye doctor that said my appointment was being moved from August 8 to August 18 after ha... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:51 EST ODD FOODS PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198660 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/977ba445-6b8e-4fe1-b34a-7942140d5a4a.jpg"> <BR> (I FIND THE MORE I TALK ABOUT FOOD THE LESS I EAT!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Whenever I go grocery shopping I love to come upon foods that I have never heard of, never tried or just struck me as completely new. Most times I am happy to just try them once but often they become my food of the month!! One of the things I have to be careful of is the sodium content in new process foods and, obviously, if you ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:06:44 EST ANTHONY'S COAL FIRE PIZZA--RESTAURANT REVIEW--FT. LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197126 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0d7b7d2-b27f-48cd-9efc-aa720593eed4.jpg"> <BR> (I WAS GOING TO DO A REVIEW OF THE MOVIE I SAW TODAY BUT I WON'T DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES UNFAIR TO THE MOVIE PRESENTATION.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last time I had been to an Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza was when it opened its restaurant on south Federal Highway just north of State Road 84. Today we were on our way to the movies, had time to get a bite to eat and passed this new Anthon... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 18:36:57 EST SUMMERTIME FORT LAUDERDALE PART 1 JULY 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195861 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9be351a-fbc1-4998-b990-b18bda0587e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s summertime in Fort Lauderdale. Yes it is hot, humid and rainy, sometimes all at the same time! With all that we are surrounded by colors of every shade not to forget what creatures Mother Nature supplies us with! <BR> <BR> 1,2,3 Mother Duck taking her chicks for a stroll and for food. <BR> <BR> 4 & 5 Doves are all over and none afraid of humans. <BR> <BR> 6, 7, 8 Visiting my ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:47:46 EST RED COW--RESTAURANT REVIEW--FORT LAUDERADLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194611 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8b2d704-c259-48dd-a98a-d7a36ed9de2a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With over 4,000 restaurants in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area of which 200-300 close each year you would think with all the competition that an owner of one would do their best to be prepared every hour they are open. Recently I was at a restaurant that was out of THE item the food critics raved about and then the owner argued with me as if it was my fault. <BR> <BR> When a restaurant int... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:15:57 EST ARGH!!!! I DID IT AGAIN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193745 First it was NOT seeing the curb and falling on my right knee breaking it in 3 parts. A few months after I was in Allen's car and, no ones fault, I got my finger caught in the rising window and had to have the third top surgically taken off. And now... <BR> <BR> I have had Allen's car for the past 15 days as he went to celebrate his and his twin grandkids' birthday. I go to his place every Wednesday and Saturday to bring in his mail plus check that everything was okay. Today was the last Sat... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 18:59:11 EST "THE LEGEND OF TARZAN"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa937c84-9f1a-4de0-a9c1-e3c0ade24609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is there to say about a movie called “The Legend of Tarzan” that doesn’t have the title hero ever appear in a loincloth? Or where his sidekick, a Black man, is the wiser man, a philosopher and has funnier lines than Cheetah ever had? Or where Jane is a 21st century feminist. <BR> <BR> This update of the legend of Tarzan does have him swinging from vine to vine, diving into trees, carry... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:58:00 EST FUEGO LATIN CUISINE RESTAURANT REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191724 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bb7b8f0-4e9a-4fa6-ac2e-31d5b15b9c18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A good restaurant that can be overlooked because of hedges in front of the strip mall but once you find it you are in for a treat! <BR> <BR> I had been carrying a small newspaper clip rating the restaurant as one of the best for a Cuban sandwich so we decided to try it and was surprised from the minute we got there. The outside in the afternoon looks more like a takeout coffee place t... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:39:31 EST From a seed to a flower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190518 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8fd6eac-a79d-4c46-ada5-6f87d63107d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I went into the Dollar Tree store to find them setting up racks of seed packet which they sell 4 for a $1 and, of course I went wild buying packets of seeds and it always amazes me to see a seed grow into a beautiful flower. Over the next year I will I have Morning Glory blooms in the morning, Geraniums all day, flowers in my living/dining room, kitchen and bathroom eac... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:40:33 EST TEMPLE STREET EATERY--RESTAURANT REVIEW--FORT LAUDERDALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189937 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38b5d1c9-478d-4ccb-9da9-6a69ae67a41e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Craig and I were hungry so I suggested this place I had often passed and wanted to try, mainly because they were related somehow—I forget how—to one of the best Chinese restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. <BR> <BR> Started with a dour order taker who aside from not being able to bother a new customer with a smile was tongue tied when it came to suggestions. <BR> <BR> We both ordered the ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:51:39 EST "FREE STATE OF JONES"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189116 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2300cd2f-b546-4307-9cfa-8cf5e857aeec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Matthew McConaughey is a powerful actor in a powerful role but “Free State of Jones” is not as powerful a screenplay, by Gary Ross, as it could have, should have been. All the elements are there from the story being based on a not too well known chapter in American history that includes the Civil War, slaves being mistreated by owners, inter-racial lovers, voting rights, KKK attacking, the p... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:52:07 EST I HAVE A GREAT LIFE--DESERVED OR NOT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187489 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffb14aeb-8a85-4fc6-8bf5-13a475a9853d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (ALLEN'S CAR--MINE FOR 17 DAYS!) <BR> <BR> In my senior years all I ask is a roof over my head, food in my belly and clothes on my back but I find myself having so much more. <BR> <BR> The other day went to café Vico for dinner and then to see a good performance of “Beauty and the Beast”—on Friday the excellent movie “Genius” which I have written about. <BR> <BR> Monday I took a ‘me day’ ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:45:42 EST "FINDING DORY"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186888 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/feeb93a0-91ef-40c9-9711-e768052ca423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found one scene in “Finding Dory” to be absolutely ridiculous and while shaking my head I heard my brain saying, “What can be more ridiculous than an 80 year old man having a ball watching a cartoon about talking fish and enjoying himself, probably more than the kids in the audience?” <BR> <BR> I don’t know which was more fun recognizing old friends like Dory, the blue tang fish who has n... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:56:14 EST GOODBYE SPRING--HELLO SUMMER 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3513ce95-2dcb-4f9b-a36f-c2bb9b1b7e5b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Dock at the 15th Street Fisheries where we celebrated Philippe’s birthday <BR> <BR> 2,3,5,6) Queen Crepe Myrtle before and after rains <BR> <BR> 4) Doctor’s office—he has some of the most interesting cactus plants <BR> <BR> 7) Lillies <BR> <BR> 8) MY green peppers—all of a sudden the seeds I planted are producing like crazy! <BR> <BR> 9,10,11,12) Around Gateway <BR> <BR>... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:33:44 EST ...but somebody has to do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185137 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59da0e19-d304-4399-89cb-4e13a1057146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (Allen's new Cadillac) <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago Allen traded his Caddie in for a 2016 one. I wanted him to get a red convertible but it turns out that Cadillac isn’t making convertibles but he did settle for the color red—not the bright fire engine red I wanted but it was red! <BR> <BR> Allen and his twin grandchildren celebrate their birthday on June 18 so he goes up north to spend... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:08:38 EST "GENIUS"--MOIE REVIEW--EXCELLENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184829 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53dab3b6-2d06-4c35-b39e-f4488153b0c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First and foremost “Genius” is an excellent film with a performance by Jude Law, as writer Thomas Wolfe, that is a standout and better than many he has done in the past decade with a much quieter, but as strong a performance, by Colin Firth as Editor Maxwell Perkins. <BR> <BR> It is not easy to have a movie featuring a writer but add an editor and you have a lot of scenes of writing, editin... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:42:35 EST "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST"--A THEATRE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183960 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a07a564a-0ae0-4ba5-837a-3dabfcb2e1ab.JPG"> <BR> <BR> BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CURTAIN CALL <BR> <BR> Heartfelt thanks to the cast and crew of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” for taking us out of the reality of what has happened outside of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale this past week. Instead they took us into a world of fantasy, fairy tales, singing, dancing and talking teapots, clocks, loving fathers, egotistical ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:35:02 EST REST IN PEACE--YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182964 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad3ab878-4347-4ca0-a083-bfd1391130fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> HOPEFULLY NO MORE WILL BE ADDED! <BR> <BR> Victims’ Names <BR> <BR> Posted date: June 12, 2016 <BR> During this difficult time, we offer heartfelt condolences to the families of the 49 victims who lost their lives during the Pulse tragedy. To the families and friends of the victims, your city is with you and will continue to be with you as you deal with this unimaginable tragedy. <BR... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:49:05 EST "MAGGIE'S PLAN"---A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182926 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90addf79-4704-4e2d-afb7-7006f3dcfe34.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watching "Maggie's Plan" a few thoughts went through my mind starting with the role of Maggie was begging for a 25 year old Meg Ryan and Greta Gerwig is not her. Meryl Streep better watch out if Julianne Moore decides to give her a run for believable accents and Moore should insist that Malgopsia Turzanska never be the costume designer on any of her future movies. <BR> <BR> Rebecca Miller, ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:31:10 EST THE END OF SPRING 2016 WHERE I LIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182081 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e04d78ec-2a51-4cb9-aa16-a66992ca0c2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. 1 Staple all year round but in Spring they just look fresher! The last of the two horse patrols left in Fort Lauderdale <BR> <BR> 2, 5, 9, 14 A new tenant in Building T moved in and is making everyone look beautiful! Thanks Laurie. <BR> <BR> 3 Cut off the top, plant it and soon you have a pineapple! <BR> <BR> 4, 8, 12, 15 The Point is beautiful every time of ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:35:06 EST "HEATHERS THE MUSICAL"--A THEATRE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181180 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a9a0647-094b-40dd-947d-66f55168e77c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (All photos by Lisa Nalven) <BR> <BR> "Heathers The Musical" ended the Slow Burn Theatre Company 2015-2016 season at the Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with a full house at opening night and rousing applause for a talented, hard working cast. <BR> <BR> Do you remember the mean girls at high school who were the arbitrator of who was 'in and who was 'out'? Do y... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:44:56 EST "NOW YOU SEE ME 2"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180469 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/388a2469-0621-47ce-888b-084d53863eb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You walk into "Now You See Me 2" knowing what you will get! You check the logic sense of your brain at the door entrance to the theatre because while some of the magic tricks are explained even the screen writer Ed Solomon couldn't or doesn't explain them all just like the nerd in us couldn't explain what was going on except some guys wanted a computer gadget that would let them rule the wor... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:39:43 EST SLOW BURN THEATTE PRESENTS "HEATHERS THE MUSICAL" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179017 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23994df0-c479-4d37-b32e-7a1e50a88dcc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Slow Burn Theatre presents “Heathers the musical” at the Broward Center Amaturo Theater. <BR> <BR> It is based on the classic 1989 classic movie telling the story of Veronica Sawyer a beautiful, teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High. Before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain Veronica falls in love with the d... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:19:16 EST HARD TO BELIEVE IT WAS ONLY 40 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS 40!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177515 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htLGQ3CDOD<BR>Y <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The 70th Broadway Tony Awards will be broadcast next Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 8 PM (DST) on CBS. I don’t remember how many of those broadcasts I have seen but I do remember the Sunday of April 18, 1976 sitting in my townhouse in Memphis, Tennessee, with Johnny and watching the opening number exactly as you see it above! <BR> <BR> It was that evening I fell in love instantly with the Broadway musical called “A... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:32:36 EST CLEBRATING PHILIPPE'S BIRTHDAY PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/029655ac-4e70-4f65-9997-d839416289f0.jpg"> <BR> (AND I WON'T EVEN BLAME HIM WHEN I GET ON THE SCALE!) <BR> <BR> On a picture perfect, sunny, 'tourist' weather day Philippe took us out to the 15th Street Fisheries to celebrate his day! The restaurant is a landmark in Fort Lauderdale and even today, in 'off season', it was packed enough that they had to open the second floor which is usually just open for dinner. (If I had known it was open I wo... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 16:24:40 EST "THE LOBSTER"--A MOVIE REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b37b8113-f623-4c7c-97aa-67144f0431b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At least 2-3 times a year I get suckered into seeing a movie from seeing a trailer or hearing that it got 5 star reviews, it has an Oscar nominated director, a solid cast lead by an A list actor, sounds and/or looks different or for many various reasons. For some, if not all the reasons listed, I went, with Allen and Philippe to see "The Lobster". <BR> <BR> Walking out of the movie the best... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:16:53 EST PHILIPPE COMES FROM FRANCE TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3132d86e-dc1f-42c1-8cac-ab2cd51fbbc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Philippe, from Paris, France, came to Fort Lauderdale to see Allen and celebrate his birthday! (Come on—if you lived in Paris wouldn’t you rather celebrate your birthday in Fort Lauderdale-NO? WELL!) <BR> <BR> Allen and I decided to take him for lunch though he thought he was taking us after he chose the Sea Watch. <BR> <BR> In the first line of pictures there is the entrance to the ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 19:05:08 EST "ma ma" with Penelope Cruz--A Movie Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174379 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ba24d7f-27ec-4de6-b2b1-1d1536aa5142.jpg"> <BR> Penelope Cruz is absolutely incandescent in “Ma Ma” as she seems to be in most Spanish pictures she appears in with Spanish directors leading her, more so than any American movie she has made. Always a beauty, Cruz, now in her 40s, has added a special look that “Ma Ma” takes advantage of in every frame whether it is looking like an Audrey Hepburn twin with a gamin look or seeing her naked body... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:57:47 EST